Rain Turning Over to Snow

Today is miserable outside. How’s that for the beginning of a blog entry?

Yes, it really is that dark as of 10am this morning! It’s raining and cold and 40 mph winds are supposed to come in this afternoon before the rain turns to snow this evening. Definately weather to huddle down and stay warm!!

While the kids all had to venture out in this mess to go to school (albeit with warm handknit wool hats, mittens, and scarves), I’m staying put. Today’s agenda is making Carol Huber soup, crusty French bread and a nice salad for dinner to help melt the chill from everyone’s bones this evening. Don’t ask – I’ve never met Carol Huber. She’s an old friend of Toni Neil’s (of The Fold) who knew her many years ago.   Carol Huber became well known for this soup (it’s very easy to make, loaded with lots of veggies, and everyone from my preschooler up through the ranks to me and my husband love it). Toni walked me through the making of Carol Huber soup when we were out in Lake Tahoe for SOAR 2012 this past October.  It had snowed a couple feet and we were vending out in a tent under the trees and it was downright cold – by the time we returned in the evening, we were both chilled and this soup was just the ticket!

Carol Huber soup is a bit different every time, but that’s one of it’s charms. Basically you saute ground chuck (however much you have on hand – generally 1-2 pounds), drain it and put in a stock pot with beef broth (or chicken or vegetable broth – whatever is handy), onions, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, green beans and whatever other leftover vegetables you have. Then we add something that will thicken it a bit – macaroni or dumplings or lentils – again whatever happens to be hanging out in the pantry (today it is lentils). Season to taste with garlic, Italian spices, salt and black pepper. Simmer all day long so the house smells of soup when everyone gets home!!  Easy peasy way to get warmth and lots of vitamins into loved ones!

On other chill-chasing fronts, I finished the cashmere/silk Faberge Cowl this week.  I kept meaning to post some in progress pictures, but it was such a fast knit that it was completed before I really even knew what happened! 

The yarn was so decadent and luxurious I didn’t want to put it down. We just got some more 50/50 cashmere silk top yesterday and I’m already dreaming about all the colors I want to dye up on it – rich, intense, warm colors to chase away the bleakness of the day! The pattern is clearly written and easy to understand.  Definately go with the size 5/0 seed beads though if you are using worsted weight yarn to make this cowl.  It seems like there shouldn’t be much difference between size 6/0 and size 5/0, but it makes a world of difference.  Yarn that easily went through the holes of size 5/0 beads absolutely refused to be coaxed through size 6/0 beads.  Placing the beads on the yarn using a crochet hook means that the bead actually goes over a loop of yarn so there are two strands of yarn which have to go through the hole – this is why the size difference is so critical.  Besides the extra sparkle factor of the larger beads makes it look more elegant and festive – I’m such a magpie!

I selected gold foil lined glass beads and the gold shines off the midnight blue and reminds me of an enameled Faberge jeweled egg. There are enough beads left over to knit another one – I’m thinking of using a skein of Fiber Optic worsted weight superwash merino in the Bordello (deep rich blood red) colorway with them. Not as luxurious as the cashmere/silk, but still pretty glam for everyday wear!!!

12-20-12 Talley: 0 pounds 14.1 ounces Fiber/Yarn lost on the stash diet!

2 Responses to “Rain Turning Over to Snow”

  1. Mel says:

    If you use some Fiber Optic yarn, how is that going to help reduce your stash diet? Just saying. I do think that the Bordello with the gold beads will be beautiful, especially at Christmas time.

  2. Kimber says:

    I have a lot of worsted stashed away for store models. That’s the danger to having an ever-ready yarn store in your house I suppose.