Orchard Season

We have season passes to the apple orchard again this year. We’ve been able to enjoy the orchard while social distancing. We wear masks when we are close to others, but we only go during the week, which makes for small crowds.

This year the orchard is selling yarn from their alpacas. I am not normally an alpaca person, but being able to make a shawl out of yarn that will forever remind me of one of the best times in my life is enough to have me stray from wool. So I’ve been buying some yarn with each trip.

The yarn is fingering weight according to a WPI test. I would like to make a large triangular shawl or square hap. Please share any suggestions you have for large shawls that will work with undyed yarns.

A Hero Gone

My heart is broken tonight at the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I’m not currently able to express my heartbreak.

I was planning on inviting you to join me in knitting an Oxbow, casting on in October and finishing it by Thanksgiving. Instead I’m encouraging you to join me in knitting a dissent cardigan or pullover. I will be knitting some tears into my sweater.

Tasty Thursday

I’m not taking the kids to the store until there is a vaccine for COVID. Normally I’m able to run out midday when John is not on a meeting and get it done. This week has been crazy for John at work, so that didn’t happen. We had plenty of food, just nothing that I wanted to cook.

We did have leftover stovetop mac and cheese from a Cooks Country recipe that we found too cheesy (no, I didn’t know “too cheesy” was a thing until I made the recipe), some links of chicken breakfast sausage, and frozen peas. I mixed them together, scooped it into muffin tins, and topped them with buttered panko breadcrumbs. I just popped it in the oven until they were warm (roughly one pick up your toys and/or 30 minutes at 350).

These were a raging success. We all loved them, and I will be making them again.

What is your greatest success when making over leftovers?

Color Quiz

Karen from Nothing But Knit posted a quiz about color earlier this week. I love how she posts quizzes right around the time that I feel like writing, but I am not feeling creative enough to come up with a topic to discuss. Also, it is Wednesday, which is usually WIP Wednesday, but I’m currently pretending I don’t have a Throughstone on the needles because good Lord that sweater is boring to knit.

With that being said, let’s get to the questions. Please feel free to answer in the comments or with your own blog post.

  • What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting? My favorite color is teal. It is reflected in my crafting because I often tell myself I’m branching out by trying a new color when it really is just teal. I’ve knit two sweaters in almost identical yarn. I’ve bought the same colorway of socks three times thinking I was trying something new.
  • Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades? I like jewel tones and neutrals. When it comes to socks I like bright colors.
  • Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color? I want to knit fall colors September-late November. I want browns, golds, wheats, and dark greens. Every other season I basically want teal, green, or blue.
  • Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting? Red. I don’t wear red.
  • When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list? I decide on the yarn first, then I choose the color from what is available. The wool is more important to me than the color.
  • Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change? Yes, and it usually fails. I think I’m trying a new color, but it is really something I’ve knit with before.

Northeasterly Progress

I didn’t make much progress on my blanket this month. I was too busy getting the house in order. Now I’m out of the habit of working on it a little bit a day, so it will probably be slow growing until I get back into the swing of things.

Do you have any long term knitting projects on the needles?

Sock It To Me Monday

I started a new pair of socks with my Woolie Friends. We’re knitting Nomad Yarns in Plant Parenthood. I really like how cheery these socks will be. I’m hoping to knit them quickly so I can cast on some Halloween socks.

Are you working on any socks?