WIP Wednesday

I’ve been busy this week. I have two projects on the needles that I love working on.

First up is the Hansel Hap Shawl. I’m doing the full square version and loving each stich.

The Hansel is my knit on the go project. I even showed it to the alpaca who produced the fiber the last time we rode the orchard train.

Two alpaca with one guard llama

I’ve been spending a lot of time on my Oxbow Cardigan. I’m looking forward to wearing it, which leads me to pick it up whenever I can.

Have you been loving your projects this week?

A note on the post I wrote yesterday: I am thrilled that so many of us had made stew recently, or plan to make stew. It fills me with joy when Blogville has something in common.

Tasty Tuesday: Stewpendous

I have been craving stew for weeks. This week I finally made a batch. There was still some snow on the ground this morning, so it seemed like the perfect day to cook something in the oven for over two hours.

The stew I make is Hearty Beef Stew from a 1996 issue of Cook’s Illustrated. The house smells wonderful when this is cooking. The recipe calls for one cup of red wine, which is ideal, because that means I can have a glass with dinner without opening the bottle for one glass of wine.

Number of times I called our dinner Stewpendous: 18 Number of times my awesome pun was acknowledged: 0

I also made cornmeal dinner rolls to have with the stew. The recipe is easy, delicious, and makes way too many rolls for a family of four. We will be eating them as breakfast sliders (egg and cheese on a bun) for the rest of the week.

Yes, that is also a loaf of sandwich bread in the background.

Have you made anything tasty this week?


We woke up to snow on the ground. That is highly unusual for Iowa in October. It got me worried about COVID and winter and spending time with people who aren’t in my bubble.

Luckily my cousin was coming over today to knit, so we were able to test out winter knitting. I pulled my car out of the garage. We set up lawn chairs over six feet apart. We closed the garage door partially, so there was still significant air flow. We turned on heaters. We crafted.

We decided it was a lot like tailgating. We were able to stay bundled up and warm. People do that before football games in January, so we know we can do it in the depths of winter. There has been some discussion about grilling or making a crockpot of chili to enjoy while we are crafting in the garage. I don’t know if anyone else will be up for outdoor crafting, but I sure hope I can get more people to join us. I want to be able to see my friends and family and do it safely.

*Yes, I can write a blog post without a made up word in the title, I just don’t want to do that.


Oh, Blogville. I was so good about knitting down my stash for so long. I was knitting more than I was buying. It was such a productive time. Then there was a pandemic. Then I moved. Then my mom had a bad fall and had some fractures. Then I lost all restraint and started buying all the things.

The orchard alpaca is beautiful to work with. So I kept buying more. I’ve managed to go to the orchard once without buying yarn. That is a 20% success rate for not buying yarn.

Then my hero died, so I needed yarn to make a sweater to honor her. Of course it had to be Beaverslide Dry Goods, because you can’t beat that yarn.

Of course, there is a danger that I’ll knit through all of my sock yarn and run out of options for holiday socks, so I picked up some Bumblebee Acres yarn in Great Pumpkin and Candy Corn (I’m telling myself they work for Thanksgiving and Halloween). I also got some Ho Ho Ho from Two Sisters, because there is nothing like a pair of striped festive socks.

I wish I could say it ends there, but I’ve also purchased two advent sock skeins (one stripe a day). Did I need them? No. Did I also purchase a yarn advent calendar? Yup. I also have some yarn coming for the Dumpster Fire Ornament.

I need to take a break from yarn purchases for now. Of course, when you are friends with champion enablers it is hard to stop completely.

Have you been buying yarn lately? Tell me about it. Then send me a link so I can buy some, because I don’t have much faith in thi

FO Friday

I cast on two hats for International Cast On All The Things Month. They are both finished.

The first is a pumpkin baby hat. John’s best friend and his wife are new parents, so I made them my traditional baby gift. I’ve been making this for so long I have no idea what the pattern is. Now I just need to get this mailed.

The second finished object is a Puimcin Hat. I noticed the hat while watching the Caught In The Wool Podcast by Bumbleebee Acres. I bought a kit as soon as it came out. The yarn, marshmallow worsted, was great to work with. I probably should have gone up a needle size, but would have run out of yarn.

You make a woven button to top the hat. I loved making the button, and think I’ll use the technique again. Please ignore the wonkiness at the bottom of the button, I have fiddled with the button since taking the photograph and it looks much better.

We went to the orchard yesterday, and I found the hat really works with the Wear All The Wool look I’ve been going for lately.

Did you finish anything this week?