NaBloPoMo 2017 · Unraveled Wednesday / Knit & Read

Unraveled Wednesday / 22



Currently on my needles is a Sleepy Kitten! On my list since I first cracked Making No. 4 / Lines, I started on Sunday. This is where I stopped last night, and will be knitting in the arms when I pick it up again tonight. I've had more than my share of false starts when it comes to knitting toys — the fiddly bits aren't so bad, but the SEWING UP is where I lose it. Susan B. Anderson designed these kittens in such a way that the fiddly bits are knitted in as you go… brilliant!

(Abulón Cowl is finished, awaiting glamour shot… in daylight!)

READING. Here's what's on my list right now:

  • Population 485 / Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time – pages. I am re-reading this oft-recommended long-time favorite memoir set in New Auburn, WI. Author Michael Perry is also a cast member in the stage adaptation of his book, and we have tickets to a January performance in Oshkosh! I've been wanting to pick it up again for a long time, now, and there could hardly be a better reason.
  • Yellow Crocus - audio. If all goes well, I may finish today!

(Still) On Deck:



My house smelled amazing last night! I'd never heard of Make-Ahead Gravy until Carole posted about it the other day. Personally, I prefer butter on my potatoes, but Rusty loves gravy, so I thought I'd give it a try this year. So far, so good! Also, pork chops and zoodles w/fire-roasted tomatoes was what's for dinner.

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10 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday / 22

  1. I’ve been riffing on the make ahead gravy for several years. While we honestly prefer to make the gravy fresh with the drippings from the big bird I do make the stock. Having a couple of quarts of extra flavorful turkey stock was like a revelation to my cousin’s husband. His eyes lit up when he saw the enormous bowl of gravy and he said, “You mean I can have as much gravy as I want?!” He declared it the best Thanksgiving ever and said I should be in charge of all gravy forever. LOL
    Typically, as the bird starts nearing done, I start the gravy with the drippings and stock from the make ahead stash and then later use the more extensive drippings and whatever liquid there is from the bird when it becomes available. It makes for lots of gravy and it’s done before the bird is carved.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I’m a butter on potatoes person also, but everything on your stove looks delicious! I loved Truck and Population 485, and it will be wonderful to see the stage adaptation and Michael Perry!

  3. Mmmm! I can almost smell it from here! We almost always make make-ahead turkey gravy. My recipe is slightly different from Carole’s, but essentially the same technique. It’s so nice to have that out of the way before everything starts happening at the end of food-prep.
    I love your Sleepy Kitten! I’ve had my eyes on that little pattern, as well . . . and will make it some day!

  4. OMG the aroma! It’s coming through, I swear. Your zoodles look amazing! I’m cooking sweet potatoes for an appetizer and that aroma alone has me craving T-day dinner. I’ll take butter and gravy both. Like Carole!

  5. yummmm….. no gravy for us this year because no potatoes!!! I can only hope my kitchen smells half as nice as yours when I start the rice stuffing and the turkey … soon!

  6. I’m interested in what you thought of the Make Ahead Gravy as my son in law smokes the turkeys and there are NO drippings. For years I’ve been buying Williams-Sonoma Gravy Base which is tasty but expensive. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. OMG all that food! It looks so delicious! And I am definitely going to tackle the make ahead gravy next year because…wait for it…we have it from a jar! (And no one cares…the horror!) I want to jump in and grab those pork chops!

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