NaKniCroMo- Day 3: How Did You Learn Your Craft?

“But Mom, I’m not on your knitting!”



Friends, YouTube, the occasional book. But the first person to put needles in my hands and showed me the movements that would lead me to knitting nirvana was my friend Anita. Formally known as Anita Pita.

She was always there to help me along or fix any crisis, and she happily dragged me to several lovely local yarn stores and became my pusher

Finished Object- Multnomah Shawl

This one I made for myself. I’ve knit four of these for other women in my family. My goal is to knit one for all of them women in my family.



I finished this a couple of days ago, but it’s been blocking until today, when I dragged Richie outside and made him take photos






I am loving these bright colors all the way. Usually when I knit for myself the colors are pretty dark- not quite sure why. So I’m trying to knit with more colors

Off to finish the Dragon’s Hope Shawl and watch Bake Off!


(Yes, I realize I still need to finish my Bake Off challenge but we haven’t been grocery shopping in a couple of weeks. I’ll get there)

Week Seven- Pies and Tarts Week: Tart au Citron





This bake was not for us. Not at all.

I don’t know if it was the homemade pie crust




Or all the lemons or what. Maybe we needed to top it with powdered sugar or something, I dunno.



This is what melting butter looks like in a pan of sugar and lemon juice


It was just a sour tart, with a strange after taste.


Whatever, I made pie crust by hand.

Maybe eclair week will be easier!

Yeah, I doubt it too


Also, I’m not quite sure when this became a food/baking blog

Week Six- Sweet Dough Week: Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake

For my tea loaf I went with blueberry lemon. The combination is sweet and tart and all around delicious.


This recipe came from Life Made Sweeter, and is pretty straight forward. It actually tastes good as leftovers, and of course is divine with tea. I prefer Earl Grey, but I’m sure it will go with many others.


I’ve actually seen this combination in a cake. I might have to give that a try, too


I would definitely bake this again. I actually can’t believe I haven’t. Huh.

New Year’s Eve

I’m never sure where to put the apostrophe.

Anyways, it’s 11:28 pm where I am, and I finished all of my NYE plans. I’m staying in tonight (thanks Amy for the invite!), and judging by the amount of emergency vehicles that have passed down my street, it was the right decision.

I’ve finished up all the laundry; done all the dishes (except what’s in the dishwasher); cleaned the kitchen and living room; cleaned out the litter box and took out the trash; put fresh sheets on the bed. The idea is that keep my life clean and organized in the new year.

I dropped off all library books and donated a bag of clothes and books to Goodwill.

I have a little bit of cash in my wallet to encourage to the flow of money. (sounds silly, but I got two raises this year, so)

The thing you are doing at midnight is what you will be doing a lot of in the new year. I have plans to be eating cake and reading a book. Richie is playing a gig down in Cape Girardeau. So he will play a lot of music, and we won’t see each other often. So… that sucks.

I don’t know why everyone is so excited for the new year- I doubt much will change. But, I hope everyone stays safe tonight, at least.