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Frozen

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It. Is. So. Darn. Cold. And Windy.  So, you are getting more complaining.

Sunday at 5 pm it was two degrees, but minus 33 with the wind chill.  It had stopped snowing and we didn’t get much but it was blowing and drifting around like crazy.

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Definitely a weekend for staying inside…. after a quick trip to the grocery store where we saw this:

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It’s about time they put “about”.  People can get pretty crazy about your item count.

When we got back home, we stayed in.  Because It. Was. So. Cold.

I made Martha’s Parker House Rolls:

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Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.

And Smitten Kitchen’s Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic:

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Also, Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.  It has three ingredients.  Chuck roast (I used shoulder), A 28 ounce can of tomatoes (I used crushed) and whole, unpeeled garlic cloves.  So easy.  I also added a few carrots and some onion.   Because we like them.

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That was our Valentine’s dinner.  (Although Paul says I’m his Valentine every day. So sweet.) It’s really hard to take a nice picture of pot roast.

I also did some knitting with the Gilmore Girls:

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And by the fire:

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And finished my Heaven and Space during Downton Abbey!  Ta-da:

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It will look nothing like this when it is blocked.  I’ll show you that next time.

I also got to finish reading my current book:

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Excellent.  I loved it.  The writing is great.  You can get it here: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

“See?” I said to myself.  “The cold isn’t so bad.  Didn’t it feel great about getting a book finished and finishing a knitting project?”   “Why, yes.  Yes it did.” I said back.

Then, we woke up today to this:

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In a part of the house we close off a little and don’t keep as warm.  But not this cold.

So we did this:

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And got this:

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FROZEN PIPES.

A List With One Exciting Thing and a Few Not-As-Exciting Things

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Nothing much terribly exciting has been happening around here, so today you get a list!

1) Ok, one terribly exciting thing is happening: I published my first pattern on Ravelry!  You might remember me talking about this pattern before, but if not, here is a picture of it:

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A cowl that I made to match my High Plains Poncho .  It is free for now since it is my first pattern and I’m trying to figure out how to do all this and set up PayPal.  You can find the Easy Cozy Cowl pattern on Ravelry here: Easy Cozy Cowl.   So exciting right?

**Edited to add:  the pattern is no longer free.  You can purchase it for $2.50 here:   (Look at that cool “buy now” button!)

Now, on to the not-as-exciting things:

2) I’m starting work on another design!  Stay tuned.

3) This week’s adventures with the doodlebugs involved watercolor painting, of which I forgot to take a picture, and stringing beads, of which I did not forget to take a picture:

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They didn’t want necklaces, preferring instead to just swing them around or drag them around behind them, around the house.

3) I’m still working on my Cocktails for Two socks.  They aren’t done yet though, so pictures are being withheld.  HOWEVER, I did a teeny tiny try-on thing and, wait for it……. I think they might be too small.  Don’t even get me started.  I’ll go on and on about it when they are finished and the final try-on is tried.

4) I started the Brooke’s Column of Leaves Knitted Scarf in preparation for a class on basic lace techniques.

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5) I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr and it is very good.  Waiting in line is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  My sister in law sent it to me as a thank you for knitting her a third mitten to replace the one she lost.  So nice!  Thank you again, Anita!

6)  That is all.