I am bursting with co-bloggette pride that (a) you finished your first Starmore –at such a precocious age– and (b) you ROCKED the Blundstones so righteously at the photoshoot. (Although I agree with commenters who took a half-point off your score for failing to wear a headdress of some kind. We have high expectations from one as steeped in Rowan Law and Rowan Lore as you.)
What’s going on here is my annual Passover cook-a-thon. Having married into a historically non-Kosher-keeping, German-Jewish-American family, I have tried to continue their (our) tradition of keeping Kosher-for-Passover style for two nights a year. It is great fun, from shopping to matzah-mushing to folding-chair wrangling, and then the rollicking (for the most part) seder dinners themselves.
The Many Moods of Matzo. It has taken me years to figure this stuff out.
For recipes, I rely on my schmaltz-spattered copies of Gourmet Magazine April 1992, Gourmet Magazine April 1998, and Judith Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook, with a late addition of Nigella Lawson’s AWESOME recipe (in Feast) for fried gefilte fish (yes, I said FRIED gefilte fish). Apart from the fun factor, and the exhilaration of all the crazy logistics, it’s also become a meaningful thing for me. When I ask the Italian butcher for a shankbone for my seder plate, and he’s already got a pile of them all wrapped up to hand out, my heart swells with love of my adopted city.
The Giant Miter, Dayenu
I think that when I was finishing that second giant miter back in March, I might have sprained something. It’s been very hard, lately, to settle down and, you know? Knit something? Even my old friend, startitis, didn’t come through for me. Finally, Baby Meli saved me, when I realized that in all the handknits showered on her tiny unsuspecting person, there was not a single cotton cardi. This cannot stand, I said to myself.
The most excellent Knitter’s Book of Yarn to the rescue: I made a Baby Soft Cardi in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. I started it on Monday night, finished the knitting on Tuesday night, and sewed it up on Wednesday. (I promise not to actually sew on the buttons until 5 minutes before handing it over.)
Pattern note: I made the 12-month size, which calls for 3 skeins, but I barely needed the second skein. Given the amount I had left over, I do not think any size in the pattern would require more than 2 skeins, and the 3-month and 6-month sizes could be done with one skein.
Chag Sameach to all who are celebrating this weekend!