Monday, November 30, 2009

Knitters Crack

Asalam Alaikum,

Really I am so addicted to this pattern and the variations of it. For my FOURTH BSJ I decided to do the Stockinette version. Although I LOVE the original pattern, I am not the biggest fan of garter stitch and usually prefer the flat look of Stockinette.
Almost completed sweater(only missing buttons)-

Completed sweater modeled by my two year old-

Really, I just can't seem to stop my self, I already have plans to start another.

Pattern-Stockinette BSJ
Yarn-Plymouth Encore Colorspun; 1 and 1/2 Skeins(roughly half)
Needles-24 inch Addi Turbo Circular
Total Completion Time-About two weeks(Only about a week of actual knitting time)

Paan and Cheez

Asalam Alaikum,
One of the first things that I saw when I got off of the plane in Karachi the first time(I got a picture when we came back again) was this-

Personally I find Paan really really gross. I have the same reaction to chewing tobacco(some people put this in their Paan also). The Gori Wife wrote a really good post on Paan and its results here.

An alternative to Paan is Cheez. Cheez is what some people here call any type of small candy or small prepackaged snack.(This can mean hard candies, gummies, supari, etc.)
Here are some examples of Cheez-

the top(Elichi plus) and the top right(7 Star), both contain chalia(one of the things that is chewed with Paan).

Shahi Meva is my favorite kind of cheez(it has NO chalia, I don't like the stuff). It does contain-almond, dry dates,coconut,fennel, and sugar. Cheez generally costs PRs 1, and sometimes I give the DH a bunch of Rs and ask him to bring a handful of cheez for the baby, who now says "Cheez Please"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eid Mubarak From Pakistan!

Asalam Alaikum,
In Karachi we celebrated the first day of Eid al-Adha on Saturday.

We had bought the goats a couple of weeks ago, because the DH said the longer that you wait the more expensive the goats. For the past two weeks or so this has been a pretty common sight on our street-

I took this picture from the roof of our house. When I heard the jingling from the bells and things on the goats I had to run to get the camera. These two men were herding goats down our street, heading for the main road in our little section of town. Just about everywhere we went were men with small herds of goats or sometimes cows, just standing on the side of the road so that people could buy them for the Eid. This produces a lot of related businesses that spring up next to the goat sellers-some people set up stalls selling food for your animals, and some for animal jewelry. I am totally serious about the jewelry. They have bangles that jingle for the feet and necklaces covered in beads, bells, and sometimes ruffles.

Here are some examples of goat jewelry-

Goat necklace

Jingling goat bangles

Alhamdulillah this is the third anniversary of the day I took my Shahada(In the Hijri calendar). It was on Eid al-Adha in 2006 that I went with my husband to the Masjid, Prayed my first Eid, Took my Shahada, and had my Nikah. As it is also Thanksgiving(sort of, I know I am a bit late on this one also), I just want to say that I am so thankful for -
my Faith
my husband who brought it to me
my son
my family and friends
and the opportunity to have the experiences of living here and in Abu Dhabi. Even though at times it has been very difficult, it is amazing to see the variety that life in this world holds.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Then, Then, and Now

Asalam Alaikum,
Then(two days old)

Then(one year)-

Now(two years)-

Time just flew, and before I realized it he turned two. My baby is not a baby any more. He feeds himself, goes up and down stairs, asks for things in little sentences, he can dress himself, and is mostly potty trained. He is getting so big, and he makes me so proud!