Kirkstall Mitts

The pattern for Kirkstall Mitts has been released and is available here. I did a test knit for these and have been finished for quite a while but was waiting to share them til the pattern was released.

Kirkstall Mitts

Kirkstall Mitts

They’re made with DK weight yarn and I knitted them both in one day. I love that the cuff can stay long or be folded down.

When I first began knitting mittens, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want fingerless mitts . . it’s my fingers that are always cold! But after wearing the, I hardly ever wear gloves or full mittens any more. It’s so “useful” to have my fingers able to do what fingers do. I guess because so much of my hand is covered and my wrist is covered, I hardly notice my fingers getting cold but . . cold in central Texas isn’t COLD like some places. I definitely see the value in fingerless mitts and those are my favorites to make now.

 

 

Knitting on the Road

Yesterday we started out just after daylight on a little road trip. Before we ever left the house, I was all set up in the car with my knitting.  ESK has a little Flash Knit Along just lasting for a few days and it began yesterday so that’s what I worked on.

Knitting on the Road

Knitting on the Road

It’s a dark photo but it was still fairly dark in the car. I had my yarn, my ESK knitting bag in the floor and the iPad with Knit Companion and the pattern propped up in the glove box.

Knitting on the Road

Knitting on the Road

It didn’t take long before daylight had replaced the darkness. Our trip, and my project were progressing!

Knitting on the Road

Knitting on the Road

When I’m knitting in the car, my supplies are always nearby. This is the little cutout in my door. I can’t even remember who it was in my car the other day and they kept digging things out saying “Who keeps this kind of stuff in their car?”  A knitter!

 

 

Caprese Salad

You’ve had a break from my sharing recipes from The Mediterranean Dish! That’s because we’ve been living off leftovers and I haven’t cooked a whole lot.

Yesterday I heated up the last of the leftovers but made Caprese Salad.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

I’ve made Caprese Salad through the years but I’ve always made it ahead and served it cold . . just adding the olive oil and balsamic right before serving. Also, I’ve always added black olives and oregano.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Also, the recipe called for making our own vinaigrette but I was lazy and used olive oil and this amazing jalapeno/lime balsamic.

Balsamic

Balsamic

We loved the warm caprese salad and will make it again. Next time, I’ll still use the jalapeno lime balsamic and olive oil but I’ll add sliced black olives next time. Delicious!