After I got off work yesterday, TDQ and I ran a few errands, that included stopping in at a (reasonably) local farm market (as in a large one room store that is located on a farm, not a farmers market where several farmers sell their wares) and picked up a little of this, and a little of that, and about a peck and a half of honey crisp apples. What can I say, it sounded like a really good idea at the time, at least until we unloaded the car and I remembered, there are only four of us and although we all eat apples, how many apples did I really think that the four of us would eat before I was tossing the leftovers in the compost pile? (The picture shows one of several bags of apples that were in the kitchen!)
I know that Honeycrisp are sold primarily as a raw eating apple, but I have made apple pies with whatever apples I had on hand before, so today I made a syrup, and peeled and cored, sliced and jarred until I had 9 quarts of pre-made apple pie filling. (The last three quarts were still in their water bath when I took this picture!) A couple more of the apples were diced a little finer, tossed with the scraping of syrup that was left in the bottom of my pan and turned into turnovers while the jars processed.
The Other Brother had wanted brownies, which I had baking while making pie filling, and while I was being very "domestic" I might have chocolate covered some pretzels and strawberries too.
I think it was the fault of the cooler weather we were having today, got me in the mood to cook lots of goodies to eat. I know that the lower temperatures have certainly made it easier to work on the sleeves of my Opposite Pole. One sleeve is done, the other is just below the sleeve cap (worked in short rows which are not my favorite thing to do in the round, but they certainly do help with the fit!)
I got the center square of my American Brilliant completed, it took nearly an entire skein of ShaSha, and I am being very good and working on Opposite Pole rather than cast on the next square....(Hob Star if you are interested and there are 10 of them to knit.)
And the baby blanket is slowly getting a border, I have plenty of time to get this one done, so it is my mindless tv watching knitting.....when you only watch one hour of tv a week you don't get much mindless tv watching knitting done!
But, there were some other things to share!
Presenting Twilight Accessories from none other than Andrea Jurgrau. Really these are teaser photo's as right now it is a club member pattern, but will be available to purchase on Ravelry in November. Lots of twisted stitches in these pieces, and you can knit them all out of a single skein of sock weight yarn! TDQ already is wearing this set to school in the morning. remember those cooler temps ? We only really feel them in the morning and as her bus is here before 7am each day, she has been saying she needed a "little something" that would fit in her backpack during the rest of the day.
I leave you with a picture of the friend that is visiting our front porch! I had actually gone out to take pictures of the preying mantis who ran and hid when she saw the camera. I wonder how long this friend will hang around?
So, that was my week in a nutshell. How was yours? Get much knitting done?
Until next time....