The holidays are fast approaching and I'll openly admit that I'm less than prepared, but I am enjoying myself and know it will all get done with time to spare. I took a break from work and holiday prep today for a little quality kitchen time.
After a wonderful season with our local CSA, we had apples left in the fridge from the last fruit delivery and they've been staring at me for weeks and today I finally made applesauce with some of these lovelies:
All in all, it was a little over 4 lbs of peeled and sliced apples that cooked in the crock pot for about 3 hours with a wee bit of water and a touch of lemon juice. I mushed them with a potato masher (fancy, right?) and water bath canned in half pint jars. I had a small bit of applesauce left and I'm saving that for breakfast tomorrow. It is SO yummy!!!
As for what's on my needles... My holiday projects have to be kept under wraps for now, but of course I'm working on "work" projects - some secret, some not... I recently finished these lovely mitts from the new book Journey:
I just cast off another project from Journey yesterday and there's more to come very soon on this amazing book arriving at Firefly Fibers and details on both FO's along with what's being cast on next - both of these samples will be on display at the shop. As for the secret project...
I'm clicking away on the next shop Knitalong for the 1st Quarter of 2014 and this one is 'hush-hush' (as usual), but here's a photo teaser with some clues:
I know I didn't show you even a smidgen of the actual project (go ahead and shake your fist at me) and like the photo I posted awhile back, it's black & white (more fist shaking here) so you can't even tell the color, but here's what the photo does share:
- A rough idea of the size of the needle and yarn (nothing teeny or ginormous).
- At least 2 skeins of yarn are used - remember this is a WIP so there might be more yarn already knit up.
- There are charts and counting involved - it's good for keeping the brain sharp and it's not a "knit to 'x' length" kind of project.
I will also add that the yarn will be a new addition in 2014 and I love it! Like, REALLY love it!
I'm thoroughly enjoying both the yarn and the pattern and I can't wait to share the details when the new KAL is posted! It will be worth the wait...
Until next time, Cheers!
How's your holiday preparation coming along? Are you on task or am I the only one that's fallen behind already?