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Showing posts from March, 2020

end-of-winter knitting

The other day, I found half a sock that I'd begun in a meeting.  Busy hands slow down my words, I find, and sometimes that is a good thing.  I finished the sock and made a mate in about two days.  Green ish socks, not quite in time for St. Patrick's Day; still, new socks.  I love the bind-off row of multi-colored knitting.  Those stitches are not shy, they don't blend; they make sure they get noticed!   Unless something specific is called for, I usually do my binding off with a needle a few sizes larger than the one I was knitting with, and I just mind those stitches to keep them loose.  I haven't found a "stretchy" bind-off that was truly stretchy unless it comes with a whole lot of effort, and sometimes ending up too stretchy. I have another several projects I'd really like to do but they take thinking, so I find that I keep coming back to my Reclamation Blanket.  I'm almost done, one more row, maybe two.  I am counting on it to blo

comfort food recipe: chicken noodle soup from scratch

With the flu going around, one of my go-to dinners is chicken noodle soup.  I know it sounds cliche, but it really seems to help.  I'll tell you the secret:  making it yourself means that you can make sure all the best ingredients are in it - lots of garlic, carrots, and love.  Recipe from my mom. Chicken Noodle Soup Broth: 1 pkg bone-in chicken (I usually get 4 thighs) 6 c cold water, or enough to cover chicken 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped small 1 onion, diced 1 bay leaf 2 whole black peppercorns 2 or more cloves of garlic, minced Noodles: 2 beaten eggs 4 tbsp milk 1 tsp salt 2 c flour To make soup:  Fill pot with water, place on stove on High.  Add all vegetables and spices.  Bring to boil and add chicken.  Turn down to medium heat and simmer one hour.  I find I sometimes have to add more water; it's better to do so early on, to avoid thinning it out too much at the end.   Make noodles:  [Edited to add: I double the

skyline sunrise

On an unseasonally warm morning in February, I met up with a group of photographers to photograph the early light on downtown Denver's skyline.  I don't have much else to say.  Maybe soon.