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Had To

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Crazy busy around here this week, but I wanted to tell you about last weekend before the craziness of this weekend.

Last weekend was pretty much all knitting-related.  I taught a class on Saturday and then went to The Periwinkle Sheep’s studio open house.  Fun to see where Karin does all her kettle and hand-dyeing.  Of course, I had to purchase:


That Shields of Garnet red yarn has been a favorite of mine for a while, and someone in my Saturday class was using it, so when I saw it at the open house in a new alpaca/merino/nylon blend, I had to try it.  Had to.  And then, I saw the watercolors gradient yarn that she is also testing out.  There was a pretty shawl there, showing what could be done with it, and of course that sold me on this one.  The pattern is Melodia and is likely what I will use with this yarn. So there was that.

Then, Paul and I had to deliver a car that he had done some repair painting on to the person it belonged to and that took us down to the Kingston area.  On the drive I worked on my One Way Tee:


I’m 3/4 done with the back.  It’s going along much more quickly than my Second Story Tee did (which you will see below!), and I think I like it better than the Second Story Tee.

We had breakfast and did some errands and then took the “back way” home, through Saugerties, which meant we were going right by The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop (two of my favorite things!) and so we had to stop.  Had to.


And of course I had to purchase.  Had to. :


So there was that.

Also, I got my new sneaks in the mail!:


They were purple so I had to buy them.  Had to. So cute, right? (Peach laces!)

I also saw this recipe for Marakesh Carrots on Joy the Baker’s blog and I had to make it because I love all the spices that are in it.


so. So. SO. YUMMY.

Also, yesterday was Paul’s birthday and he had to go to Jumpin’ Jack’s for his birthday dinner/dessert:

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Finally, I want to show you my finished (!!), but not yet blocked, Second Story Tee.  Here is the back:


And here is the front:


And here is a close-up of the front:


Notice anything?  I didn’t until I had finished it!  That last diagonal stripe stops too soon.  Right on the top of the front.  But, I don’t care.  No way, no how am I undoing this.  I can only hope 1) no one will notice or 2) it looks like it is supposed to be there.  However #1 is moot since I have just told you about it.  But… I had to.  That’s what this blog is all about, right?  : )


A Little Knitting. A Little Broccoli.

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A little knitting to tell you about today!  And broccoli.

I finished the Lophelia cowl and I. Love. It.


Here is me wearing it before blocking and with it looking more purple than it really is:


Then I blocked it on the deck since it was a gorgeous sunny day:


It grew, as it does, while blocking and now drapes very nicely in the front.  This cowl is so comfortable because it has short rows in the front the make the back less bulky (read: HOT) and hence, more of an accessory to compliment an outfit, rather than an item to keep you warm in winter.  LOVE. IT.  Class coming up at the shop in July!

My Second Story Tee is 1 1/2 arm edgings and a neck away from being done, so hopefully you’ll see that next time.

And since I finished the Lophelia, I had to start something else, so I started the One Way Tee which is from the same Interweave KNITS magazine as the Second Story Tee. I’ve barely started so I can’t show it to you yet.

Then there was the broccoli.  Hands down the best way to eat broccoli:


Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic from Smitten Kitchen.  Ok, Broccoli Salad is also pretty up there.  But, have you tried it crispy????  Seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating it.  So good.  Thank goodness we went to BJ’s this weekend and I got a two pound bag of it.

A Because-It’s-Tuesday List

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Today, it’s Tuesday, so you get a list:

1)  Ok.  So enough about the crappy weather.  Guess what I saw the other day?  The turtles from our pond were sunning themselves on a rock!  That HAS to be a good sign, right? RIGHT??????

2)  In the meantime, to break up the monotony of my Second Story Tee, which is coming along nicely, I started the Lophelia cowl:


I think it is very pretty, although it’s hard to see, really, while it’s on the needles, and not terribly far along.  So, go click the link and see the pattern picture.  It has short rows, so there is not a lot of bulk in the back of the neck and it hangs nicely in the front.  Kind of like a necklace.  Kind of.  I’m using Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors yarn in the Rhinebeck 2010 colorway.  Yes, I have had it for 4 1/2 years, waiting for the right project and this is it.

3) I changed my phone ring tone and text alert tone to the “popcorn” sound because I love popcorn and I love that it is named popcorn.

4) I made this:

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Martha’s Cheddar Topped Shepherd’s Pie.  So. Very. Yummy.

Snow, Bags, Cookies, Pie, Knitting, Cars

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Are you tired of hearing me complain about the weather yet?  Well, I’m not done.  My last post was on Thursday.  This was Friday:


Snowy and COLD. I did some knitting and finished this Bag! You’re it! market bag for an upcoming class:


Saturday was also cold.  But, I did lots of warm, home-y baking.  Cookies for the next day’s Northeast GS/GN Club Spring Meeting (car club):


Top Rack:  Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies (SO. YUMMY. My new favorite.)

Bottom Rack: Tollhouse White Chip Chocolate Cookies (also very yummy.)

And an apple pie for my mother-in-law’s birthday:


Another great pie that I was very happy with!  And my MIL liked it, which was most important.  This time I used Ina Garten’s pie crust recipe from her Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust cookbook.  I’ve come to realize that butter AND shortening are the key to a good crust.  For the filling, I used Martha’s Brown Butter Apple Pie recipe (except for the vanilla bean which I didn’t have).  It was very yummy, but to be honest, you couldn’t taste the brown butter.

While waiting for batches of cookies and the pie to bake, I made a second dishcloth (the light blue one), also for my MIL:


The first one (the darker blue) I made earlier in the week and that only took me a day, too.  They are quick! She has come to really like using these to wash dishes (She does not have a dishwasher.  Except when we are invited for dinner!).

The next day was the club meeting and we travelled to somewhere near Martha’s house.(Stewart, that is)  The meeting is held in a car repair shop/garage and there is lots of talk about… wait for it…..cars.  And looking at cars, and at new pick up trucks for towing cars.  I get to do things like bring cookies and help sell raffle tickets.  When it gets down to the actual business part of the meeting, where they talk about upcoming races and other club business, I do this:


Ha!  Finally working on that second side of my Second Story Tee.

Here was the view above me:


And this is Ray:


You’ve met him before.  He is Paul’s friend Rob’s dad, and my pit-crew-chief collegue/chatting buddy at all the racing events.  He is funny, easy to be around, and is always the voice of reason when things get a little tense at the events (i.e. cars break).  We were discussing the upcoming trip to a drag racing event in Ohio and Paul mentioned to Ray that I was already researching what yarn shops I could go to out there.  Ray said that he could relate to that because he looks for gun shops whenever he travels.  See why we get along?

This is ridiculous…

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Ok, so… SERIOUSLY??????

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It’s 35 degrees today. The snow from this morning melted but now it’s snowing again.  And we had sleet covering the deck last night.  So. Over. It.

But yesterday was a beautiful day.  Nice enough for the doodlebugs to go up and down Grandma’s street 12 times “putting out fires”…


In knitting news, I finished and blocked my Spectral cowl:

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….and I am yet again in a there-is-so-much-to-knit-and-I-just-don’t-have-enough-hands-to-work-on-them-all-simultaneously phase.  Which leads me to be somewhat stuck and not knitting much.  What I really should be doing is working on the second half of my Second Story Tee:


It would be nice to be done with it soon so I can wear it. However, I was telling someone yesterday that this feels a bit like knitting socks.  Instead of having Second Sock Syndrome, I’m having Second Side (Story?) Syndrome.  I’ve knit the first side, and it seemed to take forever.  And now the second side is exactly the same and I’m just not in the mood to knit the same exact thing all over again.  But I want to wear it!

So instead I started working on the Bag! You’re it! market bag to teach as a class this summer.  And I found this cool cowl too. Apparently I have no problems creating distractions to avoid monotony.

What We’ve All Been Doing

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1) What I’ve been doing….

Making Classic Macaroni and Cheese from my America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook…

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Baking pumpkin muffins, since I didn’t make anything pumpkin in the fall, and I just wanted to….


Recipe from my trusty The New Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

And finishing the knitting on one side of my Second Story Tee:


…then working on my Spectral Cowl:


2) What Paul has been doing….


$20 scooter from a flea market in Vermont.


And a $10 step stool from a flea market in Cape Cod….

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He took all the pieces apart, sandblasted, took out dents, bondo-d, sanded, painted…. Don’t they look great???  Not sure if we are selling, using or giving.

3) What the doodlebugs have been doing….


Watching bean seeds NOT grow.  We planted these Scarlet Runner bean seeds because the plant is supposed to grow several inches in a day, and we can measure how tall they are getting as they wind up the tape measure.  But, several days later, they haven’t even sprouted.  More research is on my to-do list.

However, here is a funny story:  After they were planted, I was in the kitchen working on setting up the tape measure so it would go over the curtain rod and stay secure.  Miss Ladybug came in and asked what I was doing.  I told her, “I’m taping this tape measure to the bottle.”  Then she said, “I guess that’s why they call it a TAPE measure!…..Get it?”  Three and a half, and ready for her stand up routine!

4) What Christine at the yarn shop has been doing….


5) What Janell, who took my mitts class, did:


So pretty!

6) What the crocuses are doing:


Nothing.  Freezing. It’s March 30 and supposed to snow on and off again today.  In two days it will be April.  It has to get better in April, right?

A List for the First Day of Spring

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1) Today, at 6:45pm, it will be Spring.

2) Today it will also snow.

3) It’s ok.  Spring is in my mind and I’m pretending things are all Spring, all the time. I’m picturing these crocuses:


and these daffodils:


in full bloom (I’m not going to worry they will die because they thought they were supposed to bloom but then it was 10 degrees last night), with sunshine and blue sky and a nice warm breeze.

4) I’m working on my Spring tee, with cotton yarn:


Second Story Tee, from the new Spring Interweave KNITS magazine, using Cascade Cotton Rich DK (which has been discontinued).  I’ve got about 1/2 the back done.  The front is the same but the diagonal is reversed.  I want to finish it so I can wear it as soon as the weather is nice.  However.  It’s getting a little dull knitting the same pattern over and over and over, with no shaping.  Maybe I should break out another unfinished thing to work on in between….

5) I’m also in the mood to bake something Spring-y (light and refreshing) like these lemon bars. But first it will be two more batches of the Doughnut Muffins I made last week, to bring to my classes at The Spinning Room tomorrow.

6) I also Sprung into action (see what I did there? “sprung”!) and actually put buttons on my Tea Leaves Cardigan:


I just love this sweater. I  love the color.  I love how it fits.  I love that it’s cozy on the first day of Spring (when the weather is not exactly Spring-y).

The Human Tape Measure

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I was knitting along on my Tea Leaves Cardigan, at a point in the pattern where I had to knit back and forth in stockinette stitch for thirteen inches, when I stopped to consider how much I had knit.  I didn’t have my tape measure with me, so I asked Paul how much I had knit.  Paul has an uncanny ability to look at something and say what its measurement is.  He said, “It’s 10 inches.”


Don’t ask me why I bothered to get the tape measure.  Just to prove it to you I guess.

Then I plugged right along, got the body done and a sleeve started:


It looks very uneven and sloppy but that is because my dress form is a size negative 2 and I am not.  But you get the idea.  Just sleeves and button bands and I’ll be done.  And sewing on buttons. (ugh)  I can’t tell you how much I love the color.

In the mean time, I got obsessed with two patterns in the new Interweave KNITS magazine.  The Second Story Tee , which I started yesterday:


I’m making it with Cascade Cotton Rich DK and hope that it will be a nice spring/summer top. See?  Looking forward to spring and summer….

And the cover pattern, the One Way Tee which I will make with this great dk weight yarn that I got at Fibre Space when we went to Virginia last year:


But this one will have to wait until after I knit Paul’s slippers.  He’s walking around in these and I’m kind of starting to feel bad:


(and it wasn’t until I sought them out to take that picture that I realized how big the holes are….!)  And seeing how winter is not going to end any time soon (more snow last night, more snow tomorrow, very windy and cold today), it might be nice for him to have a new pair.

Oh, and I just finished listening to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  It was very good. Sad.  But good.