As in cooking. Somewhere recently, it may have been Farm School, I read about engaging children in food prep by taking it outside, where they can make messes to their heart’s content. Saturday was a gorgeous September day, warm, sunny, but not too warm. Mr. Guy and I went to the farmer’s market and I bought veggies to add to what I had in the garden so I could make a big batch of ratatouille to freeze. I also got a big basket of tomatoes for blanching and freezing. I set up camp outside with the grill and the hotplate we use for cooking when we don’t want to heat up the house — a sort of summer kitchen of the north.
Being outside was great and I got to toss peels and things right in the compost, brush seeds on the ground, and just make messes to my heart’s content. I thought I would try grilling all the vegetables before mixing them for the ratatouille. It seemed to me that it would give that nice grilled/roasted veggie flavor, and be less oily. Conceptually sound, but on a charcoal grill, it isn’t really very efficient. I also think I should have sliced the egg plant thicker, and not let it cook as long. It tastes fine, however, and the lack of efficiency allowed me to work on a second sock that has been haunting me for several years. I made the first one as a shop model, and when I got it back I stuffed it in a baket with the rest of the MegaBoots Stretch.
If I manage to make them the same size –I couldn’t even remember what size needle I used — they may make a Christmas present. I no longer make one sock at a time, even for shop models. The only way for me to avoid second sock syndrome is to work sequentially. First make one cuff, then the second cuff, right on down to the toe. I don’t enjoy the two socks on two circs technique, it’s too difficult for the spatially challenged. I never know where I am. I prefer to use my good old bamboo DPNs and work on one at a time. I now have several sock special orders from a certain yarn winding kid, so when I finish these, I’ll have some smaller ones to work on.