Good Morning Everyone. It's been a while since I've been able to stop by for a visit, so I thought I'd drop in to say hello, catch up a little, and join in with Ginny's Yarn Along.
Seems that whenever it starts getting hot, I have to put away thoughts of cosy sweaters, big woolie blankets and the like, and change my knitting to cotton or linen yarns and/or smaller less hot making things. About this time of year, I start to gravitate to projects like socks (to store up for Christmas), dishcloths, dish towels (a new obsession), light weight cotton sweaters for the littles, and . . . . well, you know what I mean. So, lately, I've finished several pairs of Muggle socks to go into the Christmas stockpile, that is, if I can keep Mr. FC from absconding with them. But, that's okay. He loves them -- which I find pretty amusing (and satisfying) since he was a scoffer of knitting -- until he got his first pair of hand knit socks ^v^.
And I also made a pair for me - these Inro Socks -- which I mentioned a while back (Rav page here).
This is the first pair of worsted weight socks I've made for myself, and I love them. They're a little too bulky for some things, but for wearing with my moccasins and cowboy boots, they're perfectly cushy and comfy.
Also, I've just started this Shale Blanket -- pattern from Brooklyn Tweed (love everything from the so talented Jared Flood, don't you?) I wanted it to be a little bigger, so I've CO 191 st rather than 151 (my Rav page here). I'm thinking this will make it about 8 - 10 inches wider -- I hope. Anyway, I'm using Cotton-Ease yarn b/c, as I mentioned before, it's too darned hot to think about woolie blankets right now. I'm liking this yarn pretty well in spite of the fact that I remember another knitter say it was like knitting with glue. I'm not finding it too terrible to knit with, but of course, it doesn't want to give the way wool does when making all those K4tog, and SSSK stitches. I think I'll manage though b/c the thought of a nice cotton blanket seems just perfect to me at the moment -- cosy but not hot -- if that makes sense.
And after a very long spell of not finding a book I've really really loved, I found one!
It's written in epistolary style which I usually find difficult, but not this time. It's utterly charming, fascinating, sad (recollections of WWII), humorous, and compelling to the point that I have trouble leaving the society of these wonderful characters to go to bed. Actually, I'm listening to the Audible version, and I absolutely love the narration. It's done by a cast of English actors who read each letter most perfectly and with (what I imagine to be) the very most appropriate accent and tone. This is my very favorite Audible book since listening to the endearing, sweet, and funny "Winnie the Pooh". Oh, and the Librivox "Jane Eyre" was wonderful too. But anyway, I'm sure it's just as good to read in print, so I've ordered the book as well b/c I think I'll want to read it over and over. Have you read it? Did you love it too? I know this isn't a new book, but as you might know by now, I'm a little slow in catching up.
Just one more thing I had to share with you -- the recipe for these so delicious make and freeze biscuits from King Arthur Flour. And I know this doesn't sound like a revolutionary idea, but the main difference is in the way you bake them -- which makes them rise so nicely. Anyway, I made these back in March when my DD and Littles were here. We loved them. I had a few left, so I took them out and baked them for breakfast last Sunday, and they were still so delicious (after a couple of months in the freezer) and so easy. I'm going to make up another batch to freeze soon.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention -- every one of these things - the sock pattern, blanket pattern, book, and biscuit recipe were found on Pinterest. So, you see, I'd be living in a sockless, blanketless, bookless, biscuitless world without all the great input and ideas I get from all of you generous pinners out there. And this is the last time I'll mention Pinterest -- I promise (kind of ^v^).
Well, better go, so I can hop over to Ginny's (thank you Ginny) and see what's been going on in everyone else's world lately. Bye for now and I wish you a blessed week.
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