Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cozy at Home

A very rare thing happened this weekend.  I have my own house to myself.  No kids and husband.  Just me and the dog.  It's lovely and I know I should be going out and having fun but instead I just felt like staying home, knitting, listening to podcasts and making my favorite soup.  Split Pea and Ham from The New Basics Cookbook


This is the only recipe I really cook from this book as you can see by the split binding.


It takes a good couple of hours to make but it's the best. Carrots, leeks, onion, celery, spinach are all part of this soup.  It just has to be good for you.


Never mind the fat from the ham hocks...


Or the dash of Sherry at the end.  Soups on!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Mystery Socks

For the 3rd year in a row, I have participated in Through the Loops Mystery Socks.  Every October Kirsten sends out a clue a week and at months end you have a pair of socks.  I've never had a problem keeping up and every year I am more than happy with the result.  I thought I would show you all three pairs I have done, so to convince you to participate next year.  You can also go get any of these patterns now, for free!

First is this years sock.  I made it using Dream in Color Smooshy in colorway Bermuda teal.


This is last years using Dream in Color Smooshy (again!) in colorway Cinnamon Girl.


And the first years sock was made with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in a club colorway called Incredible Shrinking Violet.