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So this was actually completed about six days ago but my husband’s brother got married this weekend and we’ve been in wedding land for a while. (Plus, see previous post…) I want to find someone to model this for me so I can get some better photos, but those are in short supply around here. I loved this project! This sweater took me about eleven days to make and I wasn’t even knitting all the time. I think it will fit me perfectly after the baby is born. One note about this yarn: it really grows a lot in length after blocking. I adjusted for this after reading many testimonies on ravelry, but it would have been awful if I hadn’t known. (stitch nation bamboo ewe)
Unrelated side note: we have fall weather down here!! I’m so happy about this…. I felt like I was going to die in the 95+ temperatures we’ve been having. Not sure if it’s because I’m pregnant or because I’m just a wimp.
So… I got the coolest book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It’s really a neat approach to bread making and so far it has worked well. I baked my first loaf yesterday.
The baking part of the process requires that you heat a pan of water in the oven along with your pizza stone on which you’re going to bake the bread. I put a fairly sturdy glass tart pan with about 1.5 cups of water in it into the oven along with the pizza stone and heated the oven to 450 degrees. When the oven had heated up, I decided to check and make sure that there was still enough water in the dish. I pulled the rack out…. and the dish EXPLODED. I don’t mean it broke and fell apart, it really blew up all over the place and scared me to death. Water went all over… glass all over…. huge mess….. etc. I still baked some bread, though, and it was great.
Later on, I washed our bed sheets. I do that fairly frequently with no ill effects. This time, I somehow managed to wrap Ryan’s new book up in the sheets and wash it, too. The book completely dissolved except for the plastic laminating sheets from the front and back covers and the spine with a chunk of wet paper stuck to it. I felt so bad telling him about it… he had been eagerly awaiting its arrival from Amazon and had barely begun reading it.
After all this, I realized that little Edda had come down with an ear infection (Actually, I suspected but wasn’t sure. A trip to the doc this morning confirmed that she has indeed gotten her first ear infection.) I seems that these things really do happen in threes. I’m a little nervous about today as when we got home from the doctor’s office and picking up Edda’s prescription, I discovered that Oliver had had explosive diarrhea in his crate. (We have to crate him when we leave the house because he gets nutty and destroys stuff.) If ya’ll think about it, pray for me today….
Sorry, this wasn’t mean to be such a whiney post. I’m actually in a pretty good mood in spite of it all. It sorta feels like I’m in some kid of comedy movie…. I’m just trying to laugh at it. Hey, what else can you do? I finished the sweater I blogged about last time and I’m hoping to post some photos soon. I really love it… it turned out exactly as I had hoped it would!
As you may have guessed by our title today, I have been pretty busy lately. On labor day, we drove up to Skytop Orchard and stocked up on apples (Honeycrisp. Delicious and great for baking.) and fed a lot of goats. I have been making a lot of apple things since then. We still have enough apples left for about 5 more apple cakes or a few quarts of applesauce, but I’m thinking it’s time for something different. Fortunately, there seems to be no shortage of lovely apple recipes.
My mom’s church had a big rummage sale last weekend and I got to sift through the stuff the day before and pick out some things to buy. I found a great knit top that I’m planning to make into a dress or skirt for Edda and a wool sweater that has a little moth-eaten but I’m pretty sure that I can still make these awesome slippers out of it if it turns out to be felt-able. I also found a nice, handknitted lace shrug that is almost Edda’s size! It’s acrylic, but very well-made. The stitches are very pretty and even… somebody put a lot of care into making it. It makes me wonder about the history of handmade things that end up in rummage sales. I hope none of the things I make ever end up there!
I feel like this post is getting a bit out of hand… we’ll wrap it up quickly with just one more photo.
This is a sweater that I’m making for MYSELF. I’m really jazzed about it, actually. I haven’t knit a sweater for myself since the first sweater I ever made. And that one wasn’t really a success. This one seems to be going a lot better. I must have gotten better at knitting in the last three years… Haha. What a surprise.
The yarn is a new one to me: Bamboo Ewe by Debbie Stoller’s Stitch Nation. The color is “eucalyptus.” I think it’s a little darker and greener in real life, but my camera doesn’t seem to capture it just exactly right. I’m going to have to wait until after the baby is born to try this on because it isn’t maternity-sized…. it’s going to be so hard to wait! At least it will still be hot around here for a long time. (ugh)
The pattern is the very-popular percentage system sweater from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman. (Seamless yoke sweater, maybe? I always forget what it’s called.)
…a laptop that will never work again.
I have been up to all kinds of knitting and sewing and canning fresh apples, but I’ll have to wait to show you all until I get some commuter access…. Not sure when that will be. Sorry, everyone!
I just finished make the cutest little curtains for the new baby’s room….. and they are about 5 inches too short. They are just too short for me to make them work. They are not short enough that it looks like it could be intentional. I’m very upset about this.