What a gorgeous Sunday. The fog is heavy and the leaves are falling and we are warm and cozy inside after our walk through Bowen Park. I have a pot of stew on the stove, burbling away for supper tonight and making cookies is planned for later!
The pot on the stove is special. It is one of the Guardian Ware pots that my Grannie Nellie owned. It is the big Dutch Oven – 12 quart size – and I am loving the way it cooks. This pot has a very heavy bottom and requires little heat to maintain a simmer once established. My father gave it to me a couple of weeks ago and I was just itching to try it out! I already have the large turkey roaster – it can hold a 25 lb bird, covered, and I use it for every turkey!
Today’s stew is beef. Right now it is simmering away with onions, garlic, mushrooms and fresh herbs, bay leaves, flat and curly leaf parsley and sage. Later I’ll add the rest of the vegetables, carrots, celery and peppers. I serve my stew with dumplings and baking powder biscuits. Today I’ll cook a few potatoes as well. Dad is coming for dinner and he likes potatoes with his stew.
It has been a very good weekend for knitting. Once I got over the fact that I had brought the wrong yarn home. I needed some more Rowan Felted Tweed to finish the Hat to match the Mittens; I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed the wrong yarn. So I played instead!
I knit a cowl; bulky yarn, big needles and have even taken a little time to paint it! I had this single hank of Big Baby in my stash. I bought it because it was undyed and I wanted to play. So play I did.
Baby Lace Cowl
80m, 88yds bulky yarn – approx 80m to 100 grs; I used Big Baby by Alpaca With a Twist + about 4 or 5 yds of Rowan Pure Life Chunky in the Blue Faced Leicester – I needed it for the cast-off; 9mm 24inch circs.
Dimensions: unblocked, 8 inches long and 26 inches around; blocked, 10 inches long and 29 inches around.
Gauge: loose – one pattern repeat, 11 sts = 4 3/4 inches
Loosely cast-on 66 st. Being careful not to twist the cast-on join into a round and work the following rows.
Round 1 – *K1, YO, K3, K3tog, K3, YO, K1; repeat from * 6 times around.
Round 2 – Purl.
Repeat these two rounds 12 times. If you are working with just one hank of Big Baby repeat the pattern rows 10 times. Finish with the K2tog Bind-off.
K2tog Bind-Off: K2, slip the sts back to the left hand needle, and K2tog. *K1, slip the 2 sts back to the left hand needle, K2tog*. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
I have two hanks of Jeannette by Mountain Colors in my stash for a little while – Colourway Wild Raspberry. I bought it to use with some interesting sequin thread that my daughter gave me from Maiwa. I have been dreaming and thinking about what to do with the yarn for a while. This weekend I decided so I did some more playing – and I am very pleased with the results!
I have the kept the stitches simple to allow the yarn to sing out. It will be almost pennant shaped when it is finished. The ends will be knit in seed st with the sequins and the body is a simple faggotting stitch without the sequins. Once blocked it should be about 4 1/2 feet long. If there is enough yarn I will finish the sides with some single crochet.
After all of the rain in the last couple of weeks I was not surprised by the changes that I saw in Bowen Park. It is Fall and the leaves are falling in vast quantities and the trees are quickly becoming bare.
It was Millstream that really surprised me.
Last time I saw it was barely moving, a narrow brook, very shallow and very slow. Now the water is roaring down the channels and over the tree trunks and leaping over rocks. It was exhilarating.
Cookies are next on my Agenda; followed by some more knitting on “Dreamin”. I hope that you are having a great day!