Monthly Archives: October 2011

Veg*n Q&A

(veg*n=term used to refer to both vegetarians and vegans)

I started reading The Yarn Harlot’s latest book today, and her essay about things non-knitters say to knitters really got me inspired. Now, I do get some really annoying questions as a knitter, but most of the time it’s just someone complimenting my work (which, obviously, is always nice). The more difficult and/or interesting conversations concern vegetarianism or veganism.

Most people that I communicate with on a daily or weekly basis know that I used to be a semi-vegetarian (i.e. I ate fish) and went nearly-vegan in last January (the “nearly” comes from the fact that I still use wool that I had purchased before that). Obviously it’s not the first thing I’d mention in a job interview or when talking to my thesis advisor, but it’s something that I am proud of and therefore do not hide it. This means that I do occasionally have to Explain Things.

1. The One Question Not To Ask 

Q: You still eat chicken, right?

A: No. (This question makes no sense for either a pesco-vegetarian or a vegan, since last time I checked, chicken=not fish/not vegetable. Also, if you ask this when I’m drunk, I cannot guarantee that I won’t start citing Foer or Masson.)

2. The Question I Bet She’s Heard Already

Q: Isn’t that really hard?

A: Not really. It limits your options, but if you no longer view certain foods as viable options (because they cease being “food”), the question is irrelevant. 

3. The Question That Isn’t A Question (and which only leads to an argument)

Q: I think you are wrong, because (Insert X)

A: I am ashamed to say that I do on occassion enjoy arguing, so this might not end well.

But, seriously speaking, everyone has a right to disagree. Most of my friends (presumably) disagree, since they are not vegetarians. it does not mean we cannot be friends, but mutual respect and courtesy is required.



Let’s pretend it’s weekend

I have to work Saturday and Sunday, so yesterday evening and today have sort of been my weekend. We began it last night by watching The Help (which, while good, does not win the book) and eating Chinese. Today I was inspired to bake, and after a little while spent going through my cookbooks, I chose peppermint-chocolate cupcakes:


The recipe is from a vegan Finnish cookbook called Viiden tähden vegaani (by the writer of Chocochili). The book has been very useful when I’ve cooked for larger groups, but this is actually only the second time I’ve used a dessert recipe from the book. The reason is probably that I also have a vegan bakery book, Puputyttö ja vohvelisankari, which gets pulled from the shelf first when I feel like baking. 

Today I also managed to take a few pictures of my knitting in daylight. 


Yes, it’s another hat. The pattern is Springtime in Philadelphia by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I used Sanguine Gruphon Bugga yarn that had been waiting in my stash for quite some time. I love the result (especially the colour) and still have not blocked it to get the beret-shape. I’m not sure that I want to. It’s rather nice as a beanie.