Perfect Match

I've been working on a new sweater pattern, that is to say, I'm designing a sweater!  Because I'm just crazy like that. 

Anyways, the yarn that arrived at my door was a lot ... yellower than I'd expected. Not because yellow is a bad color, but because I felt silly for ordering so much yarn without knowing what it would actually look and feel like, the yarn sat for months, untouched. 

When I was finally ready to actually get knittin' I realized the yarn was finer than the pattern I had in mind, and I couldn't find another pattern that quite fit the bill. So I set out to design my own. 

I'm calling the pattern Ducksdown, because the yarn is about the color of a baby duck and just as soft and fluffy (I imagine). 

But I still worried that the yarn was too yellow, until I was knitting it while wearing my favorite skirt. A perfect match. 

Jail Kale Stew

Last weekend I tried out a different farmer's market. I was downtown for work, so I walked down the street to check out the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmer's Market at Pioneer Park.  Despite the rain clouds, it was a hopping place. 

The County Jail runs a three acre garden - inmates grow the crops and even get to sell the produce at the farmer's market, under supervision.  They use all heirloom seeds and no chemicals. It's such a great idea to give inmates opportunities to be productive, that I just had to support the program by picking up some kale.  It was some of the best kale I've had in a while-tender with just the right amount of crunch. 

Also in this soup are some of my garden tomatoes and peppers, as well as some purple pole beans I picked up at the farmer's market.   


"Jail Kale" Vegetable and Sausage Soup

1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch kale, torn into small pieces 
1 bunch green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (about a cup)
1 large tomato, chopped
2 links hot Italian sausage
4 cups chicken broth
5-7 basil leaves, chiffonaded
Dash of thyme 
Dash of dried chipotle
Salt and pepper