Needles and Hooks Down

Are you participating in Project Three for Camp Loopy? And if so, were you up late last night, finishing the last bit of your project, like me? Time’s UP! I am so happy with the way my blanket turned out, and (like many of you), I’m still stunned that it got finished in one month. I’ll show you photos next week. Remember, the deadline for the project to be done was last night at midnight, and you have until Saturday (the 17th) at midnight to upload your photo to the Loopy Photo Gallery for Project Three. I’ve been having fun, seeing all of your finished photos!

This week’s recipe is a delicious salad that can be served as a meal (just toss in some chicken for protein) or as a side dish. My family loved it, and I hope you do, too. I found this on Pinterest, but it originally came from the Espresso and Cream blog (and check out the Whole Wheat Salt Bagel recipe that she had on there yesterday. Sounds good.).

fall-chopped-saladFall Chopped Salad

6-8 cups of lettuce (I used a mix of Romaine and Iceburg)
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices cooked/crumbled bacon (I totally forgot to add this in)
4-6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing (I always get Marzetti’s)
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I used Newman’s Own Light Balsamic)

Use your judgement on the ratio of Poppy Seed and Balsamic. I used about twice as much Poppy as the Vinaigrette. The taste of the two mixed together makes this salad even more delicious.

Now that my blanket is done, I’m going back to working on my Lorna’s Laces Devon Socks this weekend. I wore my first pair of hand knit socks of the season yesterday (my favorite pair – knit for me by Knitting Daughter) and I was glad to have them back on my feet. Have you started wearing hand knit socks again, this fall?

Sheri ormaybeIshouldunpacktherestoftheboxesinthebasement
this weekend,instead?Nah.



  1. Camp Loopy was so much fun. I hope you will consider camping again next summer. My photo got uploaded so fast! I put it on last night around 8, and voila, it is in the photo gallery.

    I would suggest knitting, rather than unpacking boxes, but that’s just me.

  2. Haven’t started wearing socks yet, since we’re grateful to just not be in the triple digits anymore. But my Camp Loopy Project II socks will be the first ones I wear when I can!

    I’m so glad Camp Loopy taught me that I can finish a shawl or a sweater in 4 weeks. I just found out friends of mine are getting “fake gay married” (they live in Pennsylvania), so instead of having one wedding shawl to make, I have TWO. By Oct 30th. Thanks to this summer’s knitting marathon I know that it’s possible; I’ll just have to be disciplined about it. Less internet, more knitting!

  3. I love my knit socks in fact I don’t own a pair of store bought socks. Sure I have “stockings” and the little lightweight slip ons for under sneakers, but socks, real socks, only handmade. Love my socks – I have made 3 pair over the summer and last week I examined the older pairs. I put them in a basket and either reinforced or darned them. For some of the really really old ones, it may be there last year so I guess I had better plan on making at least one pair a month this fall and winter.

    Anyone have a good knee sock pattern??

  4. Arrgh! I guess I’m out. I’m still waiting for my yarn to make it back to Canada. Apparently it came, got rejected (probably something to do with my recent move) and is now on its way back again, but that was 2 weeks ago. Fingers crossed for my yarn.

  5. Working madly to finish 2nd sock of a pair of Monkeys so I can wear them. Wore my hand knit socks last week as the temp here drooped into the low 30s.

  6. I put on hand knits I made the first cool morning.
    Embarrassing true story. I laid out all my handmade socks and said, “wow, only 4 pair”.
    Then I looked on the knitting table-6 (SIX!) pairs in progress for last winter. And…2 pairs in progress in the knitting bag. And 2 skeins with needles ready to go in a Chica bag from TLE. (MadTosh “dried rose” and a skein of German self stripe)

    I am finding crocheted socks can be done well with a 2.25 mm Clover soft touch hook, fine firm yarn and a close-able stitch marker. Must be tried on in progress (hence the closure to hold the stitch while pulling the sock on) I am making sneaker “footie” socks with this method.

  7. I’m happy to report that last night I wove in ends and sewed on buttons, while wearing my project 2 socks. Since my vest pieces had a full block before seaming last week I just did a quick steam block. I will photograph today and should let you know I’ve already worn in this morning. Thanks for organizing camp Sheri, it’s been a great way to keep myself on track πŸ™‚

  8. mmm, looks good! Yup, fall is here. Had to actually put the new sweater on the puppy this morning, he was curled up looking chilled, now he is content. Have the crock pot on full of black bean soup just finishing up simmering all the flavors together. Finishing some xmas quilted blocks for a swap and a huge lace shawl for fall….the shawl that would never end … i can finally start to see the light! Hubby comes home tonight, early from his business trip! πŸ™‚

  9. I was so paranoid that something would befall my Revontuli shawl that I took pics and uploaded them (and wore it!) before I blocked it. You know…food disaster, snag, fire, flood, dropped stitch, armageddon…. Your blanket looks lovely! I bet it’s snuggly as the dickens.

  10. I started wearing my knitted socks earlier this week with the cool mornings we’ve been having. I have a pair on now, and I’m loving that it’s cool enough for socks!

  11. I wear my hand knit socks year round, because I’m almost always cold (especially in air conditioned buildings).

    I loved doing my Camp Loopy projects, and am really proud of my finished sweater. Now I’m back to a blanket I’ve been working on since May. I’m hoping to finish that one in the next month. It would be awesome to get 2-3 really big projects done in addition to all of the smaller ones I do each year.

  12. Please don’t forget us international knitters – we have another week, don’t we? I’m determined to finish my Radiance shawl, 700-plus stitch rows and all!

  13. Phew! What a marathon! But I’m lovin’ it!! Though next time, remind me to choose one color when I do a project that big. Weaving in 224 ends when you’re on a deadline is just beyond a royal PITA. πŸ˜›

  14. The salad recipe looks great … who’d have ever thought of mixing 2 kinds of dressing?! Not me at least.

    And yes I have put on the handknit socks already. Bring on the fall! (But I AM looking forward to next summer’s Camp Loopy fun… not to mention this fall’s CL Wollmeise πŸ™‚

  15. I wore my project 2 socks with my project 3 sweater to a meeting this morning. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the challenge (and WM incentive) for the three camp projects this summer. Camp really pushed me to learn new things and to feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment by achieving my goal. Along the way, I made new friends, learned new skills and was totally inspired by the camaraderie of my fellow campers. All the things camp is supposed to do. πŸ™‚

  16. This is the second time in a week I am wearing hand knit socks! This is a good thing because Texas has had 100 degree weather days forever! It is so nice to be much cooler. Not above 72 today!
    Fall knitting has started- I am knitting Guernsey by Jared Flood.
    I totally enjoyed being at Camp Loopy and am looking forward to next year! I was able to complete all 3 projects. Whoo Hoot!

  17. It’s probably a “comfort thing” but I’ve been wearing my socks during the summer (with suede clogs). Works for me in the office. But I DO “need” to knit myself more socks – for variety this fall and winter πŸ˜€

  18. Thank you for Camp Loopy, Sheri. My knitting skills were challenged on all 3 projects – and I learned so much. Completed all 3 and have a shawlette, socks, and a huge lace shawl for winter.
    Haven’t been able to wear my hand-knit socks yet – I just keep knitting them and eventually the weather in Texas will cool off.

  19. I’m a meat cutter at our local Piggly Wiggly, and working in a 48 degree room means that I get to wear warm socks every day that I work. Of course, this is my reason to justify buying sock yarn πŸ™‚ Now, if only I could use it as a tax deduction ;- )

  20. Oh yes! I have been wearing my shawls when I sit on the deck knitting or reading. I’ve been wearing my wool socks around the house and then to bed. But, of course, I live in the same state you do only at a much higher elevation. πŸ™‚ I LOVE FALL and I LOVE WOOL!

  21. I wore my diamonds and cables socks in Tosh Sock Water Lily Friday (Camp Loopy Project 2 that didn’t make deadline). Today I wore monkeys that I knit for YOSS in Smooshy with Cashmere. I’m in love with smooshy with cashmere now.

  22. My feet are always cold so even though it looks crazy, I wear my socks year round – have them on now actually. Nothing like hand knit socks!

  23. I FINALLY finished by session 1 scarf! It was a combination of less free time this summer than I anticipated and a bad pattern choice for a project with a deadline. It was an easy pattern (Crow Waltz) and I love the finished scarf but it took much longer than I guessed. Now, on to my camp session 2 socks. At this rate, I’ll be done with session 3 in time for Camp Loopy 2012!

  24. I loved camp loopy! Thanks for all the incentives to start and complete projects. I actually loaded projects onto my ravelry account and uploaded photos to you…wow. I didn’t get project three done in time, but still had a great time. I now have credit at loopy ewe and maybe I can snag some wollmeise that way πŸ™‚ ~ thanks for a great camping experience! Teresa

  25. What I Learned At Camp Loopy: I can indeed complete a project in 30 days!
    Camp Loopy was a blast! I hope we get to do it again next summer!

  26. I wear my wool socks all year – obviously more often in the winter than summer, but some of them are a wool/cotton mix and are not too warm for summer when shoes require socks.

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