The Day Before The Big Day

I love the Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving SO much!

It’s a day of hopes, of dreams, of non-crazed prep and happy anticipation!

The delicious thing about Thanksgiving is that we can choose to prepare as much, or as little, as we want! We can purchase a pre-made dinner, go out for a lovely meal, visit friends (take a dish!) or cook up all the favorites at our own homes.  We usually do the latter – it’s the cheapest, and given my food allergy (gluten) it’s the safest and most comfortable.

The Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving is the day that I dream that EVERYTHING I cook will turn out magnificently, perfectly seasoned and all cooking times will resolve themselves within 15 minutes of each other. A girl can dream!

This year we’re going with the stand alone turkey breast (it’s pretty much all we eat of the big bird) with GF stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, brussles sprouts, sweet potatoes and salad. We’ll have apple pie and pumpkin custard for dessert. We intend this meal to last us until D-Day.

I may even try my hand at macarons sometime this weekend to use up the egg whites leftover from the custard – I generally fail pretty miserably at them, though…

But this year we ask the question, “Why is this Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving different from all other Thanksgivings?”

And the answer is – because it’s the start of Hannukah!

I have my own problems with the holiday (I’m not a huge fan of the Maccabees, don’t get me started…), and in reality it’s a pretty minor holiday. But it’s a chance to light some candles and have some fun!

I may attempt latkes again. The last time I made them I almost burnt the kitchen down
(the fact I didn’t was a Hannukah miracle…)

But I think mostly we’ll just enjoy some family time, spin the dreidle, and maybe even play a rousing game of SORRY!


This Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving is even MORE special!

Today I await the first shipment of ModeKnit Yarn! Today I will receive my first two base yarns from which we’ll be dyeing our initial batches. I’m so excited!

I checked the UPS site, and it’s “out for delivery” – yahoo!

Once I get the yarn, I’ll skein off a few sample mini skeins and test my dye formulas and methods. If all works as I hope (and as it has so far with my 100% SW merino sample yarn) I’ll get the rest of the yarn skeined up and ready to dye this Thursday when we’re using a local space for our experimentation!

I’m equal parts excitement, anticipation and fear. Thank heaven turkey and stuffing await me tomorrow!

We’ve Made HISTORY!

Well, it’s FINALLY ready for pre-order from Cooperative Press!

Hmm, which cover will end up on the book?

Please note that this book is available only for PRE-ORDER.

All purchasers will immediately receive a one-page preview PDF, followed by the full digital book download within a couple of weeks.

Printed copies will ship by late December or before.


I’ve been quiet, but it’s because I’ve been COOKING!

We had an AMAZING Thanksgiving; excellent food, wonderful family time, lots of rest and lots of laughing!  The only thing that could have made it better would have been house guests, but we just weren’t confident of Gerry’s pain levels or my energy levels to open ourselves up to perhaps disappoint friends.

We needn’t have worried – dinner was spectacular (just enough, all tasty, not a ton of leftovers!) and pain/energy levels held pretty steady all weekend.

Pacing, that must be the key!

I will admit, though, it was very nice to know that I could stop and recharge my batteries with a quick nap whenever I wanted to.

Time at home like this can fool me into believing that I have no exhaustion issues; it’s just when I travel and need to accommodate someone else’s schedule that it becomes crystal clear how small my energy reservoir has become.


I’m heading off for NYC/NJ to teach a few classes.  I’m anxious to see how family and friends have fared in the aftermath of Sandy, and to touch base with the place that was my home for 30 years.

If you’ll be in the area on Dec 1 or 2, you can catch a class with me  on New Directions In Knitting With Color (including creating the groovy plaid shown at right):

Knitty City
208 West 79th St,  NYC 10024
(212) 787-5896
Sat, Dec 1 at 5pm
66 Elm St # 2  Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 301-0053
Sun, Dec 2 at 1pm

I hear the classes are filling well, so if you want a space I’d call right away if I were you.