Saturday, November 20, 2010

GotH cooks!

We recently picked up 20 frozen chickens from Finca Mirasol, a branch of the Hillside Farmers Cooperative.  

Once a week, Girl of the House cooks a meal.   This week, it was to be chicken!  She chose a recipe a few days in advance and assured me we had all of the necessary ingredients.

She began with some of our home-grown purple potatos.


She added some of our yukon gold potatoes.   

Mmmmm, mashers!

While they warmed in the oven, she began her surprise:  Fried Chicken.

I'm sure I haven't made fried chicken in 20 years.  I wasn't much assistance to her.

Note the recipe book computer open on the counter.

I'd say she was pretty successful.

It was delicious!
 She's the chief piemaker for Thanksgiving.

Here she tried out a new recipe:  Pear Frangipane from Relish magazine (Relish is one of those freebie little magazines that comes in our Northfield paper)

This is amazingly delicious!  And it looks elegant too.  It will definitely be going to my brother's house for Thanksgiving.

I've been working on a new sweater.

Muted Musician Gansey (Ravelry Link) from Beth Brown-Reinsel's Knitting Ganseys.

Knitted from Cascade 220 in a lovely periwinkle color at four stitches per inch.  Anyway, that's the gauge called for, but I'm not sure I like it.  It seems a bit loose and 'sleazy'.  I keep knitting though.

Well, we'll see...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Knitting in the dark

 What do you do, sitting in the dark, while attending a two hour high school concert?

Are you able to sit quietly and attentively throughout?

Or do you bring a project you can do in the dark?

Simple fingerless mitts of my own handspun.

Two hours of two by two ribbing in the round, with simple buttonholes for the thumb openings.

It was a lovely concert and a productive evening!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big pointy teeth!

We went walking in the Carleton arboretum this past sunny November Sunday,

We found fresh evidence of snacking beavers.

I like the artistic teeth work on this tree trunk.

The beavers chewed off this tree, then went to gnawing off the branches.


And dragging them toward the river.


 It was a good day for sitting on the deck and giving that newly dyed alpaca a spin.  

64° - warmer than Atlanta!

(I wanted to call this post "BEAVERS", but I was afraid of what the search engines would bring...)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A forgotten scarf

My future daughter-in-law, Bekky, sent along a picture of another summer project I'd forgotten to photograph.

And now it's cool enough to wear it!

A simple Kauni garter stitch scarf.  I love the way each color morphs into the next...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Warm feet

 Girl of the House has outgrown her slippers.  Small dog of the house managed to pull my
slippers into his kennel and snack upon them.  The temperature is dropping - we've finally turned the furnace on.

It's time for new slippers!

Here they are before felting.  

My slippers are the mismatched pair (made from yarn leftovers).

 And here they are after felting.

I love this Fiber Trends felted clog pattern.  I've know I've knit more than 10 pair.

And I know know I'll knit more.

Sun setting on the old silo.

It's a very simple view, but it  makes coming up the hill after a run all the more satisfying.  I catch my breath, slow down and truly see the light.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Roaming alpaca

After a little alpaca dyeing, I had four ounces draped over a chair on the deck to dry.

Checking on the fiber later in the afternoon, it wasn't where I left it!

The outdoor cats found it irresistible and took it off to play.

At least they didn't drag it into the milkweed in the pasture.