Hey, look! I had a baby!

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Everyone, meet Sadie Jane. She just turned two months old and she is a delight in every way. Seriously, this kid sleeps from 10 to 6 just about every night and rarely cries. Magic baby. Life as a family of five is pretty wonderful. I’ve still been knitting a lot. Here’s some of that, if you’re interested:

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Yes, I’m aware the last three pictures are of the same dress. I couldn’t pick just one photo, they were all too cute…

 

 

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Updates of all kinds.

Hi Readers.

A few random updates from the last nine months or so:

  • We sold our house and moved to a much bigger city. You guys, there are TWO yarn stores. In the same town as me. (Go ahead and laugh at me, but I’ve never had my very own Local Yarn Shop and it’s very exciting.) We are still only an hour away from our families, though, so that’s nice.
  • Edda started Kindergarten a few weeks ago (at home.) She’s reading so much better after our summer break!
  • I made myself a blue sweater:bluesweater
  • I finished the sweater a few days ago, actually. So, that’s fairly recent news. Ravelry link here. I really love this sweater. It’s the fourth sweater I’ve made for myself and the first to end up fitting EXACTLY the way I wanted. (Yay!)
  • I googled this for way too long with no luck, so I’ll just mention for the benefit of the whole internet that it is possible to make raw milk yogurt using whey as the starter instead of plain yogurt. I heated about 84 ounces (or) 10-1/2 cups of raw whole milk to 115 degrees and poured in about 4 ounces (or) 1/2 cup of whey to it. The whey was cold, in case that matters… I cultured it in my Eurocuisine yogurt maker (with the extra level attachment) for a really long time. Just kidding… it cultured for around 18 hours. That was probably too long. Three of the jars got all weird and separated into curds; I used them instead of buttermilk to make pancakes. The rest were perfect. Maybe this information will helpful to someone.
  • I’ve got a severe case of knitting fever after hardly knitting at all for the last four months or so. I finished the cardigan on Saturday, a pair of mittens for Walter on Tuesday, and I’m about to finish a hood/hat for Edda today. KNIT ALL THE THINGS!
  • Walter’s mittens (on ravelry): photo-20
  • Edda’s hat-in-progress (on ravelry): photo-21
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Getting the tree.

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We got a Christmas tree. It’s always so much fun! This year the tree farm had a huge, plastic tube for the kids to crawl through. I think Edda and Walter might have enjoyed that more than picking out our tree! It was pretty fun to watch, too.

All the knitting is still secret. But I’m baking Walter’s birthday cake at this very moment. I intend to post some photos of that when I’m all done decorating it. Let see if I remember 😉 My cake inspiration is here. It’s going to be a sheet cake, though. Also I’m not using that recipe. Really, I was just inspired by the picture!

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Chilly.

It’s officially cold. This is the time of year when my little cuties start begging for the space heater every morning. They even voluntarily wore ALL their hand-knitted accessories yesterday! (Actually, they insisted on wearing them…and assembling their own outfits, as you can probably tell.) Edda’s coat is handmade, too. (pattern here)

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You gotta stay warm on those Starbucks runs! Aren’t the snowman cookies cute?

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Other random news:

  • I’m still mired in secret Christmas knitting that I can’t share yet. Sorry! I hope to be done with that soon so I can get back to blogging about the knits.
  • I’m sure I didn’t mention this yet, but I’ve been training to run a half marathon since September and I just hurt my knee. So no running right now. 😦 I never knew how much I would come to love running when I started back in April. It started as a way to manage my anxiety problems, but has become an addiction! I hope the knee heals soon so I can get back to training again!
  • I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner all by myself this year. This is very exciting. My house is full of food.
  • Walter’s 3rd birthday is December 4th. I’m having a difficult time accepting the fact that he is NOT a baby. (Currently standing 3’3″ and weighing 40 lbs.)
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I love wool socks.

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In other words, I’m busy with Christmas knitting so I’m sharing photos of my feet wearing the second pair of socks I ever knitted. And they are still my favorite pair… after all these years… *sniff*

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Nothing is cozier than a pair of soft, hand-knit socks on a chilly morning.

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My sandwich bread recipe

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Jessi’s Sandwich Bread (my very own recipe!)

1/3 cup milk

1 cup warm water

56 grams (1/4 cup) melted butter, extra virgin olive oil, or melted coconut oil

75 grams (about 1/4 cup) honey, or 1/4 cup sucanat

200 grams whole wheat flour (I grind my own or use King Arthur’s white whole wheat)

100 grams unbleached all-purpose flour (I like King Arthur)

145 grams oat flour (or oatmeal that has been ground very finely in the blender)

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon instant yeast

3 tablespoons wheat gluten

Add the ingredients in the order listed to the pan of an automatic bread machine and use the dough setting. After the cycle has ended, shape the dough into a loaf and place in a buttered or oiled loaf pan. (I like 8.5×4.5 inch pans, but a 9×5 will work. It might not rise as high, though.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about one hour, or until it has crowned about an inch over the top of the pan.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, then cover it with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 and the top is deeply golden brown.

Remove from the pan immediately and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

****Hand kneading directions: mix first four ingredients; in a separate bowl mix the rest (keeping back about 1/4 cup of the flour for kneading.) Add the wet to to the dry and mix well, then use some of the reserved flour to flour your counter and turn out the dough. Knead about ten minutes, adding the rest of the reserved flour little by little. It should be smooth and elastic. Form into a ball, place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for one hour. Continue with the rest of the recipe as written.

(I recently had several requests for this recipe, so here it is! If you have any problems just comment or email.)

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Pomme de pin is finished!

I hope to get some better photos on my real camera soon. For now, here is one I took on my phone and one Olivia took on my phone. Please pardon the awkward pose. I’m not good at posing.

my pomme de pin cardigan!

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This sweater grew a LOT after blocking. I think it’s still wearable, but it’s definitely bigger than I wanted it to be. Oh well, I guess I should have blocked my gauge swatch. (I say that so often. I really need to remember next time.) It certainly is a warm and comfy sweater! I love wearing wool.

Pattern: Pomme de Pin Cardigan by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport in “cobblestone heather”

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Tea Cosies (free pattern?)

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I’m thinking of adding another free pattern to my blog… for tea cosies! They were pretty simple to make. The pot cover is knitted and the flower and leaf are crocheted. Anyone interested?

(I made these to sell at my parents’ tea room and didn’t think of taking decent pictures before they were sold. These pictures are from my phone.)

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A delicious applesauce cake.

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Sundays are usually our “dessert day.” (Ok, Saturday, too.) We try not to bake or eat sweets during the week. This was our Sunday treat yesterday: cinnamon-chip applesauce cake with cream cheese frosting. I think it’s the perfect autumn dessert. The applesauce makes the cake very moist and helps keep it fresh for days.

I mostly followed the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. (How I love that blog. I have her book and it’s wonderful.) My only changes were using dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar and substituting cinnamon chips for walnuts. I love walnuts but Edda despises nuts in baked goods. If you’ve never heard of cinnamon chips, you need to try them! I love them in banana bread, oatmeal cookies, muffins, scones, or just about anything else that would be good with some little cinnamon-flavored bits mixed in. (cinnamon chips link)

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Edda insisted on sprinkling some extra chips on top for decoration. 🙂

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Pomme de pin update

I actually took this picture a few days ago, but forgot to post it. At this time, I have completed everything up to the last five rows of the button band. And then I’m done.
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It’s quite difficult to take photos of a charcoal-gray sweater indoors on a cloudy day. (hence the blurriness) At least, it is for me. I really need to learn more about my camera.

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If you check this out on my ravelry notebook, you’ll see that I started it on July 18th. That is not a mistake. This thing is just taking forever. Also, seaming was so hard! Haha. I’m a spoiled, seamless-knitting fan. It took me a while to figure out how to do the set-in sleeves. And graft the collar. I’m looking forward to it being finished and wearable because it looks like it will fit perfectly! I also have quite a long list of Christmas/baby gifts that I need to start ASAP.

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Speaking of baby knitting… Big news! I’m getting a nephew in April! My husband’s brother and his wife are expecting their second baby. My sister-in-law, Janine, has a blog where she posts about her art and crafts. She’s an amazing friend AND a talented artist and writer!

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