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Portuguese Knitting and Rhinebeck

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In my quest to find knitting techniques that are easier on my arms/elbows, I decided to try a method recommended by a couple of women at my local yarn shop.  Portuguese knitting has now become my go-to knitting technique, and I even prefer it over the continental knitting method.  I was having a really hard time with my tension when doing the continental method and I’m not having that issue with the Portuguese method.  Once I heard that this method was also good for those with some hand/arm issues, I was all over that.  After borrowing and studying some books and videos, I was really hooked.

The Portuguese knitting technique involves using a knitting pin, attached near your left shoulder, which the yarn is looped over and helps to tension the yarn.

Then, the main movement for knitting or purling is flicking the yarn with your left thumb to wrap it around the needle.  It’s really very easy and, unlike English or continental knitting, purling is EASIER that knitting.  No joke.  I utilized the Portuguese knitting technique to finish my Dreaming of Spring hat:

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I’ll be teaching this hat as a class November 18 at The Spinning Room if you are interested!  At any rate, it turned out great and I love it.

I also used the Portuguese knitting method to make my Big Herringbone Cowl:

I modified this pattern to use a size 15 needle and cast on 250 stitches (as opposed to a size 17 needle and 220 stitches cast on).  I used Malabrigo Rios which I love, Love, LOVE knitting with. And it will be another class I’m teaching in December at The Spinning Room!

And I am currently using the Portuguese knitting method to make my 21 Color Slouch hat:

(that’s the pattern picture)

Yes, it looks inside out becuase I am knitting it that way so I can purl the body of the hat, instead of knit it.  (See aforementioned purling is EASIER than knitting.)  There will be a gazillion ends to weave in because of all the color changes but I love this hat so much, I will put up with it.  Or wear it with the ends not woven in.  Who would know?  Besides you.

I will be teaching basic Portuguese knitting techniques in the next couple of months at The Spinning Room if you are interested!

By the way, I was working on that 21 Color Slouch hat on our way to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

It was the most beautiful fall day and we had a great time as usual….

Here is my haul by about 9:45 (gate opens at 9:00)….

(That is a fried artichoke/artichoke French combo in case you were wondering.)

And here is the end-of-day haul:


Wonderful stuff I can’t wait to work with.

In cooking news, I finally made an apple crisp with apples from our local orchard Indian Ladder Farms:

It is so yummy – Paul and I can’t get enough of it.  Recipe is from my trusty Good Housekeeping Cookbook that my mom gave me when I moved into my first apartment in 1992.

Also, on the suggestion of my friend Sue, I’m testing out making my own vanilla extract!

(Great book, also given to me by my mom: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch–Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods)

It needs to sit in the jar for a couple/three months but I’m hoping to try and use some of it for holiday baking.  It is definitely MUCH cheaper to make your own than buy at the store.  And so, So, SO easy!

And finally, I got the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, from my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and niece for my birthday:

I love Smitten Kitchen and can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

So, as you can see, fall is in full swing here, including starting up the furnace and the wood stove! Bring on the cozy knitting!





Blog Silence

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There have been no blog posts from here in quite a while.  Want to know why?  WE WERE ON VACATION!!  …. to YELLOWSTONE!!!!!

It was so great.  But I’ll have to tell you about it later, since I need to organize the 400 or so pictures and figure out how to tell you about it without boring you.   In the mean time, here’s what you missed leading up to our vacation because I was too busy trying to figure out what knitting to bring and could not blog.

Apple crisp and acorn squash made from our CSA shares:

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The apple crisp was great.  The acorn squash was not our favorite (made with brown sugar and butter).  It was just ok.

Pretty sun-setting sky:

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Cruising along on my High Plains poncho… binding off one side and running out of yarn on the last inch and a half:


….totally annoying.

Then, after we got home, we got our veggie share and I made Apple-Butternut/Acorn Squash soup:

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Forgot to get a pretty picture while it was still in the pot.  I combined a couple of recipes I found, but generally used this one, and added apples. Yummy, spicy, sweet, savory and a much better way to eat acorn squash.

And Ratatouille.  Chopped everything up:


Cooked it on the stove for a bit:


Then into the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours:


So yummy.  My mom made this for family gatherings and my Uncle Jon used to call it “Hatchoo-ey” and pretend like he was sneezing.  It was funny.

Opened up a jar of bread and butter pickles, made in August, after waiting the 8 weeks it said to:


They are the best pickles I have ever had.  Hands down.  I’m not a big pickle fan, especially not dill pickles, so sweet are the ones I usually go for.  I could eat these until the cows come home.  I hope I can make them they same way next time.

Pretty leaf pics in the yard after a week of being away:


And a quick drive to Thacher Park to see the view:

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Speaking of views, these are nothing compared to what we saw in Wyoming.  Wait ’til you see.  Next time…


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Despite the 80 degree weather expected this weekend, I’m throwing myself into Fall.

Finishing up some cozy knitting:

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Black Cherry Lambic scarf. Nice and warm and cozy.

Starting and getting a good bit knit on my High Plains poncho:


Yes, I’m determined to finish it by the time we go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19.

And finishing up my Terra shawl.  No picture in this post.  It gets it’s own post tomorrow…..

More leaf-changing pictures:

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A fall crafty thing with Miss Ladybug:


The “Hoo! Hoo!” is there in case there was any doubt about what this may be….  And the thing in the bottom left corner is an acorn cap she found at the playground.  Mr. Doodlebug was not at all interested in this project.  He started it and used some glue but quickly asked to be excused (so polite!).  We found out later that it was because he thought the owl was going to be real and fly away.  I felt terrible. I had no idea that he was worried about that and thought he just wanted to go play! Oh, if we could just be inside their heads.  Sometimes.  Then we would also know why he does not like it when a cartoon character on tv sneezes.

More sauce:


Warm and toasty comfort food, made with one of the million jars of sauce:


Baked Ziti from The Pioneer Woman.  It has ground beef and ground sausage.  It is really yummy.

Apple crisp made with the doodlebugs.  They loved helping.  And I forgot to get a picture.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the apple crisp.  Miss Ladybug really wanted to love it.  She was so looking forward to having it after lunch.  So excited to have helped to make it.  So excited as I was giving it to her.  So excited as she took her first bite.  She said she liked it but the look on her face told me otherwise.  She spent about five minutes stirring it around, pretending to be scooping some up on her spoon and then not eating it,  and saying that mommy and daddy were going to love it.  I finally asked if she really liked it and told her that it was great that she tried it but it was ok if she didn’t.  Then she said, “I don’t like it.”  I resisted the urge to say “What????? How can you NOT like it????  It’s SOOOOOOOO good!  Apple-y and cinnamon-y and sweet and crunchy!!!  It’s just not possible to NOT like it!”  Instead I told her that I was proud of her for trying something new. (She doesn’t do that too often.)  I’m sure she will like it someday.  How could she not?

Then we got a ton more apples (and some pears) from our CSA:


So, maybe we’ll figure out an apple-y thing to make that she will like.  Or we could just eat them.  She likes them just as apples.

And we can’t forget about these:


Full-on fall here.  Maybe the weather will feel that way soon, too!

Yet again

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It’s one of those days.  I wanted to write a blog post, but I’ve got nothing.  Despite it being pretty busy lately.  Maybe it’s because I’m telling you the same things.

Like, yet again, I made some tomato sauce:


6 more jars.

And, yet again, I made something with apples:


A really yummy apple crisp that I shared with the students in a class I taught this weekend (yet again).

And, yet again, I did some knitting, but not as much as I would have liked, so there is nothing really new to show you there.

Oh, but here is something new:  We went to GE Family Day on Saturday!  GE sponsored a whole day of rides, food, music, and building tours — all for FREE – for its employees and their families.  Paul and I went with the doodlebugs and their parents.  Despite the pouring rain for the first couple of hours we were there, we had some fun.  The kids couldn’t go on the rides or on the bounce house/slides because they were wet.  So we walked around, petted some animals, ate some food, listened to a little music and went into the building Paul works in and saw humongous steam turbine parts.  We also saw this:


Four people parachuting with streamers and flags — it was thrilling to watch.


Later, as we were getting to the car, the fireworks show began (starting with the same people parachuting – IN THE DARK- and having fireworks shooting from their feet!), so we stayed to watch that:


A pretty amazing event for GE to put on for their employees.  I hope the next time they have it, it will be a beautiful day and we can enjoy all of it.

That’s it for today! Next post: Something More Exciting