the big love sweater is coming along quite nicely... see below.
i forgot how long it takes to make a cardigan when you do not use cascade eco wool that is heavy worsted weight. this is DK weight. in case you were wondering. i am using knit picks merino wool. love love love it.
my goal is to knit my way through summer. sianara to the idea that i am actually going to finish a knit cotton tank by the end of summer. i am moving on to the elizabeth zimmerman way of thinking. make it in the summer so that in the winter you are not rushing to knit so that you have something to wear. (she said that about gloves.) so, hear i am. I am on this wonderful sweater and next i am moving forward with eco wool.
i also have a lot of things lined up for some secret projects that i cant really tell you about yet, buuuuut, i will show you the updates.
lots of goodness coming up lots of goodness.
i have been at the height of laziness lately. the days of summer are so relaxing.
oh, and ps. i got twilight today from my netflix queue. i haven't even read the books. but the hype was definite peer pressure for me.
sorry i have been awol for the last 5 days. thank you type pad for bringing that to my attention.
i have so many new projects that i will be posted this week, as well as a look into the super crafty swap. which i am so obsessed and excited about.
i took the man with me to the farmers market this weekend. and by man i mean bubba man. my baby boy that i really think is like the reincarnate of a best friend that i have never met.
and we ate at a good place. a place that gives dogs unlimited refills on their favorite beverage. avett likes his stirred not shaken and extra on the ice.
he is an avid people watcher. (avid is also a name that he gets called most often by people who are unfamiliar with the Avett brothers. pronounced A-vet. heavy on the a. and cant figure out how to say his name. )
until the food comes. up and at em.
this might bug some people. because they might think, gross. a dog at the table. getting his head near your food. but not me. the closer the better. what better way to enjoy my food than to stare at this beautiful face.
whoa, how did the color go so bad. so wrong. so fast. eek.
i am a lucky girl i tell ya.
a few sidenotes:
avett was named after the avett brothers in 2006 when he was born. the avett brothers were much different then. i still kinda like them.... but not obsessed as i was circa de 2006. cody and i lived in boone, nc and would go anywhere to see the avett brothers. which usually wasnt very far. considering they are from nc. and at that time, they had NEVER and i mean NEVER even been heard of by mtv. all that has changed now. and all i got was a dog named avett.
annabelle the baby girl was not on this trip. she was riding in a truck to get some mulch. and she much preferred this. she does not enjoy the farmers market because it means you have to walk over grates in the city and that is something she would rather never do. she is a trail girl.
this post is a sick ploy to keep people from thinking i'll never post again. i am tired. and this is all i had today. but i promise, i will produce something more enlightening and enjoyable tomorrow.
so, bon appetit did a little recipe story about homemade pop tarts last month.
i find it amusing when home-making something that is often mass produced and laden with junk becomes trendy gourmet. kind of like whoopie pies, the french fry craze (fried in duck fat), the mini hamburgers (aka sliders), reeces pb cups, and marshmallows. but, hey, i know how to go with the flow. and i kinda like it. like we're stickin it to the man. (whoever that man is who makes all of these things.)
when i am thinking of a dessert to make for a memorial day cookout, i though to myself, what the hey, might give it a try. no way i would eat those for breakfast, i would be comotose by 9am. especially with the vanilla ice cream piled on.
and i did have 3 tons of homemade strawberry jam from a few weeks back, see here.
on with the pop tarts.
no professionally clean surface area blog photos here in this post. this is real life that i live by the way. (i really do not understand how the really good food blogs always keep everything looking so shiny while they are baking. not a speck of flour out of the bowl. thats not right..... thats not natural..... and i dont care who you are.) none of that here.
this is real life i tell ya.
so first, flour and a dab of sugar.
then a little butter mixed up in that flour.
then a little ice water.
then cool it down in the fridge. wait and wait and wait.
then cut into squares and put jam in a line down the center.
then cover. then crimp.
then freeze. and wait wait wait.
then take to final destination and bake and eat. with a fair amount of ice cream.
(and the leftover ones, cause you might not bake them all the first day, yeah, those, you can keep in the freezer and take out whenever you are ready to eat. put in oven. cook. and eat. and no they cant go in the toaster.)
for real though, i am still unsure why they have to refer to them as a poptart. this is a fine pastry i tell you. a FINE pastry that has 5 total ingredients. 5 i tell you.
please make these. and you can call them turnovers (not technically a turnover, but really closer than pop tart.) if you want. thats kind of what i did. i had no choice. who goes to a cookout and says, "i made pop tarts for dessert, but hey, we can eat them with ice cream."
the recipe i used is here. i didnt follow it exactly, but i know you probably figured that.