Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Slowly but surely my 2nd sweater is taking shape. I have to say I like the alpaca yarn from the first sweater better. This one uses hand painted merino wool and it just doesn't have the soft feel or the drape I prefer. It still has the neckband and sleeves to go and I am looking forward to another completion. Black Friday tempted me with another sweater yarn purchase, this one wool with silk, a bit more drapey. There are so many textures and colors out there to try.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
December marks the end of the Mystery, Back to Square One by Judy Laquidara and Vicki Welsh. What a journey it has been and I am very excited to have finished it. Now I am trying to decide whether to start the new mystery starting in January. Quite a bit of stash was used up for this project and the only thing keeping from jumping right into the next mystery is that I don't have quite enough fabric for the background and I'm not sure I want to go out and buy almost 5 yards of fabric for it. It is to be somewhat of a sampler and that makes me want to give it a try. I'll think about it over Christmas. Meanwhile, here is the finished one for 2013.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I did nothing to promote heart health this Thanksgiving, but totally loved the new recipes.
I always love to try new dishes when getting together with family or friends and this Thanksgiving I gave English Shortbread a try using a ceramic mold my husband got me for Christmas last year, and yes, this is the first time I used it. It turned out beautifully. The mold made the most lovely thistle design on shortbread. Second, I tried a Raspberry Tart I saw on a blog I follow called A Quilter's Table. The blogger used to be a baker and shared her recipe. It was delicious but did take quite awhile to make, but if you ask anyone who ate it, they'll tell you it was worth the time.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Lots of cold evenings have settled in Indiana and I have found it is a joy to snuggle under a quilt and knit. I did my first sweater starting in October and just finished it up. I learned so much, like how to unknit. I learned that just because one knits the gauge perfectly, a sweater can still end up too big. I am going to my last sweater knitting class tomorrow night and I hope my instructor can give me some ideas on how to unravel the sleeves on my first sweater and make them narrower. I could put a cat up those sleeves and still have room but I don't want to waste the yarn and can hopefully fix it. This is a much simpler sweater than the first one I did and it is going much faster. I love the hand painted yarn and am anxious to see if this one will fit better.
I hope to finish up customer quilts for the year this week and then you'll be seeing several more quilts as I quilt about 10 in the month of December just for me. I've had some of these quilts pieced for months, a few for a couple of years.
I'm making a raspberry torte, sourdough French bread, and cranberry relish for my part of Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter's. I can hardly wait to get together, eat fine foods, play games and thank my God for all his daily gifts. Have a very joyful Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 22, 2013
The pattern is Knitting Pure & Simple Neck Down Swing Cardigan. The yarn is Ultra Alpaca Light by Berroco and is DK weight. I used one skein of 144 yards less than what the pattern called for and I even made the sleeves long instead of 3/4 length. I knitted it right on gauge and chose the size 36 for my 37 chest measurement at the suggestion of my instructor because the next size was a 40. Am I glad I went with the smaller size because it is still big on me. I did block it last night and it is better but will be worn as more of a jacket over a layer or two. The yarn is wonderful and so soft. I also cast on an extra stitch at the end of the row at the suggestion of my instructor because the pattern would not have been symmetrical if I didn't. Other than that, it was a nice and easy knit, really good for my 1st sweater attempt.