Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Yarn Along { Log Cabin }

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

I'm still knitting away at the noro log cabin blanket that a bunch of the girls from our knitting group decided to do together. (We're pretty relaxed about our pace on this, as we're all going at different speeds.)

I, for example, have just finished square number 5, yet one girl is almost finished her second blanket. She's speedy, and motivated by anxiety inducing toddlers. (what is it about toddlers that do that to us?)

I'll be going on a road trip soon, back home to visit family in Kansas. I need to stock up on more Noro before I go, and maybe i'll catch up with her a little bit.

And, why yes! That is colourway number 319 pictured above! The wool I love so much that I had nightmares about losing it.

I picked up the Soupmakers Kitchen a couple of weeks ago while doing some grocery shopping at sam's club in Niagara Falls NY, of all places. (We make a trip at least once a month. The price difference in gas and milk alone make the trip worth it.)
I flipped through the book quickly and was instantly drawn to one traditional soup that looked amazing.
(Please note. I could live on soup alone if I had to; Or if my family would even allow it. They usually start to get bitter about 4 days in...)
As I turned the pages, I realized that almost all of the recipes looked amazing, and all of them use traditional, old country type methods for the broths, and even the noodles. There isn't one mention of a bouillon cube. And the book is loaded with valuable tips on making different stocks and noodles.
And all the different broths and ingredients (and their appropriate cooking times) mentioned can be used for an unlimited number of soups that you can make up on whim without the use of any of the recipes at all.

My favorite part is that it doesn't read like a trendy food channel chef wrote it, but rather, someone's Grandma, who values real food and tradition. (and even the photographs of the food being prepared don't feature typical "hand model" hands, but the experienced, wise hands of an older woman. I love this.)

As much as I'm enjoying summer and all it has to offer, I'm eager for autumn; when I can cozy up in a sweater (maybe hand knit?), open the windows and smell the crisp and falling leaves, and try a few of these soup recipes out!


  1. I also love soup, and I also have a family who will complain after a few days of soups.
    Loving that Noro log cabin!

  2. I love soups as well! So funny, just last week I was thinking, oh, I am ready for autumn and a nice cup of hot tea! lovely knitting!

  3. the book sounds good! I need to flip through it, I hope you have a lovely time traveling and good luck finding more noro!!

  4. Looks beautiful lovely bright colors- I bet it will be awesome when pieced together.

  5. I love the log cabin squares. I have only seen them sewn, this is so pretty.

  6. Such bright, bold colors will make a beautiful blanket. :) And homemade soup? Mmmmm.

  7. Noro is such great yarn. The blanket is looking so nice with the color changes.

  8. Your log cabin blanket is going to be amazing. Like the sound of your book, I love soups too. Funny you mention the hands, as yesterday evening my father in law was sat at the table with a glass wine, a piece of pie and a small pot of calendula flowers. All these things, and his wrinkled earth stained hand, rested on a clean checkered napkin. It was so beautiful I had to rush inside and get my camera!