Outside is a blizzard, an actual blizzard. Adding more snow on top of the two feet we already had. Beautiful, but I'm trying not to think of the next few weeks. . .
Inside, I tried a new recipe from Nigella: Oatcakes. They are very simple - just oats, water, lard, salt, and soda, and they remind me most of crackers. Apparently there are variations on oatcakes among the Scots, so I might try another one just for kicks. I'll feed these to the children when they wake up from their naps.
Of course I ate a few, but my *real* snack was a cup of green tea, a clementine, and some very dark Ghirardelli chocolate.
And I finished a dishcloth for myself - the one I was using had turned Victorian orphan grey and sprung a hole besides. So I am pleased with my bright new one. And here are the directions as I know them in my head - my apologies if I don't have the right knitting terminology. My grandmother taught me how to knit these and they are my quotidian, knit-in-my-sleep handwork.
I use Sugar and Cream cotton yarn and size 7 needles.
Cast on 4 stitches.
Slip 1, knit 1, yarn over, and knit the rest.
Repeat this sequence until you have 40 to 50 stitches (depends how big you like your dishcloth - I usually make mine 45+).
Now, to decrease: slip 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit the rest of the row.
Repeat until you have 4 stitches left.
Knit 2, cast 1 off. Repeat until you have 1 stitch left (this is where my dishcloth is in the photo). Cut the yarn so you have a long tail. Feed it through the final loop and tighten. Using a big sewing needle, weave the tail into the corner, being sure to go back and forth. Trim end closely. Done!
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