A few weeks ago I bought a few sewing patterns. I put off printing them because I don’t have a printer at home. Thursday was the day, though, the day I went to the print shop. I taped my pages together, laid out my fabric and cut! Then I sewed my major seams while on the phone with my best friend. This is the Wiksten Tank in a light cotton. It’s so bright and summery! I’m in love. This picture was taken before I finished any of the edges, so I will take some better ones soon.
I saw this book months ago at Barnes and Noble, but didn’t buy it. But then about a week ago, I did. Now I want to buy all the wool and make all the gnomes! They seem so fun and whimsical….
And look at this gorgeous salmon I made last night! It was delicious.
Today I write about the selfsame cowl, fully completed.
I originally planned to knit the cowl with 1/3 of the length in silk hankies and the other 2/3 in mohair. As I was knitting the mohair section I was distressed to see that I was using up my yarn much more quickly than planned. So I changed my plan, ripped out the mohair, and bound off in the silk. Thus my cowl is done and I couldn’t be more pleased!
I’m writing the pattern as we speak, so if you are interested in testing, leave a comment with your Ravelry username and I will contact you.
Half Granny Shawl: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this and how easy it is to work on. It’s growing by the day.
Rumplestiltskin yarn: My singles are spun, and I’m 1/3-1/2 done with plying. The main hurdle is stringing 63,871,688 beads. It’s so pretty, though, that it’s worth it. Pattern suggestions for when it’s done? I’m thinking a shawl.
My friends, brace yourselves. I have been dabbling with the dark art…of CROCHET! I don’t know what came over me. I was at the store to buy a respectable knitting needle. I had wandered over to the book section to see if there was anything about spinning, when this MONSTER leaped out at me and threatened to kill me if I didn’t take it home.
I like living, so I agreed. Once home I figured the book was at least worth looking at. This was a mistake. I was sucked into the vortex, and before I knew what I was doing I was winding yarn.
I have been saving this gorgeous Araucania Nuble yarn for a shawl, so I retained my senses just enough to start one. It will be a basic half granny shawl. I hope.
Is there a way out of the vortex? Maybe I should follow the yarn…
This has been a happening week! Several things are almost done. Do you ever do that thing where you only need to put in an hour or 2 of work to get a beautiful finished object, and yet for some reason it languishes unfinished? I have a sweater that only needs a neck modification to be perfect, and yet it has sat in my drawer for months. It is madness, I tell you!
Exhibit A: Pink Floyd Socks
We see the first sock finished except for a heel, which I have since begun (but not finished)
Exhibit B: Rumplestiltskin yarn
This is actually a partial success. I had just a few lengths of fiber left to spin, and it is now all spun up! I now need to string eighty jillion beads, because I am going the whole way with this yarn. It is going to be amazing.
I hope for it to look like this. Except, you know, yellow.
Progress on the yellow yarn was imperiled by a crack in the pulley on my spinning wheel. I emailed Majacraft (the maker) and they said I could glue it, so glue it I did. It’s terrifying to think your precious wheel might be falling apart!
He was 27 when I met him. We started dating and quickly fell in like and then in love. His first birthday after we met I made him the most awful cake – I didn’t know it wouldn’t turn out, and I wasn’t much of a cook. But he smiled and we ate cake.
A year later I made him a beautiful cake: Chocolate cake with milk chocolate frosting. I was so proud of that cake even though the kitchen was trashed. It took us a week to finish it.
This year is his first birthday after we were married. He told me not to make a cake – we don’t need the sugar. Instead we are going out for dinner with friends.
Cakes aren’t important. What is important, though, is the love they represent. And I love my husband dearly.