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1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
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Did I Ever Tell You the One About the Flat Rat?

Vermin. Oy.

One of the “joys” of working in a large building in a city is the ever-present vermin. This morning when I came into work I surprised a mouse in the hallway. And further down the same hall I passed a squashed cockroach that was a good inch and a half long. (Now I know that being in a squashed state rendered said cockroach longer than if it were in a three-dimensional state, but still.)

I had a brief encounter last week that so skeeved me out that it is likely I will never recover. I went down to the snack bar in my building to get a pre-packaged salad that they keep in a refrigerated case, and brought it back to my desk. I popped the lid on the plastic container. And watched in horror as a cockroach crawled out from under a lettuce leave and started to saunter across the cucumbers, slowly waving his antennae at me in a jaunty manner.

Needless to say, I popped the lid back on and threw the whole thing into the trash can out in the hall. Ew! Ew! Ew!

I know that stuff like this happens. I know that if I could see the place where the salads are made I might run screaming into the night. Ditto for plants where stuff I buy in the grocery store is processed. But it’s a lot easier to ignore when you don’t have Mister Cockroach smiling and waving to you from your salad.

So I’ve been bringing my lunch since then. This is a challenge because I don’t have access to a refrigerator or a microwave. And I detest making lunches. Today I had a peanut butter sandwich (reduced fat Jiff peanut butter on low-carb whole wheat) and an apple. I am not a fan of sandwiches. Anyone have any brilliant ideas for healthful lunches that don’t take a lot of at-home preparation and don’t need to be refrigerated or microwaved?

I don’t ask for much, huh?

Okay. Enough with the self-pity. On to some Q&A.

Cathy-Cate commented:
I scored some ‘lace weight’ yarn on eBay – 1760 yards of gorgeous slowly changing shades of orange, meant for a shawl for a friend who’s getting married and whose favorite color is orange. However, I think it’s what might be called ‘cobweb’? — it’s finer than the ‘lace weight’ I previously used, which I think I knitted on size 2-ish Addi Turbos and did fine with. (I guess I need to keep track when I’m making things up as I go along….)

I have tried swatching this very fine yarn, and the Addi needle tips are too big & blunt to pick up the stitches readily, the yarn skitters all over the place, and the stitches look sloppy big on even size 2 needles. Halp, halp! So: along with Siouxz, I am interested in what kind of needle is your personal favorite for very fine lace yarn, and also, are you aware of any books/pattern resources for this extremely fine yarn? I’ve found a couple shawl patterns that call for ‘jumper weight’ and ‘Shetland’, but being ignorant of this particular area of the knitting world, I don’t know exactly what that translates to; my guess is that weight is rather heavier (?more like fingering weight?).

A couple of you asked about needles for lace. My favorites so far are the Knitpicks Options. I read about the Addi lace needles last week, but likely will not get any, because the Knitpicks needles work so nicely for me. Back in the Summer of ’05 (the Summer of Lace) I yapped about needles for lace a lot, and as I recall, liked the old Boye metal needles and Inox and Aero needles for lace. But I do like the Knitpicks needles better. They are slippery, so you have to remain vigilant. Wooden needles work better at grabbing the stitches, but I’ve yet to find a wooden needle with a cord and join I like quite as much as the Knitpicks needles.

Now about that laceweight yarn you got . . .

There is quite a range of weights in what is considered laceweight, I think. From yarn that feels like a sewing thread to almost-fingering weight. The only thing I’ve knitted in “true” shetland cobweb weight is a lace handkerchief that I’ve blogged about before. And I knitted that on size 0000 needles. I know Jamieson & Smith has a laceweight shetland (finger than the fingering weight jumperweight wool), and then the cobweb weight that is finer still.

DeeAnn commented:
Kidsilk haze makes me itch fiercely, but there are so many beautiful patterns that are enhanced dramatically by the halo. Would you consider alpaca laceweight to be an acceptable substitution or have any other recommendations for the “mohair challenged”?

That would definitely work for me. I used the Cherry Tree Hill suri alpaca for the Inky Dinky Spider Stole and it had a slight halo and was lovely to knit with. Ditto for the Misti Alpaca for the Tina Shawl.

Count Sassy asked:
I have a (possibly stupid) blocking question. I have a scarf with Crystal Palace Kid Mohair I need to block. Did the iron actually touch the shawl? Or was there a towel between the two?

It may be wrong of me, but yeah, the iron touched the shawl. But I was pretty freaking careful, and had no mishaps.

And in my continuing series of Still Life With Sock in Progress . . .

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Emma, do you recognize this scarf? icon smile Did I Ever Tell You the One About the Flat Rat?

Lucy

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Lucy thanks you for all your good wishes and would like you to know that she does get off her Cozy Cushion from time to time.

Comments

  1. Wendy in CA says:

    Eeeuuw! I can see why you’ve converted to brown-bagging it. How ’bout bringing lunch in a cooler bag with blue ice? It should hold your salads & dressings ’til noon. Good Luck!!!

  2. Wendy in CA says:

    Eeeuuw! I can see why you’ve converted to brown-bagging it. How ’bout bringing lunch in a cooler bag with blue ice? It should hold your salads & dressings ’til noon. Good Luck!!!

  3. About your lunch – get one of the insulated lunch bags that you can put a “blue ice” pack into. Generally the ice will keep the bag cool until lunch time – depending on your commute time, of course. :)

    Sande

  4. About your lunch – get one of the insulated lunch bags that you can put a “blue ice” pack into. Generally the ice will keep the bag cool until lunch time – depending on your commute time, of course. :)

    Sande

  5. Eeeeewww! I see Sande beat me to the blue-ice suggestion; that’s how I preserve my kids’ ham & cheese sandwiches till lunchtime. :) I’m sure it would work nicely for keeping a homemade salad fresh and crisp for a few hours. Also, if you ever have fried chicken or spaghetti-with-marinara or pizza for dinner? The leftovers are pretty tasty cold. (My husband thinks cold pasta is nasty, but he’s wrong. Sorry, hon.)

  6. Eeeeewww! I see Sande beat me to the blue-ice suggestion; that’s how I preserve my kids’ ham & cheese sandwiches till lunchtime. :) I’m sure it would work nicely for keeping a homemade salad fresh and crisp for a few hours. Also, if you ever have fried chicken or spaghetti-with-marinara or pizza for dinner? The leftovers are pretty tasty cold. (My husband thinks cold pasta is nasty, but he’s wrong. Sorry, hon.)

  7. What about a Thermos (or is that just a British thing?) with some soup in it, and maybe a piece of bread? and some fruit? Too cold, I would imagine, for sandwiches, and boy, aren’t they dull?

  8. What about a Thermos (or is that just a British thing?) with some soup in it, and maybe a piece of bread? and some fruit? Too cold, I would imagine, for sandwiches, and boy, aren’t they dull?

  9. Don’t worry about refrigeration – freeze a yogurt cup, a bottle of water or something like that in your thermal lunch bag and it will keep everything cold enough until lunch time. you could also just throw some ice cubes in a baggie, then another baggie and that should do the trick as well. Now as far as what to pack, that’s up to you. Late Happy Birthday Wishes to the lovely Lucy who shares a birthday with the Best and Most Handsome Dog Ever, my mutt Barney who turned 15 on Valentine’s Day.

  10. Don’t worry about refrigeration – freeze a yogurt cup, a bottle of water or something like that in your thermal lunch bag and it will keep everything cold enough until lunch time. you could also just throw some ice cubes in a baggie, then another baggie and that should do the trick as well. Now as far as what to pack, that’s up to you. Late Happy Birthday Wishes to the lovely Lucy who shares a birthday with the Best and Most Handsome Dog Ever, my mutt Barney who turned 15 on Valentine’s Day.

  11. I have to say, your response to Count Sassy’s question makes me nervous. The KSH you made the Maltese Shawl from is mohair and silk, neither of which melts. The Crystal Palace Kid Merino, however, while an adequate substitute for KSH in many circumstances, *does* contain a high percentage of nylon, which most certainly *will* melt. I wouldn’t iron it directly.

  12. I have to say, your response to Count Sassy’s question makes me nervous. The KSH you made the Maltese Shawl from is mohair and silk, neither of which melts. The Crystal Palace Kid Merino, however, while an adequate substitute for KSH in many circumstances, *does* contain a high percentage of nylon, which most certainly *will* melt. I wouldn’t iron it directly.

  13. Shudder! That’s pretty awful about the salad. As for lunch… I always brown bag it, and I’m not a sandwich person either. I take yougurt, fruit (or baby carrots), crackers (or pretzels, etc), a little bit of cheese, and a couple of cookies. I use an insulated lunch box I found at OfficeMax, and also put a small icepack inside. By the time lunchtime arrives, everything is still cool. Good luck!

  14. Shudder! That’s pretty awful about the salad. As for lunch… I always brown bag it, and I’m not a sandwich person either. I take yougurt, fruit (or baby carrots), crackers (or pretzels, etc), a little bit of cheese, and a couple of cookies. I use an insulated lunch box I found at OfficeMax, and also put a small icepack inside. By the time lunchtime arrives, everything is still cool. Good luck!

  15. Do you have access to hot water? Our water filter and coffee maker has a hot water option on them. I use it with instant oatmeal for meals in the office. There are lots of healthy instant oatmeals out there, and it gives you a warm option.

  16. Do you have access to hot water? Our water filter and coffee maker has a hot water option on them. I use it with instant oatmeal for meals in the office. There are lots of healthy instant oatmeals out there, and it gives you a warm option.

  17. I second the thermos thing but more than just soups….coucous with chicken, chili, cowboy casserole, chinese food, mac and cheese, cheesy enchiladas, thai noodle, etc. Recommend the wide mouth kind, and chopsticks for easy food retrival. For cold things, they make a nice little wide mouth thermos that you freeze the base overnight and it keeps stuff cold for hours. Fruit salad, chicken pasta salad, not so good for lettuce, it wilts. Use your thermal bag for that.

  18. I second the thermos thing but more than just soups….coucous with chicken, chili, cowboy casserole, chinese food, mac and cheese, cheesy enchiladas, thai noodle, etc. Recommend the wide mouth kind, and chopsticks for easy food retrival. For cold things, they make a nice little wide mouth thermos that you freeze the base overnight and it keeps stuff cold for hours. Fruit salad, chicken pasta salad, not so good for lettuce, it wilts. Use your thermal bag for that.

  19. I’m gonna echo the blue ice. I use it everyday when I bring my lunch without a problem.

  20. I’m gonna echo the blue ice. I use it everyday when I bring my lunch without a problem.

  21. I’m a long-time lurker here, and I’m trying to find out how to do a toe-up sock. Your pattern always looks so nice! Is there a particular method you use? Thank you! I know this is sort of off-topic for the post, sorry. :)

    (I just finished a sock on size one needles: it’s too small and the toe is teeensy — so instead of ripping it out and re-doing the toe, I’m just dumb enough to rip out the whole thing and try again in an entirely new method. Too easily bored, I must say. Getting desperate!)

  22. I’m a long-time lurker here, and I’m trying to find out how to do a toe-up sock. Your pattern always looks so nice! Is there a particular method you use? Thank you! I know this is sort of off-topic for the post, sorry. :)

    (I just finished a sock on size one needles: it’s too small and the toe is teeensy — so instead of ripping it out and re-doing the toe, I’m just dumb enough to rip out the whole thing and try again in an entirely new method. Too easily bored, I must say. Getting desperate!)

  23. I just purchased myself a selection of very cool food containers: insulated to keep things warm, or with separate ice packs to keep stuff cold.

    If you google “Fit & Fresh”, you should be able to find a site that sells the full range so you can see what’s available.

  24. I just purchased myself a selection of very cool food containers: insulated to keep things warm, or with separate ice packs to keep stuff cold.

    If you google “Fit & Fresh”, you should be able to find a site that sells the full range so you can see what’s available.

  25. Hey, you just need to add some Grape Jam to that Peanut Butter sandwich to get a proper PB&J. ;^)

    Or even better, how about Cream Cheese & Jelly? I remember when I was in elementary school, I went through a phase where all I wanted for lunch was Cream Cheese & Grape Jelly on White Bread.

  26. Hey, you just need to add some Grape Jam to that Peanut Butter sandwich to get a proper PB&J. ;^)

    Or even better, how about Cream Cheese & Jelly? I remember when I was in elementary school, I went through a phase where all I wanted for lunch was Cream Cheese & Grape Jelly on White Bread.

  27. For cobweb weight patterns I would recommend:

    http://www.heirloom-knitting.co.uk/

    http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/patktprd.htm

    or Gathering of Lace edited by Meg Swanson. Good luck with your shawl knitting!

  28. For cobweb weight patterns I would recommend:

    http://www.heirloom-knitting.co.uk/

    http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/patktprd.htm

    or Gathering of Lace edited by Meg Swanson. Good luck with your shawl knitting!

  29. The lunch story can be summed up as UGH!!!!

  30. The lunch story can be summed up as UGH!!!!

  31. I used to make a week’s worth of ‘interesting’ sandwiches in one swell foop (sour dough w/salami, rye with liverwurst, whole wheat with cream cheese and salmon, baguette with apple and camambert), freeze ‘em and they’d defrost by lunchtime. Better than roachy salad! Urp!!!!!

  32. I used to make a week’s worth of ‘interesting’ sandwiches in one swell foop (sour dough w/salami, rye with liverwurst, whole wheat with cream cheese and salmon, baguette with apple and camambert), freeze ‘em and they’d defrost by lunchtime. Better than roachy salad! Urp!!!!!

  33. I usually bring leftovers from home. Unless it is heavily eggy, I don’t worry about refrigeration. Straight out of the fridge, it stays pretty cool until it’s time to eat it. Another non-refrigeration suggestion is bringing in tabouli and other vegetable/pilaf things that are not really perishable. They can truly stand 4-6 hours without refrigeration, and taste good at room temperature (or hot). Just don’t dress it in mayonnaise. But for the food safety paranoids out there, I second packing it with a frozen yogurt or water bottle.

  34. I usually bring leftovers from home. Unless it is heavily eggy, I don’t worry about refrigeration. Straight out of the fridge, it stays pretty cool until it’s time to eat it. Another non-refrigeration suggestion is bringing in tabouli and other vegetable/pilaf things that are not really perishable. They can truly stand 4-6 hours without refrigeration, and taste good at room temperature (or hot). Just don’t dress it in mayonnaise. But for the food safety paranoids out there, I second packing it with a frozen yogurt or water bottle.

  35. I have access to a fridge and microwave at work, and I like sandwiches so my lunch options are wide open.

    I do like the cups of soup – bean, couscous, minstrone, etc. If you have a hotpotelectric kettle for heating water, you’re set. I think everyone else has given you my other ideas!

    What a stretch kitty! I bought a recliner chair this weekend- the cat likes it too much- she won’t be lying and stretching on the floor anytime soon!

  36. I have access to a fridge and microwave at work, and I like sandwiches so my lunch options are wide open.

    I do like the cups of soup – bean, couscous, minstrone, etc. If you have a hotpotelectric kettle for heating water, you’re set. I think everyone else has given you my other ideas!

    What a stretch kitty! I bought a recliner chair this weekend- the cat likes it too much- she won’t be lying and stretching on the floor anytime soon!

  37. Hummous and pita — add your own lettuce and cucumber for crunch. Ick on the live protein in your bought salad.

    I usually freeze my sandwich bread and by the time lunch rolls around, it’s thawed and at the same time has kept my ham and cheese fairly fresh.

    I also make a week’s worth of meals at a time and alternate lunch and dinner — chili is one possibility, as is stew. Assuming you eat meat, of course.

  38. Hummous and pita — add your own lettuce and cucumber for crunch. Ick on the live protein in your bought salad.

    I usually freeze my sandwich bread and by the time lunch rolls around, it’s thawed and at the same time has kept my ham and cheese fairly fresh.

    I also make a week’s worth of meals at a time and alternate lunch and dinner — chili is one possibility, as is stew. Assuming you eat meat, of course.

  39. Somebody might have mentioned this already, but I think it might help Cathy-Cate to look at Victorian Lace today. The back of the book has a chart listing different types of laceweight yarns. She could look at the smallest yarn and see what size needles they call for. That’s one of my favorite things about that book, because I prefer the look of the teeny weeny yarns myself!

  40. Somebody might have mentioned this already, but I think it might help Cathy-Cate to look at Victorian Lace today. The back of the book has a chart listing different types of laceweight yarns. She could look at the smallest yarn and see what size needles they call for. That’s one of my favorite things about that book, because I prefer the look of the teeny weeny yarns myself!

  41. My favorite take along lunch is a rice dish. I steam the rice then in a skillet saute whatever veggies are in the house with whatever spices I feel like that day, then when they are tender, add the rice and if you want, add some tomato-y goodness- puree, whole tomatoes or sauce. This tastes good at all temps. But, if you want it warm I highly suggest a double metal thermos. They keep stuff steaming hot for 12 hours. Good to make on Sunday night and eat for several days.

    Or you might want to melt cheese on a flour tortilla and roll it up. Maybe add some olives or pickles. Good at room temp.

    Did ya think that if you see roaches in the hall and in your food that you might need to be careful where you put your handbag and your homemade lunch? Unless, of course, Lucy has been pestering you for some siblings.

  42. My favorite take along lunch is a rice dish. I steam the rice then in a skillet saute whatever veggies are in the house with whatever spices I feel like that day, then when they are tender, add the rice and if you want, add some tomato-y goodness- puree, whole tomatoes or sauce. This tastes good at all temps. But, if you want it warm I highly suggest a double metal thermos. They keep stuff steaming hot for 12 hours. Good to make on Sunday night and eat for several days.

    Or you might want to melt cheese on a flour tortilla and roll it up. Maybe add some olives or pickles. Good at room temp.

    Did ya think that if you see roaches in the hall and in your food that you might need to be careful where you put your handbag and your homemade lunch? Unless, of course, Lucy has been pestering you for some siblings.

  43. I really got into making wraps (to eat) awhile back, and there is an incredible amount of versatility with them. Plus you just need an insulated lunch bag and that’s it. You can mix a little cream cheese with pineapple preserves for a spread and then use ham and cheeses and sprouts and roll it up and it will have a hawiian flavor. Or you can mix the cream cheese with honey mustard and use italiam meats and cheeses and sprouts or lettuce and cucumber slices (sliced the long way) and red bell peppers and it will be an Italian flavored one. Or you can do a California wrap with avacado mixed with the cream cheese for the spread and turkey and alfalfa sprouts and long thin slices of carrots etc. Anywyas, there are lots of flavor combo options with wraps and even different tortilia flavors too.

  44. I really got into making wraps (to eat) awhile back, and there is an incredible amount of versatility with them. Plus you just need an insulated lunch bag and that’s it. You can mix a little cream cheese with pineapple preserves for a spread and then use ham and cheeses and sprouts and roll it up and it will have a hawiian flavor. Or you can mix the cream cheese with honey mustard and use italiam meats and cheeses and sprouts or lettuce and cucumber slices (sliced the long way) and red bell peppers and it will be an Italian flavored one. Or you can do a California wrap with avacado mixed with the cream cheese for the spread and turkey and alfalfa sprouts and long thin slices of carrots etc. Anywyas, there are lots of flavor combo options with wraps and even different tortilia flavors too.

  45. Wendy- A favorite is a BLT wrap- whole wheat flat bread, microwave bacon, lettuce, and fat-free mayo. You could vary it with falafels and hummus, with cucumbers and tahini, or deli-turkey, just wrap it up in wax paper, and you’re good to go.
    Or the ever popular cockroach salad, but I guess you’ve had that already. Did you report it to Public Health?

  46. Wendy- A favorite is a BLT wrap- whole wheat flat bread, microwave bacon, lettuce, and fat-free mayo. You could vary it with falafels and hummus, with cucumbers and tahini, or deli-turkey, just wrap it up in wax paper, and you’re good to go.
    Or the ever popular cockroach salad, but I guess you’ve had that already. Did you report it to Public Health?

  47. One caution re irons and blocking: make sure you KNOW the iron you’re using! I have used my goofy old iron to steam block things for ages. Then one night I needed to do some quick blocking on a little cashmere teddy bear I was working on. I used my friend’s iron in the same way I would have used my own iron back home. Alas, her settings were apparently a little different from mine, or her iron gets hotter or something, and I *scorched* the cashmere. Luckily, it was only a tiny teddy bear, and I had enough yarn to re-knit it, but the wound to my psyche remains.

  48. One caution re irons and blocking: make sure you KNOW the iron you’re using! I have used my goofy old iron to steam block things for ages. Then one night I needed to do some quick blocking on a little cashmere teddy bear I was working on. I used my friend’s iron in the same way I would have used my own iron back home. Alas, her settings were apparently a little different from mine, or her iron gets hotter or something, and I *scorched* the cashmere. Luckily, it was only a tiny teddy bear, and I had enough yarn to re-knit it, but the wound to my psyche remains.

  49. Oh, that’s just so gross about your salad. I hate bringing lunch, too, so I feel your pain.

  50. Oh, that’s just so gross about your salad. I hate bringing lunch, too, so I feel your pain.

  51. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    http://www.laptoplunches.com/

    Pricey lunchbox but her ideas are great! If I worked fulltime and hauled lunch everyday, I would probably invest in one!

    I tend to make more at dinnertime and then bring leftovers for my lunches. Also, I will bring salad greens and then throw whatever leftovers are in my fridge into the salad – rice/beans/meats/pasta/peas/ or Cottage cheese and fruit salad plus snacks or something sweet – depends on the hormone levels!

  52. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    http://www.laptoplunches.com/

    Pricey lunchbox but her ideas are great! If I worked fulltime and hauled lunch everyday, I would probably invest in one!

    I tend to make more at dinnertime and then bring leftovers for my lunches. Also, I will bring salad greens and then throw whatever leftovers are in my fridge into the salad – rice/beans/meats/pasta/peas/ or Cottage cheese and fruit salad plus snacks or something sweet – depends on the hormone levels!

  53. Here is a gadget that I’ve been meaning to get. (I *do* have frig/micro access at work, but it’s far away) Also, I have not been shocked into brown bagging it as you were by Mr. Roachy. Ewww! Search for Mr.Bento Lunch Jar at amazon.com. It looks like an ingenious little lunch accessory and has a 4.5 star rating.
    A handy gadget I *do* own is a Chillzanne mini bowl from Pampered Chef. (no affiliation) You freeze the bowl overnight and it keeps your food cold for several hours. They do offer online ordering so you don’t have to attend a party to purchase. Good Luck!!

  54. Here is a gadget that I’ve been meaning to get. (I *do* have frig/micro access at work, but it’s far away) Also, I have not been shocked into brown bagging it as you were by Mr. Roachy. Ewww! Search for Mr.Bento Lunch Jar at amazon.com. It looks like an ingenious little lunch accessory and has a 4.5 star rating.
    A handy gadget I *do* own is a Chillzanne mini bowl from Pampered Chef. (no affiliation) You freeze the bowl overnight and it keeps your food cold for several hours. They do offer online ordering so you don’t have to attend a party to purchase. Good Luck!!

  55. I know you’ve mentioned before that your building has strict rules about what they’ll let in, but have you considered the possibility of an insulated lunch box with an ice pack? If ice packs aren’t allowed, you could also try freezing a water bottle, which looks a lot more benign. That will let you bring in more delicate items like salads and other items that ought to stay cold.

  56. I know you’ve mentioned before that your building has strict rules about what they’ll let in, but have you considered the possibility of an insulated lunch box with an ice pack? If ice packs aren’t allowed, you could also try freezing a water bottle, which looks a lot more benign. That will let you bring in more delicate items like salads and other items that ought to stay cold.

  57. ___desdemona___ says:

    Google Bento Lunch and there will be a lot of good ideas there. “Traditional” bento lunches take a bit of prep time, but you can always “cheat” and prepare it along with dinner (if you’re having salad, pack some of that, if you’re having a side or main dish that is ok when eaten cold, pack some of that,… put it in the fridge until morning and then take it to work).
    I make lunch for my son and he likes sandwiches with salami, or oatmeal (not in a sandwich). I pack the oatmeal dry with cocoa and raisins mixed in and pack a small bottle of milk. If you prefer your oatmeal hot pack the hot milk in a thermos, my son doesn’t mind his cold though.
    If I pack lunch for myself (happens nearly never as I don’t work away from home) I like cucumber slices and letuce with dressing separate. For the cucumbers I pack a bit of salt (I’ve got some small packs I grabbed at burger king, I crave salt and their fries are not salty enough for me right now (-> yay pregnancy…)), also make your savoury sandwiches with tomatopaste instead of butter/margarine, use ketchup on a cheese sandwich, letuce and salami go well together, toast some rye or whole weat bread for some extra omph. Fruit, Fruit salad, crackers and creamcheese for dipping, apple slices sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon, all that packs and travels well in a ziplock bag or tupperware container, just make sure it’s really leakproof, if in doubt, duble bag it.

  58. ___desdemona___ says:

    Google Bento Lunch and there will be a lot of good ideas there. “Traditional” bento lunches take a bit of prep time, but you can always “cheat” and prepare it along with dinner (if you’re having salad, pack some of that, if you’re having a side or main dish that is ok when eaten cold, pack some of that,… put it in the fridge until morning and then take it to work).
    I make lunch for my son and he likes sandwiches with salami, or oatmeal (not in a sandwich). I pack the oatmeal dry with cocoa and raisins mixed in and pack a small bottle of milk. If you prefer your oatmeal hot pack the hot milk in a thermos, my son doesn’t mind his cold though.
    If I pack lunch for myself (happens nearly never as I don’t work away from home) I like cucumber slices and letuce with dressing separate. For the cucumbers I pack a bit of salt (I’ve got some small packs I grabbed at burger king, I crave salt and their fries are not salty enough for me right now (-> yay pregnancy…)), also make your savoury sandwiches with tomatopaste instead of butter/margarine, use ketchup on a cheese sandwich, letuce and salami go well together, toast some rye or whole weat bread for some extra omph. Fruit, Fruit salad, crackers and creamcheese for dipping, apple slices sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon, all that packs and travels well in a ziplock bag or tupperware container, just make sure it’s really leakproof, if in doubt, duble bag it.

  59. Bento all the way…you can have great food that is not meant to be refridged or reheated.

    http://www.cookingcute.com/index.htm
    and
    http://mylunch.livejournal.com/

    They blog their bento’s and have receipes onsite and links to where they get their stuff. You don’t need a bento box but they are sure fun.

  60. Bento all the way…you can have great food that is not meant to be refridged or reheated.

    http://www.cookingcute.com/index.htm
    and
    http://mylunch.livejournal.com/

    They blog their bento’s and have receipes onsite and links to where they get their stuff. You don’t need a bento box but they are sure fun.

  61. I have these things at work that don’t need refrigeration or microwave. Cans of spiced tuna; I can get Chili, Sun Dried Tomato or Lemon Pepper. I also have rice crackers, applesauce in individual servings, peanut butter, Kashi Granola Bars, Chocolate (that’s a given), Soup in a cup (very hot water out of the tap does it for me). If you are going to bring stuff from home then alot of middle eastern type foods don’t require refrigeration for hours. Hummus, Tabouli, Rice stuffed Grape Leaves and Yoghurt. I also usually bring in fruit or carrot sticks.

    Hope this helps!

  62. I have these things at work that don’t need refrigeration or microwave. Cans of spiced tuna; I can get Chili, Sun Dried Tomato or Lemon Pepper. I also have rice crackers, applesauce in individual servings, peanut butter, Kashi Granola Bars, Chocolate (that’s a given), Soup in a cup (very hot water out of the tap does it for me). If you are going to bring stuff from home then alot of middle eastern type foods don’t require refrigeration for hours. Hummus, Tabouli, Rice stuffed Grape Leaves and Yoghurt. I also usually bring in fruit or carrot sticks.

    Hope this helps!

  63. Wow, such great ideas on brown bagging! I have the bento lunch box from Amazon-I love it. I resisted packing my lunch, but so much easier and healthy now that it is a habit. I have become very suspicious of cafeteria food at my workplace.
    My handsome kitty Wally just received his cozy cushion.

  64. Wow, such great ideas on brown bagging! I have the bento lunch box from Amazon-I love it. I resisted packing my lunch, but so much easier and healthy now that it is a habit. I have become very suspicious of cafeteria food at my workplace.
    My handsome kitty Wally just received his cozy cushion.

  65. you can also put heating packs in cooler bags, which keep hot food warm enough until lunchtime

  66. you can also put heating packs in cooler bags, which keep hot food warm enough until lunchtime

  67. Hm , live salad that is a bit too fresh!!

    I tend to just make a salad in a click clack container and carry in an insulated lunch bag. I don’t worry about ice etc and find it keeps fresh Ok. But I don’t put the dressing on I have a wee container that carries just enough for a serving.

    Yogurts, fruit, bikkies, muesli bars etc all good as well. I prefer salad as having a large vegie garden I always seem to have plenty to use up. I even love raw cauliflower and Broccoli cut up small.

    You could make up a large tupperware container full on the weekend and store in the fridge. That way it saves time in the week. I had a friend that used to make 2 -3 different types and store for the week.

    Cold rice risotto is yum as well. Anyway check out the deli section of the supermarket. They have some many options you could try something new every week.:)

    Lace blocking now: I always pin out to block but also set the stitches by holding a steam iron 2-3 inches above the knitting while it is still blocked out and steam it and let dry again. But as I tend to use mostly Merino lace weight I find I need to do this or over time the knitted “compacts” inwards as it has so much resilence in the fibre.

    Have fun trying out suggestions, oh and by the way at least it wasn’t a large dead rat under the kitchen table or the 3 or more dead mice we have had in the past week. “gifts” from our resident cat “Patches”.

    Cheers >^..^<

  68. Hm , live salad that is a bit too fresh!!

    I tend to just make a salad in a click clack container and carry in an insulated lunch bag. I don’t worry about ice etc and find it keeps fresh Ok. But I don’t put the dressing on I have a wee container that carries just enough for a serving.

    Yogurts, fruit, bikkies, muesli bars etc all good as well. I prefer salad as having a large vegie garden I always seem to have plenty to use up. I even love raw cauliflower and Broccoli cut up small.

    You could make up a large tupperware container full on the weekend and store in the fridge. That way it saves time in the week. I had a friend that used to make 2 -3 different types and store for the week.

    Cold rice risotto is yum as well. Anyway check out the deli section of the supermarket. They have some many options you could try something new every week.:)

    Lace blocking now: I always pin out to block but also set the stitches by holding a steam iron 2-3 inches above the knitting while it is still blocked out and steam it and let dry again. But as I tend to use mostly Merino lace weight I find I need to do this or over time the knitted “compacts” inwards as it has so much resilence in the fibre.

    Have fun trying out suggestions, oh and by the way at least it wasn’t a large dead rat under the kitchen table or the 3 or more dead mice we have had in the past week. “gifts” from our resident cat “Patches”.

    Cheers >^..^<

  69. Mmm, extra protein !
    Not really. I don’t like to think about commercial food prep. At all. I second soup in a thermos flask.

    Indeed, I do remember the scarf ! I was wondering if you still wore it when you wrote about the snow and ice. That was a fun birthday !

  70. Mmm, extra protein !
    Not really. I don’t like to think about commercial food prep. At all. I second soup in a thermos flask.

    Indeed, I do remember the scarf ! I was wondering if you still wore it when you wrote about the snow and ice. That was a fun birthday !

  71. Cheese and crackers. Most cheese tastes better at room temp and there’s certainly a huge selection. You could keep a small bottle of wine to go with it. Granola bars and fruit work if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. And you can always buy a small insulated lunch bag and a good quality thermos to expand your options.

  72. Cheese and crackers. Most cheese tastes better at room temp and there’s certainly a huge selection. You could keep a small bottle of wine to go with it. Granola bars and fruit work if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. And you can always buy a small insulated lunch bag and a good quality thermos to expand your options.

  73. bleh. i once had an inch-long cockroach crawl out from under a brownie i was about to buy at some sub place in vegas. put me off brownies for a while and i never went back to that place again.

  74. bleh. i once had an inch-long cockroach crawl out from under a brownie i was about to buy at some sub place in vegas. put me off brownies for a while and i never went back to that place again.

  75. Try http://www.laptoplunches.com … they sell ultra-cute insulated Bento boxes. They market them to kids – little kids – but I proudly carry mine to work. I love it. (I have nothing to do with this company btw, I just have one of their lunch boxes.)

    If you’re looking for ideas, go to this flickr pool: http://flickr.com/groups/laptop_lunches/pool/

    Over 1,000 pictures of lunches there!! These really wacky people (almost as wacky as knitters!) photograph their lunches every day and post the pics on flickr. I think some of them spend more time on their lunches than I’d be willing to devote … but at least there are some ideas there.

  76. Try http://www.laptoplunches.com … they sell ultra-cute insulated Bento boxes. They market them to kids – little kids – but I proudly carry mine to work. I love it. (I have nothing to do with this company btw, I just have one of their lunch boxes.)

    If you’re looking for ideas, go to this flickr pool: http://flickr.com/groups/laptop_lunches/pool/

    Over 1,000 pictures of lunches there!! These really wacky people (almost as wacky as knitters!) photograph their lunches every day and post the pics on flickr. I think some of them spend more time on their lunches than I’d be willing to devote … but at least there are some ideas there.

  77. I hope you reported the cockroack to the manager of the cafeteria. I wouldn’t trust it to just the check-out workers, but the manager ought to know as it could present problems with the Food and Health Safety people.

    As for lunches, how long would it be unrefridgerated? At an internship I used to work at I brought a salad with me every day that I made at home before-hand (every Sunday night I diced a bunch of tomatoes and cheese and hardboiled eggs and stuff that would last the week) and kept it in my bag. Even though I walked to work every day through 95+ degree weather and didn’t eat lunch until past noon, it always kept long enough to still be tasty and healthy when I got around to eating it.

  78. I hope you reported the cockroack to the manager of the cafeteria. I wouldn’t trust it to just the check-out workers, but the manager ought to know as it could present problems with the Food and Health Safety people.

    As for lunches, how long would it be unrefridgerated? At an internship I used to work at I brought a salad with me every day that I made at home before-hand (every Sunday night I diced a bunch of tomatoes and cheese and hardboiled eggs and stuff that would last the week) and kept it in my bag. Even though I walked to work every day through 95+ degree weather and didn’t eat lunch until past noon, it always kept long enough to still be tasty and healthy when I got around to eating it.

  79. P.S. Apropos this comment: “Cheese and crackers. Most cheese tastes better at room temp and there’s certainly a huge selection. ***You could keep a small bottle of wine to go with it.*** Granola bars and fruit work if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. And you can always buy a small insulated lunch bag and a good quality thermos to expand your options.”

    Somehow this strikes me as being a very *poor* idea.

  80. P.S. Apropos this comment: “Cheese and crackers. Most cheese tastes better at room temp and there’s certainly a huge selection. ***You could keep a small bottle of wine to go with it.*** Granola bars and fruit work if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. And you can always buy a small insulated lunch bag and a good quality thermos to expand your options.”

    Somehow this strikes me as being a very *poor* idea.

  81. I don’t like brown-bagging, either – too much work! This is some stuff that I keep in my desk at work… Look for “Tasty-bite” vegetarian Indian shelf-stable entree boxes in Whole Foods. Some even come with rice. Those that don’t, I crumble in a piece of matzo. Matzo is also shelf-stable, crumbles in soups or serves as morter-board for anything you spread on it. A bear-bottle of honey for the peanut butter and the apple. Ramen noodles – not horribly healthy, but I keep dried mushrooms and freeze-dried veggie mix to toss in. It cooks in your bowl, no need to boil the stuff. Granola to have with some yogurt and fruit. Instant oatmeal. Dried fruit for snacks. Applesauce packs. Sound good?

  82. I don’t like brown-bagging, either – too much work! This is some stuff that I keep in my desk at work… Look for “Tasty-bite” vegetarian Indian shelf-stable entree boxes in Whole Foods. Some even come with rice. Those that don’t, I crumble in a piece of matzo. Matzo is also shelf-stable, crumbles in soups or serves as morter-board for anything you spread on it. A bear-bottle of honey for the peanut butter and the apple. Ramen noodles – not horribly healthy, but I keep dried mushrooms and freeze-dried veggie mix to toss in. It cooks in your bowl, no need to boil the stuff. Granola to have with some yogurt and fruit. Instant oatmeal. Dried fruit for snacks. Applesauce packs. Sound good?

  83. I’m a huge fan of my BuiltNY lunch bag. They sell them at Target and on Amazon, or you can find them at builtny.com. It keeps my yogurt and soda nice and chilly, while allowing room for an orange and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (which I slather on either rice cakes from home or Stacy’s Pita Chips from the vending machine.) It also fits a soda and a smallish container of leftovers from dinner the night before, plus fruit.

    I also eat: Luna bars, carrots, apples, pears (not too ripe otherwise they get smooshed), firm bananas, sturdy crackers, hummus, small pita rounds, etc. etc. Good luck w/ your lunch – anything’s better than cockroach-encrusted salad.

  84. I’m a huge fan of my BuiltNY lunch bag. They sell them at Target and on Amazon, or you can find them at builtny.com. It keeps my yogurt and soda nice and chilly, while allowing room for an orange and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (which I slather on either rice cakes from home or Stacy’s Pita Chips from the vending machine.) It also fits a soda and a smallish container of leftovers from dinner the night before, plus fruit.

    I also eat: Luna bars, carrots, apples, pears (not too ripe otherwise they get smooshed), firm bananas, sturdy crackers, hummus, small pita rounds, etc. etc. Good luck w/ your lunch – anything’s better than cockroach-encrusted salad.

  85. Thermos is not a British thing …….it’s a good thing………insulated bags are good……..I generally get a prepackaged salad at the supermarket (like spinach salad) and add salmon pop it in a glad container & viola…….

  86. Thermos is not a British thing …….it’s a good thing………insulated bags are good……..I generally get a prepackaged salad at the supermarket (like spinach salad) and add salmon pop it in a glad container & viola…….

  87. I agree with the cooler lunch thing–but I have to put in my favorite fast lunch! Tortilla wraps, with sliced turkey and coleslaw. So simple to make, and I get whole wheat tortillas so I feel even healthier. Yummm–I may have to have that for lunch tomorrow.

  88. I agree with the cooler lunch thing–but I have to put in my favorite fast lunch! Tortilla wraps, with sliced turkey and coleslaw. So simple to make, and I get whole wheat tortillas so I feel even healthier. Yummm–I may have to have that for lunch tomorrow.

  89. Vermin: sounds like Lucy could get a day job!

  90. Vermin: sounds like Lucy could get a day job!

  91. When I was in school, mom would send hot soup in a thermos. No fridge or microwave needed.

  92. When I was in school, mom would send hot soup in a thermos. No fridge or microwave needed.

  93. The blech-factor still has my skin crawling. May your recovery be swift. I second (or, third, fourth, or whatever) the various insulated carrying contraptions. There are many options out there.

  94. The blech-factor still has my skin crawling. May your recovery be swift. I second (or, third, fourth, or whatever) the various insulated carrying contraptions. There are many options out there.

  95. Yup – insulated lunch bag (anything cold, including salads) plus wide-mouth thermos (anything hot, including pasta, soup, stew, leftover Chinese food, etc.). I just bought those very items yesterday at Target for my kids’ lunches. All of a sudden the cafeteria’s food is no longer acceptable to their sophisticated palates. I guess I’ll be filling the thermoses with Lobster Newburg and keeping their sushi cold in the insulated bag. [not]

  96. Yup – insulated lunch bag (anything cold, including salads) plus wide-mouth thermos (anything hot, including pasta, soup, stew, leftover Chinese food, etc.). I just bought those very items yesterday at Target for my kids’ lunches. All of a sudden the cafeteria’s food is no longer acceptable to their sophisticated palates. I guess I’ll be filling the thermoses with Lobster Newburg and keeping their sushi cold in the insulated bag. [not]