Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Blueberries for Me

Ta-da! Start to finish in just six days, the Rainy Day Socks! Shown here with a bowl of blueberries, picked straight from the farm last weekend. First, let's talk socks.

Pattern: Rainy Days from MagKnits
Yarn: Patons Astra in Teal, colorway 2945 (it's 100% acrylic- a leftover from a sweater coat I made when I first took up knitting and didn't know anything about fiber)
Needles: Brittany US 2 (2.75 mm) dpn

Notes: These went quickly, and I didn't get too bored with the pattern. I think I actually beat the second sock blues by finishing these so fast. My kitchener is really improving; The only part I have to perfect is the edges of the seam. I get lumps on either end of my seam, but if you smoosh them into the sock, they pretty much go away.

I started the heel flap in a different place on the second sock, and had to make some adjustments when I finished the gusset and started the pattern stitches again, but I think it all worked out. The pattern flows nicely down the leg and onto the foot. I thought I was a strong short row heel enthusiast, but these gussets look great- and there's no wrapping of stitches involved!

How, let's talk baking. Like I said, we went to a farm this weekend and picked, among other things, blueberries. Lots of blueberries. Several pounds of blueberries.

When we got home on Saturday, I made a pie, and today I made blueberry-corn muffins. The pie was really easy- even the crust was easy! The New Best Recipe book has a really great crust recipe and a great technique for rolling out the dough. They also have an illustrated, step by step guide to making the lattice top.

The corn muffins were also from the New Best Recipes book (can you tell it's my favorite) and I just added frozen blueberries as I mixed the batter. I think they should be a little sweeter to make them a good blueberry muffin, but they're great as corn muffins.

I know the pictures are sort of backwards, but the pie is just so much prettier!


Anonymous said...

Ooooh. We're going to have to have baking parties, too!

Elizabeth said...

I can't wait. You know, of course that knitting and baking are my two favorite things!

Joslyn said...

hey i just found and love love your blog. So i was going through the archives and I came across this post: http://castonacupcake.blogspot.com/2007/01/baby-time.html

That's my daughter and her cupcake hat :-D small world!

I have to say Amelia was very excited to see that she was on a blog :-D

Joanne said...

What a gorgeous blueberry pie! I have never made one. I am jealous!

Love, Mom