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Alphabet sampler, one more row

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 It's been a while since this one made an appearance, but it is still progressing - only one more row of letters and it will be finished, and then I will iron it and you will be able to see the embroidery around all the wrinkles. Previous posts for this project are here and here .

Socks, finished

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 As predicted, these went very quickly once the gussets were done, and are now finished. Here's a photo of the pair, to prove that I really did finish them and so that you can see the fancy patterned foot tops, and one of the wrapped stitch detail along the side. The pattern is Lord, What Fools , and the yarn is Bearfoot (Ravelry links, both of them) that I've probably had for 20 years. Some of this stash is very well-aged at this point.

Sock progress

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 Same sock, repair completed, heel and gusset finished, and starting to work down the foot towards the toe. This part goes quickly, so it won't be long now until I have a new pair of socks.

Swirly beaded triangle

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 I made this pretty much as directed, only changing the colors (although actually rather close to the overall color scheme), to learn the technique. It was fun, and may spark other ideas in the future. Video here. It's made of two triangles sewn together at the edges, and the way they interlock and twist is very satisfying.

Fixing a Mistake

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 I don't think you've seen these socks before. The first one was finished, and the second one almost down to the heel, before I looked at them together like this: You may notice the problem here: the sock in progress has ribbing all the way around, and the completed sock has, as the pattern directs, a six stitch stockinette column on each side. Well, time to grab a crochet hook and get to work! There are four columns that need help. For each of them, I dropped the stitch off the needle, and all the way down to where the stockinette column should begin, at the end of the cuff ribbing. Then, the crochet hook will easily pull each thread bar through and make the desired knit column. If I had wanted a purl column, I would have done the same thing, but from the inside. Now it is all fixed, and ready to continue!  Socks are Lord, what fools and the yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot (which I've had for probably decades). You'll get a better photo when they're done.

Firenze, progressing

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 Since the last time you saw this sweater, the sleeves have been separated off from the body, and I've been working downwards. Another inch or so and it will be time to start the body ribbing, and then finish the sleeves. Since I intend to slightly felt this, I'm knitting it quite loosely for the yarn weight, because i expect the yarn to fluff up and fill in the gaps, and I'm going to knit it about 10% longer than I want it to be, to allow for shrinkage. We'll see if that works out.

Cherry-Apple pie with Apple Roses (a recipe)

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The sweater is just getting longer, not more interesting, so I will leave you with a picture of a pretty Pi(e) Day pie.  I had wanted to try the apple roses for a while (I've seen them in a few different places), and they came out really well. Here is a recipe, as best as I can remember it.  Ingredients: 1  pie crust of your choice, in a greased 9" pie plate 1 quart sour cherries, frozen or fresh 3 apples 1 t vanilla 1/2 cup sugar 2 T cornstarch 1 t Penzeys cake spice 2T cinnamon sugar, or a little sugar with some more cake spice mixed in   Method: 1. Make apple roses out of 2 of the apples: Quarter and core them, and then, working with one quarter at a time, slice it very thinly, getting about 12-15 slices and reserving the end for later. Put the slices on a plate and microwave them for 30 seconds on High to soften them. Lay out 4 or 5 slices end to end, overlapping them by about half, and roll them up into a rose. Set it aside for later. The 2 apples should make 24 roses. Th