From the cauldron

As promised, reports on my spinning and cooking activities!

Since I’m very much into cowls at the moment – so useful and easy to wear – I wanted to spin up the second bump of the Hello Yarn Cauldron Polwarth. The first bump was finished ages ago (around February, I think) but the meterage wasn’t enough for a nice snuggly cowl.

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I’m attempting to match the yarn I’ve already finished which is a bulky weight chain-ply. Looks ok so far:

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While rummaging around I found one yarn that I haven’t blogged about at all despite it being a novelty for me – a heavy laceweight single.

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It’s a Southern Cross Fibre Club, colourway ‘Wisteria’ on a mixed Corriedale. The singles are still a bit ‘wavy’ but I really liked how it turned out. I got over 400 meters out of the 4 oz which should be enough for a small shawl.

Also, I spent Saturday partly at my desk but also in the kitchen playing around with some of Heidi Swanson’s recipes:

Yummy Sesame Seed Banana Bread:

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I had to substitute the mixture of black and white sesame seeds for all white ones and I skipped the icing. Tastes delicious and not too sweet.

I had a rice casserole for dinner from cookbook I mentioned in my last post but it was already too dark to take pictures. This was equally tasty and I will certainly make this again!

Now for a relaxed Sunday without any work, just knitting and spinning and listening to my new Mumford & Sons CD. Great music I’ve only recently discovered although the cover of the new record strangely resembles a Tommy Hilfiger ad…

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Catching up 2

Welcome to the second part of what I’ve been up to during my two-months-absence! Today I present to you …..

my first ever 3 ply!

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It’s Crown Mountain Farm Corriedale in ‘As above so below’ and it was really easy to spin!

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I managed to wring 466 m out of 4 oz! Which meant no more excuses not to knit socks with it. Unfortunately I tend to felt even socks made of store-bought superwash sock yarn but I’ll just have to wear these at home on the couch and everything will be fine!

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What you can’t really see in this picture are the subtle colour changes, almost like a Zitron Trekking Ombré yarn. Knitting these is going slowly right now because the Tour de Fleece is taking up all my free time! But those hours and hours at my spinning wheel will be worth it! More on that in a separate post!

Before I get back to the wheel I leave you with a picture of my attempt on cooking something tasty out of beets!

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Love the red colour and I successfully avoided dying my hands! Those are beets in Thai Curry/coconut sauce. I still have a mountain of zucchini, cucumbers and cabbage to conquer this week!
See U!