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Mar. 20, 2009 4:03 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2009 10:31 am
There must be a lot of cooks out there who love to knit.  I'm one, too!  Favorite things to knit?  Cook?  Do you ever find yourself making quick meals so you have more time to knit?  Or, are you more apt to spend more time cooking and filling in the time between processes with knitting?

I'm a big sock knitter (no pun intended)!  I've knitted over a hundred pair.  They're not cheap to knit, but for a person who likes immediate gratification, socks are the perfect project.  I also enjoy lace knitting.  (Talk about extremes!)  And, I never go anyplace without a pair of socks to knit in my handbag so I can knit in the car or during down time.  

Cooking?  I l-o-v-e to bake bread.  I'm on a quest to see how long I can go without buying bread at the market.  Started this last November, and the only time we had store-bought bread was a couple of weeks ago when I had a horrible spell with vertigo.

I'm going to try to figure out how to add photos to my blog, then I'll post some of my projects.  If you have pictures, don't hesitate to let us see what they are.

Mar. 21, 2009 7:15 am
Hi MarleneO! I think there is a correlation between good knitters and good bread-bakers. I am neither. I make bread, but I don't love it and am not so good at it. I can't knit for beans, even tried to learn one time but it seems I have no patience for it. Every single person I know that knows how to knit also knows how - and loves to - make bread... I wonder if there are studies on it? Looking forward to your pictures! :) SB
Mar. 21, 2009 7:18 am
I knit some. I used to knit alot...i don't knit that much anymore. I have some socks on the needles that i have been working on for a couple of (in my defense...they are 85% finished!) I'm getting ready to cast on the Pinwheel baby blanket for a friends my rate i better get started on that! I used to cook often...i'm just getting back into the swing of it. My favorite things to knit...probly felting. My favorite thing to cook...i'm trying to master a kickin' barbque sauce!
Mar. 22, 2009 4:08 am
My husband makes the absolutely best barbeque sauce, and the base is peaches. It is so-o-o-o good with chicken or ribs. We had company for a barbeque one Saturday and he made the ribs. They started eating and didn't say a word until all of the ribs were gone. It was hilarious. It was like they hadn't eaten in weeks. Don't give up on the socks. if you make them just to fit you, you will not want to wear store-bought socks again. I can't stand the little white "things" you wear in your golf shoes, so I'm making so golf shoe socks! Good luck on getting the afghan done in time! It's kinda like me trying to make the perfect salt rising bread for my 87-year-old dad. It's a good thing he's in good health. No success after 20 attempts! I'm not one to give up easily!
Mar. 22, 2009 6:00 am
Hi MarleneO! I've tried knitting, but prefer crocheting. Dish cloths are my specialty - lol! I plan on, at some point, making a really large one to turn into an afghan for my oldest son (his request). ;)
Apr. 16, 2009 10:31 am
Hi MarlenO! I also like to knit but my favorite thing is baby blankets. I've never done socks. I think it's the double pointed 3 needles, go around the heel that scares me. lol I do love doing cables though, because you get to see your progress.
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About Me
I'm a happily married, retired grandmother who loves to cook. I also love to eat! Other than eating I love to fly fish, knit and listen to Il Divo. Actually, I've taught women's fly fishing classes and owned a yarn shop, but retired last spring, and I would LOVE to go to an Il Divo concert. We have had a lot of illness and deaths in our circle of friends and family this year, and baking yeast breads and knitting has been a great way for me to work out the stress. In 2009 there's no way to go but up! (And I hope it's not my weight!)
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook "main dishes" and bake bread. My goal is to make the perfect salt rising bread! You know, the one that makes the whole house smell cheesey (sounds better than "like dirty feet") when it's toasting.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mincemeat. You either love it or hate it. I love it. I make it every year in October for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, then have a couple of quarts left over to use throughout the year. It was a whole lot easier once my mom suggested that I cook it in the oven rather than on the stove top. Smart lady, my mom! And, she's 85 years old.
My cooking triumphs
Cabbage rolls. I make really wonderful cabbage rolls. I use saurkraut and bacon rather than tomato sauce to cook them in. My family often asks me to make them, and my DH can't stand the smell of them cooking, so I always cook them in a Crock Pot outside--spring, summer, winter and fall. I really like them better baked in the oven.
My cooking tragedies
Salt rising bread. I have tried 16 times, and ready to start the 17th tonight, to make the starter. I just can't seem to get the timing right. I did make it through the sponge and into the pan once, but I used KAF Salt Rising Yeast, and the flavor wasn't very intense. I really, really, want to do this for my 87 year old dad, who loves it toasted with peanut butter. Good thing he's in really good health!
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