Do you change your mind often? Being a woman (and most, if not all of my blog readers are women), that’s in our DNA and we’re allowed to change our mind; and change it often! I’m not one of those type women who change my clothes a million times before going out. Heck, if I changed my clothes three times, that would take care of everything in my closet! For the most part, once a decision is made about anything, thats it . . I’m on to something else. But, two things have changed recently.
First, is cooking! All the times many of you wrote me and said you just didn’t cook as much as I do and had no desire to do so — I couldn’t understand that! But, with Chad gone . . my kitchen has almost been abandoned! I can’t believe how much food that boy must have been consuming! With him not here, it’s almost unbelievable how little food we’re eating and how little cooking I’m doing. I think I like this! Monday night I grilled steaks, made a salad and we had leftover scalloped potatoes. Tuesday night Vince grilled Italian sausage, onions and peppers and we had that as a sandwich. Wednesday night we again grilled steak, I pan fried some chopped potatoes with more onions and peppers and chopped up some leftover Italian sausage in there. Tonight I fixed some frozen chicken ready to heat and eat type thing I got at Wal-Mart. It had pecans, apples and cranberry stuffing and it was GOOD! Served along with a salad and that was it! I have a brisket marinating tonight. I’ll stick it in the Nesco tomorrow and have it with potato salad and baked beans. Saturday we’ll probably have brisket sandwiches or burritos with the leftover brisket. Sunday will be spaghetti & meatballs and I’m thinking I will have spent less time in the kitchen in one whole week than I used to do in a day. Amazing!
Second is my sock knitting. I was perfectly happy to knit plain old stockinette stitch. I never had to count; I could just sit and knit without engaging the brain at all. Until last week! While feeling bad, I was reading through some sock patterns online and thought . . hey, it’s time I ventured out a little and did something with a pattern. I came across Cookie A.’s Monkey Sock pattern. It had a bazillion positive ratings on Ravelry so I decided I’d try it. I figured out the pattern and knitted a whole sock using a yarn that I thought was a bit too bulky even though the gauge worked out almost perfectly. Got it made and decided . . yep, it was too bulky. The yarn was a gorgeous yarn but the pattern was lost due to the color variations of the yarn so I ripped it all out and started again with a different yarn. Here’s my sock and don’t worry . . the second one is already halfway done.
I think I’m hooked on pattern knitting!