Okay so I def forgot to keep the small ribs going up the line of buttons. Oops! Otherwise, I've completed one & started the second. I should have used the Elizabeth Zimmerman sewn bind off, but I was sans sewing needle at the time, so yeah. I casted off way too tightly & didn't realize until I had chopped the tail from it's ball. *sadface* so i had to unravel and recast off w/ some added yarn. We'll see how it looks later w/ buttons and all.
So I haven't baked b/c I don't think I'm good at it. Well moreso with "baked goods" (i.e. cakes, breads, ... k you get it). I was invited to the bf's aunt's for Thanksgiving. They buy a smoked turkey and ham from N. Carolina! Last year I remember thinking why the turkey was red, but I was told that it was smoked. This year it came out too salty for my liking but hey, what can you do, it's a hit or miss. The ham was great tho! I missed mashed potatoes, but turnips sort of made up for it! They're delicious btw! There was various other things too.
So now that I've wasted some of your time w/ that banter, all I really wanted to say was: I made a pie, an apple pie. Here it is.
Lattice pattern on top w/ some leaves for fall... well I think of leaves during Thanksgiving. I used Granny Smith apples, should've used one or two more, I forgot that food tends to shrink when you cook it. Oh well, it was gone before any of the other pies, store bought ones I might add! [Thank you, thank you!]
I miss cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Okay, okay, so I've only done it twice. I don't stray from the traditional, but you can't go wrong with classic flavors! I vow to make my own Thanksgiving feast next year! Maybe I'll just throw a middle of the spring Thanksgiving dinner. Actually, that sounds like a plan! [You can tell I'm really exited b/c I've used about 75 exclamations points.]
It's a gorgeous knit pattern & fairly straight forward. Took me a little while to figure out how & where to pick up stitches, but i managed. I'm pretty sure I did the end wrong b/c no matter how many times i knit, unraveled, counted, knit unraveled, counted... I couldn't figure it out, so I made it up. Anyways, thank you Yarn Boy for the amazing pattern that many have duplicated. Here are my pictures, enjoy!
Chateau Andrea Vintage: 2006 Product of Groton, California Appelation: Paso Robles Grape Veriety: Cabernet Savignon Average price: $15
Appearance: Color : Very deep purple in color, very, very dark. Thickness : viscous
Nose: Aromas : dark berries; cherries, blackberries, black currents; plum, oak, and hints of chocolate and coffee Length : long finish that lingers lightly
Taste: dry, full bodied, bold with lots of intensity, light on the tannins, very well balanced
Other Comments: I really enjoyed this wine and no not just because it has my name in it's title. Aside from being absolutely delectable, I had it with thinly sliced ribeye steak dipped in seasame oil, salt, and pepper (it's a Korean thing; roast 구이). YUM! But any meat dish, especially off the grill, or even chocolates (preferably dark) would be really good.
Charles Shaw Vintage : 2006 Product of Napa, California Grape Variety : Merlot Average price : $2-3 Found at Trader Joe's
Appearance: Color : dark burgundy Thickness : viscous
Nose: Aromas : hints of berries; blackberries, cherries, and tart strawberries. Length : a short finish
Taste: not very dry, tart with a light finish, light bodied with not very much intensity.
Other Comments: I have to say I really enjoy this wine. It has been nick named "Two Buck Chuck" for obvious reasons. I turned to it b/c my parents drink it religiously, no they literally buy it by the box! No not wine out of a box, but boxes of bottles at Trader Joe's, and yes my dad went out and bought 3-4 boxes the day before they implemented the alcohol tax in MA. *shakes fist* Yeah, for a $2-3 wine it's awesome, but hey maybe I'm biased b/c I've been drinking it so long now with my parents. So I can't really pair it with anything b/c I've enjoyed it with so many unthinkable things. Tonight it was fish, but I've had it with steak, pasta, yeah... you name it! It's a good cheap wine. All in all I would say, you can't go wrong with "two buck chuck."
My first hat, well the second attempt, which mind you came out perfect. i fell in love with the chevron eyelet pattern. it's a gorgeous hat, kudos to susan powers who made the pattern. titled the baroness beret found here. <-- that is a pdf i made it again but with a lighter weight yarn and smaller needles & poof, it's for kids now. isn't she cute. it's my neice zoë. [yes she has one of those cool sideways colon things over her 'e']
then there was my take on the hudson hat. a pattern my sister gave to me. i have the pattern but it was paid for so i can't share it b/c that is illegal. k thanx.
arm warmers from... somewhere. i have the link and stuff & i'll say this is not my pattern but i really cannot remember where i got it. apologies to the maker. but they're cool b/c i made them just to wear with this vintage [bright] purple coat i got from my mom. i'll post pictures later.
i'm currently working on the danica scarf [thank you yarnboy you are amazing!] & it's a lot easier than i thought. when i'm through i'll update with video on my most troubled areas & such. maybe it'll help someone get over that... i don't wanna do it b/c i might get stuck at this part & have to figure it out b/c that is exactly the kind of knitter that i am. i always try it out and then i'm like wth is a PthflBthbl or w/e they say. you know what i mean, and if not, oh well. k bye.
Red Bicylette Vintage : 2005 Product of France Vin de Pays d'Oc Grape Variety : Merlot Average price : $10
Appearance: Color : Deep burgundy in color, almost purple. Thickness : fairly viscous
Nose: Aromas : hint of strawberries and blackberries, more so strawberry jam with oak. almost get a hint of flowers. Length : a decently long finish
Taste: very dry, a little bitter, medium bodied, a little spicy with medium intensity.
Other Comments: It was a pretty good wine. I would probably not get it again just to try something new or get something I've previously liked in the past. I'd pair it with grilled red meat; beef, veal, or lamb. I'd also eat it with a burger.