Thursday, January 31, 2008
Anyway, the rules are to give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!
I know that is 12, but they all make my day, and they all deserve to know! Thanks so much ladies for all the inspiration, laughs, happiness and even the tears! Who makes your day?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I have completed the first clue of Secret of the Stole 2. (handpaintedyarn.com laceweight color cinnabar from frogged Lovely Lacy Shawl. 3.25mm needles) DK did not disappoint this time round either. So far I love the pattern and can't wait for more clues.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
They are Devil’s Food Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream and probably the best I have had in years! They were super easy to make and oh so easy to eat. The cake has a wonderful texture and not too sweet, just perfect for the sweeeeet buttercream. I added a pinch of salt to the cake recipe and a half teaspoon of vanilla to the icing.
Good thing I did not make a resolution to lose the weight I gained over the holidays, because these are too good to resist! I thought ahead and only made half the recipe so there are fewer cupcakes for me to devour while the kiddos are in bed.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Decoration or not, it does keep me warm and I think it looks cute as well! I attached a shank button to a safety pin and held both to the inside of the scarf. I then used the holes as buttonholes and inserted the button through all layers- easy peasy no sew button!
Project details at Ravelry.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Since Mom offered to cover the cost of the yarn, I suggested it should be knit from cashmere, you know, so it will be extra soft and snuggly. This certain shade of blue (the color in the top photo is the true shade) beckoned me from Sarah's Yarns. It just happened to be 100% Pure Luxury 2-Ply Mongolian Cashmere and perfect for the shawl I wanted to knit. (I will have a shawl knit from this!) All told it took about three weeks to knit. I probably could have knit it in two weeks if Christmas was not happening at the same time. I have a small favor to ask...go over to Flickr and send Mrs. Strawn some healing wishes. I am planning to send her the link to the Flickr site so she can experience the good nature of all knitters. I would really appreciate it and I am sure she will too!I knit five extra repeats of the Budding Lace 2 pattern and left off the nupps. They were taking entirely too long. I would still be knitting them if I had left them in the pattern. Nonetheless, I believe this is the most beautiful thing I have ever knit.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I really don't care if the birthday girl likes this or not (although I hope she enjoys it) this was a purely selfish knit. I have wanted to knit it since I first saw it (sadly after my own little princess was a bit too old for it). It took about two days to knit. I am still not sure about the fur at the bottom of the hat and would probably leave it off if I were to knit it again. This was huge before felting! It shrunk about 10 inches from top to bottom and lost about 6 inches in the head opening.
pattern: Magic Hat from Knitty Gritty
yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (Royal Purple) 1 skein and 1 yd. of second skein. Less than one skein Lion Brand Fun Fur (white) for trim.
needles: US10.5- circs and dpn's
Saturday, January 05, 2008
With all the festivities (and baking and truffle making) I was just too tired to knit. I am ten rows away from finishing the Swallowtail Shawl, so I should have that to show y'all in a few more days. I also have finished a little something for my niece's birthday but want to take a few pictures of her with it (on Sunday) before I blog about it.
I am anxiously awaiting the beginning of Secret of the Stole II on January 18. You should all go right now and sign up. If the first secret stole (the 51 page pattern is available here) was any indication, this one should be just as good! DK the Nautical Knitter writes fantastic patterns and just seems to be an all around nice person (and there are prizes! Who doesn't like prizes?!)
Other than that I plan on finishing up all my projects on the needles before starting anything else. The list is not too long, but should keep me busy for some time.
- Swallowtail Shawl
- Modified Somewhat Cowl
- Babette Blanket
- Fish afghan
- kitchen rug
- garterlac dishcloth
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! May your needles be draped in cashmere (except for you vegans- may your needles be draped in a lovely bamboo or organic cotton), may you never drop a stitch, misread a pattern, or spill a staining drink in your knitting bags!