Loved seeing this article.  As I’ve discussed before, cables and such are my favorite things to knit (and now design).  It’s great to see they’re now (again?) considered very fashion forward.

I made a batch of hot dog buns (my first batch ever!) yesterday.  I did let the bread machine do all the kneading.  Past bread making attempts, totally from scratch, have not gone well, resulting in small hard inedible bricks.   I think the difference is if I let the machine do the kneading, etc then I actually do leave the dough alone long enough to rise as it ought to — i.e. I leave it alone til the machine beeps.  If I do it totally from scratch, I get impatient.  Anyhow, they came out lovely, though a bit large;  cut in half then sliced open they’ll work as small hamburger buns.  I’m going to make another batch today and take them all over to our friend Mel’s later today — Memorial Day grilling.

Here’s a pick of the backyard mid morning, in sunlight. I really should get some front yard pics, but it’s very June-gloomy this morning (of course it’s only about 6:30 a.m., and it should burn off).  I’ll get some at some point this week.  Other gardening stuff:  I don’t think I mentioned it, but I picked the first new tomatoes off the everlasting tomato plant.  They were good!  I learned that Rigel enjoys fresh tomatoes as well.  (The everlasting tomato plant is the Cherokee purple in the side yard that just wouldn’t die last fall.  Since it seemed very vigorous I didn’t have the heart to yank it up.  It’s now producing tomatoes — about normal sized, too, maybe just slightly below normal sized.)

Dave and I are now tentatively planning on going up next weekend (this coming weekend) to Paso Robles.  We’re thinking of leaving early Saturday a.m. (6 a.m.-ish) which should get us to Paso by 10-ish.