Yesterday, I had the windows open. It was a balmy 60 degrees out. Today, the high is 39, and we're getting snow tonight. Not melts-as-it-hits-the-ground snow, but up to 4 inches (or 1-2, according to Weather Channel). Wow.
A bit of housekeeping: My comments moderation failed me a couple days ago. Last week, I got two comments in my e-mail that blogger wouldn't let me publish. Then the other day, I had a comment that never even made it into my e-mail or my comment queue. I only have comments moderation on because I had started to get comment spam some time ago. My policy with comments is to automatically hit 'publish' as long as it's not spam. So, apparently blogger is doing something odd with comments. If you ever notice that your comment hasn't shown up in a day or so, definitely try re-submitting, because I don't censor comments, and blogger probably just ate it. Well, it's hard to complain too much about a free service, but there are definitely quirks.
Knitting: Thank you for all the nice comments on the Picot Dress! I'm not sure I have enough navy Wool Cotton to make a Miss Dashwood, especially given the gauge difference from the Cashmerino Aran, so I'm holding off on that for now. But I did knock off another Lacy Bonnet from Knitting for Two:
If it looks familiar, check this out. I used the same yarn as before, Rowan Wool Cotton in pale pink. It's a pretty easy, but cute pattern. The only hitch is that I'm not crazy about the ribbon-rosette method of tying it under the chin. Mostly because I don't think I can pull off a ribbon rosette. But I'm having trouble deciding whether to make i-cord ties, or use ribbon like I did last time. I also cast on for the ribbon-edged cardigan from Debbie Bliss Special Knits in the rose color of Cashmerino Baby that I decided not to use for the Argyle Cardigan. I know you're all thinking, "Geez, how many cardigans does this kid need?" But they're just so cute. I need to start some matching bottoms, soon, but I have to find patterns I like.
Reading: Getting near the end of Jane and the Unpleasantness...
Writing: Chapter 8 is well underway. Word count - 38,257.
Cooking: Still a lot of leftover baked goods. I have some stale Pomegranate Pound Cake that I think I will turn into really decadent French toast this weekend, topped with leftover roasted apples and pomegranate caramel. In honor of the cold weather, I did make a nice, very easy cabbage soup. It's based on a recipe I found ages ago on the internet and hand-copied. It was called Swiss Cabbage Soup. I couldn't find it again by searching, but I've made changes to it, anyway, so here's the recipe:
2 TBL butter
About 1 pound cabbage, chopped
1 large or 2 small leeks, chopped
1/2 cup uncooked rice
6 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
Grated cheese, for serving
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute cabbage and leeks until wilted. Add rice and stock; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until rice is tender, 20-30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with a handful of grated cheese. Serves 6.
Notes: Fontina pairs really well with cabbage. The original recipe called for Gruyere, which certainly makes it more Swiss. I think that would be very nice, too. I also served this with asiago, which was nice. When salting, don't make the soup too salty if you're using a salty cheese.