firstly, thanks for all the supportive and understanding comments re The Arm. im pretty well done with that topic now. its enough to know that it will be sore till its healed, and i know its healing, so what else is there to say?! i have been through enough real trauma in my life to know that how i feel, how i act or react, are matters of my own choosing, and that wallowing, when i have so much to be grateful for, is inappropriate and kind of boring.
so i spent the weekend trying to get some things done without overdoing it. the main thing i wanted to do was some cooking, and i did well on that front. its cool enough now to warrant some comfort food, and we picked up a little slow-cooking recipe booklet with a food magazine the other day. i decided to try the ‘daube of beef’ (a fancy way of saying a french beef and red wine casserole). it was pretty easy, although did involve some interesting preparation. first there was the standard browning of the meat:
followed by an interesting few minutes of pouring flour and red wine over the bacon, onion and garlic and whisking until it thickened:
which it did. the recipe also included orange peel and thyme, which looked pretty impressive before it went in the oven for 3 and a half hours:
about 15 minutes before youre ready to serve you just sautee some mushrooms and add them in the pot, still in the oven with the lid off. i served it with boring old mashed potatoes and green beans:
but there was nothing boring about the taste. it was full and rich and slightly orangey. melt in the mouth amazingly delicious. i wanted to make a desert as well, and trent said he wanted sticky date pudding (his favourite) and ive never made it before and thought it would be really hard, but i found a recipe in stephanie alexander’s cooks companion,
and she said it was easy, and apart from the annoyance of having to cream the butter and sugar with one hand, and concerns over ‘this cant possibly work’,
it was easy and it did work:
complete with toffee sauce and ice cream:
yummo. will make this again for sure!
knitting wise, it has been slow going on the body of the featherweight cardigan, but finally, im getting there!
i told myself i would just knit this body as long as i could get it out of one hank, and this is how much i have left:
plus a whole other hank to do the band, collar and sleeves. i need some advice though. the pattern says to do the bottom band and the cuff bands in 1×1 rib. i hate 1×1 rib and would rather gouge my eye out with a spoon, so in my last featherweight, i did 2×2, only slightly more tolerable, but i understand why you do rib. apart from stopping the stocking stitch roll, it lays flat, which is why i am wary of my lazy tendency which is telling me to do a garter stitch band, collar and cuffs. i have seen one of these finished beautifully with moss stitch, and i think my heart wants me to do that, although my head is telling me its as bad as 1×1 rib and i will just be copying anyway.
what do you think? what would you do?