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today

You guys. We recently got a new food processor after our old one kicked the bucket. And guess what? It’s true: if you roast some nuts a little bit and put them in the food processor (a GOOD one, not an ancient, dying one) and wait, and scrape and wait, and wait past the point of This is never going to work, this is going to be such a disaster you really do get nut butter. Look.

nutbutter

This is approximately two parts almonds, two parts cashews, one part sunflower seeds. And so freaking delicious.

Other things I did today, on my day off:

-cried all morning over a very gorgeous, very sad book

Then:

-made beer bread

-made brown rice for my upcoming week’s breakfasts

-made the aforementioned nut butter

-started a huge new batch of sauerkraut (one red cabbage, one beet, one leek)

-made a terrifying amount of hummus (that’s 3 different things in a row in the food processor if anyone’s keeping track)

-started a batch of pickled turnips (Lebanese style, the ones you get on your shawarma)

-made mjaddarah, because it’s Mjaddarah Monday

And then I went over to the shop to teach a class, because it’s not a DAY OFF day off. But still more day-offish than I’ve had since March 14, so I’ll take it. I didn’t do anything work related until almost 7pm, unless you count putting on clothes which I didn’t do until about 6:20pm.

But this was week 3 of a 3 week woodcut class, so it pretty much taught itself! The students had their blocks all carved and ready to print their third colour, and after that they carved and printed a fourth colour. You can see process photos over the past 3 weeks of class on the studio weblog, but here are a couple from tonight:

blue

treepull

Posted by Jodi Green on March 30, 2015 at 10.51pm

hey, you guys

Things are happening, and they’ve been busymaking and exhausting things. I opened the shop. And haven’t had a day off since! If you’re following my studio weblog, you know what’s been going on over there, but if you don’t, I’d be grateful if you’d have a look at what’s been taking up all of my passion and my attention lately.

awning

The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and someday soon I plan to spend at least part of those days doing the things I love and that I love documenting here: making beautiful food, working on our laundry list of home renovations, gardening (thanks to the new porch, we’re starting from scratch in the front yard this year: so exciting!), and knitting. I’ve been knitting quite a bit actually, working on samples for classes I’ll be teaching in the upcoming months, but the truth is that since the shop opened, most evenings that haven’t been spent teaching classes have been spent falling asleep on the tee vee room couch with knitting in my hands and a football (soccer to you lot across the border) match on. I haven’t made it through an entire match awake in weeks.

doorvinyl

But it’s a nonstop seventh birthday party over at the shop. Just look at this partytime grand opening window.

ready

Go check it out, if you like, here: Levigator Press

Posted by Jodi Green on March 28, 2015 at 10.12am

it’s cold outside

wandaskeetersnow

Posted by Jodi Green on February 22, 2015 at 9.36am

singles

Here is approximately six ounces of wool from Uruguay, in turquoise, mixed green, and brown (with some viscose-type shiny bits).

wool from uruguay

Spun up together into two bobbins of singles, one mixed, one stripey:

uruguay wool singles

This was done a few months ago, and hasn’t yet been plied because now I can’t find the bobbins in the chaos that is a studio in the process of moving. D’oh.

Posted by Jodi Green on February 16, 2015 at 11.27am

a better look at yesterday’s FO

Does anybody still say “FO”?

It’s a cold one today, and here at Jodi’s Weblog we are dedicated to taking as few steps out the door as possible to bring you the quality programming to which you’ve become accustomed. Behold, a freshly blocked lace shawl on our beautiful new porch railing! (yes, the new porch is still a novelty, and every time I drive home I gaze at it in wonder and adoration as I go past the front of our house. Don’t judge. It really is a very nice porch). With a lovely backdrop of snow, a record-breaking amount of snow for our normally balmy region of Canada.

shawl1

And a better look at that perky line of Vikkel Braid, with which I am inordinately pleased:

shawl2

This sucker is huge. It covers practically Polly’s entire body.

shawlpolly

Posted by Jodi Green on February 6, 2015 at 6.58pm

in which this weblog used to be about knitting

Hey, I finished something last night.

shawl
(please excuse my janky-ass blocking; I’m out of practice).

It’s a simple triangular shawl knitted from the centre top outward to the border edge. The body is horseshoe lace, flowing perfectly into a ten-stitch razor shell for the border.

A meandering line of Vikkel braid neatly divides the border from the body. This is my favourite part.

shawldetail

It uses two full skeins of Brooks Farm Acero (wool, silk, viscose) worked on 4.5mm needles. This gorgeous indigo/black yarn was a gift from somebody awesome in, oh, around 2006 or 2007.

Oh look, this didn’t take long.

skeeter

As soon as the ends on the shawl were woven in, I opened up the Tickle Trunk to find something else to knit on. Right on top: a Cookie A. Monkey Sock, with only 4 rounds to go before decreasing for the toe. Typical. Casting on for Monkey number two today!

Posted by Jodi Green on February 5, 2015 at 4.00pm

a big announcement!

Cross posted from my business weblog because it’s super exciting!

I’m pleased to announce that in March 2015, Levigator Press will be moving out of the cramped home studio and into a shiny new storefront space in the beautiful Walkerville district of Windsor, Ontario. I’m thrilled to have a chance to add my vision to this amazing neighbourhood that is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth and renewal.

The new Levigator Press world headquarters will soon be housed at 1984 Wyandotte Street, East. That’s at the corner of Wyandotte St. and Devonshire Rd., right next door to the Walkerville Artists’ Co-op and less than a block away from the Arts Council Windsor & Region.

The all new Levigator Press will offer short workshops, longer courses, and private instruction in print media, book arts, papermaking, drawing, and fibre arts. We’ll also have outside artists coming in to teach so there will always be a wide variety of opportunities to learn and to make incredible things. In addition to the print studio there will be a gallery space and a cozy hangout area downstairs for less formal classes and gatherings.

We’re hoping to have the doors open early in March but our official grand opening event will take place on Saturday, March 14. I hope you’ll join us!

Posted by Jodi Green on January 23, 2015 at 1.38pm

a conversation before bed (part 2)

Me: god save the queen from what? Is it, like, a prayer for her mortal soul?

Peter: from anything that could prevent her from having a long life.

Me: oh, like bears.

Peter: the clap.

Me: diphtheria.

Peter: muggers.

Me: gout.

Peter: psoriasis.

Me: the heartbreak of halitosis!

Then I think I fell asleep while trying to come up with a good joke about the queen sending god a ‘save the date’ card. Which is just as well.

Posted by Jodi Green on December 27, 2014 at 9.39am

a conversation before bed (part 1)

In the spare bedroom at my mom’s house, on xmas eve, where a giant stuffed bear in hat and trenchcoat sits in a wooden chair, observing the bed. We are nervously eyeing it as we undress.

Peter: that bear is awfully. . . large to just sit in a chair all alone in an empty room all the time.

Me: well, it’s not alone tonight.

Peter: nope.

Me: how do you think the bear will celebrate its night of not-aloneness? With. . . MURDER?

Peter: Murderington the Bear.

Me: hey, kids!

Both: It’s Murderington the Bear!

Posted by Jodi Green on December 26, 2014 at 8.00am

kiwi fruit chutney

kiwi chutney

Six gorgeous half pint jars of it.

This chutney is an old standby of ours that I’ve been making for nearly 20 years. It’s from the Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving (the link takes you to a much more recent version of the book I bought in 1995 when I was young and inexperienced and super gung-ho to learn about canning). The recipe can be found on the Bernardin website, here: LINK >> Kiwi Chutney

We eat this on the side of a chick pea and tomato curry that’s heavily seasoned with paprika and cardamom, or serve it at parties on top of a chunk of 4-year-old cheddar (MUST be white, because orange will look super unappetizing against the dull green of the chutney) on top of a Wheat Thin.

Posted by Jodi Green on December 24, 2014 at 9.44am