Monday, January 18, 2021


 Good Morning!

I'm a bit of a sleepy-head this morning.  I did not wake up until 7:30!!  Thanks to Tyg being out all night, I was not woken at 4:30 or 5:00.  And that little guy was waiting by the patio door when I came downstairs to make coffee.  He has had his breakfast and is back outdoors!

How was your weekend?  Mine seemed to fly by in a blur.  I did manage to finish the mitts.

I'm happy with the way they turned out - the two tones of blue together are pleasing to me.  Whenever I knit mitts I tend to make them long enough to go up your arm beyond the blasts of cold air to chill an exposed area!  These along with the dark blue Antler hat will be a gift for someone.

Fletch and I headed over to Colin & Mailing's for dinner on Saturday.  Initially we had planned to have a late afternoon walk, but it was windy and too cold for Fletch and me...and Colin said he and Mailing were feeling lazy.  So, a walk was skipped.  Dinner was not skipped and was delicious.  They made a fish stew.  A mix of potatoes, onions, garlic, cod, a bunch of herbs and some white wine.  When finished, the potatoes and cod are scooped out and served separately from the broth.  They had also baked bread (two loaves, so we took some home!!).  I had made an apple nut torte for dessert with whipped cream flavored with cinnamon.

Isn't the bread fun looking?  After it rises, you punch it down and divide into one piece with about 2/3 of the dough and a smaller piece.  You form both into rounds, placing the smaller one on top of the larger.  

Sunday was still pretty windy, but despite that Fletch grilled steaks for us for dinner.  Yum!  

Today is a holiday for me from work, though I will most likely still do a little bit and then tomorrow will head into the office.  I have a bunch of stuff to print in color and should go through the mail, etc.  It should be a quick visit to the office.  But today I hope/plan to cast on for my Heart Warmer cowl and also a new Yule Wave Sock.  I revisited the one I knit that is SO tight and there is no way it will block larger.  Rather than knit a second and *hope* they will fit someone, I am abandoning that first one and starting over.  I've picked out two different blues from my stash and will figure out which looks best with the red (there is not enough of the original blue left for two socks).  And I will be taking the advice you all gave me and go up a needle size (probably up 2 sizes) to do the colorwork section.  Hopefully that will make it work.  I did try over the weekend making the sock on a 9" circular needle...figuring the colorwork would be easier on a circular rather than DPNs.  But apparently my hands are way too large to work with a 9" circular.  It was not comfortable!  Have any of you used a 9" circular.  Is there a trick to it?

Finally, I'll leave you with this picture that my friend Carol sent me.  It is an estate sale showing someone's stash!  That's a whole lotta yarn folks.  Makes my stash look like a drop in the bucket!!

Have a great week!!


  1. That's someone's stash? Did they used to own a YS? OH MY WORD! Now tell me--did you just for a moment think, "It sure would be fun to go out there and take a look"?

    Good luck with reworking the sock pattern. I know you'll keep us informed.

  2. Learning how to make yeast bread is on my 2021 list. And that yarn stash is amazing!

  3. Hello,
    I am determined to learn more on making bread, your dinners both are delicious. The bread and fish stew sounds yummy. That is a big stash of yarn! Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

  4. Hmm, what does it say about me that the yarn stash doesn't look that big to me?

    I've never been comfortable using just one 9" circ, but in the past I used to knit socks using two of them or two 12" circs. These days I'm much more comfortable doing magic loop.

    That fish stew sounds good! I've been looking for different ways to cook fish so we can get more of it into our diet, so I'll see if I can find a recipe.

  5. I tried the 9" circulars and didn't like them. Too fiddly. I guess I'm a die hard dpn knitter.

  6. I’m not a fan of 9” circulars: the tips are not long enough to have a comfortable grip. My weekend was nice, but it was cold and windy.

  7. I'm laughing at Sara's comment that the stash doesnt look that big to her!

  8. The food sounds delicious and I might have to try baking bread that way someday! I'm not a fan of 9" circulars; the needle parts are too small for me and make my hands cramp. And thanks for that stash photo! Mine isn't nearly that large, even though I fear I have reached SABLE.

  9. That is a LOT of yarn. I would have loved to go to that estate sale. My stash is actually pretty small right now. I gave some away before we moved and I've used up a lot while here without buying any except for Dennis's sweater.
    I don't care for 9 inch circulars. I have them and have tried several times but I always go back to my dpn's.
    Dinner sounds wonderful and the bread, oh my! I love bread. When I get into the house, if we get the one we're looking at it has double ovens and I plan to make bread. Lots of bread.
    Blessings and hugs,

  10. That's some stash but in her defense I see weaving tools and that doubles your knitting stash. Don't ask me how I know

  11. I'm not sure my stash isn't that big. I have it stuffed into Rubbermaid tubs, but it would look worse all spread out.
    Cute fingerless mitts!

  12. Bravo on the fingerless gloves, someone is going to be very happy with your gift. I would have loved to see a closer photo of that bread. You're so lucky your kids are good cooks. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. I don't know of a family that enjoys meals together as often as yours and that is so special. And no bought pizza!! All good food made with love.

  14. That is my stash fear... I will die and someone will post it on their blog! LOL

    As for color work socks... try this, turn the sock inside out, it helps the floats stay just a bit longer. I always knit socks on DPNs... sorry, I have no tips for knitting with a small circumference circ.

  15. Wouldn't we all love to have that amount of yarn?! Your mitts look perfectly chill-proof; nice work.

  16. I always knit socks (or anything with a small circumference) on DPNs. I've never tried a 9"circular, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like them. So glad you had a nice day off!

  17. Oh wow. I dream of finding a sale with loads of yarn (and all the other things a knitter collects). I rarely knit with circulars, but a few years ago I did try socks or something on TWO short-length circulars. I don't think I could knit something like that on just one circ!

  18. The mitts are great.

    What a stash... I wonder if she actually knit much or just collected it!