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Fall-ish

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Despite the 80 degree weather expected this weekend, I’m throwing myself into Fall.

Finishing up some cozy knitting:

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Black Cherry Lambic scarf. Nice and warm and cozy.

Starting and getting a good bit knit on my High Plains poncho:

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Yes, I’m determined to finish it by the time we go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19.

And finishing up my Terra shawl.  No picture in this post.  It gets it’s own post tomorrow…..

More leaf-changing pictures:

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A fall crafty thing with Miss Ladybug:

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The “Hoo! Hoo!” is there in case there was any doubt about what this may be….  And the thing in the bottom left corner is an acorn cap she found at the playground.  Mr. Doodlebug was not at all interested in this project.  He started it and used some glue but quickly asked to be excused (so polite!).  We found out later that it was because he thought the owl was going to be real and fly away.  I felt terrible. I had no idea that he was worried about that and thought he just wanted to go play! Oh, if we could just be inside their heads.  Sometimes.  Then we would also know why he does not like it when a cartoon character on tv sneezes.

More sauce:

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Warm and toasty comfort food, made with one of the million jars of sauce:

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Baked Ziti from The Pioneer Woman.  It has ground beef and ground sausage.  It is really yummy.

Apple crisp made with the doodlebugs.  They loved helping.  And I forgot to get a picture.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the apple crisp.  Miss Ladybug really wanted to love it.  She was so looking forward to having it after lunch.  So excited to have helped to make it.  So excited as I was giving it to her.  So excited as she took her first bite.  She said she liked it but the look on her face told me otherwise.  She spent about five minutes stirring it around, pretending to be scooping some up on her spoon and then not eating it,  and saying that mommy and daddy were going to love it.  I finally asked if she really liked it and told her that it was great that she tried it but it was ok if she didn’t.  Then she said, “I don’t like it.”  I resisted the urge to say “What????? How can you NOT like it????  It’s SOOOOOOOO good!  Apple-y and cinnamon-y and sweet and crunchy!!!  It’s just not possible to NOT like it!”  Instead I told her that I was proud of her for trying something new. (She doesn’t do that too often.)  I’m sure she will like it someday.  How could she not?

Then we got a ton more apples (and some pears) from our CSA:

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So, maybe we’ll figure out an apple-y thing to make that she will like.  Or we could just eat them.  She likes them just as apples.

And we can’t forget about these:

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Full-on fall here.  Maybe the weather will feel that way soon, too!

It’s Starting

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It’s starting.  The its-beginning-to-feel-like-fall-so-now-I-really-want-to-knit-even-more-of-all-the-things thing.

I’m totally obsessed with this High Plains poncho pattern.  I’m going to knit it in this yarn that I’m also totally obsessed with.  I’m using the same yarn to knit my recently cast on Terra shawl:

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And it’s the same yarn I used to knit my Cozy wrap last year:

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I just love it because it is 50% alpaca, 50% wool and so soft and……..just nice.  And now I’ve got it in my head that the High Plains poncho would be a great thing to wear when we go to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) in late October.  Can you see where this obsession is headed?  I’m feeling like I’ve just given myself a challenge.  Stay tuned.

There is also this that I’m working on but can’t really tell you about yet:

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And, did you know that Christmas is coming and that if I want to make any knitted gifts I should probably get started?  There’s that.

And this week there was this:

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We think we’ve fixed it, but it was a little nerve-wracking imagining the plumbing/repair bills that may have seriously cut into my yarn budget.

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.