It’s been busy…

Last weekend I finished blocking all the pieces of Sean’s Aran sweater (I really have to come up with a better name) and sewed them all together. Sean tried it on, of course I insisted he put a pillowcase over his head so he couldn’t see it. It fits lovely and sadly I can’t show the picture since he checks in on the blog. Before the long weekend ended I managed to pick up and knit the collar as well. There are just a few ends to weave in. I will have to save the finished post about this sweater until after Christmas.

Dad also came to visit last weekend and we went to the Royal Agricultural Fair. We didn’t enjoy it as much this year but we did see lot’s of animals including three chicks holding a little conference (they are so cute). I even got a picture of dad eating a salad at the pub afterward.
Last night I went to a Knitty Round Table at the Purple Purl. I got to try knitting with 5 different yarns and give my opinion on a form about each one. It was quite a fun experience and I got to try yarns that I might never would have bought to try. At the end they draw our number so we can win prizes which include some skeins of the yarns we ‘tasted’. I was lucky and was the first number picked, well actually my number jumped out of the bucket, so I got first pick of the prizes. I picked the luxury yarn we got to try which is a sock yarn containing cashmere!

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Banana Cranberry Oatmeal

Here is the recipe for what has become Sean and I’s favorite version of oatmeal. This recipe makes 2 servings. The spice measurements are not exact and feel free to add your own favorite spices or your own ratios.

Mix together in the pot before putting onto the heat:

1c oats

1tsp cinnamon, 1/4tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, a pinch of chili pepper

1 ripe banana (has brown spots) mashed with a fork

2 handfuls of cranberries,~1/2c, (fresh or frozen) with the large ones cut in half

1 1/2 c water

1/2 milk

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture is boiling while stirring. Turn off heat leaving pot on element and cover with lid. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a bit of milk.

a brief knitting update

First things first, I finally have a picture of Sean’s 2009 xmas gift, which until now I have not had a picture of the finished product.

Last week Sean wanted to make a good tomato sauce with meatballs. This is the picture Sean took when we reheated the leftovers for a meal last weekend.

Dad’s second sock is coming along nicely. I just have to finish knitting the foot section and then move onto the toe.

I’ve also been working on the blanket which is getting just massive. From my estimations it is big enough for the edges of the blanket to just cover the width of a queen-sized bed. A little bigger and it should be time to cast-off.

I’ve also restarted working on my fiddlehead mittens. The almost complete one was finished sometime last winter. I’ve started on the second one and then once that is complete I pick up along the edges to knit the inside lining. These should be excellent winter mittens with all those layers.

Dear Sean’s Christmas Sweater

Our affair has been longer than anticipated; we started in April and I was hoping to end it before November rolled along. Although I have learned a lot from you about designing cabled sweaters I can’t say it has been blissful for our entire union, although it did have its moments.

I am happy to say our union will soon end now that I have finished your back, front and two sleeves. All that is left is to block, assemble and knit on the neck band. I am not sure how you feel about the end of this affair but I for one will be glad to be done with you.

Please don’t make the end of this relationship any more difficult than it has to be.

Thanks. The Knitter.