Creature comforts.

Saturday, April 12th, 2003

Lest you think I’ve been sitting around idly and twiddling my thumbs these past few blog-free weeks, let me assure you that this is not the case. Aside from work and music and all the rest of it, I have something tangible to show for my time spent away from the computer, and that something is pictured below. It’s…a hand-knitted sweater!

It is, namely, the first sweater knitted by my hands - and it sure has been a long time coming. I started it at the beginning of February, and by the time I got around to sewing it all together this past week, I was heartily sick of the whole project. I was also initially disappointed with the finished results: a lumpy, bumpy, crooked, puffy thing that I had no intention of wearing out of the house.

But after putting it aside for a day and then engaging in a bit more shaping, I tried it on again and thought that maybe it wasn’t half-bad after all, considering it’s the first sweater I’ve ever made. If nothing else, it’s warm and soft and light, and at least I can say that I finished what I started and I have something presentable to show for all the time I spent with knitting needles in my hands. I think my next few projects are going to have to be short and snappy ones, though. I’m in need of some instant gratification.

Speaking of gratification, today I had what was quite possibly the most fantastically delicious cookie I have ever tasted. I have something of a weakness for cookies, I guess, but I’m almost always disappointed when I break down and buy one from somewhere. Even if they have a nice texture or flavor, they’re generally way too sweet, and I can’t eat more than a few bites without feeling slightly ill.

But today’s cookie - from a new shop in the North Laine called Ben’s Cookies - was exceptional. I went for the double chocolate option, and the minute the cookie was handed to me and I felt the soft warmth of it through the paper bag, I suspected I was in for a treat.

I was not wrong. Biting into this cookie was simply heavenly. I crunched through the light, crisp exterior of it to reveal a moist, chocolatey, cakey interior studded with gooey, melted chunks of even more chocolate. It was a sinful - and remarkably un-sickly-sweet - combination of all the best bits of a cookie, a brownie and a chocolate lava cake. I was mmm-ing and mmm-mmm-ing with every bite I took, and when I finished scarfing the whole thing down, I had to physically restrain myself from going back and buying one more of each kind they had (plain chocolate, triple chocolate, oatmeal raisin, chocolate orange…).

Maybe I was just really in the mood for a cookie today. Whatever it was, those few cookie-eating moments were filled with pure, unadulterated, sensual, chocolatey bliss. Highly, highly recommended.

Jessica in her handmade sweater



Bravo!!!! On the sweater and your description of the heavenly cookie it was just what I needed Thanks.

Posted by C Kelly

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