can you believe we’re still harvesting greens for the table? the last few nights we’ve seen temperatures dipping down to 32 degrees and below though, so i don’t know how much longer they will last. yesterday, when i went out to pick this basketful, a gentle snow was falling. not hard or even consistent—the kind you see in those interactive email christmas cards.
but still . . . snow.
anyway, my hands were numb by the time i was finished, even with mitts on; i was more than happy to hightail it indoors to get a pot of chili going. the colorful swiss chard on top will get added to a quiche, the green below will go int a batch of lentils and greens (like my grandma used to make me, yum), and the zen greens buried at the bottom went into the black bean chili along the chard stems and a few last jalapeño peppers. with the addition of tomatoes and squash from the freezer, and a few items from the fridge, i netted a big pot that will last a few meals with enough to put a few in the freezer.
that’s a lot of good eating from one late-fall trip to the garden.
(looking at the photo, i just realized i forgot to add the corn; oops).
i don’t have a whole lot of new knitting to show you today—i’ve been working on the hat to match my mink scarf for the last two days. though i generally favor snug, fitted caps because they stay on my head better, i really wanted a soft, poofier beret-type hat this time; something with a little more charm that wouldn’t flatten my hair so much.
i thought this style would encourage me to wear a hat more often with dressier outfits. i had a lot of fun mapping out the cable pattern over the increasing and decreasing shape. i enjoyed knitting it very much—it took two evenings to complete
i love the cabled fabric—the super-lightweight mink yarn is put to great use in a pattern like this, where you want cables, but not the extra weight. it allows the hat to remain lofty-looking and airy, despite the density of stitches.
really, everything went fine until i tried it on.
i dunno if you can tell, but that hat is perilously close to slipping right down over half my face. if i stop smiling, my eyebrows won’t hold it up any longer. it’s a little too much hat for me, heh. sigh.
it would fit any other normal person’s head perfectly well.
i’d stop right here and give it to someone for christmas, but then they’d have the hat and i’d have the scarf and that wouldn’t work too well for me. i WANT a purple hat that fits and this is all the purple yarn i have for it. i guess i’ll be ripping it out. arggh (who knows, i might just cave and buy another skein.)
oh well, it’s just a hat and two evening’s work—not that bad. luckily, this yarn rips back and recovers its full beauty like a champ—for all its fuzziness, it cooperates really well, unlike mohair or angora. and as kathleen wrote to tell me, this project is particularly frogalicious—able to be ripped back using the ball winder, thus reducing trauma.
you know what makes me really mad at myself though? you aren’t going to believe it when i tell you—i actually started the hat at the smaller size and tried it on when it was just past the brim. it seemed a little small (how i could have assessed any hat to be too small for me is beyond my comprehension right now; was i on crack??), so i talked myself into ripping back the smaller hat to start this bigger one. i even tried this one on about halfway through and felt it was a little loose, but then proceeded to finish it. ah, me.
while i had it out this morning though, i took the time to pin out the equivalent of one pattern repeat and try it on again
that’s more like it. more what i had in mind—just a little beret action. and maybe i’ll make the brim a few rows deeper to ensure it stays put.
meanwhile, my scarf is flowing along beautifully, providing hours of late night knitting relaxation
i joined my second ball of yarn on just before stopping last night—can i just say again what a surprising amount of yarn is on each skein? i decided to knit up two full skeins for the scarf and will end up with a respectable 54-inch length from that amount and a luxurious 11-inch width. nice.
and that’s all i have to report today. beckie is coming over to knit tonight (TGIT); i’ll try to get a picture of her sweater (and maybe put the hat on her). we’re eating black beans and rice for supper, mmm. i can’t wait.