Thursday, April 14, 2016

Knitting SitCom!

Couldn't wait for the next installment of "Feel Me..." to post this.  There's a great idea for Hamiltonians who might be, uh, less than excited about the rapid Torontofication of Hamilton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Feel Me, See Me, Read Me, Eat Me

Yep, I've amassed enough links to get a post out to you.  It's not that I don't find a lot of interesting things on the web, but many of them come from the same blogs I mention repeatedly here, so I try to come up with something new or maybe something from a blog you'd forgotten about.

First off, Michael Pollan is my intellectual crush, which should be common knowledge.  But before I fell for Pollan, I was all about Alton Brown.  I loved Good Eats and have them on DVD (oh yeah!).  My love was rekindled by this interview.  I hope there's no jealousy between Michael and Alton; not interested in that drama.

It's spring (or at least what they keep trying to tell us in Southwestern Ontario), and time to shift the menus to reflect the seasonal produce.  We get ramps at the coop and farmers' markets here, and I haven't quite maximized their potential.  Serious Eats has a guide for that.

But there's still time for comfort food, and I'm always in the market for a new banana bread recipe!

Check out this interview on the Alabama Chanin journal.  It'll explain Zero waste fashion design.  It's a concept whose time has definitely come although now I might have a hard time throwing out little pieces of fabric...

And finally, it's the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs!  Here's something to get you in the mood.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Almost Embarrassing FOs

But let's face it, any FO (finished object) is a good thing.

Item one for consideration is a cowl.  It has sat in my "to be worked upon/finished/something" cupboard for probably a year at least.  I'd run out of yarn (having used some yarn leftover from another project) while binding off the stitches.  I joked about this to Karen, saying I should just bind off those stitches with some of the leftover chartreuse yarn from my socks.  She replied, "Of course!" and reminded me all about the whole wabi-sabi thing.  So there, my cowl waited for a year because there were 26 stitches left unbound.  26 stitches.  Really.





Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: The Longing is Over

It's the last day of classes!  But where's spring?!
Dress:  Dolce & Gabbana
Shirt:  Rivamonti
Tights:  Wolford
Boots:  Aquaitalia

Friday, April 1, 2016

But Wait! There's More!

Just found out that April is 30 Days of Biking.  I'm all over it!  Topaz came home from a tune-up yesterday, and I brought my Brompton home from London.  I'll be posting cycling images on Instagram.  Get on your bike and ride!

Me-Made-May '16 Sign-Up

I signed up; it's official:

"I, Claudia of @proper_tension and propertension.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made foundation item (like top, skirt, etc., but not including accessories or socks) each day for the duration of May 2016."

You, too, can sign up.  Just go to So, Zo...What Do You Know? , the originator of Me-Made-May.  Everything about Me-Made-May is discussed and clarified.  The challenge parameters are up to you.  As I've recently noticed, I wear something I've made almost everyday although sometimes it's simply a scarf, hat, or socks, which is why I'm looking to up my game.  Signing up is also meant as an incentive for me to finish some projects that are lingering.

Will you participate?  (Okay, when I ask questions on my blog, I sometimes feel a little silly.  It's clearly meant to prompt some comments, but I'm actually genuinely interested.)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Wardrobe Journal

I, like many other creatives, have a thing for journals.  It doesn't matter how many I might already have lying about; if I see one that I like and it's American- or Canadian-made, then I buy it.  I'll use it eventually.  I always do.

So on Easter Sunday, I found myself in my closet, trying to find an outfit to go with my Pink Souffle Hair Piece (basically a hatified headband), which my dad bought for me after I blogged about it here (sometimes the power of suggestion works!).  It really is awesome, but it's often hard for me to find something that works well with it.  But like I said, it was Easter, and some kind of hat is required for that day (even if one is not necessarily celebrating the holiday).

I tried on outfit after outfit, which is not usually my style (I can get a good outfit down in fewer than three tries, and usually, I just know what I want to wear), and modeled them for the patient ladyfriend.  I found one that worked fairly well but required heels, and we were walking to dinner (fried chicken at Hambrgr - yum!), so that nixed that.  I eventually ended up with a dress that was good, but it took awhile.