Knitting my own catkin:
and hand-dyeing a bit of yarn:
You’d think I’d forgotten my blog with how long I’ve been away (other than that PSA). Sorry! Just was busy and then drained and then busy.
I ended up not finishing the Tour. With everything going on I got rather burned out, so I have some yarn, and lots waiting to be processed.
But lately I’ve been feeling more human, so here’s a generally update on what’s been happening. Mostly food, actually! Love food.
It all started when I sprung and bought myself a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I got it for fairly cheap (especially compared to the retail price), and I adore it already. Oodles. (It may or may not have to do with being able to make my favourite royal icing at any time without needing to set aside 30 minutes to hand whip egg whites).
Next thing you know, this happened:
Why yes, that is four different types of butter. From left to right–my favourite Irish butter, butter from a local creamery, some organic butter I bought, and a European style butter. Mmmm. Just before this shot I was making croissants(!) so that’s why there’s not as much as there could be.
Speaking of croissants, I’m very pleased that you can take something sludgy like this:
and a bit of flattened and beaten butter like this:
and get something quite as glorious as this:
These croissants came out much better than my last batch! So. Much. Better. They’re fabulous.
Next time I’m going to aim to get even fluffier insides, but this ain’t half bad:
Also made a batch of cookies because why not:
Not pictured are the already eaten chocolate cake and strawberry buckle that I made over the past two weeks.
I’ve actually been knitting too, though just on one project (which I want done by Halloween). The heat laying off a bit here has definitely helped, since it’s (gasp) a blanket (and we all know I don’t knit blankets so shut up).
No, it’s not grey. I have no idea why it photographed grey. I know it must hate me since it did, but that’s about par for course for this particular blanket/yarn, so no big deal. A slightly fuzzy detail of the ring I’m on now:
And another overall shot:
This thing is going to be massive. I’ve only just started ball 3, and I’ve still got a ways to go. Scary, I might get devoured by it. Welp. You’ll know where to find me!
And that’s about all I’ve got for you this evening. Keep knitting, keep cooking, and have fun!
I do that. I swear.
I just haven’t finished anything so none of my totals are going up and all I got is unfinished pics.
Oh, I guess I did finish these, which I winged entirely for S:
And these, which I still haven’t mailed to Dangland cause I am the worst friend EVER:
So there. I do knit. Just not to finish. Hah.
So I’ve been knitting but it feels like I’m getting no where fast. I wondered why so I pulled out all my current UFOs I’ve been bouncing between.
We have my Bex socks. I did the first one two years ago and I’ve been working on the second one as my bus project off and on.
Nearly at the heel flap and I know it will zoom along once I get to the foot, what with decreasing the complicated stitch work by half. Then I’ll finally have a lovely pair of socks I’ve wanted for a while now.
Then there’s my Vivian sweater, which I’ve dragged on because I’m worried I don’t have enough yarn. It’s a good computer project so I’ve been doing the sleeves and prepping for the big join in the evenings when I don’t spin.
Its gonna be quite lovely. Then there’s my Christmas vest–the kit was a gift from my friend dangland for Christmas. This one is an off again on again relationship I keep coming back to when I don’t have a knitting project to work on and feel like colourwork.
But I have S’ mitts to finish up do I’ve been working on the second. It’s taking forever thanks to the fact the heat wave put me off knitting them, but now it’s chilly again so I’ve started them. Should have it done soon if I can just buckle down.
And theeeen we have the shawl I’ve designed, second for the year. This is an eventual gift for my mom, if I ever finish it. I still love it, I just sort of forgot about it in the rush to KNIT ALL THE SOCKS. Ahem.
Yeah, I don’t have a problem there. I’ve been really feeling the Estonian lace lately, and contemplating design. It’s not difficult to whip together these shawls, and I like making stuff up. Been thinking about doing more of these and selling them at that lower price point. Worse that happens is I make a buck or two off of it and become a better designer.
Oh, and I mentioned spinning. Nearly done with this yarn for a sweater at last:
Which is quite exciting. It’s all chain plied and is super squooshy. At least I hope I have enough for a sweater, I haven’t had a chance to do yardage yet.
Whew! So there you go guys, that’s what I’ve been up. Also bros:
What have you been doing?
It seems like it’s that time of year again. Something about the spring air just gets me in the mood to knit pretty lace shawls, and this year has resulted in a very pretty one. I’ve been done with this and the pattern for quite some time now, but had to sit on it so it wouldn’t spoil the birthday surprise for my friend Stacy aka Yarn Salad.
This is a traditionally knit Estonian lace shawl–including a knit after and sewn on lace edge. It includes instructions for either a 3 repeat wide by 11 deep shawl and a 4 repeat wide and 11 deep shawl, with detailed instructions the edges for both sizes. It is knit flat, and includes instructions on how to do some of the odder stitches you may not be familiar with.
Both written and charted instructions are included, so you can use whichever you prefer. 🙂
You can purchase this pattern for $2.50 USD through Ravelry, which you don’t have to be a member of in order to buy from.
Socks socks socks socks.
Sock socks socks
I might have a disease. I’m kind of in sock mode.
These are Cookie A’s Cusp socks from Knit. Socks. Love . I pretty much love that book. I usually love Cookie A’s books. The yarn is the Knit Picks Stroll in the discontinued Glacial.
I should start a petition to get that colour back.
Anyway. How’s your socking?