I'm just 7 days away from hitting the road with this energetic guy for The Baby Show in Auckland.
We've been doing some long days and nights in preparation for this show which is probably the biggest (in terms of visitor volume) that I've ever done.
I've got some new kit colours to debut and a whole bunch of finished monkeys. I haven't been making finished monkeys availble for sale for quite a while so it will be fun to be reminded how much people like their little faces. Along with finished monkeys and the kits I'll have badges, tote bags and stickers.
If you're interested a winning a double pass, head over to the Miss Millie page on Facebook and leave a comment on The Baby Show post.
Like many a modern lady, enough is never enough when it comes to tote bags. I watched the entire first season of The Mindy Project on a recent flight and I couldn't help but giggle in agreement at this scene (1:25 sec - 2:32 sec) in Episode 2.
And now, I have Miss Millie tote bags. They'll be available on my shop later this week.
Possibly the most exciting time of year is adding new sock monkey colours to the kit range. These three will be making their debut in December as soon as the nessesary bits and peices arrive from the printer.
I love having a green monkey in the range. Being made from socks the kits are at the mercy of fashion to a degree and green hasn't shown up as a trend colour for a few years now. When I spotted these socks in bright green + little ladybirds I figured we had a winner.
Just two short blocks full of Portland's food carts separates me from Knit Purl during this 3 month stay. I even became the Mayor yesterday as I joined Sivia Harding and a bunch of keen Oregonian knitters for a full day workshop on the art of designing our own top-down triangle shawl.
Inspired by our recent Oregon fly fishing adventure I went down to Powells in search of further fishy reading and came across this little gem instead.
Clearly the cover is a bit of an attention grabber, but apart from being a chic gun toting red-head, Georgia Pellegrini describes a life that has gone full circle. From a rural, semi-self sufficient childhood, to trader at Lehman Brothers to the French Culinary Institute and back to the land again, hunting for her own game in some of the most remote parts of the US and UK.
She describes turkey, deer and boar hunts in a way that makes you wish you were right there in a tweed jacket on a cold winter's morning. She portrays the colourful characters she meets along the way - some you think you'd like to join for a whiskey and a cigar and others you're happy to stay well clear of.
Georgia's writing style is so warm and engaging and without a single hint of the preachiness that sometimes goes with books about food politics. I feel like this book isn't just for committed omnivores, I think anyone who entertains the idea of preparing food they caught (or grew) themselves, or anyone who just cares about where their food comes from will enjoy reading this book.
Because I live at a hotel here in Portland, I suffer (prepare the violins) through eating out for pretty much every single meal. I have confronted this challenge with passion and dedication and I'm beginning to have the waistline to prove it.
Here are some of this week's gastronomic highlights:
Peach glazed chicken, bacon slaw and jalapeno corn bread.
Fancy meat plate at Beast. Course number 2 of 5. At Beast there is no optional menu, you just get what you're given and "substitutions will be politely declined".
Brunch cheese board at Ned Ludd.