Good Morning, my friends.
It is a dark and dreary Monday morning, and I love it! I mean, I do love sunny days, don’t get me wrong. Sunny days are energizing, but I find dark and dreary days very cozy! It’s like Mother Nature is encouraging me to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. I will put something in the crockpot to simmer away all day…now if only there was a snowstorm, it’d be bliss!
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Speaking of books, what are you reading these days?
- I’ve had a good run lately with my book selections There’s nothing too deep on this list, but all very entertaining. . The Dream Lover, an historical fiction, shared the story of author George Sand and 19th century Paris. The Swans of Fifth Avenue was a fun escape, but also a glimpse into an era and society of which I knew nothing. It is a historical fiction detailing the relationship between Truman Capote and some of the movers & shakers in 1950’s New York society. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a fun story of a fictional 1950s Hollywood starlet and her one true love. The Push was an unsettling read, but was also a compelling draw for me. I hesitate to say that Ordinary Grace took us back to a simpler time, 1960s Minnesota, because of the sad events of the story, but there is something simple and lovely about the book. Maybe it was the author’s style of writing, but I very much enjoyed it.
- The Winner of the ‘if you knit, you know’ zippered pouch was Heather B! I sent an email this morning with what to do next. Thanks, everyone for entering. I’ll be doing another drawing next month.
- One month from today will be Thanksgiving week! Yikes. I am seriously thinking of going with an assortment of mini pies this year for a variety of reasons. Without a doubt, these Mini Pecan Pies will make the cut as they are a unanimous family favorite. You can make the parts ahead of time and assemble them at the last minute. But, you can also put them together completely, freeze and reheat as needed, which is what I’ve done. BTW…do you say ‘Pee-Can’, ‘Puh-Cahn’, or ‘Pee-Cahn’? It’s an ongoing debate in our home.
- Don’t forget to pop over for Thanksgiving preparation tips and a handy checklist.
- If you are looking for an easy and delicious treat that also makes welcomed gifts, try these Rosemary Walnuts. I make them with every intention of giving them as gifts, but have a hard time as Terry eats them the minute they come out of the oven.
- Last night, my mom asked me for some new suggestions for Stocking Stuffers for Cooks. I would love for you to take a look at what I have thus far and give me some suggestions as I update this list. What are some of your favorite, stocking size, kitchen gadgets? I’m all about crowd-sourcing!
- Some suggestions on how to Simplify Your Life to Reduce Stress.
- I am *this close* to publishing the pattern for this Christmas Tree Pillow pattern. If you want to be notified as soon as it published, click this link to be added to the ‘Let me Know as Soon As You Publish a Knit Pattern’ list.
- I love the cheery fall orange yarn that Lois used for her knit purse. She took it another step further and made pockets in the lining! Brilliant! She used LoveCrafts Paintbox Simply Chunky in Burnt Orange and has another planned in purple for her daughter!
If you want to learn how to knit or are looking to brush up on your knitting skills and knowledge, pop over to the How to Knit page, which houses all of the posts that teach knitting skills. Or, you could go ahead and visit each one by clicking the links below.
All About Knitting
- All About Yarn, including different fibers and weights, how to read a yarn label, and a Yarn Weights Chart
- All About Knitting Needles, including material, sizes, styles, and a Needle Conversion Chart.
- How to Cast On Using the Long-Tail Method, including calculating how much yarn is needed to cast on and how to make a slip knot.
- How to Knit the Knit Stitch
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
- How to Knit the Seed Stitch
- How to Bind Off, including how to weave in your loose ends.
- How to Read a Knit Pattern, including a Common Knitting Abbreviations Chart.
- This simple Garter Knit Dishcloth will let you put all your new skills to good use!
- How to Block Your Knitting.
- Common Knit Errors; How to Prevent or Diagnose and Fix Them
- Join yarn using the Russian Join
- How to seam pieces of knit fabric with the Mattress Stitch (for sweaters, tops, pillows, etc…)
- How to Knit in the Round with Circular Needles
- How to Knit in the Round with Double-Pointed Needles
- How to Knit in the Round using the Magic Loop Technique.
- Organize Your Knitting with these free printables.
- Check out our Gift Ideas for Knitters.
Well, friends, it’s a lucky thing that this actually is getting published today! Since I started writing it, our smoke detector went off, which sends sweet Flora spiraling! The only way to get her to calm down is to take her outside while Terry fixes the alarm. So we went outside and stood in the drizzle while Terry fixed the alarm. But, Terry came to the door to tell me we didn’t have any more 9V batteries and could I run to the store real quick. But, as he stood with the door open, our indoor-only cat, Peep, decided it would be a good time to escape and check out this outside world…in the drizzle.
So, Terry, Flora and I chased Peep around the yard, in the drizzle, until she luckily decided maybe it wasn’t such a great day for exploring.
So, with Peep safely back in the house, Flora and I ran to the store to grab some batteries. We came home, Terry installed them and we returned to our work.
Until…the smoke alarm went off again! At which point we just took it out to deal with it later! Fingers crossed we don’t have a fire in the next hour!
Have a wonderful week, my friends, and I’ll see you next week.