Wednesday, July 24, 2013
There's no place like home...
What an incredible whirlwind of discovery the past three weeks have been! Our cross-country road trip has come to a close, and as wonderful as it's been, we're oh-so-happy to be home! I promise to share pictures and tales of where we've been, but in the meanwhile, I'll share what books I picked up along the way as well as a much better photo of the yarn I picked up in Lancaster County (Karen A., the shop, Lancaster Yarn Shop, is in Intercourse).
My four new books include two new cookbooks: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook which I picked up in Mansfield, Missouri, at Rocky Ridge Farm (!!) and Amish Cooking, a small collection of interesting recipes we bought primarily for the pretzel recipe. If you've never had a pretzel from the Bird in Hand bake shop in Lancaster, you simply must! Perfecting the homemade pretzel has been added to my to-do list. :) [correction: my dh informed me that we did not get pretzels in Bird-in-Hand but rather at a family-owned ice cream shop/dairy farm (the name of which I cannot remember, so sorry!) we visited while on our tour through Amish country, a fact that doesn't change how delicious they were!]
Practicing Hospitality is full of practical encouragement, and Tower of Babel, picked up at the Creation Museum, looks to be quite the interesting read and has given Daniel and idea of what his senior thesis might be in another year (can he really be that old? Sigh.).
Knitting? I have to admit I actually did very little knitting over the past three weeks -- much less than I thought I would. Although my hitchhiker didn't grow by even one stitch, I did manage to finish a black pair of my cabled mitts (a special request by my mom for her b-day) which I posted while in Pittsburgh on our way out of town (have I mentioned my family is originally from Pgh.?). What I did work on during all those hours of driving, and am just about finished (!!) is the knitting and writing of a cabled beanie to go with my mitts pattern. I did, in fact, finish one, but it turned out to be a bit smaller than I wanted (would fit a child rather than a teen or adult), so I'm reworking it to be bigger and hope to have it finished by this weekend for test knitting. :)
Can't wait to see what you've all been up to...
How about you? What books are you reading? What's growing in your yarn garden? How's your summer going? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's.
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