•November 21, 2014 • 7 Comments
As I’m sure you can guess I finished my mittens that I showed on Wednesday. They are Classic Mittens by Bernhard Ulmann Co in Cascade 220 in charcoal. The yarn is of course fantastic. A perfect workhorse wool in many colors. The pattern is versatile having both in the round instructions and 2 needle instructions. I choose to knit mine in the round. There are sizes for children and adults. The pattern is also well written and easy to follow. It will be my new go to mitten pattern.
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RIP Simon 2000-2014
•November 19, 2014 • 8 Comments
It’s getting cold here so it is time for Loopy Academy project number three: mittens! I pulled them out the other day and assessed what else needed to be done. They need thumbs. That shouldn’t take long if I can find the time. The pattern is Classic Mittens by Bernhard Ulmann Co. The yarn is Cascade 220 in charcoal. For once I picked a color that matches something else, the Wurm hat I just finished. Shocking!
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•November 17, 2014 • 4 Comments
Last fall I saw a recipe on a blog and I thought that it looked really good and I planned to give it a try. Time got away from me last fall. Finally this weekend I had the time and the ingredients to give it a try. Slab pie is new to me. I knew pie could be made in most any shape but this large flat pie really caught my attention. I love crust way more than filling so this really was right up my alley. Being me of course I changed things a little. Instead of the assortment of spices I used 1 1/2 tsp of apple pie spice and I skipped the glaze entirely. It was really good and I intend to make it again with a couple of changes. First I’m putting more apples. Mine seemed to disappear. Also I’m going to make an additional 1/2 recipe of the crust. I had a very hard time rolling it out to fit the pan and ended up with it being too thin in spots. This made it very difficult to get it up off the counter in one piece. There may have been a lot of loud swearing. I think I’d like to try it with blueberries instead of apples. I highly recommend the recipe. Hmm, maybe I should have another piece.
•November 14, 2014 • 7 Comments
Last month I showed you my second Loopy Academy project, the hat, and I told you I wanted to add something to it. I ended up adding a few braids to the top. I wanted something just to add a little interest to the top. The braids look OK and I’ll leave them for now. The pattern is Wurm by Katharina Nopp. The yarn is Cascade super wash sport in green apple and charcoal. I really enjoyed the pattern and can see why it is so popular on Ravelry. The hat even looks pretty good on.
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•November 12, 2014 • 12 Comments
I have finished the first of my Hailstones socks and cast on the second one. I was so excited as I knit the toe of that first sock. I knew I’d be casting on the second one as soon as I was done and I was anxious to do it. Now most people would think that makes me a process knitter since the product, a completed sock wasn’t the real thrill. Starting that new sock wasn’t that thrilling either. I was pleased to be starting the second sock of the pair. But what I am more excited about is what will I start next? I don’t care that I’ll have a completed pair of socks. I am excited at the prospect of an empty set of needles. The opportunity to pick out which yarn I’ll cast on next. I can’t wait to look through ravelry and decide on a new project. So if I’m not a product knitter and I’m not a process knitter, what kind of knitter am I?
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•November 11, 2014 • 7 Comments
I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. I use it nearly every week. I’ve made many things in it but my favorite is soup or stew. What you see above is beef stew that is on the stove as I write this. The week before last I made a recipe I’d seen on Cook’s Country: Milk Can Supper. Here is a variation. I followed the recipe as given on TV which included a bottle of beer and no chicken broth. When I thought it was done I served dinner and everyone said it needed to cook a little longer. Well I turned the stove back on to cook the leftovers a bit longer. Well all the liquid boiled away, I really thought there was more in the dutch oven than there was so I let it go a good 30 minutes. The inside of my favorite dutch oven was blackened, bad. Really bad. I removed all the food and thought for sure my dutch oven was a goner. I tried scrubbing it with Dawn. I then left it to soak while I searched the internet. I knew I wasn’t the first person to do this. And I was right! I found directions for boiling hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for about 10 minutes until a chemical reaction occurred. The baking soda bubbled up and after doing this twice I was able to get the stuck on burned stuff off the inside of my dutch oven and the inside looked exactly like the day I bought it. So thank you internet for sharing your mishaps and fixes. I do reserve the right to hate you later though.
•November 10, 2014 • 6 Comments
Over the weekend we went to the larger local thrift store. The husband, who is very hard on clothes particularly work clothes, needed a couple of pair of dress pants that were cheap. While he picked out what he wanted I wandered the store and found some yarn! I can’t say no to cheap vintage thrift store yarn. It’s worse if it’s fingering weight. I found two packages each containing 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn. The pink is 400 yards of nylamb by brunswick worsted mills which is 80% super wash extra fine wool and 20% nylon. I have a vintage sock pattern around here somewhere that would be perfect for this yarn! I plan to cast on, eventually. The black is Hjerte twist which is 60% cotton and 40% acrylic (I can’t find this on ravelry). I have no idea what I’ll do with it but I couldn’t just leave it behind. Now they are going into the freezer for a few days to be sure that yarn was the only thing I brought home.