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A Cold List

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Today, for you, is a cold list.  That is, a list because I have a cold and I’m tired and can’t come up with anything else.  NOT because it is cold outside.  Because it’s totally not.  A balmy 66 degrees which feels hot compared to the 20 degree weather we had recently.  Anyway, on with the list….

1) Paul finished the puzzle without me:

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It was hard and it took him a long time.  (I was doing Jigidi puzzles….)

2) I finished this:

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Turn a Square by Jared Flood.  Easy hat.  I just realized the back is in the front.  I can see my jogless stripes technique.  Can you spot it?  If not, that’s a good thing.  They are the elongated-type stitches up there running from the brim to the top.  A great technique for making sure you don’t have big jogs in your stripes, which happens in circular knitting.

3) It is called Turn a Square because of this:

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4) Christmas knitting was seriously hampered when I didn’t feel like knitting and instead felt like watching a million re-runs of The Pioneer Woman and playing Jigidi.

5)  But I did start this:

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6) I’ve been obsessing about making cupcakes from this book that my mom gave me for my birthday:

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 Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes

I’ve been reading and re-reading the instructions for how to make French Buttercream. It’s a many-stepped process including using a candy thermometer and pouring hot sugar into egg yolks slooooooooowly.  But “they” say it’s the absolute best buttercream ever and I just have to try it.

I was going to make the Crème Brulee cupcakes this weekend.  They look so yummy— you put vanilla custard into the aforementioned buttercream.  And you make caramelized sugar to crumble on the top.  But…. the thing I said about knitting in #3?  Same thing about cupcakes.

Then today I was going to try and rally to make but then I realized I didn’t have enough butter. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 pounds.  That’s because all the recipes in the book make 24 cupcakes, not the usual 12.  Oh, and the cupcakes take another half pound. Plus, I’m tired, so now would not be the time to try the aforementioned many-stepped process.

Maybe I’ll try making them this weekend. You know, after that huge day of eating coming up, that I am making sweet potato casserole and pie for, with the all-kinds-of-leftovers for days.  It will be a great time to make 24 cupcakes and eat them.

7) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (I am thankful there are still people reading my blog….)

My Latest Obsession

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Surprisingly (or maybe not), my latest obsession is not knitting related.  It’s not my obsession with getting all-the-things knitted for Christmas.  Or my obsession with a new yarn, Llambrosia, at The Spinning Room yarn shop, which I’m picturing 80 things I want to knit with it.  Or my obsession with wanting to knit about 80 of the patterns in the new Wool People 8. (Ok, there are only 17 patterns, but I want to knit a lot of them).

This obsession is Jigidi. An online jigsaw puzzle website.  Thanks to Bea for introducing it to me!  I think.  I’m totally addicted and it’s a complete time suck if I’m trying to knit all-the-things for Christmas.  I was skeptical at first, wondering how one could do a jigsaw puzzle on the computer/iPad.  Oh, but you can.  Here is the latest one I worked on, appropriate for the season!:

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You just click and drag, or drag with your finger.  It times you, and by the time I finished this one, it had taken my about 2 1/2 hours.  I don’t know if I’d do one with many more pieces because they would get really small on the screen.  And now that I have the screen open, because I went there to get the link to put in this blog post, I’m trying really hard not to click over and start a new puzzle.  Your lucky I care about this blog and your desire to read it.  I seem to have abandoned the one on our dining room table, in favor of the comfort of the couch and the lack of glare from the dining room light.  Paul may be on his own to finish that one.  (It’s really hard, too, which may or may not be another reason I abandoned it.)

Earlier this week I had an unexpected day off since one half of the Doodlebug duo was sick.  So, I knitted and had tea:

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Started on this:

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Can’t tell you what this is yet.

Then took a break to do this:

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In other knitting news, yesterday I started this:

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….a hat for my nephew.

Later in the week, when everyone was healthy, we played outside in the crisp winter autumn air. Running around helped keep us warm and we saw this:

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Later that day, after her nap, Miss Ladybug and I somehow got into a conversation about wearing bibs.  I think Farmer Pickles was sitting at the dollhouse table and she mentioned he was not wearing one.  I asked her how old you had to be to not wear a bib anymore and she said, “Fourty-four.  Because that’s how old my daddy is.” (Just as an FYI, before her daddy turned 44, I never saw him wearing a bib.)

Ok, now that you have a blog post to read, I’m off to Jigidi….  I have some time to get a puzzle started before I head to work at the yarn shop!