I finally got the “No Purl Monkey” stitch repeat to click in my head. I had a few rounds where I messed it up royally. It’s an 11 row repeat; only four of those are ones where you have to pay attention. All the remaining rounds/rows are knit (if you’re doing the “no purl” version).
Having knit this far, I like the pattern and the simplicity of the repeats. I will make this pattern again with a less definitive colourway, something tweedy or heathery.
The dogs have had a lazy week. I think they were still recovering from the big picnic.
The February Lady Sweater hasn’t even been let out of the ziplok bag in which she travelled. I am spending my knitting time on the socks. I also need to get the two Norwegian Star hats out and finish assembling them and doing the i-cord ties. And I have more great sock patterns I want to try, and sweaters, and two greyhound sweaters, and, and, AND! So many projects, not enough time.
Yesterday I tried a roast chicken in the oven – I used the “convection roast” feature and man, was it quick! It was a seven pound chicken and total roasting time was a little over an hour and a half. The big fella thought it should have stayed in a little longer as it wasn’t “falling from the bone”, but I checked it with a thermometer and also the poke with a fork and observe the juice test, as well as the wiggle the drumstick test and they all said it was done. But I said I’d remind him of his concerns when HE cooks the next chicken.
This morning was cool (about 5°C) but once we got outside it was COLD with a brisk wind. Out along the river out in the open it was not great. Poor Sabrina’s teeth were chattering until we got warmed up. I debated putting their sweaters on, but as yesterday was the same temp and it was warm enough, I didn’t. I’ll check for wind tomorrow. We were all glad to get back to the house and get warm. I was deprived, though, of a nice hot cup of joe because I had a fasting blood test this a.m. and couldn’t eat/drink anything since 10 last night.