Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Carry on, carry on

Well thank you all for your enthusiasm and kind encouragement regarding the new venture! It's an enormous weight off my shoulders just to tell you about it, I'm not sure why. But it's certainly been a whirlwind, and caring for a toddler while simultaneously launching the company and writing the patterns/instructions has been a challenge, to say the least. The next month will be especially stressful as we get ready for the launch, so bear with me! I'll tell you more about the company and my plans as we go, too.

Coddled egg for breakfast today. My first time making and eating one. It's one of those funny things really; I've been walking past the egg coddler for, oh, about two years now, ever since my aunt gave it to me. Been meaning to give it a try for all this time but kept putting it off for another day. Turns out that it's very easy and takes only 8 or 9 minutes for two eggs, but the way I've been stalling you'd think it took all morning!

Anyway, I'll need to give it a few more tries since by the time I got the top of the egg cooked, the bottom was all hard and crumbly. I guess you need to leave the top a bit liquid and clear so the bottom isn't over-cooked, but then I sort of wonder about the risks of salmonella and such. Hey, I never claimed to be much of anything in the kitchen, and Todd will vouch for me there. Anyway, maybe we'll switch out the usual cold cereal for coddled eggs and bread with apple butter while I fiddle a bit with the methodology. Something else to obsess about so I don't stress about the really important things, right?

Oh, and it turns out that the external flash for my camera simply isn't working! Off to the camera shop it goes for an exchange. Maybe I'll find more success with a replacement. Whew! I thought maybe there was something wrong with me (well, not that there isn't but, you know...). In the meantime, my grand plans for expanding my photographic horizons are on hold and we're using natural light exclusively once again.

Did you catch our friend Martha on Monday? I wasn't able to get tickets, but I certainly tuned in to catch her very first sewing episode! And did you see this on the wall in her craft room? I've gathered all my hoops and just haven't found the right place to put them yet. Very late to the table on this trend, I am.

Also, you know how much I love the Garnet Hill catalog covers. The lastest one arrived today: mmmm, orange, teal, and brown! Gorgeous. Hmm, I can't find the cover on their website. Maybe I'll scan it tomorrow when I have more energy so you can see. And I'll be using that advent mitten garland idea this year with my mitten ornament pattern. They'll look great in lots of different colors of wool felt.

Ok, back to the tasks at hand. That's one of the most difficult things about a venture like this: forcing myself to focus on the patterns without getting sidetracked by various projects.


  1. Anonymous10:22 AM

    I was at Martha's taping for the Sewing Show. We were informed that the last segment would be framing fabric. At the last minute, this segment was cut for an audience show & tell. On Martha's website for show details, it says thanks to Joelle Hoverson for demonstrating. The Martha show cut Joelle's segment. :(

    Text from Martha's website:
    Special thanks to Joelle Hoverson, owner of Purl and Purl Patchwork in New York City, for demonstrating framing fabric. For more information on this fabric project, visit purlsoho.com.

  2. How amazingly strange and wonderful...I received my G.Hill catalog, then was looking at your site and mitten tutorial and put the same idea together in my head. No, I'm not going to do it, I just thought, "Wow, wouldn't her mittens make a great Advent Calendar!"

  3. I used to work at a little restaurant called Scrumptious where coddled eggs were one of the favorite breakfast offerings. Here is how we made them: 1 or 2 eggs, 1 tsp heavy cream, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, pinch of oregano, pinch of paprika, 1 tsp butter. In a saucepan, boil enough water so that it will cover 2/3 inch of the coddler, lower the heat to a simmer. Brush butter on the inside of the coddler. Add the heavy cream and sprinkle in the salt, oregano and pepper. Break the eggs into the coddler. Sprinkle the top with paprika. Put the lid on loosely and place in the simmering water. Cover the pan and cook for eight minutes. I hope this helps!

  4. Oh, man! There is NOTHING like a good coddled egg. I'm absolutely writing down AmandaMay's recipe and I will also tell you that before you tire of them, you ought to try eating them at Prune. Prune is on 1st St between 1st & 2nd Aves. I've never been for dinner, but at brunch they serve coddled eggs over savory chicken or turkey or something and it's amazing. I find it hard to order anything else there (except one of the many, many bloody mary variations, of course).

  5. I realize that this post was written over a year ago, but did you go to Martha's show for bloggers back in September? I was there - great to see how things work "behind the scenes."