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More Pumpkin

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You might remember I posted a little while ago about my love of all the pumpkin things….


The love continues with this so very yummy pumpkin bread from Smitten Kitchen:

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It had this yummy cinnamon-sugar crust on top and it is delicious.  I brought it to The Spinning Room and the class participants and customers agreed!

Speaking of knitting classes, here are the in-progress slippers-to-be-felted:


And here are the beginnings of the Miss Winkle scarves(with pumpkin bread):


And here are the beginnings of the Superhero Hats (all being made for girls!):


And speaking of more pumpkins…. I showed you my Spice Pumpkin that I made on the trip to Rhinebeck:



Well, I can’t stop making them…

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I’ve actually made five but gave one away and I’m about to start another one.  Pretty soon I’m going to have a whole patch full.

A Few Things

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It’s been REALLY HOT around here these days.  And HUMID.  I don’t do well with that.  I’m a terrible wimp in the heat and humidity and more importantly– the things it does to my HAIR.  Horrendous.  Baseball hats and barrettes with a million bobby pins are my friends.

So, what did I do the other day?  I had to take Paul’s ’69 Buick GS for an inspection so, smart-wimp-in-the-heat that I am, decided to do my errands in it while I was out.


No air conditioning.  No power windows.  No power brakes.  Standard transmission. E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y  slow traffic behind a dump truck on the way up The Hill making the trip home twice as long.  Never mind the fact that Paul keeps this car so clean and well-dusted (which on any other day is a great thing) that my purse kept sliding off the seat and things were flying out of it everywhere.  You can imagine my mood.

On another note, I took some pictures of my Miss Winkle on the mannequin and I just love it even more:

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These really show the color well and it really is my most favorite purple in the world.  Really.

And lastly, I made these:


Blueberry Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen. Go make them.  Now.  And then enjoy them this weekend!

Medals and Ribbons

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I finished all my Oympics knitting projects before the end of the games!  Hooray!  If you remember, my last project to start and finish was the Miss Winkle:

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DONE!  I’ll show you a picture on the mannequin when it is dry.  This will be a class at The Spinning Room on Saturday, October 22!

However, my finishing on time was pretty much down to the wire.  I was having such a hard time finding knitting time.  An hour here, an hour there and I felt like I was never going to get it done.  We even went to the Madison-Bouckville Antique Fair which included a total of 3 1/2 hours in the car — prime knitting time, right?  WRONG!  I had a horrible night’s sleep the night before so I slept on the car ride.  THEN, my friend Jana distracted me by sending me a link to these Stormcloud Mitts.  At which time I had to abandon my Olympics knitting and go upstairs to figure out what yarn I could use to make them and look for beads.


I’m casting on for these tonight.

Needless to say, I finished despite the hurdles.  Ha!  See what I did there? I was watching track and field and the hurdles events.  I would say I got a gold medal for finishing what I set out to do.

Then there was the Altamont Fair and the annual Spinning Bee.  As usual, fun was had by all.  There were 6 spinners competing and I finished in a three-way tie (which is crazypants to have three people spin the exact same length of yarn) for third with 124 yards spun in 30 minutes!  The winner, Kurt, spun 278 yards.  WOW.

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So, I got a ribbon for that.

Then, there were my judged entries to the Wool Nook that got fourth, sixth and seventh places.  Hooray!


No offense to my competitors but I must tell you that my dad saw my purple shawl in the display case and felt it should have placed higher.  He is in no way biased and is totally a professional knitting judge, so he would know. ; )

OOH!  We got to see the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and boy were they beautiful…

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The Olympics (and other stuff)

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One of my favorite times of every four years – the summer Olympics.  Paul and I both love watching them so we are parked in front of the tv by 8pm every night (which actually is no different from any other night).  We only have basic, basic, basic, cable so we actually miss out on things like table tennis and trampoline and I’m pretty sad about that.  But otherwise, we can’t tear ourselves away (except during the zillion commercials).

The other great thing about the Olympics is the knitting challenge that comes along with it.  Pick a project (or projects) that you think would be a challenge to finish between the lighting of the torch and the end of the closing ceremonies.  And thanks to my Aunt Kathy who reminded me to get things in order before the opening ceremonies, I came up with a plan.  I wanted to start and/or finish knitting the three projects I have left for upcoming classes in the fall.

So far, since the Olympics have started, I have started and finished the Tamarugo hat:


Boy did that one knit up fast.  This class will be Saturday, September 24 at 12:30!

Then, I finished my Silverleaf shawl:


…which will look much better once it is blocked.  I’ll show it to you then, too.  So, click on the link up there to see what it will really look like. This was a great pattern and I just think it is so pretty.  This class will be Saturdays, September 24 and October 8 at 10:30!

Then, last night I started Miss Winkle:


So interesting how it is constructed.  And I love, Love, LOVE this color of the Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II (Elderberry).  I need to get more to make something else.  It’s probably the best purple ever.  And now I have 9 days to finish it.  This class will be Saturday, October 22 at 10:30!

(And for anyone wondering, I’m scheduling another session of the Wheaten wrap for Sunday, September 25 at 11:30am)  Here is a picture of mine:


The Spinning Room will be re-opening next Tuesday, August 16 but in the meantime, if you are interested in any of these classes, you can send an email to info@spinningroom.net and let them know.

In the meantime (and while knitting), Paul and I took a day trip to Old Forge, NY.  We went to Old Forge Hardware and poked around for a while.  You could spend a lot of time (and cash) in there.  So many things there that you didn’t know you needed!

How about a whole aisle of cookie cutters and cookie jars?


Or, more choices of butter dishes than you ever knew existed?


And some yarn!  I think there was a little less than the last time we are there, so I fear it may be dwindling…  But I bought a skein of sock yarn which I forgot to take a picture of.

After that we sat by the lake and ate lunch.  It was a beautiful day (in the shade).

The last thing I will leave you with is a garden update.  Here was the garden at my last post (7/29/16):


And here it is today:


Look at the CORN!  We are terribly excited about having homegrown corn.  I did some shake-pollinating (I made that term up) which means I shook the stalks so the little pollen bits come off the top of the stalks and fall all over the leaves and into the nooks and crannies where the corn will come out.  And I also did a little hand-pollinating (I did NOT make that term up) which means taking the bits off by hand and placing them on the silky bits of corn that are popping out.  Beans are growing like crazy and I’ve already frozen a couple batches.  Zucchini is going bananas (is that a mixed metaphor?) and I’m starting to get just tired enough of it to make a zucchini bread later today.

Pretty soon, I’m off to put some entries into the Altamont Fair which starts August 16.  Then on the 20th I’ll be participating in the Spinning Bee there.  Fun times ahead.  I’ll keep you posted.

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:


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


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:


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:


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:


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:


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


(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.


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

In gardening news:


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.