200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This is beginning to look like it's supposed to look! The pattern is a 6-row repeat where every row is different, so I can't knit and watch something I want to pay attention to at the same time. But now I can tell the difference between the front and the back so if I lose my place, I can at least eliminate 50% of the possibilities right away!
I'm knitting this with my own chunky 2-ply handspun, from merino I got at Rhinebeck. The wool is very soft and loose, which will be nice against my neck. However - that means that this is going to eventually start looking more fuzzy than anything else. A pattern that doesn't have all this detail would have been more appropriate. Plus, the cables would have popped out more if the yarn were more even in thickness. Oh well - that's what learning is, right? Making mistakes and discovering what NOT to do again.
I've been in a very Thanksgiving mood lately. Even though I plan to be a hermit, I'm still going to make a (little) feast. Yesterday I made mulled apple cider (with the fresh cider from 2 weeks ago), cookies and got a headstart on some other feasty items. I've even got a turkey breast, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and green beans for the big day. Unfortunately, even though I bought the smallest turkey breast the store sells, it won't fit into the toaster oven (which is what I'm using as an oven these days), so I'll have to be creative. Maybe I'll split the breast and have TWO days of cooking Thanksgiving stuff! That's one of the advantages to living by myself. I can have Thanksgiving whenever I want! Even twice.
I also watched Food, Inc., courtesy of Netflix. Not a movie to watch if you're trying to pay attention to which knitting row you're on!
Today, I'll take a stab at finishing the raised beds. I had an epiphany last week about them. Now that the grader has taken away the big rocks and most of the grass from where the beds were going to be, I won't need to make them two courses deep any more. It's looking like the homestead will end up with FOUR 4 x 12 x 8 inches deep raised beds instead of TWO 4 x 12 x 16 inches deep beds. I'm not positive yet that that's the way I'm going to go. Of course I'll post pictures of the finished product, if I ever finish them!