Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
Work In Progress

Decreasing and Betrayals, Finely Chopped

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Games,Knitting — folkcat at 12:51 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008

No progress on the Adult Surprise Jacket the last couple days. I’ve been mindlessly knitting away at the Ruffled Rat’s Nest instead:

Ruffled Rat's Nest - Into the Purple

I continue to work K8, K2Tog. Even though I’ve done many rounds of this – decreasing about 10% of the stitch total with each round – the stitches still bunch up on a 60″ cable needle.

I don’t think I want to decrease any faster, and this is turning out to be a decent stash-buster project. So I’m going to keep going until something tells me it’s enough. I may decided to join the edges together at one or two points when I bind off, to make more of a pocket. We’ll see.


My Ratonga assassin, Lolah, reached tenth level in EverQuest 2 last night. She’s of an age where she can now, having questions about the values of the city she lives in and about her own career as an assassin, work towards improving her life. This will begin by betraying the city of Freeport, her current home, and eventually trying to convince Qeynos that she’s turned her back on her old life and would be a decent citizen of that good city.

While she works on this, I’m going to continue luceteering during the natural pauses of the game cycle. Here’s the current cord in progress:

Rainbow Sockotta Lucet

Yes, I’m unraveling a sock. One of the early prototypes of my Barefoot Diva socks (the ones with no toes or heels). This was a version that didn’t fit well, but taught me much that refined my ultimate pattern.

Since knitting it, I’ve also decided that I don’t care for the feel of the Sockotta yarn on my feet. On the other hand, a yarn that is almost 50% cotton is perfect for a nice, sturdy, colorful braided cord. I should get a good length of braid from this, too.

Kitchen Notes:

Yesterday I bought the ingredients to make Spanish Rice from scratch. The recipe came from a food supplement that appears in our local newspaper. There will be much chopping of onions, peppers, and celery, then time spent stirring it all as it cooks. Fingers crossed that it comes out tasty!

Today I’ll also be baking the next loaf of our basic, daily-use white bread. Tomorrow, another attempt at the Honey Oatmeal loaf for a friend.

ETA: Oh, yes…I also made a nice dinner for myself last night. Steelhead trout and sauted vegetables. Heat a non-stick pan on medium, add a bit of vegetable oil (I use peanut). One clove’s worth of minced garlic (I have the pre-minced jar) goes into the pan. On one side, place the trout filet; on the other, I put a large serving of frozen stir-fry vegetables. Put the lid on the pan, and walk away for a couple minutes.

Come back, turn over the filet, stir the vegetables. Cover the pan and walk away again. (I have sudoku on the computer that normally takes me about two minutes to play a game.)

Check the fish – the thicker parts of the filet are likely not cooked through yet. Move the vegetables into the middle of the pan to make a bed, place the filet on top. Cover the pan, turn off the heat, and go play another sudoku game.

When you come back this time, the fish is probably cooked through. This is when I put the coins of frozen lemon-dill butter on top of the filet, then re-lid the pan while I get out my plate and fork and such. When I serve up my dinner, the butter has started to melt all over the fish and vegetables alike.



Comment by Sara

April 2, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Oh…I LOVE steelhead trout! I’m going to steal your recipe because it sounds really good!!!!

Comment by Sarebear

April 2, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

I’ve never had trout! Last night we had one of favorites, though it’s not a “lite” dinner. Country Pasta w/Mozzarella is the title, but it’s got bacon, a little parm, a bit of fresh or minced garlic in juices or oil from a jar (not dried stuff), parsley, penne or rigatone, and broccoli . . . .

mmmmmm it’s so good!!!! of course, all the grease gets drained off, and only a TICH put back in for flavor at the right time.

Anyway, the title of this post made me giggle n’ smile.

Oh, I’m off to go EQ2 stuff, harvest and other stuff (geez, my husband has harvested three to 4 rares already, and I’ve done alot more harvesting, geez!), jump off the island, maybe we can chat occassionally if we’re both in-game! If you want to. Oh, my character has a fondness for Ratonga’s because they comforted her when she was a child. And she protected them in return from her parents.

My dh’s and I names may be funny, but they also have a slightly merc feel, plus one always is after more money in the game because you always NEED more money in the game, ha!

I’m going to kumihimo I think during harvesting, etc.

Sorry that sock yarn didn’t work for your feet, but it looks nice for other purposes!

Seize you later! Woops, I mean, see you later (just being punny with how my slightly nuts ogre might put it . . . hee hee hee . . .).

Comment by Christina

April 2, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

Sounds like you’re great in the kitchen. I’m more of a baker than a cooker. Looks like you’re making good progress on the knitting.

Comment by Carol

April 2, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

Hmm, if I liked fish, I’d try it. Never was a big fish fan and the summer working in a fishmarket to get money for school completed the turn-off.

Comment by Claudia

April 3, 2008 @ 11:15 am

LOVE the rattie ruffles! And steelhead trout – yum!!!

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 5, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

I think I like the way that yarn looks as lucet cord more than as socks. The socks would make me slightly dizzy…

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