Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recently Completed: Lace Ribbon Scarf

Yarn: Dream in Color Starry
Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery
Visitable at: My Sister's Knits in Chicago, IL

I was really skeptical about this pattern as I was knitting it - it curled like crazy and seemed really narrow. Blocking it worked wonders, of course, and now it's smooth and broad and gorgeous. Suddenly I don't want to give it up. (But don't worry, Carol, I will!)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I finished this shawl a few weeks ago, and I just love it.

It's Gail/Nightsongs by Jane Araujo, aka Mawelucky. I used a lot of these suggestions/modifications and was quite pleased with the results. I don't know how many repeats I knitted, (maybe 6?) but I was using smaller needles (size 4 US) and ended up with the perfect small shawl-or-scarf size for wrapping once around the neck, like this:

This yarn, Yarn Treehouse Bloom, is wonderfully light and airy, and the color shading is lovely, especially when held double (knitted from both ends simultaneously). It shifted back and forth between warm and bright, from red-orange to yellow-orange and back, and basically made me happy just to look at it and work on it. Thanks Ann!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

All my friends live in Awesometown

This arrived in the mail on Thursday:

It's some of Ann's handspun Weaverknits Awesometown, which is sometimes available here in her Etsy shop. It's also an heirloom bread recipe, Bread for the People, which I am itching to try. Thanks Ann - your very own copy of my heirloom bread recipe (Bollar) will be on its way to you in short order, possibly hand-delivered.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

When it Rains it Pours

Recently on the blog I bemoaned the unavailability of Cadbury Mini Eggs (my favorite candy ever) in Hyde Park. I also recently made a deal with the lovely Kate to trade some of my Araucania Nature Cotton for some thrifted/recycled cashmere/silk in a beautiful sky blue.

Today I got a package in the mail containing this assortment:

Don't you just love those teeny mini-skeins? I think it's funny that I also got some vegetable seeds, presumably to balance out the 40 ounces of milk chocolate. Maybe I should plant one of the eggs and try to grow a Cadbury tree.

Thanks so much Kate, this really made my day. I laughed for a long time.