Wednesday, May 30, 2012

About Socks, Books, Blankets, & Biscuits

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.

♥ ♥ ♥

G

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23 comments:

debby emadian said...

The socks look great...I must start making some again it's ages since I've done so and I love them for pottering around the house in.

Have a good week,
Deb

Pom Pom said...

Ha ha! I love it that Mr. FC was a scoffer of knitting until he tried wearing the fruits of your clicking!
I am so ready to do more knitting. Can't wait! Sending HUGE love to you, G!

Lisa said...

Love your lacy skirt (nightie?). And, your white rug - brave woman!

steph said...

my goodness, this post is so full of inspiration!!! (first off, though, I, too, listened to the guernsy on audible and just fell in love with all the characters!) love the socks--and the cotton blanket (i agree---adore everything that man designs!!) I've gravitated to airy shawls for the summer---TOO HOT already for the sweater knitting!! so agree!

Jodi said...

Isn't Pinterest terrific! I can spend a little too much time there, though, if I'm not careful.

The socks look so cozy, and the blanket pattern is very pretty.

I read the print version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and enjoyed it, but didn't love it. It actually seems like it would be much better as an audiobook, esp. with those great readers!

Conservative Knit Mom said...

All your projects are so complex and I love the colors you chose. I have wanted to read GLPPPS for so long. I, too, find it hard to read that style of prose. I like the idea of audio- I will have to check it out! I can't wait to read about your knitting and reading next week!

Swanski said...

Love your socks. I have not made WW socks but maybe I will and wear them like slippers. Thanks for the book recommendations....got to write them down so I don't forget!!

wayside wanderer said...

I love those pretty, cozy socks. I need a sock knitting class. I remember reading the Potato Peel Pie book and enjoying it a lot. Seeing those biscuits is not helping my hunger one bit. It is only 4:30pm but I feel sooooo ready for dinner. Or is that supper? Well, you know what I mean, right? I'm HUNGRY.

Bonnie said...

I love your pretty blue socks and I've been wanting to make a pair of muggle socks since seeing them on your blog. I knit my socks toe-up and I am wondering if I could adapt the pattern for toe up. Love them.

Hannah said...

The shale blanket looks like a gorgeous pattern!
I love your blog banner - did you make it yourself?

Heather L. said...

I LOVED the Guernsey book too!!! And my sister and I love everything from Brooklyn Tweed as well......I'm sure your blanket will be gorgeous.

I'm afraid I can't take credit for being British, I'm american. I just like making British things. :) I can take credit for having two boys with dual citizenship, so maybe that counts. :)

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

So funny, I just finished this same audiobook. I was delighted by the audio. I agree that the actors did a splendid job. And Mr Flood - I do love his work.

Gigi said...

Hi Lady Friends! Thank you so much for coming by. I love reading your sweet thoughtful comments!
Hearts,
G

Jess said...

Love your cozy socks + moccasin + lace gown combo.... So you ;) The color of your cotton blanket is so perfect. BEST biscuits EVER!! Soooooo good!! Must make some soon. I know pinterest is fantastic. I've truly incorporated the ideas I've found there into our "real" lives. Last night the kids took magical glow stick, glow in the dark baths. They thought that was Amazing! Got the idea from you know where ;)

P.S. I tried the book awhile back & just couldn't get into it. Maybe I need to give it another try....

Xx

Gigi said...

Hi Bitty! Glow stick baths sounds so fun! Would have loved it when I was a little, you and E too, I think.
I guess you inherited the addicted to Pinterest gene from me, but it's good, isn't it?
Oh, and actually that's a skirt in the sock photo - I really do get out of my nightgown once in a while ;).
♥ ♥ ♥!

From All Stitched Up said...

I love the baby blanket pattern and I think I need to make those biscuits. I think they'd be great with strawberries and whipped cream. Pintrest is great - I always love what you pin.

Jay said...

I've read the "book" version of the book and loved it!
I'm going to look into pinterest, never seen it before!

Angela said...

I read the Guernsey book for a book club and loved it! It was especially great because we had a guest who spent a lot of her growing up years on Guernsey (her parents live in a house that partly dates from the 1400s!!) and she basically gave us a wonderful powerpoint presentation all about the island.

Gumbo Lily said...

Your socks and mocs look great with your lacy skirt. I could just hug your ankles!

We love us some biscuits around here! MMMmmmmm.

Making It Vintage said...

That book sounds an interesting read, I shall have to look it out at my local library...........the socks look so cosy, I could do with some cosy today, it's pretty chilly here in the UK.........off to take a peep at your ravelry page.

lily

the wild magnolia said...

wonderfully informative, and fun post! very creative, i loved it.

Rebekka Seale said...

Just seeing those makes me want to start knitting right now!!!

Nancy said...

Hi G, Just wanted to let you know I'm missing your blog posts. I see you pinning in Pintrest so I figure all is well with you. Just curious what lovely things you are working on now. Hope you are having a good summer.

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