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Rooster in the Hen House

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It was a rainy, foggy day today.  Lots of inside time for me and Paul.  I was knitting.  He was putting some car parts for sale on the line. [Has anyone seen “The Internship”?   The guy played by Vince Vaughn refers to going on the internet to going “on the line”.  It is a really funny movie!]  At one point he came down to the kitchen area, looking for a place to take a picture of his 1080 Super Duper Holley Destroyer Carburetor.  I actually forget the name of it. But it was something similar.  Since it was so cloudy, I offered for him to use my light box-esque area in my craft room.  I showed him how to set up the walls of the box and the light and he was off:


I helped hold and move the light so there would be minimal shadows.  And then I sort of photo-bombed him:


Can’t make him too comfortable in here right?

Then I finished knitting my Wendy Knits Mystery Shawl 2014 knit-a-long project:

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If you look closely in the top picture, you will see that it is a little wider on the left than on the right.  Want to know why?  Because I ran out of yarn!!!!  I was doing the weigh-your-yarn-as-you-go-use-one-third-for-each-section method and I apparently can’t do math or can’t read a digital scale correctly.  I ran out 17 rows before I was done.  Which equals about one and a half inches.   But, because I am who I am, I was in no way going to rip back. When I realized I was short – which was when there was about 2 yards left since it was in a bag and I couldn’t see it – I decreased every row for the last few rows that I could knit, then bound off.  I am still very happy with it and I bet you wouldn’t have noticed it if I didn’t point it out.  Right?

And how about THIS…..  I made no fewer than four things from our CSA veggie box this week.

Thing #1: Collard Green and Radish Slaw with Crispy Shallots (without the radishes)


An excellent was to eat your collards if you are not fond of them stewed to death.  It was really yummy.  Made without radishes since neither of us like them.

Thing #2: Swiss Chard Frittata


Also very good, especially if you want to somewhat disguise the taste of swiss chard by adding more cheese.  Which I do and which I did.  We tried sauteed swiss chard last year because someone said it was great that way.  We heartily disagreed, agreeing to each other that it tastes kind of like dirt.  However, we got it in our CSA box and didn’t want it to go to waste.  Great way to get your leafy greens in your diet.  The recipe I followed was given to us by our CSA but I linked up there to one with all the same ingredients.

Thing #3: Zucchini-Summer Squash Bread


My old standby from the Good Housekeeping cookbook but I omitted the nuts and I added lots more zucchini and this time I added summer squash too.  Excellent!  I linked you up to the current Good Housekeeping recipe since I can’t show you my book.  It’s a tiny bit different but I’m sure still tastes yummy.

Thing #4: Refrigerator Pickles


I don’t love cucumbers.  I also don’t like dill pickles.  But sometimes I like bread and butter pickles.  I don’t know how this has turned out yet because they have to sit in there for another few days.  I linked up there to the recipe but I did a combo of a few recipes because this one looked like an awful lot of sugar.  Hmmm.  Now that I think about it, maybe there is a pickling reason for all that sugar.

And, things may be looking up for Paul’s car:

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The engine went back in yesterday.  I heard a rumbling in the garage recently, which means it started.  But it didn’t run for long so I don’t know what that means.  Stay tuned.  (Because I know you are on pins and needles about this one.)


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I know you’ve been dying to know the updates for a few of the things that have been going on around here lately… broken motors and messed up knitting can weigh on a blog reader’s mind.

Broken Motor Update:

Well, it looks as if the broken motor can be fixed!  It was brought to a machine shop this week and they did something to make it all better.  Now Paul is lost somewhere in the garage putting all the pieces back where they go.  I haven’t seen him for a while.

On a side note, a conversation we had:

Me: “Ugh. What if he [the guy at the machine shop] can’t fix it?”

Paul: “Well, I have a motor that is 90% done – it just needs to go to the machine shop for one thing- so I’ll just use that one.”

Me: Silence.

Me again: “What???? You already have one practically ready to use?”

Paul: “Yes.”

Me: “How many motors do you have?”

Paul: “Total?”

Me: “Um…. I guess.”

Paul: “Four.”

Me: “Where are they?”

Paul: “In the shed.” [NOT the new garage we built to hold all his car stuff.  He has so much stuff, he apparently still has to store it in the shed with the lawn mower.]

Me: “Do you mean I spent all this time feeling badly for you because your most favorite-est hobby was squashed and you weren’t going to be able to race for the rest of the season, and you already had all the things you were going to need to fix the situation?????”

Paul: “But, it was going to be a pain in the neck to get that motor going if this one couldn’t be fixed.  That’s what was so upsetting.”

Me: Silence.  For a long time.

Messed Up Cocktails for Two Socks Update:

They were not messed up.  I had one of them turned in the wrong direction.  Duh.  Here they are, both ready to move onto the heel:


Wendy Knits Summer Shawl 2014 KAL Update:

Part #2 is done.  A fun, easy to follow pattern:


What if….? Scarf Yarn-That-Hurt-My-Hands Update:

I got new yarn.  Painted Sky in a pretty blue/purple colorway:


The color changes in the lighter color are more subtle in this Painted Sky colorway.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get a better picture when I’ve got more done.

New Project Update:

I’m about to start the Urban Lace Infinity Scarf, also with Painted Sky. (It’s a really nice yarn!):


It might or might not be a present for someone who may or may not read this blog.

Doodlebug Craft Update:

We made these last week, and after a week of drying they were finally done! Glass Gem Sun Catchers:


On a side note, they are going to be three in a few days and I just can’t believe it. They are growing up so fast.  A couple snippets from this past week:

Running around with big girl and big boy underpants on their heads and giggling uncontrollably.

Splashing around in a kiddie pool, and using the hose to pretend to be firefighters.

“I’m really tired.  I might fall asleep during lunch at Grandma’s.”

“Auntie Liz, I want to tell you something.  That moose crashed through the wall.” [telling me about a part of a book we read earlier in the day]

And my favorite: “I love you, Auntie Liz….I will miss you when you go home.”

Now that you have been updated, I’m sure you feel much better and can get on with your day.


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So much knitting and spinning going on!  I won’t bore you with another picture of my red roving that I’m spinning.  But, I’m making progress and will show you when I’m done.  Which has to be soon, since it is a fair submission and the items are due in a week. (I think.  I better check.)

But, look at this cutie patootie Tiny Tea Leaves sweater that I finished:


….complete with the REALLY cutie patootie hippo buttons:


And now I’m on an I-better-finish-an-unfinished-project-before-I-start-another-becuase-the-unfinished-pile-is-bugging-me  kick.  Don’t you have those?  So, I’m finishing my Through the Loops Mystery Knit-a-Long 2014 socks that I started back in March(ish):


One sock almost done.  The other 1/2 done.   The toes will have stripes!  I’m determined to get these done asap.

HOWEVER….. (did you notice that there is always a HOWEVER…)

There is this other mystery knit-a-long starting.  And I wanted to use my new Periwinkle Sheep yarn:


So I have today to finish those socks, since this knit-a-long starts tomorrow.  (Hmmmmm.  In my head I can totally do it.)

Ok, and then there is this, which finally arrived in the mail the other day, and I’m dying to start them:


I ordered this six weeks ago, not realizing that it would take six weeks to get here.  It was one of those impulse buys.  If you remember, I’m not terribly patient.

Impulse buy + six week shipping = buzzkill.  But, now that it’s here…..

I’ll let you know how things turn out.