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As Promised – Superheroes, The Shawl Society and the garden

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Tons more knitting to show you and talk about….

I made these incredibly cute Masked Superheo and Burglar Hats for the doodlebugs’ birthday coming up:

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There is a cartoon called PJ Masks that they like (kids go out in the middle of the night in their pj’s to do superhero-y things) and their masks look just like this!  They knit up so quick – each one took one night and they are relatively easy.  If you have a kid who loves playing superheroes, make this.  And if you are an adult who like to play with the kids, it comes in adult sizes!  There are several variations and even directions to make a lightning bolt on the side.

Truth be told, while these did take just one night to make, I had a couple of bumps along the way.  I started out making a smaller size and realized  when I was almost done with one of them that it really would be way too small, so I had to start over.  Then, when I finished the second one, thinking I was oh-so-great-I’m-just-going-to-bind-off-I-don’t-need-the-directions, I did this:

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Bound off with the corners facing that way.  Instead of this way:

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Do you know how annoying it is to undo a bind off?  Really annoying.  So, do yourself a favor and read the instructions even though you’ve already made one and think you are a know-it-all.

I think they will love them (fingers crossed).

I also made another dishcloth as a hostess-y gift to a breakfast we went to:

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This is the Basic Diamonds pattern from a Leisure Arts booklet of dishcloths.  that one was quick too – two nights.   I gave it with some lemon verbena kitchen hand soap.  I never knew how many people loved to wash dishes with these.  It’s a thing apparently.  Me? I do everything I can NOT to wash dishes so I get VERY creative with filling the dishwasher.

Then there is The Shawl Society.  It is basically a 6-month subscription to patterns designed by Helen Stewart of the Curious Handmade podcast. I “joined” this a few months ago and then waited and waited until June to get the first pattern.  One pattern comes out each month through November and you have no idea what they patterns will be like until you open your email each month.  You join with the intent to get all 6 patterns and you can join at any time to get all the patterns to-date.  After the 6 months is over, they will be for sale individually.   I really like her patterns so I was willing to take the chance of not knowing what they will look like!  The first one I showed you in the last post, Talisman:

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The second one came out in early July and is called the Amulet.  I’ve gotten through the body and will start the lace section soon:

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Something fun and different to do with your knitting.

But the predictable thing has happened.  Now, I have a whole bunch of knitting I need to do to get ready for classes in the fall but all I want to do is knit the Amulet because I know another new pattern will be coming out in a couple of weeks and I’ll be dying to start THAT one.  Ugh – the things knitters have to deal with.  Seriously.

Here are some patterns I am looking at to offer as classes in the fall:

Frida Baby Cardigan: A cute cardi with some cable details.

Sultana Cabled Hat: A cool hat with a pom pom and a cable that uses TWO cable needles – something new and different to learn.

Miss Winkle: An asymmetrical shawl/scarf by one of my favorite designers, Martina Behm.

In non-knitting news, Paul and I spent a year at the Brimfield Antiques show last Friday.  Actually, it was 3 1/2 hours but it felt like a year because it. was. so. hot.  We went very early but it got hot really quickly.  We tried to walk through quickly, trying to spot things we wanted.  A pedal car and/or step stools for Paul to re-do. (I’m totally blanking on the correct work for what he would do to those.  “Re-do” is all I can think of.  You get what I mean.)  And I was looking for square blue Fire King dishes and purple bottles (my newest collecting obsession).  We had some luck this time. Paul found a pedal tractor:

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(and an old window to turn into a picture frame).  And I found two more purple bottles:

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(the two on the right).  Then I got a quart (yes, a quart) of Del’s frozen lemonade to drink on the way back to the truck.

We also hopped downtown last Tuesday to see the Altamont Free Library-sponsored concert in the park.  Rusticator played and we had a nice evening having a picnic dinner and listening to music.

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(Yes, that drummer’s bass is a Samsonite suitcase.  His whole set fits in there somehow, I think.)

In gardening news:

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It was looking incredibly sad a month ago when we returned from vacation.  Then I realized I had never fortified the soil we put in there with anything to help it grow.  So we diligently gave it Miracle-Gro for a few weeks and now it’s doing great!  I’m frustrated with the zucchini since the blossoms keep falling off with no fruit growing.  The Internets say that this means they are male blossoms and they will be pollenating the female somethings eventually and there will be fruit someday.  Supposedly.  And I only have two and a half pea plants out of the whole two rows I planted.  My dad says, “Peas are fussy.”  We set aside a whole half a planter for three rows of corn which the Internets also tell me I will have to hand-pollenate when the time comes.  Should be interesting.

One last thing:  Inquiring minds (my mom’s) want to know why there were no ice cream pictures from our vacation.  Were you wondering the same thing?  Well, I’ll tell you why.  It’s because Maine has TERRIBLE soft ice cream.  We tried three and a half times to get soft ice cream.  Three of the times it was just not good – too soft, too icy-y, not creamy.  The third time we tried to go to a place we were sure we had had good ice cream before and it was closed due to a family emergency.  I did have the absolute best Gifford’s brand hard ice cream in the flavor Campfire S’mores and will spend much of the rest of my summer trying to find it somewhere around here.  It was so. good.  So good that I ate it too fast to take a picture of it.  THAT’s why there were no ice cream pictures.

Comfort Food

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With all of this cold, Cold, COLD weather, I was on the hunt for some nice, warm, comforting things to make for dinner.  Did I say it’s been COLD?  Way below normal temperatures.  I left the house Tuesday morning and it was minus 11 degrees.  I think the high temperature that day was 8.  It’s getting a little annoying. ( And to top it all off, I can’t seem to find the right hat to wear.  I have a several completed knitted hats but none of them was just right to wear.  Either I thought it looked silly on me or it was too big.  Or it looked silly on me.  Mostly that.)  So, to combat the annoyance and the cold this past week, I cooked up a storm.

First up was Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup :

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Very yummy and warm and perfect for the weather.  Especially since it has some heavy cream in it!  I made half the recipe and tried not to put too much half and half.  But did not skip the splash of heavy cream at the end.  It was also good re-heated.

Then, I got this from Sue, a yarn shop friend:

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Sourdough starter!  I made the most wonderful loaf of crusty chewy sourdough bread.  In a pot!

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It was so easy.  Next time (because there will be a next time.  Maybe this weekend.) I will make it into two loaves and cook it on a baking sheet so I can freeze a loaf.  And yes, I could have cut this in half and frozen it, but it was way too good and we just kept heating it up and toasting it and eating it.   And yes, I should have made it on the same day I made the soup, because it would have been better to eat sourdough bread with the soup, rather than a hamburger roll.

Instead, I made it on the same day as I made this Burrito Casserole:

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I followed the recipe, mostly.  I only used one jar of salsa (instead of two) and one can of refried beans (instead of two).  And I did not use black olives because black olives are gross. (ALL olives are gross.)

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It was very yummy and I will definitely make this one again.

Ok.  So, we covered soup, bread and burrito casserole.  On to knitting!

I finished up The Third Mitten for my sister-in-law and that will go in the mail today!  I forgot to take a picture before I sealed the envelope:

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That is the picture with not enough postage and it got sent back to me so I’m trying again today with the correct postage.  That’s what I get for trying to weigh it (with my new yarn scale!) and calculate the postage based on the USPS’s kind of confusing postage calculator.

Then I knit up a dishcloth for my mother-in-law.  She loved the last one and wore it out.
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Then my mom asked me to knit a hat for her, like the one Avi is wearing in this cool a capella video. (Need I go on and on about Home Free, who are great?).  I found this pattern for her but now, she might knit it herself!

And now, there are these:

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These are my Cocktails for Two Mystery Socks that I started last January 31.  They are HARD to knit.  They are CONFUSING to knit.  Mostly because I am trying to knit both socks at the same time and they are mirror images, so the instructions for each sock at each point is reversed and different.  And every time I pick them up after not having worked on them for a while, it takes me 10 years to figure out where I am, on which sock, and what I’m supposed to do next.  I have picked them up again because The Knitter’s Brewing Company is having another mystery knit-a-long starting this January 30 which I would like to participate in because I like Knitter’s Brewing Company and Wendy’s designs (especially these Snow Dancer socks which I’ve shown you before and also really want to make).  However, I have it stuck in my head that I really should finish these other ones first.  I love them.  I love the finished product, which I have seen because my friend Lisa participated in that knit-a-long and finished them a really long time ago (over-achiever that she is – ha ha!  Anything less than a year is overachieving to me, at this point.) and they look great.

I’m wondering if I can get them done by the end of this weekend. HA!  I’ll let you know.