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My friend and former housemate Jo is Welsh.

She’s actually only half Welsh, since her mother is English – but mention that little fact and she’ll pretend she didn’t hear you. She can speak a bit of Welsh, including saying the longest place-name in the world (which has far too many w’s and f’s and g’s for one word, in my opinion). She bakes Welsh cakes, which are lovely little sugary things with raisins and scalloped edges. She never forgets St David’s Day (March 1st), and she loves the Welsh rugby team. And she has socks, an apron and a set of bedsheets that depict the Welsh flag and its dragon.

Imagine my delight, then, when I found a knitting pattern depicting said Welsh dragon, adaptable to blankets and other projects, on Ravelry (link here). I immediately bought it and spent several weeks knitting it into her wedding gift:

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It’s a massive tea cozy bearing the Welsh dragon. And I get to give it to her when she gets married. TODAY.

I can’t wait to see her face. And hug her in her beautiful wedding dress, and wish her all the happiness in the world.

Happy Love Thursday. Please visit Karen’s blog for more links to images and stories of love.

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summer evening shrug

Summer 2009 111I fell in love with this pattern on the Purl Bee weeks ago, and was determined I was going to make it to wear to Jo’s wedding on Aug. 27. I’d also been coveting the Patons Silk Bamboo yarn at Hobby Lobby – so, when it went on sale, I grabbed four skeins and went to work on this shrug. (Ravelry link here.)

Mostly it was a joy to knit. I’ve knit so many pairs of fingerless gloves that I’m quite used to knitting in the round on double-pointed needles by now. This scares non-knitters, because it looks like I’m holding a hedgehog in my lap, but it’s much simpler than it looks. You can’t see it in this photo, but the cuffs feature a lovely lace pattern, and the yarn is sooo soft and shiny. The back was simple – just plain stockinette stitch, and it turned out just the right length after repeated, compulsive measuring.

Attaching the two pieces together with a stitch I’d never used nearly gave me fits, but it was worth it in the end. And I can’t wait to wear this shrug over my favourite little black dress when I watch my Jo get married next week.

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this summer i will

Inspired by Emily’s recent summer list, here’s what I hope to do with the rest of my summer:

~make Jen’s Fire Escape Tea (on our porch, as we have no fire escape)

~step outside in the mornings before the temperature rises above 80

~reread No Children, No Pets – a perennial summer favourite

~make more fruit cobblers and crisps (I’ve made 3 or 4 already)

~attend three weddings of people J and I love

~get rid of unwanted possessions (many of them in a garage sale this weekend)

~watch Friends with J and laugh, laugh, laugh

~organize my crafting materials

~make a salad with my own home-grown tomatoes

~buy a colourful handbag

~go to Europe (Less than six weeks away! We’re busily making hostel reservations and ironing out details…)

I’m sure there’s more, but this sounds like enough for now.

What’s on your summer list?

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For as long as I can remember, we’ve made blackberry cobbler for my dad’s birthday and Father’s Day, instead of cake. He likes it better, and his mom used to make it for him, with dumplings instead of the traditional crust. I’ve always loved to bake, so I’ve been helping my mom with it for years. And when I went to Oxford in ’04, the bulging baskets of plump, shiny fresh fruit at the open market – even in mid-winter – practically begged to be made into cobbler.

I expanded my repertoire big-time that semester. Blackberry, raspberry, apple, strawberry – even a mango crisp, made from damaged mangoes bought at a discount, carefully peeled and chopped, and sprinkled with a mixture of oats, butter, flour and cinnamon. We chopped and peeled apples, washed handfuls of delicate berries, sliced the tops off strawberries and stirred them on the stove with sugar and lemon juice. (I say “we” because my girlie compatriots in House 10 frequently helped me. I couldn’t believe how many of them had never had cobbler before!) That summer, Jenny and Kyle asked me to make a big strawberry cobbler for their rehearsal dinner, and I gladly did, dough-sticky fingers and all.

For the next two years I made cobblers for dozens of House 9 potlucks and birthday parties. During this time, Jeremiah met my cobblers – and it was love at first sight, particularly with the strawberry. Ever since then, the magical phrase “I’m making a cobbler” has been one sure way to light up his eyes.

The summer fruits are out in full force this year, and I’ve already made strawberry, blackberry and blueberry cobblers. (With dumplings, of course – always mixed up from scratch.) It really is the easiest dessert in the world, and one of the freshest, yummiest, most tasty, most colourful things about summer.

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Bethany says I have an avocado addiction.

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And she is exactly right.

I also have a guacamole addiction. It’s genetic – my Pop, my mom’s dad, makes delicious guacamole. And well, this isn’t genetic, but my college friends Jesse and Josh used to lob avocado pits out of their top-floor window in Oxford, hoping against all reason that an avocado tree would sprout in the front yard of House 9.

Anyway, we love our avocado around here.

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(This is one of my special Whittard bowls – I would have totally bought the whole set if I had been capable of toting them all home.)

We like our guacamole simple. Just avocado, a few dashes of lemon juice, a few shakes of green taco sauce, and a healthy dollop of salsa.

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Mix together and serve with tortilla chips. (Or on burritos or nachos, or just eat it straight.) Yum.

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All gone.empty bowl

Happy weekend to you.

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