March 2005

Work has been more all-encompassing than usual lately, and I haven’t been knitting much of interest. So all I have to post today is a picture of my toe-hat progress and a picture of the eggs I dyed on Saturday at Elaine‘s.

alas, none of the pictures were in focus, and you can’t really see the glitter on the bottom two. at least the colors are fairly accurate


In case anyone’s interested, here’s an approximate recipe for the cookies I baked on Saturday and took to the SnB yesterday:

3/4 c oil
1/2 c blackstrap molasses
1 1/2 c white sugar
most of 3 bananas
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 c peanut butter <– I use the kind that’s just ground peanuts, no additives at all
1 1/2 c carob powder
1/2 t baking soda
3 c flour

Bake 7’30” at 375ºF. (If I were going to make these again, I’d cut back on the flour, maybe add some milk, and bake them a bit longer. You should also bake them longer if you don’t like your cookies gooey and squishy.)

It’s spring, time to hurry up and knit with wool before packing away the sweaters.

I’m not sure I’ll get to wear this before it gets warm here:

That’s really not much of a sweater yet, but maybe I can take it to Maine and Vermont this summer and wear it there. If nothing else, it’ll be done for next year…

The green to-be-felted bag now has a complete base and the beginnings of sides. The original plan called for this bag to be a way to experiment with interesting and complex cables. However, I think the B&BP is filling my need for a cable pattern that requires attention, so this can just be mindless knitting. Maybe I’ll put in a cable or two, just to see how it looks after felting, but there won’t be much patterning. Ooh, maybe I can put in a stripe or two near the top, in the gold or orange that I have of the same yarn.

This toe-hat is my newest “project”. I started it at the PhillyKnitters SnB yesterday. Anj, our generous and talented hostess, prepared a handout and lesson on toe-up, two-circ socks. I’m not really planning on finishing this one, just getting past the heel, and I’m not planning on making the matching one, so it’s really more of a learning exercise than a project. With any luck, though, I can make myself finish the cabled silja sock within a few weeks, and then I can start its mate as a toe-hat.

The main lesson from yesterday? Knitting on two circulars is really, really easy. I’d been not trying to learn because I figured I’d need either a demonstration or a couple of hours to figure it out, and I wasn’t motivated enough to set aside a couple of hours. I got a demo, but I don’t think it would’ve taken me more than twenty minutes to get it going properly by myself… (That is, I think I’d’ve done fine with the internet as a resource for knitting a tube on 2 circs. The figure-8 cast-on kind of wanted a teacher.) So, now, I’m going to try to hunt up appropriate needles for knitting Natalya on two circs–no chance of one of them falling and clattering in class!

A secondary lesson from yesterday: Charting patterns is a good idea. I spent a while trying to figure out precisely where I want to start the next flower motif in the lacy flower shawl, for the most efficient fit on the horizontal without having the flowers be too close to the ones in the previous repeat. I eventually decided that my indecision and tinking didn’t go well with participating in the conversation and switched to the green bag. Picking up stitches takes way less concentration than “charting” a pattern in my head…

I’ve actually been cooking over the last couple of days. Last night was Chinese-ish, this afternoon was cookies, and this evening was Indian-ish. It does cut into the knitting time, but it’s really great to cook and eat real food, even if it doesn’t come out perfectly. Cooking is actually a lot like knitting*, enough about the process that I don’t always mind if the product’s a little wonky.

Most of my recent yarn work hasn’t been knitting. I ripped out the green manos scarf I made a couple of years ago and wore once, and I wound the warm brown koigu for Natalya and the rest of the second skein for the green felted bag. I have, however, started a birthday present for my mom, only a week after her birthday…

*except that I don’t have to wash my knitting needles between uses, thank goodness

…the promised pictures. My computer stayed in lab last night while I went out for Thai food with some friends from work.

gifties from my SP4 pal: a mug, a mini cookbook, candles (lavender and vanilla-berry), furry eyelash yarn, a pair of dancing frogs, and an i-cord maker thingy

The yarn is probably going to become a felted bag reminiscent of the monster slippers from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Nation. I may even add eyes…we’ll see.

the hat made from PKSP2 yarn, finally finished. It needs a good blocking, since it kept trying to squinch up my head, but I like it.

So, does the red yarn in the sweater-to-recycle (courtesy of Rosemary) go with the blue variegated yarn? I’m thinking not, which is kind of too bad, but the sweater isn’t superwash–I think–and the blue is. So I should just wait a few months and get me some encore.

I stopped by the library on my way home and got sucked into rereading David Brin’s Glory Season. No knitting content tonight.

I got my first SP4 package this afternoon, and virtuously waited ’til I got home to open it. I’ll post pictures tomorrow, but highlights include two flavors of tealights, a tool for avoiding knitting i-cord, and the excellent German gummy bears that we’ve had in lab sometimes after Thomas has visited with his relatives in Germany. Thanks, secret pal!

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