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The Knitting and The Cooking

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Pretty much nothing but knitting and cooking this weekend.   Not a bad way to spend the weekend!

The Knitting:

I finished my Kaweah hat and I. Just. Love. It.  It is cute and fun and cable-y and comfy.

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I had to make a pom-pom, which I always forget how to do, so I looked it up on the line. [Anyone see The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson?  Funny movie.  He says in the movie, “Let’s look it up on the line”  because he is sooooooo not tech savvy but he’s trying to be, and it’s just funny.]   Anyway, mine turned out pretty well I think:

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The hat (and pom pom) will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room, after the new year.

Then, I finished my toes for my sock circle:

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Remember my Travelling Socks?

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They got sent all around the country (and to Canada) to be knit – I knit the toes- while I knit on everyone else’s socks as they got sent to me.  The Spinning Room is doing the same thing, just within the shop.  There are 8 people in a group (group #3 is almost full!) and as we finish each part of each sock, we bring it back to the shop to by picked up by the next person.  FUN!  This weekend The Spinning Room was full of sock knitter’s learning how to start their socks at the toe.

I also blocked some items for some Spinning Room customers:

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Note to self:  If you want to put a picture of things blocking on the blog, use the white towels.

And I’m making progress on my Black Cherry Lambic scarf, but no pictures since it would look pretty much the same, just longer.  Scarves are like that.  I’ll show it to you when it’s done.

Oh and I fell into the black hole of Ravelry this weekend, looking for something new to start knitting.  Has that ever happened to you?  Get on the computer to look up one thing and the next thing you know it’s tomorrow and you never found the one thing you were looking up.  BUT, you found a great new knitting pattern!  I started Terra but there are only a few rows on it, so not much to show you.  Next post.

The Cooking:

I went bananas on Sunday trying to cook all the things, so I could use up/save/freeze our veggies.  But first there was pick-your-own:

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It weighed 35 pounds. We knew this because….

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I made 7 pints of sauce:

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A whole lot of salsa – fresh, not canned:

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Then I cooked some Mashed Potato Kale Cakes:

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Mashed white and sweet potato, kale, bacon.  Pretty tasty although they look kind of sad.

And I made Spiced Squash Pancakes:

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Spaghetti squash, egg, flour, ginger, jalapeno, cumin, scallion.  A little mushy, but pretty tasty and they will be better today when I get some plain yogurt and cilantro to put on top.

Despite all that, these are still waiting for me to do something with when they ripen a little more:

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And a whole whack of jalapenos since I had this great idea to make my own poppers.  And a whole whack of okra because I’ve never had it and wanted to try it – fried or pickled.  And a whole whack of beets that I may try to pickle.  Ask me when I’m going to do all that.

I’m Eating Zucchini for Breakfast

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Our refrigerator has only vegetables in it.  Some may not see that as a bad thing, but I’m eating zucchini for breakfast today and I feel like that means we have somehow crossed a line.  I have no idea what the line is though.  Maybe it’s the we-are-SO-healthy-we-are-never-not-eating-vegetables-again line.  Or the we-are-SO-into-this-CSA-thing-we-should-take-full-advantage-of-it-to-the-extreme line.  Or very possibly it’s the I’m-pretty-busy-lately-so-I-don’t-have-time-to-go-to-the-store-to-get-something-other-than-veggies line.   Yes, that could be it.   We actually went shopping in my mother-in-law’s basement last night when we went to check on her house while she is away.  Peanut butter, canned beans, tuna.  You can do lots of things with those, and vegetables, right?

Speaking of vegetables, last weekend’s processing:

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Peas, beans, and tomato sauce (made with yellow cherry tomatoes, orange grape tomatoes and regular red tomatoes).  And flowers.

Meanwhile, there has been some knitting.  I’m making progress on my Black Cherry Lambic scarf:

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Interesting pattern with interesting cables that I have never done before.  For example: slip three stitches to cable needle and hold to front, K3tog, then knit three from cable needle.  K3tog????  And I think I may have done something weird in the middle of that cable section but I can’t really tell.  It looks kind of different.  But (surprise) I don’t want to go back.

And I started, and am already at the decreases for the Kaweah Hat:

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There is a mistake in one of my cable crosses about halfway up that I just realized was there.  Not going back. (Surprise.)  I love this pattern and the yarn (Kenzie).

And, for those following along, and who were wondering and dying to know, we finished our puzzle:

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And we’re on the hunt for another.  Man are they addictive.

In heartwarming doodlebug news….. they have been waking up VERY early in the morning and, being impatient, yelling to get out of their cribs, so I was helping their parents by having a little chat with them about what they could do to be patient before it is time to get out of their cribs.  I suggested maybe they could talk quietly to their stuffed animals or each other.  They thought this was a good idea, so I asked them what they would talk about.  Miss Ladybug said, “Books.” (Hooray!  They love books!)  Then Mr. Doodlebug said, “Hey, we could talk about YOU, Auntie Liz!” (Uh-oh.)  I asked what they would say about me.  Miss Ladybug said, “That you pick out good library books.” (Hooray!  They love books!)  And Mr. Doodlebug said, “That it is funny that you call me Mr. Doodlebug.  Ha ha.  And that you are funny Auntie Liz. Ha ha.”

FO’s and Just-Started’s

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This week I was on a mission.  For some reason, I was focused on getting two particular projects done.  I started them in the beginning of August when we went to Ohio.  Maybe it’s the idea that summer is ending and the cold weather is in sight, so I want to use them.  Or that I just want to start knitting all-the-things, which I apparently seem to think I will need immediately, despite the fact that the cold weather won’t be upon us immediately.  [Never mind the fact that I have my knitting Olympics project from February to finish, which would be great to have since it is a nice, cozy, hooded cardigan.  But let’s not talk about that right now.]

So, I have two FO’s to show you!  [For the non-knitter’s out there, “FO’s” are “Finished Objects”]

First is my Wheaten wrap:

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It ended up being 72″ long and 22″ wide.  I. LOVE. IT.  It is so cozy and I just love the look of the lace/cable pattern.  AND I love the Kent DK yarn.  Now, I’m dying to make the Wheaten Cap and Mitts.  But other things await…you will see later in this post.

I also finished my Shattered Sun Shawl:

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I made this with the Kiwi yarn which has possum in it! The possum is from New Zealand and they do not look like possums here.

Ok, so those were done.  Off the needles.  Off my radar (except for the Wheaten cap and mitts).  I could focus on starting new things!

I’m now on to making the Black Cherry Lambic scarf for a class this winter:

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A fun and interesting cables and lace pattern.  Cables and lace?  Hmmm.  Seems familiar… *cough* Wheaten*cough*

And I’m also about to start the Kaweah Hat with new yarn that The Spinning Room just got called Kenzie:

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Cute hat, right?

And pretty soon, I’ll start the Terra shawl and/or the Peach Basket Slippers.

It always feels so good to start new projects.  New possibilities.  New challenges.  New YARN!

Oh!  And I must tell you about this great book my cousin told me about….. Extra Yarn  by Mac Barnett

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I bought it and the doodlebugs wanted me to read it no less than FIVE times in a row.  A great story about a girl who finds a magic box of yarn, knits sweaters for everyone and everything, but still has extra yarn. Who wouldn’t love that?  If you have a doodlebug, they might love it too!