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I write about my successes...

Last night, I made baked tofu. I looked up techniques on the web and put together something simple that I thought would taste good.

I took a block of extra-firm tofu (my standard kind) and pressed it between layers of paper towels and a weighted board. After 45 minutes or so, I sliced it into 1/2 inch slices and arranged them in a baking pan. I covered them with a mixture of white wine, chopped garlic and pepper, plus some water, and baked them at 450F until they were browning on top.

They tasted like...tofu with a bit of garlic and a hint of wine. Bleh. Not inedible - far from it. I didn't have to force any of it down - but not really good. Next time, if I do this again, I'll marinate it for a half hour or so and I'll use stronger flavors, such as, oh, SOY SAUCE and SESAME OIL and GINGER. *rolls eyes at self*.

I also took a trip to a yarn shop because I needed to replace a Clover double pointed needle I'd lost. I'd been using one of my Brittany's, but I prefer Clovers. While I was there, I thought I'd see what sort of sock yarn they had, socks being addictive and my local place only having one brand. I went to Park Slope because the local place only has Bates needles.

She didn't have much, if any, sock yarn. Said there wasn't much call for it there. Which, given the low profit margin in yarn shops, makes sense to me - no point in stocking what no one will buy. So, I'm stuck with online again. Ah, well. (I'm almost finished with the current socks. I have the yarn for the next pair, which means I need the yarn for the pair afterwards.)

Any recommendations for handpainted yarn?

I also got a little tiny notebook that fits the cosmetic bag I use for my tools.

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I like Lorna's Laces sock yarn. And Schaefer's is always gorgeous (and always expensive).

I was thinking about Lorna's Laces.

Or splurging on Socks That Rock.

My Cable Ride socks were done in Lorna's Laces and Regia 4-ply. I've done other socks in different Lorna's colorways, and they last at least 4 years of winter wear, which is excellent for my socks.

Those are *so* pretty. I love the effect of the white foot and the patterned everything else.

The pattern is from Heartstring Fiber Arts -- most of her patterns call for Lorna's Laces sockyarn, and her direction are *excellent*.

I'm looking forward to wearing those socks in the fall, because they'll look smashing with open-toed shoes.

i am a fan of Regia self patterning yarn for socks, but i have been meaning to order soem from knit-picks. the yare online only bu ttheir prices rock.

I'm currently using the Knitpicks merino for my lace wrap. (You can see pictures of it in progress here.) It's lovely stuff, and, yeah, the price is right.

I've done two pair of self-patterning socks already (or will when the crayon socks are done) and the next pair will be lace in a solid green. I want a more random variegation for the pair after that.

have you played with Koigu? if not, DO. it is glorious nd awesome to work wiht, however the price is... wht one expects form hand pained yarn...

I like Tofu when I get it in a restaurant but I've never, ever made it at home where I liked it. I keep trying but so far...blah.