I’m Still Alive…

OK, another 2 weeks got away from me. All of a sudden it’s August, the month of visiting friends and relatives. Our extra bedrooms are fully booked for the next 2 weeks, so if any of you want to come out and visit, take a number. And of course, now that we have people coming to visit, the weather has gotten crappy. It’s only in the 50’s this morning, though it’s supposed to get nicer later.

Here’s what I’ve been working on.

I’m close to the armhole decreases. I’m still working with a somewhat nebulous pattern. I want a v-neck, but after Lisa posted this, I’m revising how v-d it will be. I don’t want it to grow into something I need to wear a camisole with. I also want three-quarter length sleeves, but I’m not sure I have enough yarn. Of course, if this stuff grows that much, I can just do short sleeves, and wait.

I’ve also been working on those Krauterbeet socks, yarn from the Wollmeise. I have one done, and the second started.

I can’t even tell you how much I love this yarn. Wendy posted recently that the hank she had split like crazy, and was very twisty while knitting. It is very twisty, indeed. Mine doesn’t split, though, I’m not sure why the difference. I have, ahem, four more skeins of this in different colors in the stash. Well, I couldn’t just order this all the way from Germany and just order one hank, now could I?

And here’s the shawl and Riley, being Kinneared:

Sorry about the crappy quality of that photo. I just held the camera down and clicked, hoping to get some version of the shawl and the lake. Riley was a bonus. No, she wasn’t drinking the wine, I was, that might account for the photo.

Here’s what else I made last week.

Upscale BLTs, with pancetta, arugula, and mozzarella, and heirloom tomatoes. These were yummy enough that we’re doing them again today, this time with the burrata cheese that the recipe called for, and homemade bread. The recipe is in Bon Appetit from August this year. You can find it here. These are just unbelievably good, so go make some. I’ll take photos of the finished project and post them later!


I’m Still Alive… — 19 Comments

  1. I have been experimenting more and more with homemade bread. Gets better and better. Thanks for all the suggestions on books and recipes!

  2. I need to start making bread again, I miss the smell as much as I miss the taste.
    I love the color of those socks, pretty.

  3. I was going to write about how I saw Greg Kinnear in a movie last night and now I’ll always think of airports and pictures — taken on the sly and slightly askew and maybe of the intended subject (or not) — but now, it’s clear…
    TIME FOR LUNCH!!! Yummmmmm.

  4. Man oh man, if that’s what you’re serving at your house, no wonder your extra bedrooms are booked! When’s your first “opening?!”

  5. Consider reinforcing the neck no matter where you start it. Something inconspicuous, such as a row of single crochet around the edge would probably keep it from stretching and sagging. If you’re better at crocheting (I’m not), you can get more creative and use a prettier stitch. One reason I am always hesitant about non-wool yarns is that the stretch is unpredictable.
    I’m lusting after your 50-degree weather. I don’t care if it is cloudy or not! It has been in the 90s here for a week.
    That sandwich is making me hungry, and I just had lunch.

  6. Maybe you turn your socks the opposite way than Wendy does as she knits? You know, clockwise instead of counter-clockwise, or whichever–so that she’s adding twist to hers with every turn and you’re staying “even?”

  7. Ahhh, mornings in the 50’s. I’ll be so glad to have that kind of cool weather again. We’ve got lows in the 60’s with dew points to match.
    If you have no rooms to rent, are you taking lunch reservations? Mmmmmmmm. :o)

  8. Snicker. I can just imagine some of the photos that will be popping up all over now.
    Time just has a way of creeping by when you don’t want it to, and flying away when you aren’t looking.

  9. 50’s!? Wow, I’m coming to stay at your house, even if I have to sleep on the lawn. It’s HOT here day and night.

  10. It’s funny you should mention heirloom tomatoes. I had never heard about them until today when I heard a newscaster talking about getting them at Pike Place Market and how good they are. Now I’ve got to find somewhere here to get them.

  11. Your food looks delicious, your knits look fantastic, and I’m glad for the update! Have a great time with your guests!

  12. Those BLTs look delicious. I am definitely going to try them. The socks you are working on are lovely. I like the color of the yarn and the way it knits up. Looking forward to seeing the finished pair.

  13. Glad you’re back amongst the living! You were missed in the knitting blog–o–sphere. The knitting is lovely but the sandwich…pure genius 🙂

  14. Oh, you have some of *that* sock yarn. I keep hearing such rave reviews on it. I really need to order some so I can try it out myself.

  15. Nice knitting going on there! I like the way you tried to hide the number of skeins you bought! But I agree, if you’re shopping all the way over in Germany, make it count! Speaking of numbers, I’ll take #12 and see you in a few months! 😉

  16. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I really love it. The best part… seeing who you’ve Kinneared… gotta get a cell phone that takes pictures! I’ve been on a tatting binge lately, but I’m seriously thinking of getting back to my lace and socks. Reading various blogs sure is inspirational, especially when they’re laced with humor! Gotta go… should I look for my sock wool first, or the lace weight that I bought last summer?

  17. Interesting to hear another perspective on Wollmeise! Ahhhh – 50s sounds like heaven. It’s 90+ with very high humidit…