This week, I’ve been…

1. … kinda sick. I’ve been drinking lots of hot liquids. Mostly hot water with honey, lemon, and ginger.

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2. …working on my super soft angora mittens (pattern here, yarn here). This project has gone SUPER quickly.

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3. …making soup. This is the beginnings of very tasty onion soup. I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, except I didn’t have wine (sad), and I added some rosemary and a parmesan rind, because obviously. I didn’t bother with the croutons, but I did add cheese to my bowl. Soup is good for sick people.

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4. …blocking the finished mittens! Yeah!!

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5. …not finishing my Shepherd sweater. Not yet, folks. I did wind up yarn for a new sweater project, though! More details when I get it cast on :)

I felted!

Have you tried felting? It is MAGICAL. Really, I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation and everything, and to be honest I do understand the rudimentary mechanics of how a wool fiber is shaped and why felting works… but it still seems like total magic to me every time I try it. (Every time I try it on purpose, that is. Felting in the armpits of my sweaters does not feel magical.)

A few days ago, I made a couple of felted dryer balls. I roughly followed this tutorial, and plan to use them instead of fabric softener sheets in my dryer. I find that things get pretty staticky in the winter, otherwise!

I used tightly wound wool yarn to form the base of my felted balls.

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I covered the yarn balls in some leftover bits of wool roving,

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and then popped them into the leg of a pair of old pantyhose, with tight knots between them and at each end.

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Then I just tossed the whole weird package into the washing machine on hot! After a few washer-dryer cycles, I cut away the pantyhose to reveal…

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Finished felt!

So far they’re working great with my laundry, and they’re not bad looking either! If you’ve never felted, you should totally try it. It’s easy and magical!

Tastiness in Photos: Granola!

So, I mentioned Susan Gibbs’ amazing granola last week. Once I started making granola at home, I was hooked! I really like customizing things :) Definitely check out Susan’s recipe – it’s a bit different than other granola recipes, but hella tasty.

I made a big batch yesterday, and took some photos as I went…

First, unsweetened shredded coconut!

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It turned into TOASTED coconut!

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Next up, toasted sesame seeds!

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Pumpkin seeds!!

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Dried cranberries are very pretty.

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Also dried apricots which are delicious!

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Oats are pretty key to successful granola.

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Not pictured: toasted almonds, pistachios, and hazelnuts. Oops.

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Ready to be scooped on top of greek yogurt and some Babe’s honey!