My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Almost Halfway There

I’m almost to the halfway point on the To-Be-Named Stole:

This photo was taken yesterday, so it’s a bit further along than it appears here. But yesterday was nice and sunny and today is dark and gloomy, so you get an old photo.

Okay, this has nothing to do with anything, but it is the epitome of awesome . . .

Have you ever heard of the Fasta Pasta cooker?

The link takes you to the thing on I bought one in January 2009 and I use it all the time. It’s a microwave pasta cooker and if you are making just a couple of servings of pasta it is the greatest thing in the world. It beats boiling several quarts of water and then having to clean the pot. It’s made out of heavy plastic and is much easier to clean than a big ol’ pot.

If you go to the Fasta Pasta website, you will find a page with pdfs of cooking charts — times for all sorts of different things you can cook in it. It never occurred to me to visit the website until this past weekend and I found the veggies and rice cooking chart. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could cook rice and veggies in this.

I sound like an infomercial, don’t I?

Lucy has lost interest.


  1. Oh I just might have to buy a Fasta Pasta, they look really good. It would be perfect for making lunches at work, thanks for the great off topic suggestion. Have you seen their actual infomercial, I think you’d have to try quite hard to fail at making pasta in a pot that bady. By the way, Lucy is hilarious!
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..Cast offs & WIPs & a UFO =-.

  2. you are such an enabler – I hate making a whole post of pasta just for me – this will be fantastic!!!!!!
    .-= Karen´s last blog .. =-.

  3. Donna Swanson says:

    Name for the yet-to-be-named stole…. Lucy’s pastime

  4. ok, the to-be-named stole looks like a lovely golden field of wheat to me. I wish I had the kitchen storage for another doodad. :/
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..The Big Snow of 2010 =-.

  5. It never occurred to me that you could make pasta in the microwave! I think I need one of those…

    And lovely stole!

  6. Love the stole!

    Those colors are so awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And unfortunately, my husband has just banned pasta from the home. Sigh.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Book Bonanza! =-.

  7. I didn’t even know it was possible to make pasta in a microwave. I am going to check it out!! Thanks. Dark days make for sleepy kitties.

  8. What will they think of next!

  9. Looking at that stole, the name that popped into my head was “Willow Bark”. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  10. Too bad it’s plastic. I’m trying to stop storing and heating food in plastic.
    .-= claire´s last blog ..Loaded =-.

  11. The Riverbed Stole, I think. It looks like ripples over a pebbly riverbed.

  12. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Your infomercial was successful! I just bought one of these from Amazon. I don’t cook but I can manage to boil pasta; this looks much easier, though. Thanks, Wendy!

    Great photo of Lucy’s lovely tummy!

  13. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    It is so great the tools and gadgets you suggest…it is always better buying something tried and true! Thx…

  14. I really like the edging on your new project.

    I love kitchen gadgets and believe I need every single one. But I pass on anything that has to do with the microwave, though I do have one. I’m glad you’re liking this, though.

  15. That looks really handy. With it just being my husband and myself, something that would be easy to make one to two servings in sounds perfect!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..pumpkin to cure my ills (and geekery) =-.

  16. This latest to-be-named is very pretty; perfect color and weight for spring. It is so gloomy today, and we have snow coming in a couple of days … but I know spring is actually here. It is just teasing around a little like a kitty, playing hard to get.

    The pasta cooker looks like a handy tool, but personally I won’t ever cook foods in the microwave because of what happens to the fat molecules. If it weren’t for that, I would harken to the convenience.

    Hope you and Lucy have a not so gloomy day.

    Warmest wishes,

  17. I am so amazed that you can knit this much lace this fast.

    The fasta pasta thing looks so cool. I cook a single serving of pasta like 3 times a week- it might be a great thing to get. Perhaps I’ll add Toe Up Socks for Every Body to the amazon order with it and get free shipping for both! I can’t wait to see your new book!

  18. Unrelated but noticed in the Lucy pic – does Lucy’s sheep fleece bed need to be vacuumed or do you wash it? I was thinking of getting one but I am not sure of the care/maintenance. Thanks

  19. Sara in WI says:

    The shawl is so gorgeous….

  20. oh, freaking awesome!! Thanks for the links. Will definitely give this pasta thing a try.
    .-= Jennie´s last blog ..Marching on =-.

  21. I have TWO fasta pastas (they were on sale on QVC, I think) – we absolutly love them. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION: be very careful when you take it out of the microwave, especially if you have a hood microwave over your stove. It is soooo easy to spill – and the water is VERY hot!
    .-= Betsy´s last blog ..March Madness =-.

  22. Stacy Jensen says:

    I don’t need one for our house, but still took the time to look at the Fasta Pasta. How unfair, they have a pictures of a chocolate cake there. How do you make the cake!?

  23. I think I might have to pick up one of these after it’s just me and my husband–sounds like a good idea. I like the kitchen scale you recommended. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Yarn, shawl patterns, books–you and I seem to have very similar tastes and I’ve purchased and made things after seeing them in your blog. Now you’ve led me astray again. The UPS guy just delivered the Fasta Pasta and “Toe-Up Socks for Every Body” (in separate packages). The FedEx guy dropped off the Fasta Pasta cookbook as I was keying this.

    I’m looking forward to both the book and the pasta. Thank you.
    .-= Mary the Digital Knitter´s last blog ..Another Ductless Air Conditioner =-.