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A Few Things

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Only a few little things to tell you today…

1) The Doughnut Muffins were a big hit at the yarn shop the other day.

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Really, you MUST make them.

2) We got ice cream.  Again.

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This time it was at Kurver Kreme, which has been around for a loooooooong time.  And they just opened, so we HAD to go.  I started a tally over there on the right side of the blog page in case you were interested in knowing exactly how many times we get ice cream in a season.  Because seriously, don’t you want to know?

2.5) I also put a little doo-hickey that shows my Pinterest activity in case you’d like to follow me there.  Usually I put recipes I try and crafts I do with the doodlebugs, and of course my Lizy Tish Knits Designs!

3) Out and about this weekend, we got this:

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A nice spring-y flag for putting out front.  But, we can’t put it out because it is so darn windy again.  And it’s only 21 degrees today. Come ON spring!

4) Doodlebug question of the week, asked while washing hands: “Auntie Liz, is this waterproof soap?”

Recovery Mode

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We finished off our vacation with ice cream for dinner:

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I’ll tell you what….There is nothing better than eating ice cream when you are hungry and not after dinner when you are already full.

Then, it was time to get into vacation recovery mode.  It was great to be away and all, but I’m sure you can relate to the fact that it is so hard to get back into the swing of things when you come home.  I get so discombobulated.  Trying to figure out what day it is becomes an impossible feat.  Getting up at the usual time seems like the most unreasonable hour.  At the end of the day it seems like it’s been a year since morning happened.  After eating out for several days in a row, I had no idea what that room in our house with the refrigerator and stove was for.  And I almost forgot how to babysit.  My first day back with the doodlebugs, I kept feeling like I was forgetting to do something.  Thank goodness I remembered to give them lunch.  And I did manage to help them with a craft project:

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Now that it’s Friday, here’s to hoping I’ll be back on track soon….

The only thing that didn’t get discombobulated was my knitting.  Thank goodness for my knitting.  Even if it gives me trouble, at least I’m still knitting.  I’ve been whizzing along on my Wheaten wrap:

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This is one of the patterns and yarn I got at the Bare Naked Wools Boutique on our trip.  I just love the pattern and the yarn (Kent DK).  I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it is blocked and the lacey parts open up.

And, once we got home and I had my scale, I finished up my What if….? scarf:

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I pretty much like it.  I’m not thrilled with how ragged the lighter sections look, because of the short rows that are knit into them.  And the color changes are still very subtle.  But from afar, it looks nice.

Ok, so wish me luck…. I’m bringing my items to enter into the Altamont Fair today.

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Ice Cream and Veggies (but not at the same time)

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On Saturday, there was a post on Facebook stating that it was National Ice Cream Day.  And since I believe everything I read on Facebook, I told Paul and we quickly adjusted our errand date night to include a stop at an ice cream place.  After all, ice cream aficionados like us HAVE to have ice cream on National Ice Cream Day.  Back home, after a very yummy PB Mallow (vanilla soft serve with peanut butter and marshmallow topping) for me and a milkshake for Paul from Kurver Kreme, we were watching the news and they reported, “Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day.”  Hooray!  Two days of ice cream.

In the meantime, I made a trip to The Spinning Room yarn shop to knit for a while and start all my things that needed to be started.  The Sea Glass Cowl, made with Autumn Wind, just flew off my needles and is already done:

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A really simple pattern – this would definitely make a quick and easy holiday gift.

I also started the What if….? scarf……

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…..and very quickly discovered that I cannot use the Tangier yarn in this one.  It is took thick to use with size 7 needles which made it very difficult to knit.  So much so, that my hands were hurting.  And no, my hands weren’t hurting because I was knitting too much.  It was the yarn.  It also has a fair amount of silk and cotton in it, which means it is not very stretchy and therefore harder to knit with.  So, now I have to wait until tomorrow, and stop at the yarn shop on the way home from babysitting to grab a new yarn.  And no, I’m not waiting until Wednesday afternoon when I will be working there anyway.

But, let me tell you, here is a nice way to knit and then find out you can’t knit something:

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So relaxing and peaceful out on the deck.  Even when you are realizing you are going to have to start over.

And finally, I started the second section of my Wendy Knits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 Knit-a-long scarf.  Looks pretty much like it did before (but now we are adding short rows) so you are not getting a picture of that yet.  Picture to come when I’m done with the second section.

Ok, but really, the greatest thing about this weekend?  We got to dig into our very first ever CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery from Patroon Land Farm!:

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There are some collards there that I don’t think we are too keen on, but the CSA gave us a recipe for collard slaw that we will try.

We had some yummy salad with lettuce, frisee and broccoli (some from the CSA and some from my garden)….

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I also made these totally yummy Corn Cake Stacks with Arugula and Cheddar:

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So delicious!  Especially with fresh, sweet corn. These are from the The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden.  (click there to get it on Amazon)  And here is my learned-from-watching-cooking-shows-fancy-pants way of getting the corn off the cob:

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We ate the corn cakes with grilled pork chops and grilled zucchini, scallions and broccoli.

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(Yes, my food styling skills are seriously lacking.  Except for the corn cakes.  They pretty much look like the recipe picture.)

So good to eat fresh veggies and so good to know we are supporting a local farm and food bank.

Peep Fest

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Busy, busy weekend around here.  A regular peep fest you might say.

These peeps were on super sale at Target:

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As you can see, we bought a ton.

And these peeps were at Tractor Supply:

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We didn’t buy any of these.

I went to The Spinning Room and taught another Bridgeport Cowl class to my knitting peeps:

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And dropped of my Vine Lace Vest to display for a class which hopefully other knitting peeps will clamor want to sign up for:

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I have also been working on my Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmerman for another class with knitting peeps:

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It is also known as the February Baby Sweater since it is in the “February” section of the Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac  And, yet again, I messed up something that I should have known better than to mess up.  A basic “good idea” of knitting – I’m staying away from saying “rule” for some reason, probably because I don’t want to admit I broke a rule – is to read through the whole pattern before starting.  However – cue the excuse – this pattern is only 2 short paragraphs long.  How much could I miss in two paragraphs, right?  Well, I’ll tell you how much.  The pattern starts off having you cast on, knit several rows in garter stitch, do an increase, knit some more rows, do another increase, knit some more rows, and do a final increase.  Then it says “Change to pattern, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter-stitch, and putting in buttonholes about every 8th ridge.”  Well, in that first section, I had already knit 12 ridges.  And when I looked at the teeny tiny black and white picture on the pattern, there was a button way up at the top which would have been put in during the first couple of rows.  So, I had already missed two buttonhole opportunities.  Out my work came and I started over.  If I had read the whole pattern first…..   And also? I know about Elizabeth Zimmerman and her “sparse” pattern instructions and her expectation that knitting should be intuitive so why would she have to say that a buttonhole should be put in near the top when that is where you put a buttonhole on most sweaters!  So, don’t ask me why I didn’t read the whole pattern first.

I also saw some family peeps for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  I made another awesome looking pie:

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Notice I said an awesome looking pie.  It did not taste as awesome as my last pie.  It was watery and I think I put too much lemon rind and nutmeg in it because it tasted sort of sour and too nutmeg-y.  The crust, however, was excellent.  Nice and flakey.  Now, I seem to be on a quest to make a consistently awesome pie.  I’m looking for any reason to make a pie. Just so you know.

And, of course, there was errand-day with my main peep, Paul.  Which ended with:

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And his request to have me mend his well worn felted slippers that I made him:

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Stay tuned for how that project goes…