Monday, January 04, 2010

A Bit of This and A Bit of That... When's Dinner?

After my last post about my shock and finding that sugar is an ingredient in Windsor salt, I visited their web site and sent them an email asking for an explanation about the sugar in the salt. When I hear back from them, I'll let you know how they respond. I did have Carole email me to say that "Potassium is added to the salt to keep us from getting goiters (a thyroid condition). Without adding the sugar the potassium would become unstable and evaporate. It is a very tiny amount. It has been in it here for many years and we didn't know it. Only recently, with new labeling laws, has sugar been listed as an ingredient."

I can live with that, but I still want to know how Windsor Salt responds. As for not using salt at all (as per Sharon's comment), I'm not quite ready to give it up just yet. I'm not much for sweets, but I do like my salties; I'm working on it, though.

On to other things. I've been knitting almost non-stop this week. Well, that is, until today. Today it was back to work, which sure does cut into knitting time. I've just gone back to see when I actually started these socks for John. Would you believe it was April? Yikes!

I guess it's time to finish them, don't you think? I did have the heel done on the first sock, but when I got back to the foot (after the heel flap and gusset) the colour had changed so dramatically that I just couldn't live with it. I frogged it back to the leg and redid the heel in a different, but very similar, colour of the same yarn. I'm much happier with it now, and now that I know how it will turn out, I'm making good progress on the second sock. The yarn, incidentally, is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Mega Boot Stretch. Very nice! And John loves his sock.

With all the projects being finished recently, I just had to (really, HAD to!) start a small project. This is the Cobweb Doily from "A Gathering of Lace". It really is a small project, something a little different. (The picture, incidentally, is from the book; it is not my doily.)

I'm using some hemp lace weight leftover from the Waves of Grain scarf I made last year. As of this morning, I'm on Row 35, probably just about halfway; it's just a fun little diversion of a knit and a way to use up some stash yarn.

Just for the sake of interest, I've gone back over my January posts from the years I've been blogging. It seems I have been setting myself the same goal of finishing all the projects on my needles for some time. I wonder why I think this year will be any different. Hope springs eternal, I suppose. I do make good starts, but.... ah well. It's the process, not the product, in most cases.

Oh, I just remembered! This past weekend, John and I went out to do some shopping and he offered to take some pictures of me in the Ropes & Picots cardi. It wasn't exactly warm out, but at least you'll get some idea of what the cardi looks like on. I really am happy with how the sweater turned out (of the dozen or so pictures John took, though, only one really turned out).


  1. The sweater looks great! Nice job.

  2. Your new sweater looks really good on you, Ev! I have the same problem with photos - can't take on them myself and the spouse has trouble taking an acceptable one for me. I need an on-call photographer! One who works for free. Or for cookies.

  3. Good for you, picking up the socks and sticking to your goal to finish them up. John will be thrilled.

    The doily you will be making is really lovely, and I have no doubt that you will find it quite easy to do. You and lace knitting seem well suited.

    The sweater is a complet success. It fits you so well too. I would say that your 2010 is off to a wonderful beginning. :)