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The Real Super Bowl

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THE GAME was on last night. We are not football fans.  We never watch football, except for the Super Bowl.  And even then, we only 1/2 watch it.  We prepared for our usual not-really-watching-but-we-like-snacks evening thusly:

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The rolled, stuffed pizza dough was my adaptation of something that was supposed to go in sliced French bread.  However the butter just oozed out of the pizza dough and it wasn’t as good as we had thought it would be.  But, did I ever tell you my favorite way to cook bacon, thanks to Ina?:

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Sooooo much easier than in a pan, and sooooo much less messy.

But really, here is my idea of a super bowl:

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A YARN bowl. (Credit for that joke has to go to Paul.  He’s full of yarn jokes.  I don’t always remember to pass them along to you.  I need to keep a little notebook with me to write them down.  His suggestion.)  I did some knitting after the eating.  Then at 9pm I went upstairs and watched Downton Abbey, so missed all of the hullabaloo at the end.

And by the way, I think the scarf is almost done.  It has taken 8 years to finish and it seems the more I knit, the less long it gets.  Yes, I know that’s impossible, but it seems like it.  Stay tuned for the finished, blocked pictures.

However, earlier in the day was this:

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To bring to an afternoon of spinning with friends.  On the way there, we saw these two:

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Just licking the road.  (We saw their friend, behind the fence a little ways up, looking wistfully at his free friends.   Then we saw some neighbors who were going to knock on the owners’ door to let them know.)  A very pretty day for a drive, and a fun afternoon.

Here is one of the wheels at Laurie’s house:

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Wow.  I think it’s called a great wheel.

I worked on this pretty Bitsy Knits 100% Merino mill end roving in the South Sea Isles color:

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And today, there is this:

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16″ expected.  I’m so glad I don’t have to go out.  Maybe I can finish the scarf-that-won’t-end.

Spinning and Yarn and such

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I finished spinning one batch of roving:

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(this yarn is brown in real life. not gray.) 100% wool from the local Sleighbell Farm.  I have not measure the WPI (wraps per inch) but it is 107grams (3 3/4 ounces) and approximately 240 yards so I think it is probably a light worsted weight.

And then I resumed spinning the next batch:

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This one is a wool/silk blend by Fiber Optic Yarns that I got at Rhinebeck last year (I think).

What they say is true:  Practice makes perfect.  These are not perfect.   Way, way far from it. But, my spinning is much better now that I’ve been spinning somewhat more regularly.   It is becoming thinner and much more consistent.  No big blobs and skinny bits right near each other.  These are the yarns that I will be entering in the fair competitions.

So there was that.

Then there was the starting of this, for a cutie patootie:

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A Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan.

Then there was the progress in my garden:

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And the lesson from my friend, Yvette, that this means broccoli is a little past the harvest time:

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If you can’t see them, there are yellow flowers in there and the head of broccoli is spreading out.  I picked it anyway and on Yvette’s suggestion, left the rest of the plant since it may grow some more little offshoots to pick.  I also got some garlic scapes from Yvette to try since I’ve never cooked them before.  Thanks for everything Yvette!

Then there was this:

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Bubble mowers are a never-ending source of fun!

 

Sunday Morning Breakfast

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Oh, you know… we had the usual:  eggs, sausage, toast with homemade strawberry jam and a five pound chocolate bar.

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We’ve been putting off opening this humongous thing, until just the right time.  And Sunday morning breakfast it was.

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In case you were wondering, a five pound Hershey bar is 60 servings.  And apparently we need to eat it by this December.

In the mean time, I’m working on my spinning:

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Just a little more to do for this bobbin and then it will get plied together with the one on the floor.

And then there was this:

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That there is a picture of two needle tips from my interchangeable needle set.  They are different sizes.  Which I used to knit my Multnomah.  I have no idea how this happened.  When I checked my needle set, I have another complete set of two size 5 tips, but cannot locate another size 4 tip.  Unless it is in some other project somewhere in my yarn room with another size 5 tip.  Luckily with only 1/4 of a millimeter difference, every other row, you can’t notice anything in my finished shawl.  What a knucklehead.

Gaining Days

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Ok, so I was going to be completely dramatic today and tell you that this past weekend I did NO KNITTING AT ALL on my fair shawl which means I lost TWO WHOLE DAYS of the very precious few I have to finish it.  The last time I counted, about a week ago, I had 53 days left before submission day.  I counted today to give you an update and now I have 60 days left.  My complaining seems pretty pointless seeing as how I’ve apparently gained some days.  (Guess I needed that math in high school after all.)

It was a busy weekend all around.  Friday, we sadly had to attend a wake in Connecticut for Paul’s uncle.  Despite the sad occasion, it was a time for the family to happily remember his uncle, whom I never got to meet, and I did get to meet and re-meet several of Paul’s other relatives.  It was a beautiful drive to Stamford and I think we went by Martha’s house in Bedford.  We only saw the gates but I’m pretty sure it was her place.  And on the way home we did dinner and ice cream:

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One of the things keeping me busy over the weekend was finishing up the Maluka shawl class.  Here are almost everyone’s borders when they got to class:

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They learned how to pick up along the border and then work short rows to create the body of the shawl.  A fun class!

Then I had a nice day with my spinning peeps sitting outside in the shade, spinning and having lunch.

I finished half the wool I’m working on:

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Now I just have to spin the second half on another bobbin, then ply them together and I’ll have yarn!  Which, if I get done in time for the fair, I can submit it to be judged.  After I finish my shawl.  But apparently I have more time now so…..

ALL the things…

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I’m in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases….

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I’m completely glued to the computer (of which the keyboard is apparently very dusty, according to that picture….).  I look on Ravelry and there are eighty million patterns I want to knit.  I’m looking for things to knit for upcoming classes and I want to teach ALL the things.  In the meantime, I have many things I’m already working on and they are languishing.  But I want to knit them too.  So while I’m looking and finding all these patterns and trying to decide what to knit, I’m not getting much knitting done.  And don’t get me started on spinning.  I went to my spinning group today, after not having been for two months, which means for the next few days that’s all I’ll want to do.  And one of the spinners was knitting socks with her handspun yarn.  Which is totally what I want to do.  Someday.  When I can spin my yarn finely enough to make fingering weight yarn.  Which makes me want to spin more so I can get better at it and then knit those.

I’m obsessed with these mitts which look pretty challenging but so cool.  And this cowl by Wendy D. Johnson, which is also cool and perfect for sock yarn leftovers.  I love this funky-but-so-cozy-looking sweater, but I’m still working on my Charleston Tea  sweater so that would be silly to start.  Right?  And I’m totally obsessed with something in this book, with this yarn:

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The Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  So cute and a really classic looking pattern.  Wouldn’t it be great in that pink?  Ok, so can you see why I get like this?  I need eighty more hands and eighty more hours in the day and eighty less chores to do.  I also wish knitting burned more calories because then I wouldn’t have to waste time on the treadmill.

I did start and finish the Bridgeport Cowl, which will be for an upcoming class:

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Made with Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca (gray) and Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (purple).  It is nice and cozy and sized for small and large.  I made the large, which I now wish was a little longer to make it twist around my neck twice.  So, that will be a suggestion for my class: cast on more stitches if you want it to do that.   If you are in my class, you’re welcome. I learned that lesson for you.

I also started the Hitchhiker scarf, which I think will also be for an upcoming class:

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I’m making it with Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, a nice DK weight wool/acrylic blend.  The pattern calls for fingering weight but I liked these colors.  So there.

And now, I have some decisions to make.  While I’ve got all my projects-in-progress, the knitting for upcoming classes takes priority and I have to get crack-a-lackin’ and find some more class projects since April is coming and I have no classes scheduled yet….

Calming me down this morning was taking a walk in the yard and seeing, despite all the frickin’ snow that is still there, these views:

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