Thursday, June 21, 2012

You Should Never Piss Off the Women with Pointy Sticks

So if your a knitter, spinner, fiber enthusiast of any kind, then you know by know about the cease and desist order from the US Olympic Committee, stating that the use of the term Ravelympics in a copyright infringement and that used in conjunction with terms such as scarf hockey and afghan marathon is in some way disrespectful to the athletes.

I wonder how many of them knit? But I digress. They have issued a follow up statement saying that they regret their insensitive statements, really?

Well I regret to inform you USOT that I will be boycotting your sponsors. I will not be purchasing London 2012 merchandise, or any other products associated with your little band corporate scrooges.

Please understand I can appreciate the need for copyright projection, but in your review of the Ravelry website that you were so found of quoting in your letter, did you see anyone profiting from the similarity of use? Was anyone selling their Ravelympics items? No, many don't even have logos on them. Team colors, country colors perhaps.

So here's to you Coca Cola, McDonald's, VISA (you will not be where I want to be this summer).

You talk about supporting the athletes through sponsorship and donations, well don't bite the hand that feeds you next time.

Here is a link to a complete list of sponsors should anyone else feel inclined to let the USOT how we feel: Sponsor List

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy, Hot, & Home

It is a glorious summer day! A that started perfectly by hanging clothes on the line to dry and capture the smell of sunshine the only way cotton sheets can in the summer. Followed by lunch at Carrot Tree Kitchens - Yorktown with my wonderful Aunt. There I had the "Strawberry Fields" sandwich, which is

Honey roasted turkey,  warm brie, sliced strawberries and 
toasted almonds with lettuce and Debi’s Honey Cider dressing 
on a feather light croissant with a side order of Spinach Orzo 

My Aunt enjoyed the "Tidewater" which involves a crab cake, obviously.

Our crab cake, made with a touch of country ham, is served 
hot on a toasted knot roll with tartar sauce, a little Cole Slaw,  
and a side order of  Potato Salad.

The we shared a Chocolate Ice Chest Pie.

My Aunt said it best, "Heavenly!"

Sadly, our visit ended too soon and she went home, but she is going to get to see two of my little cousins today, she is so lucky!

I went on to Knitting Sisters, I mean where else would I go if I was not at home on a Saturday afternoon but to Knitting Sisters. As always, it was wonderful to see the "Sisters" and chat with some other knitters!

I just needed a small fix today so just some sock yarn and extra pair of needles and some Lincatex metallic yarn in Gold Rush colorway (black and gold). I plan to use it with some lace weight in a light grey for a fabulous dressy shawl!

What a fabulous day!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

You Know What Really Bugs Me?

Flea Beetles.  Flea Beetles are the little critters that make the tiny pinholes in the leaves of your eggplant plants, and probably some other plants too, but they seem to be especially fond of my eggplants. So how do you get rid of these little critters without dousing the garden with chemicals that will also chase aware must wanted insects like bees.

So what to do you ask? Well I came up with a concoction that is inspired by Jerry Baker and a few other sites. I took one whole small garlic (about six cloves), one small onion and finely chopped both, then placed them in a pot with one quart of water and one tablespoon of cayenne pepper. I boiled it for about five to ten minutes on medium heat, be careful not to boil off all your water. I then let it sit over night. In the morning I strained the solids out and put the garlic, pepper, onion infused water into a spray bottle and went to the garden. I gently sprayed both the tops and bottoms of the leaves.

I will keep you posted on how well this works. But it nothing else, the garden smells extra good this morning.