Monday, April 30, 2007

Yummy Yarn

Look what I got!
Sock yarn from Deb at Fearless Fibers. I love her colorways. I'm really not a pink kind of girl but coral and peach look really good on me so I sometimes wear them. This colorway is very well done and "Rose" not pink so I think it is perfect for my Vine Lace stockings.

Fearless Fibers
100% Merino
4 ounces /410 yards
30 Stitches to 4 inches on US #2 needles
Colorway: Antique Rose

Deb was really helpful and she sent my order right away, I received it less than 4 days after I ordered it! Awesome!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ahead of schedule!?

Free pattern on Knitty
#4 Bamboo needles

As you may have guessed by it not being green, this is a gift. A gift that is finished 2 months early!

I enjoyed this quick project. It did, as the pattern said, take only one ball of Calmer, and the cableing definitely kept me on my toes!
If I where making it for a man's head I would add an extra repeat of the first cable section for which you would most likely need another ball of yarn. It would fit almost anyone width wise and it looks best when stretched. This is one pattern where I think it is best to use the yarn called for, It is very soft and stretchy. I recommend Shedir to anyone who needs a hat and doesn't want the knitter or the recipient to be bored. I plan to make more of these.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Button and a Hat

And now..... the button!
My sweater is finally finished.

I have been insanely busy at work but I have managed to cast on Shedir (Rowan Calmer in Garnet). I unfortunately only have bamboo needles in the right size for this pattern and I think I would enjoy it more if I knit it on my knit picks. Oh, well. I am enjoying the crazy cables in this pattern, I have been cableing without a cable needle! Between this and my Smoke ring socks I have been getting a fair amount of practice in "freedom" cabeling. I certainly find that a sharp point comes in handy more than ever using this technique. More knit picks are definitely on my wish list!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

It Worked!

I fixed my Leaf sweater! I blocked it and it came out great. I was so worried about it that I had put off blocking it. It fits now, Yay! I even found a button for it. (scroll down to the silver flower on the left under the crest) As soon as it gets here and I finish the sweater I'm sure the weather will get warm. It was surprisingly cold today. We even had a hard frost after the leaves came out. A very strange spring we have been having eh?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wondering what to do with all those eggs?

Are you looking for something new to do with all your left over hard boiled eggs?
This recipe is a favorite in my family. My mom could never make enough for all of us kids! Yummy!

Curried eggs on toast
4 Tbls Butter
4 Tbls Flour
3 cups milk
8 hard boiled eggs
1 tsp - 1 Tbls yellow curry powder (to taste)
Salt and Pepper
6 slices Whole wheat toast

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan on low heat
Whisk in the flour to form a paste
Slowly add the milk, whisking to prevent lumps
Turn heat to medium and whisk regularly while bringing sauce to a simmer
Turn heat down to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring regularly to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.
Add curry and salt and pepper to taste
Slice and add eggs
Serve hot over toast
Optional: spread cooked drained spinach over toast and then add sauce.

Note: amounts are approximate! feel free to adjust to your taste. I think this will serve 2-3 people.


Sunday, April 08, 2007

In Search of a Perfect Button

Not a whole lot of knitting going on here. I can't seem to relax and sit down long enough to really get much done.
I have almost finished the Lace Leaf Pullover, It just needs the perfect button and maybe some blocking. I am not too happy with the way it turned out. It doesn't fit right in the shoulders. The rest of the sweater is really nice and the overall size is good it is just too tight in the shoulders and it pulls on the sleeve seems. I don't like the construction of the shoulders and sleeves. I am hoping that with some blocking it will work out but I am not sure how to block it to get my desired result. Suggestions anyone?
The Shetland triangle was sort of put on hold while I worked on the pullover and now that I am done with that I am getting back into it. It is a truly enjoyable knit.
The smoke ring socks are coming along slowly and of course the pulse sweater is filling in when I get bored with whatever else is on my needles.

Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Smoke Ring Sock Toes!

Smoke Ring Socks

Needles: Addi turbos #1 us, two circulars.
Yarn: Koigu
Style: Toe up
Pattern: Horse Shoe Cable

I plan to make a backwards heel flap like in the Widdershins pattern.
I wanted to use the Widdershins pattern but I find that I always need to redesign socks because I have very small feet and Mein Gummibaer has large feet and I insist on a perfect fit. I don't like changing needle sizes because I think the yarn works best at a specific gauge. I always have a set idea of how I want my socks to be so I end up putting together my own patterns. MG has chosen the yarn for these socks and this cable pattern. I named them smoke ring socks because of their smoky blue/gray color and because I think the cables look kind of like smoke rings. It makes me think of Bilbo Baggins from the Tolkien stories. I imagine he had hand made socks for all of his travels!