Episode 9 (and a half): The Great Stress


(book talk starts at 40:40)

Apologies for taking so long to edit this episode!


Culling my stash – possible yarn swap event! “Yarn it Forward”

Still on a short knitting hiatus

Knit to Flatter Craftsy Class with Amy Herzog

On the Needles

Old Romance by Joji Locatelli

Cape Mod from Sew-Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp


Hella Hat

from Essentially Feminine Knits by Lene Samsoe


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On Deck

Seasonless by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

Hansel and Hansel (half version) by Gudrun Johnston


Finished: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Currently Reading: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell


More X-files, more Fringe

Bob’s Burgers

Waiting for Grimm


Watermelons are a danger to society

Watermelon – Lavender Martinis (from Self Magazine)

I would probably make the simple syrup a 1:1 ratio, half a cup sugar, half a cup water, but either version would work.  I think the watermelon juice provides extra sweetness, but most simple syrups are 1:1.


1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon culinary lavender buds

4 cups cubed fresh watermelon

4 ounces vodka or gin

Ice cubes

4 sprigs lavender or 4 small pansies


In a small saucepan, bring sugar, buds and 1/2 cup water to a simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Cool simple syrup to room temperature; strain out and discard buds. In a blender, process melon until smooth. Strain; reserve juice in a large pitcher; discard pulp. Add syrup, alcohol and ice; stir. Strain into 4 glasses; garnish with lavender sprigs.

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