I’ve been knitting away slowly on my moonflower rug, and I thought for sure I’d have a new Finished Object to share this week. I finished knitting the 4th flower, I even added a diamond to the edge of one petal to fill the gap in the center. While it was felting I admitted to myself that if I planned a 5th the rug might never be finished. I’ve also used up most of the colored fibers I chose for this project and was left with mostly brown and white.
So that just leave the seaming, right?
I got this far into seaming before I admitted the last petal overlaps badly with one of the other flowers. I can manage a great deal of denial when it comes to floppy felted sewing.
So I had to rip all that out, and detach the flower tile before it, as well. I figured I must’ve attached it in the wrong spot to have everything line up that poorly.
But now I that might not be the problem either. I think that flowers with 5 petals instead of 6 just don’t tesselate properly. So if you’re planning to work this pattern please knit 6 petals per flower like the directions tell you to!
Me? I’m going to fudge things. I can’t exactly frog now that everything is felted. And I don’t want all that gorgeous fiber going to waste. The rug is pinned now, and it mostly works. Some of those petals will never lie flat. But it’s a rug, not a sweater. I’ll survive.
(also? Yes, the 4th flower is significantly smaller than the first. Felting is never consistent for me.)
Here’s a baked breakfast dish I (sort of) made up myself! It started with a King Arthur recipe for baked french toast with apples, and a comment that adding sausage might be good too.
From there I made the logical assumption it needed cheese too. Obviously.
French Toast Ingredients
- 1 day old baguette
- 8 eggs
- 2C milk
- 1/3C sugar
- 1Tbsp vanilla
- 1/4tsp nutmeg
- 1/4tsp salt
- 5 apples
- 1Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4C sugar
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1lb ground breakfast sausage
- 1-2C shredded cheddar cheese
Cook and drain the sausage.
Slice the bread and lay it in the bottom of a 9×12 baking dish. Mix all the other french toast ingredients and pour over the bread. Let it soak in while you prep everything else.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Peel and slice the apples. Toss with the lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
Spread the cooked sausage over the bread. Layer the apples evenly over the sausage.
Cook for 35 minutes, remove briefly to sprinkle cheese over everything and return to oven. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Eat while piping hot!
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
The Shortest Day – by Susan Cooper
Pssst, wanna see something cool?
I finished a sweater! I really can’t believe it. I used to be the knitter who could whip out a sweater in a month. This one took a year and I feel like that was speedy!* This is Finlaggan by Kate Davies. (my project is on Ravelry) It’s impeccably written and fits just like it should.
Don’t mind the uneaven hems, I was paying attention to something else and didn’t straighten them before the shutter snapped. It’s been ages since the last WIP post for this beauty. But that’s because it got so unwieldy as it grew. It’s hard to take pictures of 3/4’s of a sweater on the needles without them all just looking like a lump of fabric posed in different locations.
But I whittled away at it all spring. Took a break for most of the summer. And worked on the yoke on and off during the fall. Then in November I started planning my gift-along knitting, finished Willow’s hat, and couldn’t start any of the things I was excited about (because gift-along projects all had to start after 8pm on the first day.)
So I picked up this sweater and realized I was 6 yoke rows and a shawl collar away from done. I got it all wrapped up before thanksgiving, and then wove in the ends and did the blocking last weekend. Now I have a cozy new sweater! Which is great because winter arrived early and shows no signs of leaving us before spring.
Bring on the sweater weather.
*of course I was knitting other things too. I’m just not able to stick with one big project for that long.
I need to tell you all about the 2018 gift-along! I’m tardy, and I apologize! Once again I’m participating in this fabulous event. We kicked off with a 25% sale on a selection of indie designs. If you go to my portfolio you’ll see that bundle right at the top.
The sale includes some of my best sellers and a selection of the patterns just released individually from my book as well! The sale only goes until the 29th of November. But the gift-along fun will continue through the end of December!
If you’re on Ravelry please swing by and check out the group. We have threads for knit-alongs and crochet-alongs. We have discussions about traditions, favorite recipes, a finished object thread, and chatter! Any design from any participating designer (not just the sale designs) can be used for the -alongs. And there are prizes throughout the event!
On Monday I took an overgrown garden bed:
And started pulling grass. And roots. And weeds. Then I sorted through last year’s garlic to find the healthiest bulbs that were starting to open:
Now the garden is ready for hibernation, and eventually, spring.
Four rows of garlic, two rows of spinach, and two of parsnips.
Good night seeds, sleep tight!
I got that done just in the nick of time too. Because today my garden bed looks like this: