Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Friday

On Thanksgiving Friday Pete, our youngest son, cooked a Thai meal for 11 of us.  He had plenty of help in the kitchen. Mom and Gayle did a lot of prep work and several other family members pitched in as sous chefs.

Chef Pete cutting carrots.

Table set for 11.

Matt is cutting red peppers.

The football game goes on.

Pete with the skillet of stir fry which contained chicken, rice noodles, coconut milk, and the vegetables.

Avocado quinoa side.

Eating the quinoa appetizer.

A kiss from Mormor.

I have a feeling this Thai meal could become a new Thanksgiving tradition.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I went for a a whole day without knitting.  It was tough but I did it.  And it is 10 AM today (Friday) and I haven't knitted yet.  I'm proud of me. ;)

All the photos are from Thanksgiving Day at my sister's home.
I baked two deep dish apple pies.  Apple is my favorite.  I use a lot of cinnamon.

I like to decorate the top crust.  This makes me happy.

Pete, Andy, and Eric enjoy the snow on the deck.

Pete wore the sweater I made for him last Christmas.  Isn't it a perfect fit for my fine son?

My brother-in-law made bread pudding that had loads of butter and other healthful ingredients, including brandy in the sauce.

Bob is telling a story to Mom and Dad.

Dad, Mom and Bob relaxing after our meal.

Gathering in the kitchen.

Now today we're at my parents' home.  My sister and my nephew's girlfriend are making gift tags with a machine.  My brother and my dad are playing a flight simulator game.  Mom is bustling around the house.  Bob is upstairs doing school work.  The rest of the menfolk are out on the annual clay pigeon shoot.  And I'm about to get out my knitting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A New Wool to Love

The Winter Interweave Knits featured an article on a new yarn company, Quince & Co.  Within an hour 1/2 hour of reading the article I had place my first order.  Easily influenced?  Not me! I placed the order on Thursday afternoon.  It shipped on Friday and I received it on Monday.  Pretty quick service, I'd say. 

The fact that their yarn lines are named after birds might have swayed me.  The fact that the beautiful colors are inspired by nature might have swayed me also.  The cost is very reasonable, especially when you consider that this wool is spun in the U.S. from U.S. sheep.  The Lark skeins (sport weight) that I purchased were $5.95 for a 50 g ball/181 yds.  I'll be talking about this wool in an upcoming podcast.  There are 3 skeins of Snap Pea in my stash now.  Actually, not in my stash because I have already started knitting with it. 

From left:  Carrie's Yellow, Storm, Nasturtium, Glacier, Bird's Egg, and Snap Pea.

And yes, it feels just as soft and squishy as it looks.

The package arrived with the wool wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a "Q" sticker.  There was a lovely postcard with a personal "Thank you" written on it. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

In and Around Our Town

The Library of Congress brought a traveling exhibit of reproductions of documents.  My favorite part was the truck, looking so official in our Five Points Parking lot.  The exhibit was good too.

I would gasp if I saw this truck traveling along a road. 
Two young musicians, Sid and Marc, stayed with us when the Heartland Festival Orchestra played at Five Points.

Bronwyn, Charr, Sarah, and I met at The Blend for a Knitting Morning.  It was our first time to meet Ravelry friend, Bronwyn.

Bronwyn shared her shawl, Lazy Katy, which is beautiful and fascinating with its unusual shape.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Episode 20 Garter Stitch, Anyone?

Show notes are on the show blog.   Download by clicking on the episode title or listen from the Flash Player.

Topics in this Episode

  • Find out the latest about the turkeys Franklin, Knit, and Purl.
  • A knitting tip for nupps
  • My finished shawl Flourish by Rose Beck
  • I ask for suggestions for garter stitch patterns.
  • More on Continental knitting and English Knitting methods
...and more, of course. 

Flourish by Rose Beck.  A very fun and easy pattern!

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