January 30, 2024
This will be quick. Today (Tuesday) is my last day of Covid isolation. While I can't say this is the most fun I've ever had, I'm lucky that my family's symptoms were annoying rather than severe, and once I succumbed, we were able to stop wearing masks around the house.
Normal shop hours will resume tomorrow; I will be wearing a mask for at least another five days, possibly more. The air purifier and fans will be running, and I will have masks available for customers.
I appreciate your patience and well wishes!
A reminder--if you're feeling poorly, please join us again as soon as you're feeling better!
Our official start date will be January 13th, and we'll continue through February. The theme for January's sweater makealong is: Scandi Design. Some suggested jumping off points include:
Make It Scandi Zooms THIS SUNDAY
We will have three makealong zooms, all on Sundays from 1-2pm. (Technically, the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes; my understanding is that there's usually a bit of a grace period.)
Sundays: February 4, and February 18, 1-2pm (PLEASE NOTE DATE CORRECTIONS)
Meeting link (note: this link will be attended on the above dates only)
February 19 (Presidents Day) -- TBD
Since the last several days didn't go as planned we're going to leave this here, and let you know that it's not too late to order!
We're doing something special for Valentine's Day this year! Choose your level of extravagance--Ring Pop, Whitman's Sampler, or A Dozen Roses--and get a surprise project and extras to make your day just a little sweeter. Choose a general color range, let us know how you feel about mohair, and we'll curate a Valentine just for you. If you have other specifics we should know about, use the special instructions box at checkout or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orders will be mailed or ready for pickup by February 9th. Treat yourself, or drop a hint to your valentine!
We're switching it up briefly here. Because at this moment, soup is what I am finding inspiring.
I have no idea what the soup above actually is, but it does look quite a bit like Carrot Onion Soup, one of my all time favorites. When I was a brand new vegetarian, I had a paperback copy of Diet for a Small Planet, and this is the recipe I've made ever since. It is very easy, delicious, quick to make, and I almost always have the (simple) ingredients. I've often included a handwritten version of it in wedding cards--it's great to have a "when the cupboard is bare" recipe in your back pocket.
You can find the recipe here. To make it even faster, you can use a bag of julienned carrots, and vegan butter and milk alternatives work just as well as dairy products. I do think it benefits from LOTS of tarragon, and I usually add black pepper, too.
When you're in isolation, at least you might finish a sweater yoke?? Somehow my brain kept it together to reach the sleeve divide of Autumn Alpine. After the last increase, there were 416 yoke stitches, and the chart repeats were 26 stitches wide. The floral motifs are symmetrical, and I found them rhythmic, so it wasn't too much to memorize the repeat.
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