Texture Times Two

Happy Saturday!

It’s been a productive two weeks! This week I finish two designs and a pair socks, put together a group of test knitters, work on my MKAL, pray about anger, and cook some delicious meals. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

This week I have two designs hot off the needles!

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My Big Sky Shawl {name pending} is finished! I used two skeins of Big Sky Yarn Co.’s Squish DK in the colorway “Hayride”. This yummy textured pattern is easy, but still interesting enough to keep you entertained. It’s perfect for featuring hand-dyed speckled or tonal yarns.

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I’ve also finished my last design {for this season} of the Fall Means Football Collection– an adorable hat! This hat features simple colorwork with a memorizable repeat. I chose a lovely singles base (Tosh Merino Light) for that extra plump look for this fingering weight hat. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

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I have FINALLY finished my September socks. Thank goodness! These will be a Christmas present for my lovely mother-in-law. The yarn is by Sunrise Fiber Company is her “Ducks” colorway.


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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It’s the last week for the Texture Time MKAL. I’m quite a bit behind, but adoring this clue! Stephen West is so brilliant in his design. Again I’ve been challenged and I’m having a blast! You can find all my yarns linked here.


Something New

If you are interested in test-knitting patterns for Knitty Natty Designs, I have moved from Instagram calls to a tester application via Google Forms. {Soon I will have the CROCHET pattern tester application available.} I’ve written and tested a few patterns now and had a great experience! Now I’m ready to hone in on a smaller group of wonderful knitters that will know my style and requirements- and hopefully become good friends! If you’re interested in becoming a knit pattern tester, you can find the link here. {Initial testers have been picked, but as I need more I will move down the list.}


What God’s Teaching Me

I’ve found myself dealing with some anger and resentment this week. Ugh, that never feels good. Even when you have a good reason to be upset, don’t you wish you could just let things go?

Anger in the Bible seems to always be burning or hot… anger is meant to destroy.

The Bible teaches us to be slow to anger, but, man, that’s hard! Especially when frustrating situations trigger old wounds, my anger can ignite quickly.

But you, Lord, area compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

– Psalm 86:15

Lord, I give my anger to you. Replace my anger with love. Let me love others like you do, without fear of their intentions. Slow my anger and replace with compassion. Heal the fire in my heart.


What We’re Cooking

Last week I was so happy to cook exclusively from my Eat at Home subscription. I chose three meals and the dessert from the traditional plan. Before I went to the store, all I had to do was download the recipes and grocery list to my iPad. Then I just circled the three meals {out of six choices} we wanted to eat and used the pre-made list to shop. So easy! I’m actually excited to cook when it’s my turn again next week.

 

I had to start off the week with dessert of course! On Sunday night I started the peanut butter brownie pie. You first bake boxed brownies as the crust and must let it cool completely. Then Monday I finished the pie by making the filling and letting it refrigerate for a few hours. MMM it was so yummy! My grandma had a wonderful peanut butter recipe that used graham cracker crust and had a denser filling. I think I’ll have to keep making peanut butter pies until I can make one like hers!

On Monday and Tuesday we had salmon and veggies. The salmon was so quick and easy- it just had some butter, garlic, and parsley. I cut and peeled a butternut squash for the very first time {quite proud of myself for that!}. It was only the second time I’ve cut Brussels sprouts and Kent loved them! OMG did you know it was BrusselS sprouts not Brussel sprouts? Not me!

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Wednesday and Thursday we had our favorite meal of the week- sausage and potatoes. Eat at Home suggested that we have Brussels sprouts again, but I opted for broccoli. The potatoes and broccoli were so crispy and delicious!

The sausage gave me a bit of trouble though. I learned that I couldn’t slice them straight from the package, but that they needed to cook a bit first. So they cooked whole, then went back in the oven. Then I flipped them and cooked them more. Then sliced them and cooked them more. Next time I think I’ll brown them on the stove so I can get them sliced for their first round in the oven!

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The last meal of the week is this easy chicken pot pie. I cooked and shredded chicken a couple days before. Then all you have to do is combine ingredients in a casserole dish and bake! Next time I might try a buttery crust and a round pie dish to make it even tastier.


What I’m Reading

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I’ve read a bit further into The Girl with the Red Balloon. It’s a good book, but I’m not as eager to get to bed every night to read like I was with The Hate U Give. I’m only 20% through the book right now so there’s a good chance the book will heat up!


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

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