Firebird WIP

I’m making slow progress on my Firebird socks. As a reminder, this pattern is from the book The Enchanted Sole by Janel Laidman. It’s gorgeous and very intimidating. I’m still on the leg of the first sock, and I’ve been working on it for two weeks! First things first: I gave up on using the…

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Travel Diary: Vienna, Once More (Food & Culture)

I’m back from Vienna! It was a great trip. I managed to balance work and free time well: I photographed every document I wanted in the archive, and still had ample time to explore the city! I’m not sure if anyone is interested in this, but this is how my workspace looked in the archive.…

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Winterizing

I’ve slowly winterized our terrace garden over the past few weeks, even though it makes me feel sad to say goodbye. 😦 I’ve harvested the last tomatoes and chilis, pulled out the annual plants (mostly flowers, the tomato and chili/pepper plants, some herbs), and planted a few winterproof plants and bulbs for spring. Now it…

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November WIP

I have a nemesis. It’s this sweater. It’s a pattern by Kim Hargreaves called “Calm”. I’m, sadly, not calm when it comes to this project! I’m extremely annoyed. Years ago, this was supposed to be the first piece of clothing I’d knit. I bought white mohair yarn, got to knitting, then gave up because turns…

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How many books are too many?

If you had asked me that a couple of years ago, my answer would’ve been clear: there can never be too many books! Right now, however, I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by the amount of books in my possession. When we moved into our apartment, Phil fulfilled one of my long-time wishes: a wall of bookcases.…

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Vienna here I come!

I’ll be heading to Vienna soon to do another round of archival work for my thesis! As always, I’m trying to make plans for activities when I leave the archive in the late afternoon/evening. From experience, it gets rather depressing just going from my hotel room to the archive and back again every day. This…

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Making Vegetable Stock Yourself

I’ve started making vegetable stock myself. Well, it’s more of a vegetable paste that you can use as stock! I got the recipe from Utopia, but since it’s in German I thought I’d show you how to do it. I slightly adapted the recipe by using lovage instead of garden cress and shallots instead of…

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