Am I the only one who doesn’t know about this??
Knitting is a hereditary disease
First off, a knitting update. I’m still working away on my Squirrelly Swedish Mittens.
I’m a fair isle novice so I can’t say I’m proud of these, but I can see that I’m making progress and that’s good enough for me.
Tonight, though, will not be about knitting. It will be all about PIES. I took a pie-making class a couple of months ago, so somehow I got the idea to volunteer to make some pies from scratch for Thanksgiving. I have about as much experience with pie-making as I do with fair isle knitting, but I do have one advantage with the pies: I’ve actually tried to learn about what I’m doing before starting, rather than just jumping in there like I tend to do with knitting.
Pie crust seems to be the biggest mystery of all, so I thought I’d share with you these two very timely pie crust tutorials from Smitten Kitchen. They both have LOTS of really helpful photos to guide you through the process.
Pie Crust 102: All butter, really flaky pie dough
Pie Crust 103: Rolling and Crimping
This is not the pie crust recipe I used (mine is a combination of butter and Crisco, a recipe I got from the class I took), but the methodologies are very similar to what I learned in class. So it’s a good reminder for me, and a good place to start if you’ve never baked pies.
Now, I still don’t know if my pies will turn out, but we shall see!
In other news, I hope my Mom won’t mind, but I feel the need to update you all a little bit on where we’re at with Dad’s cancer. As you may have noticed, Mom hasn’t been updating this site too often. Her last update was a few weeks ago. Well, she’s kind of had her hands full and bigger priorities on her mind, so who can blame her? Today, she’s at the hospital with my Dad getting a chemo pump put in to his body. They’re also starting to prepare for radiation, as well. None of the actual treatments will begin this week, but it’s definitely a sign of progress (and a bit of a daunting reality check) to be starting the practical preparations.
Tomorrow, Steph will arrive in town and I think we’re all really thankful that the whole family will be together for a little while. And every time I feel the baby moving around (which is a lot of the time!) I’m thankful for her.
Hope you have lots to be thankful for, too (even if you don’t live in a place that celebrates Thanksgiving tomorrow!)
It was a great day for just hanging out with Andrea, balmy almost. We’ve had a pretty cold winter here (it was -5 degrees this morning, brrrr). But Saturday it actually got above freezing!! We (and I hardly dare whisper it) left our coats in the car while we shopped!
First, we went yarn shopping at Double Ewe, a yarn store near where Andrea lives that I had never been to. The owner, Kelly is very sweet and helpful. It’s a smaller shop but nice – go there if you get a chance.
This is the yarn I bought from Kelly. Today we have our after-work sit n’ knit, and I’m going to work on this. I love the colors, and the cleverness of the stow-away pocket design.
After Double Ewe, we headed for Mall of America – the 2008 Knit-Out was there last weekend. We watched a round of the speed knitting competition. The fastest person there did (I hope I’m remembering this correctly) 170 (stockinette??) stitches in 3 minutes. Andrea said the winner is someone famous …?? Andrea (or someone), help me out here, please, who is she?
On the subject of speed knitting competitions, I saw in the August 2007 issue of Knit ‘n Style (given away at the Event) that Lisa Gentry completed 209 stockinette stitches in some competition, and does 2 stitches a second in garter stitch. That’s 120 stitches a minute … 360 stitches in 3 minutes! That’s flyin’! I see she also broke the Guinness World Record “Fastest Crocheter” in 2005 … now, that’s being an over-achiever! She was apparently at the Knit-Out event but I didn’t see her.
And while at MOA we bought a little something for Steph … I can’t talk about that, though, in case she reads this post. So even though she’s way out in Boston, we were hanging out with her, too, in spirit if not in fact!
Finally, we ended up over at my house cooking Andrea’s vegetarian chili, which has now become my favorite chili recipe.
It was a really fine, fine day.
Well, we celebrated Thanksgiving at my house yesterday so we could have Steph with us (I put her on a plane back to Boston this morning … ). Everyone helped and it was lots of fun.
I made a new dessert that everyone liked, pumpkin cheesecake. I deviated from the printed word in only one respect: I used 2 cups of pumpkin puree instead of one because … well, what do you do with the other half a can of pumpkin, and also I really love pumpkin!