There was a HUGE gap in knitting from about June through September, but I still managed to turn out an impressive batch of items, even if I didn’t complete my 11 in 2011 – I only made 5 of the 11! There were two sweaters, two shrugs, three scarves, two cowls, two hats, one baby sweater, fifteen pairs of socks, four shawls, two pairs of mittens, and SO MANY socks knitted on a circular sock machine. WHEW! I think my favorite project of the whole year was the Dahlia cardigan in part because it was pretty easy, part because ALPACA IS SO SOFT, and part because it can be worn so many different ways
So, last year I did the 365 project, taking one photo a day throughout the entire year. It was a difficult year to say the least, with the loss of my sister-in-law and my grandfather. But, there were a bunch of incredible things too – a two week trip across Europe with my husband, a week in Scotland, an incredible weekend with a lovely bunch of gals in Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, teaching a sock knitting class. And throughout all of that, there was photography. I’m putting the slideshow of all the images, in order, at the bottom, but here are my top three of the year from that set.
27 January 2011
From about 6am this morning. The snow had stopped and everything was still so quiet for being in Manhattan. There was an occasional scrape of a plow, but the usual car honks and police/fire sirens were completely missing.
Now there’s a title, right? I couldn’t believe that in 30 years, no one had seen or heard about this album that contains images of family members dating from the 1890s. My grandfather passed away this summer, and we went out earlier this Fall to help grandma do some cleaning and to spend time chatting and whatnot. Grandma brought out the album that she had found while organizing grandpa’s computer room. It’s covered in worn red velvet with a mirror sewn into the cover, and is closed with a metal latch. For being over 100 years old, it’s in pretty good condition.
I’m willing to bet it hasn’t been opened much, and it’s a real shame that so few of the photos are dated or labelled. Great Grandma had passed the album along to grandpa and now it’s come home with me. I decided to scan in all the photos in hopes that maybe someone, somewhere might recognize a few and help me solve some of the mysteries inside the album – we were able to identify a few photos from the other trunk (not joking, great-great grandma’s old steamer trunk that came with her from England was home to ALL THE PHOTOS) full of photos. Great grandma had gone through and put names on the back of some which was really pretty helpful. I’ve included the backs to the photos when there was something on the back, and some of the designs are really gorgeous. The photos are all arranged on the page in the order they appear in the album and I’m sure there’s something to the order of the photos. If you can help identify or date any of the photos, please leave a comment. Click on through for the photos! (Warning, VERY graphics heavy below the cut)
We had to quick throw together a meal before another trip (short one to Fort Lauderdale, FL for husband’s work), so I found all the vegetables in the fridge, and threw in a whole bunch of stuff. Beets, goat cheese, onions, bison bacon, and fennel all went inside the easy crust (2 cup flour, 2/3 cup yogurt) and VOILA! Dinner. There are still leftovers in the fridge, and I love how the beets turned everything insdie a pretty shade of red.
Bacon and Beet Galette:
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Mill at Anselma
Goat’s Milk Yogurt – Shellbark Hollow Farm
Chevre – Shellbark Hollow Farm
Beets – Jack’s Farm
Onion – Hoagland Farm
Fennel – Charlestown Cooperative Farm
Bison Bacon – Backyard Bison
Non Local – Olive Oil, salt
Steak and Ale Pie
Bison Sirloin – Backyard Bison
Crimini Mushrooms – Oley Valley Mushrooms
Eggs – Mountain View Organics
Flour – Mill at Anselma
Onion – Hoagland Farms
Garlic – Jack’s Farm
Sage – Jack’s Farm
Milk – Camphill Village – Kimberton Hills Dairy
Smoked Sea Salt – Pureblend Teas
Non Local – Pepper, Olive Oil, Maple Porter Beer