Amateur Knitting and Broken Glass Jello

I have managed to learn a few things during this one year of staying home. One of these learned things is knitting. I am a knitter. Knit knit knitter.

Now, thanks to the help of my grandmotherly neighbor who taught me to knit, I am working on two projects. One, a sad, sad looking dish towel, and the other, thanks to my friend Ruth, a prayer shawl. This one is happy looking.

South Dakota knitting
A prayer shawl is a ministry outreach, one that Ruth and her crowd are a part of, for our elderly in the nursing homes. It’s purpose is to keep shoulders and hearts warm.

I am planning to make a few for my family for Christmas. I like to think anyone of all ages can appreciate a shawl during these South Dakota winters. Or Oregon winters, for my sister…

When I’m not knitting, I am making jello. We love jello in this home.

To complement tonight’s homemade pizza, I am making Broken Glass Jello, a recipe discovered from the Food Librarian’s website.

South Dakota jello
This is straight after the milk mixture was poured in, so once it’s set, it will be artistically appetizing.

South Dakota jello
I will tweet the finished look tonight.

Hope you have a great weekend. It is supposed to be in the 60’s today. 60’s! November!

South Dakota pup

My pup and me


63 thoughts on “Amateur Knitting and Broken Glass Jello

  1. My boys learned to knit from my mother-in-law. It is so stinkin precious to see them with their knitting needles and yarn working away. I have made some crochet scarves in the past, but haven’t had the time in a while.

    The jello sounds really good!

  2. Me, I gave up knitting after knitting all the pieces to a lovely, angora sweater. When I put the lovely pieces together the product was fit only for a lovely alien species, because no human could wear it! yours looks lovely!

  3. I’m not a jello person (with the exception of old school jello pudding pops) but I got rather excited over those pictures. Pretty! I wonder if you can do one of those in a mold?

    I’m jealous as I’ve always felt I should be a knit knit knitter too. Someday…

    • I am surprisingly enjoying knitting so far. It’s been a good hobby to learn. As for the jello, yes, you can do it in a mold! We normally eat jello with a very, very generous helping of whipped cream, but when I saw the broken glass pics, I had to try it. Very pretty, and easy to make for an event!

  4. I began knitting when I had 4 small children and very little money but still liked the little ones warm and to present well. I graduated to knitting during long commuter journeys to work and found that across a couple of winters my children and now grandchildren have custom designed, hand knitted blankets to keep them warm – all MaggieMade!! I appreciate the addiction ( and I too love jello!!) Stay warm!! As you head into winter, I head into a hot and sultry, humid summer.

  5. I love the photo of you and your pup. So sweet! Reggie is far too heavy to hold up. And I’m not sure he’d got along with it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’re a very talented knitter. The idea of creating a prayer shawl is marvelous. Knitting has always been one of those activities I think I would enjoy but it looks too difficult for my clumsy fingers.

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  7. I love the idea of knitting but I have barely made it past scarves. I did make one hat but it was such a struggle, not fun at all. Very stressful. Love the broken glass jello! I put a link to your site and the food librarian after seeing it. There are so many things on that site that I want to try. Thanks for pointing it out to us.

  8. I loved to knit while in college in Michigan, however after I moved to TX there wasn’t really a “market” for it. Love the Broken Glass Jello. I’ll have to share my stained glass Christmas cookies with you in a month…a go to Christmas cookie recipe from my mother-in-law. btw I love your TGG caption. It has my vote when (not if) if makes it to the final round.

  9. Okay then. I have been thinking on and off about trying to learn (again) how to knit. I believe the first time was around 5th grade and the hobby lasted till maybe 6th grade. Many years later I keep getting the itch. Your post followed a surprise gift of some beautiful yarn that a neighbor gave to me and an equally surprising stop at a new knitting shop that went in where an old favorite boutique had closed. Seems I am destined to start up again. Thanks for the “push.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I haven’t heard about ‘Broken Glass Salad’ in years, although I have the handwriiten recipe in an old cookbook collection. You’ve inspired me to get it out and try it for nostalgia. Do you remember the lime jello and oreo cookies salad? You may be too young for that one.

  11. I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate jello. Isn’t that sad? But hey, I can remember the last time I hugged my puppy! About knitting… no patience! I quilt instead, and though I am new to the craft, I’m loving it! ~ Lynda

      • Many hours of fine work are rewarding and your neighbor knows this. As for patience, well it is in the frustration level of the creator of the project. Such that when working in strings and yarn you can drop stitches, or add too many, etc. and it is ruined if you don’t pull out the rows and fix it. Whereas, a piece of fabric can be cut and sewn and if a bit of it frustrates you it can be picked out without dismantling the whole thing to get at the problem. Also, little mistakes in assembling blocks can be left out of the whole… and repurposed to make pot holders and pillows! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ~ L

    • Hey Butterfingers! If you do pick up knitting again, will you post a pic? I need some knitting friends around here. I started that prayer shawl, made it very far, and them realized at some point I had dropped stitches, magically added more. It was a holey mess. So two days ago I removed many rows and am started back from the beginning. Stinks, but I suppose that’s part of the learning process!

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  13. I love your blog. I’ve always been interested in SD since growing up with the Little House on the Prairie books. I also learned to knit this year, I’m still on the scarves stage and not sure I’ll ever get past it! It’s very therapeutic, isn’t it?

    • Hi there! So glad you stopped by. I love that you learned to knit this year, too. I started around June 2011, and just finished up my first scarf, minus the tassels. It turned out much nicer than the prayer shawl, which after dropping a few stitches, was wider in the beginning and narrower toward the end, haha! But it’s for my Mom, and I know she’s going to love it (makes me feel like a second grader with my attempt at a homemade gift). Knitting has been surprisingly therapeutic for me too. Looks like we are on the scarves stage together; perhaps we’ll have to be knitting accountability partners to get to the next level! ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you on

      • I started in July! I haven’t actually made anything for anyone else. And I’ve run out of steam on a couple of projects because I didn’t have anyone to ask about how to fix some mistakes, and because my sewing up isn’t very good! I didn’t know about so thank you for that, and for making me feel that we’re doing ok for beginners. I see so many things I would like to make “someday” and have to remember that a few months ago I was struggling to do the slipknot (honestly). I look forward to seeing your progress!

  14. I made these cookies so often. We called them broken glass cookies. My kids loved them. They are yummy, and really not that fattening!! We use cans of cream, which I would say really are not great for us, but spread over 30 cookies, not bad really.

    I also like seeing your knitting. I’m teaching my oldest granddaughter to knit a scarf and it looks like your piece. I wrote about my mom and the 68 Fair Isle sweaters she knitted before she died. You might enjoy it!

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