The BEST soup ever

Hambones…love ’em or hate ’em.  What do you do with your leftover hambone?  I used to toss it but after tasting this soup recipe, I’ll be using it.

A few years ago I tried (successfully in that I liked it) to make bean soup from a leftover hambone.  It was good enough until my daughter texted me a recipe called Leftover Hambone Soup from Damn Delicious.  This recipe was first published in 2013 but it’s a keeper.hambone soup

Other than the thyme, I didn’t measure anything.  I substituted red kidney beans for white ones, added a few stalks of celery, diced, and omitted the bay leaves and salt.  Many commenters on the recipe on the blog also changed up the amounts to suit the items in their pantries but the hambone broth is essential for that delicious flavor.  It took longer for me to prep than suggested so from start to seems to take me longer to do the prep for most recipes so allow two hours from the get-go to serving it up with some crusty bread.

This soup will be my go-to hambone soup from now on. And looking forward to our next ham!  Click here for the recipe.

What do you do with your leftover hambone?

The first sock

Are you tired of reading about my socks?  Well, this is about the first sock in Season 3 of The Handmade Sock Society series: Luminary.Photo of Luminary socks THSS Season 3

I cast on as soon as I finished the previous season sock, Dorsal, using some reclaimed yarn from another project.

The variegated yarn was pooling on the cuff but I persevered for another 15-18 rows before I ripped it all out.

This yarn is not for this pattern.  The interesting texture stitches got lost between the light and dark shades so it’s back in my stash.  Again.

Enter Knit Picks Stroll in the Inverness colorway, “composed of deep navy, forest green, dark anthracite, and with a pop of celestial blue.”  It’s been in my stash for a couple of years begging to be seen.  I’m sure this one is “the one.”

And it better be as Helen has just released the third sock in the series.  I am so behind!

I almost forgot…Happy Birthday to my favorite daughter! I love you!!❤️😘💕

Sock update

How’s your knitting/sewing/crafting/hobby/baking/music-making mojo?  Mine comes and goes.  But I finally finished The Handmade Sock Society season 2 sock series!View of finished socks

The Dorsal socks were a pretty easy knit as all but the back panel was stockinet stitch and the back panel wasn’t too difficult as long as I took my time and paid attention.  This picture is way overexposed so you can see the lovely dorsal fin design that goes up the back of the leg.dorsal detail

I did lighten the back of the sock to view more details.  Please excuse this wonky photo as it is very difficult to take a picture of one’s own foot from the back.

As soon as the ends are woven in, I’ll have another pair of socks…for next winter.

 

THSS II sock 6

As soon as I finished the Sailing School socks in Helen Stewart’s The Handmade Sock Society Season 2, I cast on for the final pair in the series.  A bit late but it is what it is.

The yarn is a combination of Knit Picks Stroll in Midnight Heather and Andromeda in Grumpy Gus (from the Sailing School socks).  I only had 58 grams of the Stroll and knew that wasn’t enough so I decided that the Grumpy Gus colorway would be a nice contrast for the cuff, heel, and toe areas.yarn used in Dorsal Socks

I’ve made lots of progress and am past the heel and gusset on the second sock already.dorsal sock progress

The sock is mostly plain old stockinette stitch except for the dorsal fins going up the back.dorsal sock backdorsal sock back

I’m beginning to have some arthritis issues with the ring finger on my right hand and knitting is a bit aggravating at the moment.  But I hope/plan to have these socks finished bt the end of the week.

Stay healthy and safe.