I'm working through the first sleeve, as you can see. I'm using Cotton Patine in Honey and blue Cotton-Ease, and I may use some chocolate Cotton Patine for the button band. Depending on how quickly I finish, I may knit a second sweater at the next size, for a longer lasting gift.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Little baby gift
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Stash Enhancement: Always a good thing
Some Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, which I've been dying to try
and some Yarntini in Peaknit.
I've actually been contemplating using these yarns together, maybe for a Daybreak Shawl(?).
I also scored some Sundara Sock Yarn, in the Delphiniums colorway.
My biggest purchase in the last few months was seven skeins of Silky Wool, purchased from Twisted Yarns in Spring.
I love this yarn. It's so soft.
Finally, I had a girls weekend in Austin a couple of weeks ago.
Sarah, Rhonda and I checked out Gauge, and I found this Robincat Handspun lace. It's a gorgeous, silk/wool blend.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
My current obsession
Even though I've committed to 10 shawls this year, among other things, this is all I want to knit right now. The pattern is the super awesome Garter Yoke Cardigan, by Melissa LaBarre. I finished the handspun portion (just knit until I ran out), which is Mud Creek yarn I got as a gift from my good friend, Sarah. Now I'm using maroon Northampton for the body. I tried it on, and so far everything fits very well. I'm almost finished with the first sleeve, then I'll do the second, and finally, finish the body.
Thoughts on a button color? I don't want to distract from the handspun, which is definitely the highlight of the sweater. Hmmm. At least I have some time to figure that out.
I love a seamless sweater!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tilly meets Aries
Jill adopted her a little over a year ago, and they've been best friends ever since.
Jill, Tilly and I went to visit the grandparents over New Year's weekend, and Tilly got to meet her dog cousin, Aries. Aries belongs to my one and only first cousin, Maclaine, who is getting married next month. Aries is a border collie, bred by my uncle (got all that?). I think I've mentioned before that my uncle breeds Border Collies and Great Pyrenees.
Tilly and Aries had so much fun playing together.
For about a full second, I wished I had a dog, but Bella and Olias keep me plenty busy.
I love how Aries' eyes don't match. Cute!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Food Friday: Blueberries on the wall
Pretty awesome, yes?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I've already posted about my commitment to 10 shawls in 2010, and I'm hoping I can stick to that. I've already started my Swallowtail Shawl, and am about 1/3 of the way through the repeating Budding Lace. Next up on the shawl queue are: Clothilde (by Knitting Kninja, author of Pauline, which I just knit and will be sharing soon!), Herbivore, Feministy's Traveling Woman, Percy and La Cumparsita.
Additionally, I have hopes to finish my CPH this year, as it's been on the needles, since, oh, July 25, 2008?? Yeah. So, let's wrap that one up this year, Jacey.
I'd also like to knit more socks, and I've got a few queued items that I'm dying to get to, at some point.
I'd like to finally do a colorwork project as well.
I've decided this is the year that I will finally make a quilt. Oh Frannson's got a quilt-along tutorial going on now, so I am trying to get situated so I can participate, but I'm probably overdoing it. We'll see!
I'd also like to sew some skirts this year. I'm rather intimidated by garment sewing (although I've got the used object sewing down pat!), so I want to overcome this.
Misc. Crafting Goals
Also, sometime in there, I'd like to find enough money to buy a spinning wheel and get to practice more spinning.
I'd like to do more embroidery. I love it, have a lot of patterns and materials, but just never find the time.
I've never made ice cream on my own, and know it won't be hard, but I'd like to do that.
I'd also like to make bread. Never done that, either.
And caramels. My sister made some over Christmas and they were insanely good. I didn't even think I liked caramels, but holy. They were good.
After reviewing the above list, I've realized, there's always 2011, right?
Monday, January 11, 2010
FO: Betty's Blue Ishbel
I really love the end result, and I knit it for a special woman, my grandmother, Betty. Betty is hilarious and kind, and I owe my original sewing education, and probably some of my crafty desires, to her. Knitting for my grandmother is rewarding. It makes me feel good, and I know she'll treasure this shawl.
The color is demure and will be a perfect addition to her Sunday wardrobe. She even told me she's planning to wear it to my cousin's wedding next month.
The shawl seemed to flow more organically for me this time around, even though I was a bit intimidated about working with laceweight.
Pattern: The ever popular Ishbel, by Ysolda.
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace, Stone Blue, less than 1 skein (probably approx. 450 yards)
Needles: KnitPicks Circular, Size 2
Time: Six weeks (I set this aside to work on other Christmas gifts, for a few weeks)
Recipient: My grandmother (and by the way, that's what I call her: grandmother)
Thoughts/mods/notes: No mods. I knit the large stockinette and small lace. I don't think I could have squeezed out the large lace.
Blocked lightly. It was a straightforward and gratifying project.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Food Friday: Cookies!
This post is a bit overdue, but I made cookies over the winter break. I, of course, had to make some delicious, soft and chewy Snickerdoodles, and I also made a batch of Cooking Light's Brown Sugar and Pecan Shortbread.
This was my first shortbread experience (making it, at least), and it was easy. I've got a bunch of pecans right now, as my grandparents' trees were abundant with them this year, so I may make these again in the next few weeks.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
For the love of lace
The Sterling KnitPicks Gloss I have stashed seems like just the thing for Swallowtail.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
FO: Vaa Cabled Hat for Nancy
And so I did.
Pattern: Swirl Cable Hat, by SmarieK
Yarn: Malabrigo in Vaa, less than one skein (probably a little more than 120 yards used)
Needles: KnitPicks Circular, Size 7
Time: Five days.
Thoughts/mods/notes: No mods. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I do have to say, this went much faster cabling without a needle, so if you're going to knit this, check out Grumperina's helpful guide.
You already know I love Malabrigo, but this colorway is so gorgeous. Love it!
Friday, January 1, 2010
I made this Smitten Kitchen Grapefruit Yogurt Cake over a month ago, and have been raving about it ever since. I actually got some more grapefruit over the break, and will be making more of this, pronto.
There is grapefruit zest in the cake itself, and juice in the two glaze mixtures on top. It's fantastic and tastes very clean/citrus-y. If grapefruit's not your thing, or it's not readily available, make it with orange, lemon, lime, or any other juicy fruit.
I wish you all a very HAPPY New Year!!