Seeking Sweets


They’ve cracked. Totally and completely lost it. Bursting into the house after being outside for over an hour this evening walking the dog, the three teenagers demanded candy.

We have none in the house.

Nor is there any gum, nutella, or anything remotely resembling deserts.

Now, during the regular portion of their lives, the teens will go days without needing sweets. But this is the last day of Passover and they are desperate. Wanting candy badly enough, they even contemplated walking or taking their bikes to the Shoppette, but it is likely to be closed before they get there. Not wanting to take that chance, there was prowling in the cupboards.

Even practical here, I suggested that they make candy. We have cocoa, we have butter, and we have sugar—have at it.

After first denying any interest, I am hearing sounds in the kitchen. The complaint was that they didn’t have a receipe. But the cocoa tin has directions for chocolate frosting. What is frosting but spreadable candy?
 ok, we will do this  nothing left
I have no idea if they succeeded, there was no offer to share.

Cottonwood Vest

 knitting the facing  then extending into the pattern with the steek in place  binding the facing to the front  just past the second cable cross
Rather than tackle another UFO, I cast on the Cottonwood. 230 stitches on my 4,0 mm needle. Ten rows later I did the purl row, increased the needle size, joining the body in the round with a five stitch steek. After knitting enough rounds so that the facing was flat, I pulled out the provisional cast on (crochet around the needle method) and bound off the live stitches with those in work. Being careful to make sure the facing was the second stitch so that only the front color showed. There were also a few stitches decreased in this round.
This is not mindless knitting. I can’t listen to books while knitting this vest.

That means that I got to start another sock. This is out of Opal’s Tiger, which has been hanging out in my house since about 2000. Yes, this is an original ball, picked up at the factory in Hechingen. The pattern is vanilla sock on 64 stitches, so it is likely going to George.
 Tiger Socks, one down, second to go

Audio Books

While hunting around, I also found The Audiobookstand with a fairly decent bargain section. When I am done with audio books, I normally donate them to the library unless there is an overwhelming need to keep them.

Tomorrow it is back to work. Bleh.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Seeking Sweets

  1. amanda j says:

    Ah teenagers. Happy to take over the kitchen; not happy to share nor clean up!

    Your knitting looks fabulous. I like the Opal tiger – that’s the thing about stash, eventually it will be used! Hope work is not too bad.

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