Gramma and Grampas Turkey Bird Adventure

The adventures of Gramma and Grandpa cooking Xmas dinner. 2021.
It’s a two man, two beer job. Gramma is up to it.

Well, it turns out that it’s 4 + person bird; the bird actually weighs 11 1/2 lb. I needed to weigh it on the bathroom scale. All sorts of problems. The Microwave is too small. The pans are also too tight for the creature. Need room for the potatoes and carrots.

Had to head down to the storage room. Dad found a big oven roaster that hasn’t been used in years. I washed it well and I’m ready for the bird. Thankfully, I hadn’t given it away. Oh,oh, it doesn’t fit into the oven.

Grampa, the stitcher upper, ran into a problem, and had to go into the garage to find heavier string and doubled it up, to tie the bird down. He declined my offer of a length of Lopi yarn? He was worried that the bird would get out of the pot in many pieces. Now, it is safely, strapped in.

Progress……….. the bird made it into the oven with the help of Chef Google, the expert for temp and cooking times. Who knew that info was important, my bird did’t come with instructions.

Now, onto watching the bird roast until the veggies are ready to co-mingle with the bird. We are getting to know this bird so well; I think we need a name, or maybe just a R.I.P

Stay tuned……….What could go wrong?

Well it did. The digital thermometer malfunctioned. (Awful, some of these…..Chinese goods, but the price was right. ) Now, how do I figure out if the bird is thoroughly cooked. Time alone? If we get sick, we can’t visit the hospital, it is full with Covid 19 cases! Do we cut into it and peek? The veggies are still hard, but the time is up. What am I supposed to see?

Improvised covering

This is the roasting oven, not the dishwasher.

Looking good

End result.
Looking good. We ate some.
Maybe, we will try making this again, at least once per decade should be enough.

Hindsight, it’s a 2/4 job, not a 2 beer one.


Air Fryer Seasoned Chickpeas, my new kitchen toy.

Testing my new kitchen toy, an Air Fryer. It is fun.

Flavoured chickpeas using canned chickpeas. I used 1/2 of a large can.

When using the Larger sized can, there is a need for more seasoning and Air Fry operation, a longer time.

Wash them, toss with olive oil and seasonings. Be generous. Air fry for 15 min. Temp 400 F

Suggested seasonings…….garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, Chile pepper, combined or not. Start with 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of some of the others.

Oil 1 tablespoon, Olive, sesame, other.

They may end up crispy, if not, cook them a few more minutes. These are Nice topping on a salad or just nibbling. Looking to boost fibre needs? This may be a helpful tool.

Experimenting with Thin yarn, what if?

Languishing among my yarn stash was a cone of very thin wool yarn. I started swatching on the Studio chunky 9 mm knitting machine.
What if……..I used a very loose stitch? Tension Dial on the carriage set at dial 10? Stockinette setting. 20 to 30 rows in; interesting.

What if, I used a tuck stitch pattern ? 25 or 30 rows? ooh, awh!

What if, I stopped the patterning by switching the dial back to Stockinette but left the patterning still rotating?

What if, I randomly switched the 2 methods, more rows, less tucks etc?

By that time, I had 2 1/2 ft of swatch knitted. I continued on for a totally random length of scarf.
The picture demos the looseness of the stitches. The photo was taken after a wet wash of the yarn and air dry. The yarn bloomed and brought out the thick and thinness feature of the yarn which was not noticeable before the soaking.

Tip: The length of a scarf is generally accepted to be near to the height of the wearer. Tall people prefer a longer length than a shorter person or a child. For a 5’6” height, I would knit a 5’6” long scarf.

Wind spinner, fun to make, fun to weather watch.

Wind spinner ……..Crochet

Yarn…..acrylic 80% wool 20%.
Crochet Hook….. 5mm.

  • Row 1
  • Chain 50 to 80 chains for desired length. Cut off yarn. 
  • Row 2
  • Return to starting end of chain. Attach new yarn.
  • Single crochet into each chain. Cut yarn at end.
  • Row 3
  • Return to starting end, attach yarn.
  • Double crochet, twice (2) into each chain. This doubles the number of stitches.
  • Row 4
  • Return to starting end, attach yarn.
  • Double crochet three times (3) into each chain. Cut yarn at the end.
  • Row5
  • Single crochet into each chain. VERY loosely.
  • Finish by making a chained loop for hanging at one end and perhaps a tassel at the other end for a bit of weight.

I like to hang outside on a tree branch where I can view the weather through a window.


Not for the faint of heart……cut and finish.

Cutting a knitted item using scissors, a knitting machine and a crochet hook.

I made a huge mistake on my project. An 80 row error using a dark coloured, fuzzy yarn. Unravelling would be a nightmare. I decided to change my design by cutting my knitting and Collecting the open stitches onto a knitting needle, and then rehang the open stitches onto the knitting machine and proceed. I did steam the area to be cut. The stitches for the hem/ bottom edge were then easy to rehang and reknit or cast off. Added a crochet finish to give the edge some stability.

After finishing, don’t forget to brush out the lint from the needlebed and replace dust cover.

I continued to cut and finish the arm holes with single crochet. 2 rounds and steam into shape. I did not use a sewing machine. Overall, what I thought was going into the waste, is now wearable. Much better, if it had been wool, rather than acrylic. It wasn’t sized for the wearer.

Embellishing a hat with a Rosette

Some hats, need a little something…….I’ve added a faux rose to the side of this hat. Instructions below.

I have no idea of the source of these instructions. The knit rose can be manipulated to be a tight rosette or spread out as I chose for this hat. It was then positioned and sewn onto the hat.

Beads or buttons could be added for a bit more bling.