Today’s post is brought to you by the letter B. B is the beginning of a bazillion wonderful things. Like babies! My best knitting friend from Chicago is expecting, so it goes without saying that tiny handknits had to happen.
This precious little pullover by Ysolda Teague is called Wee Envelope. I love the construction. It’s worked starting at the left cuff, continuing through the yoke, and moving on to the right sleeve. Then, you pick up stitches around the base of the yoke for the body. It’s a brilliant design.
I used Cascade Superwash 220 Sport so it would be easy for mom and dad to launder, but I would love to knit this up in something like the Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk that the pattern calls for or maybe Big Bad Wool Weepaca.
And speaking of the letter B, how about some baby booties?! These absolutely slay me. I am truly powerless before baby footwear. If a mortal enemy ever wanted to destroy me, this would be the way. The pattern for these is from Priscillia Uloho, and I will definitely be knitting them again. They are quick and cute, and I think they may actually stay on baby feet fairly well.
The other Bs on my list are not nearly as exciting as the B for babies, but they do make me happy. One B is for banana bread.
There’s something about fall weather that cries out for banana bread. The absolute best banana bread in the whole entire world is Smitten Kitchen’s Jacked-Up Banana Bread. If I’ve made it once, I’ve made it a hundred times. It is sooooo good. Seriously, food from heaven.
I’ve been trying to eat less processed sugar these days, though, so I decided to try this recipe I found on Gimme Delicious. It uses honey in place of sugar. And guess what–we really liked it! I’m going to add a few of the Smitten Kitchen special ingredients next time and see what happens. It could become a new favorite.
And finally, there’s no way to have a post from the letter B without books. Over the last couple of weeks, I have read Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington and The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny. I just started The Overstory by Richard Powers.
I was interested in Salvation on Sand Mountain because while it began as a reporter’s coverage of the trial of a snake-handling Appalachian preacher who tried to murder his wife by forcing her to put her hand in the mouth of a poisonous snake, it morphs into a fascinating inside look at an aspect of Appalachian culture that I knew nothing about. The author ends up being so moved by the things he experiences that he actually becomes a part of the story. I came across the book by chance, but it turned out to be a great read. True crime, confessional, anthropological account . . . it’s all there.
The Cruelest Month was just as page turning, heart-warming, brain-ringing wonderful as every other Louise Penny book I’ve ever read. I need to figure out a way to talk about these books. They are so much more than they might appear.
As for The Overstory, the jury is still out. I’ll keep you posted.