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Knittin’ Cookin’ and Olympic-watching

Life is so good. I’m recovering so well, though not entirely, from a stroke. My son flew in to spend four glorious days visiting. I finished another knitting project — a lovely cowl for my oldest granddaughter – the pattern is called Three-Turn (a skating term so it’s quite apt that I knit it while Olympic watching). Now I’m knitting one for me. Been watching the Olympics: felt so badly that Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue missed out on gold but they beautifully won silver. Just watched, with great excitement, Jennifer Jones and her team win gold in curling — entirely undefeated in every game! Life is good.

Three-Turn Cowl knit by dianeschuller.com

Cowl knit by www.dianeschuller.com
Of course, we must eat …
homemade stew and artisan bread
homemade artisan bread www.dianeschuller.com
another Three-Turn cowl www.dianeschuller.com
knitting @ www.dianeschuller.com

For those who are curious here are a few links, based on these photos:

  • Although I make several different varieties of artisan bread, here is the original recipe that I use and then add ‘goodies’ accordingly.
  • If you’d like a great visual how-to, this is the best video tutorial for making the no-knead bread the way I do.
  • For the free knitting pattern, visit Laura’s Three-Turn Cowl.
  • No, I do not have an automatic ball-roller; I do it myself. If you want to see how I learned to unwind a skein and roll it into a center-pull ball ready for knitting, visit this video.
  • And if you are a knitter and you’d like to keep tabs on me, come on over to Ravelry — lots of patterns and inspiration in that community.
  • I continue to utilize Pinterest for inspiration, to save recipes, patterns, and ideas.

So now you — what is shaking around your campfire this week or lately?

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dinahmow - February 20, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Wonderful to see you making such great progress, Diane.
What’s shakin’ here is mostly monsoon! A bit late, but so very welcome.Having removed a hideous half-pie hedge a lot more light is coming into the space and, once the cooler weather comes, I have Great Plans.
But right now…laundry whirling in the machine and as soon as that’s dealt with I’m off to the shops.Basic grocery shopping is easy-peasy, but I really am not a fan of shopping for other things.

Sherry G.. - February 21, 2014 - 5:53 am

It’s so great to hear that you are recovering so well. I’m not surprised but just delighted. I cannot get over how good you have become at knitting so fast! Your cowl neck looks amazing. And well your food makes me feel all warm and cozy. I tried that no-knead bread recipe a while back and went on a bit of a binge with it. It is fabulous. I haven’t tried baking yeast bread on the boat (matter of space) but soda bread works well. The new mast is on and other things are proceeding well here in Florida. Off to te dentist today to finish up with the unexpected root canal I had to have a few weeks ago!

Laura - February 22, 2014 - 8:57 am

Your cowl looks fabulous! I love that light yellow yarn you’re using. It’s so pretty. =)

steph - February 22, 2014 - 7:31 pm

knitting and bread—-soothes the soul!!! 🙂

Susan - February 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

I’m in reflective mode as I sit in front of the fire, snow coming down outside and listening to Zamfire’s pan pipes. Your post has me pondering on life as knitting-twisting, turning, unravelling, picking up, growing row by row.

lisa - February 23, 2014 - 4:12 pm

You sound so WONDERFUL, my friend, and I am thrilled about that. 🙂

The cowl that you made is just gorgeous. I love the beautiful jewel-toned colors. I am sure that your granddaughter is gong to love it.

Now I am off to check out the links you so generously shared here. Thank you so much for sharing them.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead. xo.