September 12th, 2014

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It’s not fall here in California, yet, crossing fingers for soon because I’ve been over summer since July. I can’t wait to use my oven and cook all day long on the stove. I want homemade pies, cakes, stews, soups, everything. I really can’t wait for rain, not because of the drought situation, but because I love and miss the rain so much. Enough about me, on to the collections.

For this season, I wanted to use everything from my stash because after I acquired my aunt’s stash after she died, I have no more space in my craft room for anything. I’ve split this season into two collections: The British are Coming; and Oddballs.

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August 29th, 2014

Randomly one May day, my grandma calls to tell me my aunt gave her a bunch of yarn for me to do whatever I want with. My grandma then took the initiative to have me make her something from said yarn, which was fine by me because this particular yarn was not my cup of tea. I’m not a fan of novelty yarns, in fact I hate them after working with an awful boucle and those horrible eyelash yarns back when they were super popular and I was young and overly ambitious. I asked her what she wanted me to make and she recited a laundry list of requests: a shell, scoopneck not too low, loose and everything else was up to me.

At this point, I didn’t know what I was working with. I didn’t expect my grandma to fully explain what this yarn looked like over the phone, and it’s not like she could whip out a smartphone and send a picture. It wasn’t until my sister sent me a pic about a month later did I know the horror I would be facing. I really shouldn’t be groaning over the yarn because it’s actually quite lovely, especially for an acrylic/rayon blend, but the puffs of acrylic really turned me off. When one deals with novelty yarns, it’s harder to find decent patterns to knit with because any detailing usually gets lost in the yarn itself. I personally didn’t want to knit a basic shell because they’re extremely boring to knit. Plus, for whatever strange reason, there weren’t any free basic shell patterns that I could find and I wasn’t about to pay $5 for a pattern I would never use again. In hindsight, I could’ve taken a sleeved sweater pattern, not knit the sleeves and add the neck and armhole bindings. Whatever.

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August 22nd, 2014

25-30% off the entire S/S collection. No discount code needed.

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August 6th, 2014

I was going to announce this after Tumblr converted everything, but they’re taking too long (72 hours my ass) so I’m doing it now. Eagle eyed shoppers may have noticed I made some changes a couple of days ago. It’s time to update those bookmarks because I finally bought a domain! Thanks to Google’s recent domain registration beta, I bought a domain for trnchd. So now, trnchd.com points directly to this blog, which I already setup to be the main hub anyways. The shop is still on Etsy and can now be accessible via shop.trnchd.com or trnchd.etsy.com. This change also means I get spiffy new email addresses instead of the practically generic gmail.com version. All I have to do is cross my fingers Google doesn’t abandon this like they did with Google Reader (yes, it still hurts a bit).

One day in the far distant future, I’ll buy a website to host everything. We’ll see how this business venture goes.

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July 30th, 2014

What does one do when your garden gives you tons of basil? Make pesto! My basil this year went from two 8” pots to two 3’ long wooden boxes (top tip: build them yourself with fencing wood, it’s a LOT cheaper than buying them pre-made). You could say I’m compensating for last year when my crop wasn’t as plentiful, but when it came to choosing which seedlings would continue growing big and strong, I couldn’t throw away what would’ve been the rejects. Plus I had the open boxes since my lettuce, spinach and bok choy gave up earlier than usual thanks to the warmer weather.

As much as I love eating pesto tossed with pasta, spread on toast or sandwiches, I needed a new use. The idea came when I was barbecuing chicken thighs slathered in barbecue sauce. Why not marinate them in pesto? Why I didn’t think about this before (because I love pesto and I don’t care how badly my breath smells afterwards)? Well, after last year when I caught my gas grill on fire, it was pretty bad, I’ve been reluctant to grilling chicken thighs ever again. In my defense, I cut off as much fat as I could before grilling, but the skin has a lot of fat underneath and within, which is why it tastes so delicious. But when the weather turns hot and chicken thighs are cheap, I’m not going to cave and turn my oven on. I wasn’t going to let this experience defeat my cooking abilities.

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