Yarn Report – Week 42, 2014

As I begin writing this post, it’s early Friday morning. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I hope the mail lady today brings all the yarn I’ve ordered this week so I can see it all and begin the test knit. On the other hand, that means it will all have to go on today’s yarn report. If she brings part of it today and part of it Saturday, then Saturday’s arrivals go on next week’s yarn report and that makes it not quite look so bad, right? On the other hand (except there are no more hands!), Vince is home today and having to explain more yarn arriving just may not be fun!

The easy part – nothing used!

Now for the added:

First, 8 skeins of Madelinetosh DK Twist. The reason for buying this (and you know there is one!) was that the DK Twist is not available in stores, not real easy to get and Madelinetosh had a 20% off sale and . . my friend, Amy, keeps letting me know about all the yarn I should be getting! As usual, my photo doesn’t do this yarn justice and I’m sure the plastic bags don’t help but I didn’t want to tear into them. This yarn is the most gorgeous color. It’s the palest gray and has just hints of pink and aqua but no real saturation of those colors. I’m going to use it to make Glentrekker. Check out those cables!

Moonglow DK Twist

Moonglow DK Twist

Next . . Cascade 220 for Laura Aylor’s new test knit, Hay Cove. I can’t show a picture yet but if you click on the link,  you’ll see Laura’s project. I am so in love with this sweater. I used to have a cardigan with stripes about that wide and I loved it and wore it so much. Living in Texas, a good sweater is about all we need most of the winter and I can see me wearing this one all winter! There are more skeins of the dark gray so there are 11 skeins added.

Cascade 220 Heathers

Cascade 220 Heathers

Next, Laura had suggested WATERshed as a yarn, which is what she used, and I really wanted to use WATERshed but didn’t want to use the same colors Laura used so I needed a little help and found a couple of shops that carried it but they were less than helpful, which again reminded me why I love The Loopy Ewe so much, but I kept looking, even after ordering the Cascade 220, and found a helpful shop in North Carolina, with a kvery nice lady who helped me, and I ordered the WATERshed, and now maybeI’ll make 2 of Laura’s sweaters. I’m going to have to think about the colors. I think I need more variety so I may have to order  more yarn or make something else but for now, there’s another 18 skeins added.

WATERshed

WATERshed

And, to round it off, here’s one lonely skein of Ginger Ninja in Jilly by Dream in Color. I bought it because I like the color and think it would be a cool cowl for Fall.

Ginger Ninja

Ginger Ninja

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 81 skeins
Added this week: 38 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 322 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 284 (You all know Red means I’ve added more than I’ve used!)

On the Needles – October 17, 2014

Still working on Father Time. You would think with such an easy pattern, I’d have this thing finished by now but I’ve had so little knitting time this week.

Father Time Cowl

Father Time Cowl

Hopefully the yarn will arrive today for Laura’s newest test knit and I was hoping to be done with Father time but that isn’t going to be the case. This is for Loopy Academy and I have til the end of December to get it done.

Kefir Smoothie

Fermented foods seem to be the rage right now. Because I love cooking and playing in the kitchen, I had to jump on the fermenting bandwagon. As part of my fermenting experiment, I began reading about kefir. I had no idea what it was and kept reading more and more about it so decided I had to try it.

As I was researching kefir, I found many claims for health benefits and while I’m not real sure what’s true and what’s hype, I am convinced that it is healthy enough that it’s worth making and worth drinking. Please do your own research and see if it’s something you might want to try. This site has a lot of good info and might be a good starting place if you’re interested in reading more.

First, I bought a few “kefir smoothies” . . the already made kind in the dairy section of the grocery store. We had never tasted kefir and I wanted to be sure it was something we liked. They were delicious. Kefir is a fermented milk and a “starter” called kefir grains is used to start the process. The next step was to find kefir grains.

Kefir Grains

Kefir Grains

They aren’t really grains but more like a cottage cheese looking substance. To make the kefir, I poured about 1-1/2 cups of whole milk over them, placed a coffee filter over the jar and let it sit at room temp for about 24 hours. During the 24 hours, I gently stirred the milk a few times.

Kefir Fermenting

Kefir Fermenting

The next step, after the fermentation period, was to strain out the kefir grains and the milk was fermented and ready to be used. I’ve read that it’s best to use utensils that are not metal. Therefore, I make and store the kefir in glass jars, use a plastic spatula for stirring and a plastic strainer for draining.

Straining Grains

Straining Grains

 The grains grow with each batch and soon I’ll have enough grains to make a second batch of kefir. As soon as the grains are strained out, they can go into another batch. 

Kefir Grains

Kefir Grains

My grains were ordered from Yemoos Nurturing Cultures and  you can read more about making kefir on their website. I find it all very interesting!

Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie

This morning I added a little honey to the kefir, a banana and a grape, and a little freshly rolled oats, and we had it like a smoothie. We’re feeling so healthy!  :)