On My Needles and What I'm Reading and What I'm doing today

I need about 16 pairs of socks for Christmas gifts this year so I'm hard at it.

We didn't get out for a proper vacation this year, so I'm reading about the subject. This book is about one family's connection to a vacation spot in Maine.  I love Maine too.

I knit a pair of socks or mittens every week. I read two or three books every week.




It's cool and bright today. We have been drying herbs outdoors. Today I'm finishing them off in the oven on very low. Heating brings out the oils that intensifies the flavour of many herbs that contain something called turpines (anything that has the slight whiff of turpentine!). You wouldn't want to do delicate herbs like parsley.  It works great for oregano. In fact, plain dried oregano is rather insipid without that finish. Rosemary is another that benefits from a slight toasting. 200 degree oven for 3/4 an hour and don't forget to put parchment paper on the cookie sheet. 

When M. comes home from his work we are going grocery shopping. Oh joy. I hate grocery shopping. I hope to hop across the street to Value Village too. When I was packing away the tank tops and capri pants, and hauling out my cooler weather garments, I noticed that I'm rather lacking in choice. I have lots of really nice heavy sweat shirts, but nothing really for in between days. One long sleeve lightweight fleece top, that's it. Jeans and plaid flannel shirts are my favorite autumnal garments. How about you??

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  1. Jeans and black shirts are my go-to. I am looking for a lighter jacket, probably a jean jacket, as it's not quite cold enough yet for winter jackets.

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    1. I have too many jackets! I'm one of those people who goes someplace, forgets a jacket or thinks I don't need one, and end up buying another.

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    1. I would lose my mind if I couldn't read. My father taught me to read when I was roughly 3 years old and I never looked back.

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  3. The sock in my bag has been there for three years. The TBI took the desire plain out of me. Once I knit that many socks, too. I've managed to turn the heel, decrease the gusset and get an inch or two of the foot done this summer. Sadly, it's mate is not a twinkle in my eye at the moment.
    I K2P2 for 12 rows for ribbing before I cannot bear it one more minute. I see you give it a few more, but not many.

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    1. It's three inches Joanne. Not sure how many rows. Hey, I have MANY projects sitting in bags waiting. I started a sweater at the request of my daughter. I asked her to measure the boys arm length. He is now 18 years old. Perhaps I'll finish it for his firstborn....

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  4. Flannel shirts and jeans works for me too, One jacket and my hoody does it for me.

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  5. The trip to Value Village was a success. Three pair of pants, a really nice cotton top, one long sleeve tShirt and a pair of SKETCHERS shoes. The shoes were a BARGAIN. I've been looking at them in Mark's but just can't bring myself to spend that kind of $$. If these shoes work out as well as my sister seems to think they do, I'll be buying a brand spanking new pair soon. My sister LIVES in Sketchers.

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  6. I have NO idea how you do all you do. No idea whatsoever. Bravo on the socks -- I think they take forever and there is NO better gift than handmade socks!

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    1. 1. I'm the queen of multitasking
      2. I go to bed about 9PM and read until 1 or 2
      3. My house is a pit - not making that up! I clean once a week and that's it.

      I still never feel like there are enough hours in the day. My painting is still sitting in the diningroom with the paint box open....has been like that for about two weeks. :(

      I just threw dinner in the oven, where it will be cooking for a couple of hours. Need to go have a short nap now to make up for the hours I read in the night....

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