It’s summer, and I am knitting again! It’s nice to have time to knit. I am determined to whittle down my stash this summer. I started with a baby blanket. I have had some Lion’s Brand Baby’s Choice for awhile that I needed to use up. I started it on another baby blanket awhile back, but I wasn’t liking the yarn in that pattern much. So I began again.
I began twice actually. I first wanted to make a blanket in the Concentric Squares Baby Blanket pattern. It’s a really neat pattern, but I soon realized that I was using up all my yarn and I was not even 1/3 of the way done. I was going to have to buy more yarn to finish it. A lot more. I don’t know what was going on. When I took it off the needles to frog it, I realized that it was at least a twin-size wide. It was on the way to being enormous. I didn’t want to make a ginormous baby blanket which required me to buy more yarn. That was defeating the purpose.
I went looking again, and I found another pattern that I liked a lot. It’s called Sweet Phoebe. I really like this simple pattern. It has such a pretty lace edging.
The yarn is a bulky cotton/acrylic blend. It’s a little shreddy, and it was hard to weave in the ends nicely, but I love how soft and squishy it is.
The above photo shows me that I need to work on my knitting versus purling tension. I have no idea how I can do that, but I can definitely see the difference between the knit and purled rows here!
This pattern would be a great introduction to lace. The lace is just around the edges and it’s a very short repeat. Then you settle into the stockinette for most of the blanket. It knit up fast with the bulky yarn, and I almost used all the yarn up. I had less than a skein left. Perfect!
And now to totally change subjects. Yesterday I wanted to make a really good new salad. So I googled “best salads ever”. I found this one: Chopped Salad with Bacon and Garbanzo beans. It turned out great! I made a couple of modifications. It called for garbanzo beans and butter beans. I thought that would be a little too much “beanage” so I went with just garbanzo. I’ve always been a little unsure about eating garbanzos (except pureed in hummus), but I’d never fried them in coconut oil before. They are really good. I quickly learned though that I might need protective eye gear the next time I made them. They started exploding on me! Doubtless, I am doing something wrong. Too high of heat maybe? It caught me off guard though. I am actually making the salad again tonight, so I will try to figure out how to avoid the exploding garbanzo beans. I left the garlic and shallot out too. I wasn’t in a garlicky/shalloty mood, but I am sure they’d be good in there.
Now I am off to make homemade bread. We made a salt dough topographic map today (I will post about that soon), and it got David hungry for bread. I have another good recipe for easy bread too. Really easy to make and so good!
Oh my — exploding garbanzos? Sounds like something from Sesame Street – exploding Gonzo!