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A List

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It’s been a crazy week yet again, so today you are getting a list…..

1) I turned the big FOUR-FIVE this week.  Celebrated in many ways including a lunch with my mom at the Red Lion Inn:

Gorgeous fall display out front:

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How amazing is that pumpkin?  It’s real.

A picture of us in front of the sign in case you were in doubt we went:

 

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My mom is wearing the Sea Glass Cowl I made for her (we were celebrating her birthday too!).

And a picture of me in my Shattered Sun Shawl, which I wear like a scarf, and which my mom insisted I should put on the blog:

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Also in the birthday celebrating was a big dinner (including cake) at my mother-in-law’s with the doodlebugs and their parents.  AND pizza and a movie at home with Paul on my actual birthday.  It was great!

2) Paul fixed up an old pedal car for the doodlebugs:

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Since it was for them to play with, he didn’t restore it to exactly what it had been and painted it the color of his racecar:

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He did a GREAT job and they loved it!

3) And while he had the paint out, he painted the ATV:

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4) I started these:

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Oh my gosh, that yarn!  Periwinkle Sheep Merino Aran.  It is so nice to work with – soft and squooshy.

5) Remember my 2000+ yards of fingering weight O-Wool  that I got at Rhinebeck?:

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And remember how I was in search of the perfect pattern to use it with? I found it.  The Seashore sweater.  If you clicked on that link, you might notice that the sweater has two colors.  And if you looked further, you might notice that you need equal amounts of each color and for my size that is approximately 850 yards of each color, which is only two of the five skeins I bought.  Hmmmm.  So………… I need 850 yards of another color.   I’m thinking a gray and there happens to be a great Periwinkle Sheep color at The Spinning Room .  And then I would have 1200 yards of my O-Wool (3 of the five skeins), which I obsessively searched for at Rhinebeck so that I would have enough for a whole sweater, not half a sweater, left over……..  See???? This is totally what happens when you go shopping and don’t have a specific pattern to get yarn for.  You just buy a whole mess of it or your don’t buy enough of it and when you are looking for a pattern, it’s never the right one and you don’t have enough yarn or you have too much yarn.  And now I’m undecided about what to do.  Paul was the one that said I shouldn’t not buy yarn, so if there is any kind of issue over this, I’m totally going to remind him of that.  Let’s be clear, though…. there won’t be an issue.  Because Paul is awesome.

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.

Finishitis

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I’ve got finishitis. I said recently that I wanted to finish one of my languishing not-done projects before I started another project, but now that I have finished one, I’m on a roll and getting some other things done too. Now, I want to finish ALL the things.  Sometimes you just get that spring cleaning thing in your mind… even though it’s the middle of July.  Plus, I did start a knit-a-long project and have two more projects to start this Saturday, as you will see, so getting more things done to balance those out is not a bad thing.

So, first up are the finished Through the Loops Mystery Sock 2014:

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In my last post, I think I told you I started them in “March-ish”.  Well, I was right if you consider January 15  “March-ish”. Love them.

Then I finished my Hidden Gusset Mitts:

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I only have a picture of one since one is in the yarn shop as a class sample, so, yet again you will have to trust me that they are both done!  A really fun knit, with some lifted increases to make that diagonal pattern.  Fairly quick too – they would make a great gift.  There are still spots left in the class I’m teaching for these, which starts next Wednesday so if you are local, call The Spinning Room to sign up!

And now I’m finishing my Knitter’s Brewing Company Mystery Sock VI: Cocktails for Two socks that I started January 31:

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I’m pretty sure these are supposed to be mirror images.  Hmmmm.  Notice anything?  I have no idea what’s going on or what went wrong.  And I’m pretty sure my friend Lisa’s – who also knit these socks and finished them a long time ago – do not look like this.  I’m pretty sure that cable-y looking part on the left sock is supposed to be slanting toward the left alongside that ribbed part.  I started the sock with the orange marker first and got to the point you see now, then started the one with the green marker and put it down after about two inches.  Just picked it back up after many months, and started knitting from where I left off.  I swear I’m following the instructions.  And I can tell you this:  I’m not starting over.  I just can’t stand the thought, and I’m so determined to get them done that I’m going to continue telling myself that if I’m following the instructions correctly, then it will all work out in the end and that this probably actually does look the way it is supposed to.  I’m such a weirdo. [And really, maybe I should consult with Lisa.  Who will probably tell me it’s wrong and that I should probably start the one sock over which I will probably think about and then probably do.]

Ok, but now on to the good stuff.  The STARTING of things!

I started the Wendy Knits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 KAL last Saturday and had to first clue done on Monday:

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So far so good.  I love the colors in my Periwinkle Sheep Single & Looking yarn.  The colorway is called “Summer Garden”.  The second of three clues comes out tomorrow.

Also, The Spinning Room is having a Christmas-in-July-and-August knit-a-long, which starts tomorrow, to help us get a jump on Christmas knitting.  All I had to do was tell the shop what I was planning to knit and, if I finish, I get entered into a prize drawing.  Fun!  So I am going to knit the Sea Glass Cowl with this:

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(Autumn Wind Hand-Dyed in the “Lily Gardens” colorway)  And, since that is a very small project, will knit the What if….? scarf with this:

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(The navy blue yarn is Cascade 220)  I can’t start these until tomorrow.  I read that to mean I have to start both of them tomorrow.  Even though I have quite some time to finish them, and another knit-a-long to work on which I will need to finish a part of before next Saturday. But really, I’m just too excited, so I will have to.  If you are a knitter, you totally understand.  If you are not a knitter, it’s just another example of what a weirdo I am.