Again with the cooking

I got a liquidiser yesterday. I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. My mum sent my dad out to get some groceries, and he brought back a tonne of fruit and vegetables. Normally, this would be fine, but they’re gone away for the week so my mum gave most of them to me, told me to go buy a liquidiser and make soup.

And make soup I did. Unfortunately I thought that soup was just a matter of throwing some blended up vegetables into a pot. For all of you who think the same – go get a recipe. I had carrots, parsnip, potato, onion, a bit of garlic and some brussell sprouts in mine. It tastes and smells like something faintly sweaty. Maybe it was the sprouts. They are evil vegetables. I should have added more water, too. My soup had the consistency of thick yoghurt. See, I like soup at that consistency but I didn’t bank on it being so… explosive. When it was simmering away, huge air bubbles kept popping on the surface. I had to put a lid on it. I took the lid off and was wondering whether or not it was done, when the whole pot suddenly ballooned and pop! all over me!

It’s no fun talking about knitting when I can’t show pictures. Truthfully, though, I haven’t been getting a whole lot of knitting done. I have a lot of work (ie piano stuff) to do before Christmas so I’m going to be One Project Neels until we get holidays from college (yeah, I laughed too. How long will it last?). I’m about half way through my mum’s Clapotis, the colours of which are just so beautiful. Gorgeous autumnal colours – rusty red, dark green, muted orange and yellow. I’m nearly finished my last green Pomatomus sock, and when I get it done, that’ll be it for extra projects. Other Christmas knitting includes welly socks for my dad, a pair of Fetchings, and a tube scarf.

I have been really enjoying reading Maggie Righetti’s Knitting in Plain English and EZ’s Knitting Almanac. The former would benefit a beginner best, but I found lots of useful little tidbits throughout. There are five different methods of buttonholing, for example. The Almanac makes for wonderful reading. Aran sweaters are discussed; there are three great hat patterns; there’s a wonderful open-collared sweater pattern; mittens, shawls and much more. I am so glad I bought it when I did – it was only $8!

Lastly, I definitely have a place in the workshop with Lynn Roberts on Saturday morning. I’m really looking forward to it! I’ll be at Alb’s that weekend so I’ll post pictures. Finally!

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