Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Finish and a treat

I feel pretty successful finishing this sock. As you can see from the book, it was knitted from the toe up. Have you tried that yet?
In a previous post, I shared a traditionally knitted sock, which I enjoyed doing, but was not thrilled with how the toe turned out. So, while at Michael's one day, I noticed this book, and had to try it. Well, the toe is wonderfully smooth, and I like that.
The cast on is quite different and took some practice, but the end result is worth it to me. She gives very good instruction, and several cast on choices.
Now, my only dilemma is getting the cast off loose enough. Since that is at the cuff, it needs to stretch to get the sock on!!! The first cast off didn't stretch. Unknit! Try again, much better.

Do you like to bake? These brownies are made
of whole wheat and I'm certain you'd never know. They are rich and fudgy, the kind I love. I added espresso powder and pecans. Melt in your mouth goodness.
King Arthur flour is my go to for all things whole grain. Their whole grain recipe book is excellent.
A few years ago, some friends ushered me into milling my own grain. Excessive, you're thinking? Well,, one advantage is the baked product is never bitter as when I use bought whole wheat. I was surprised how much better the bread was when I milled it myself. I was hooked, and have been baking with mostly whole wheat ever since.
Let me know if you want the recipe.



Cynthia L. said...

Hi there stranger!! I was busy with the holidays and a new job. I am still trying to get in the groove of working outside the home and keep up with everything else.

I have heard a lot about toe up knitting and would like to try it. My goal this year is to use up all of my stash and I have a good size stash of yarn. I attempted a regular sock and when I got to the heel, I quit!

The brownies look good! I used to have a friend who milled her own wheat! She made the best bread.

I will be watching to see what else you come up with!

Linda said...

Hey Cynthia
Wonderful to see you.
I've always hated cleaning, mostly because I've never felt successful, and it takes time from what I love to do-create. But I choose that over working outside the home. Even though, I always found working easier than keeping house. Do you know what I mean?
Doing both is ridiculous!! At least if i'm home, I can get into my studio! What work are you doing?
I did get the hang of the heel from the top down, it's much easier from teh toe up. No picking up stitches down the side of the gusset. At least that's how this gal has you do it.
May not post this weekend, as I like to do, may go see the grandbaby.
Is your daughter away at college?