Episode 82: Tasting Menu

cover82aThis episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, and Sew Forth. Yin Hoo’s kitchen has  undergone Phase 1 of an update and the counter space has improved as a result.  I review my stint as a guest chef at a local restaurant. New projects are going on the needles, Tour de Fleece spinning continues, and I finally made time for sewing the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated in 100% linen. Plus, a few notes on the black, brown and white chapters of our summer read-along, Color by Victoria Finlay.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Our kitchen "spruce up" began when we finally purchased a new stove and hood.
Our kitchen “spruce up” began when we finally purchased a new stove and hood.
Then Samuel decided to remove the ugly piece of scalloped trim and replace it with a shelf.
Then Samuel decided to remove the ugly piece of scalloped trim and replace it with a shelf.
More shelving under the cabinets means less on the counter top.  We also raised the height of this cart so that it is truly an extension of the counter top.
More shelving under the cabinets means less on the counter top. We also raised the height of this cart so that it is truly an extension of the counter top.
Phase 2 of the "spruce up" will include a pull-out pantry housed in the narrow space beside the fridge.
Phase 2 of the “spruce up” will include a pull-out pantry housed in the narrow space beside the fridge.

Off the Shelf

Finlay refers to Whistler's Symphony in White No. 1. I find it difficult to go on with reading until I've had a glimpse of the paintings she mentions.
Finlay refers to Whistler’s Symphony in White No. 1. I find it difficult to go on with reading until I’ve had a glimpse of the paintings she mentions.

Yarns at Yin Hoo listeners are invited to join in the read along of Color. Victoria Finlay’s chapter on white is fascinating. I especially enjoyed her discussion of Whistler’s Symphony in White No. 1, but I couldn’t continue reading until I had looked up the image.  The white of the woman’s skin, dress, the flower she holds, and the background are ethereal and even virginal.  But what about the expression of the animal at her feet?  Whistler had either a wicked sense of humor or a penchant for theatrics!

Join in and read along!

July 5 — The Paintbox; Ochre
July 12 — Black and Brown; White
July 19 — Red
July 26 — Orange; Yellow
August 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow


 And Sew Forth

tunic2I’ve been longing to carve out the time to work on the Schoolhouse Tunic. Yesterday, I thought I would have just enough time to cut the fabric, but then I ended up working on the project for several hours.  Today, I finished the dress.  It is a well-written pattern and I like the results.  I elected to elongate the skirt so that the garment would be more like a dress than a tunic. I chose 100% linen for the dress and a printed quilting cotton for the facings. I’m most impressed with how the top and shoulders fit; I have very wide shoulders and sleeves tend to pinch under my arms if they are not correctly sized.  There are clear directions for top stitching and I LOVE the way my topstitching came out!  When I make this dress a second time, I will reduce the width of the skirt panels and increase the width of the front pleats The dress is a bit roomy on the bottom, but completely comfortable without looking frumpy — great for spring, summer and into fall.