I’ve been busy.
Also, I just discovered Fotor, a free photo online photo editor that you might see cropping up in future posts. Look, it makes collages go!
And dear bob there is so much to catch up on under the jump. SO MUCH.
First off, I was doing a bit less crafting and a lot of cooking and baking in preparation for our annual cherry-blossom-viewing party at the end of March.
Sesame cookies from the Just Hungry blog – these were FREAKING AMAZING. The leaves follow the recipe; the blossoms were made with white (regular) sesame, white sugar, and (artificial) cherry flavouring in the icing. I will so totally be making these again, and again, and again. YUM. I made other treats too, as well as a full dinner, but these were by far the most photogenic.
Here, you can mostly see my adorable new teacup, but also just a hint of the cowl I tried to cast on with my corespun yarn. However, the pattern, Mixed Wave Cowl, turned out to be more of a recipe than a pattern, and I ended up casting on and frogging about three times without ever quite figuring it out, as I was rather distracted by spending time with family and enjoying the gorgeous view (not to mention unseasonably warm weather).
I think I eventually got the pattern figured out after studying the photos and a few of the projects on Ravelry (one test knitter was quite helpful), but then I put this project down in favour of other things and…yeah…I’m sure it will eventually come together?
Then I started getting super busy with music stuff, rehearsals and concerts galore for both my chamber choir and the Balkan Babes. So busy that one day, just before an out-of-town gig with the Babes, I went straight from work to a choir rehearsal about a 30-minute bike ride away, then about an hour’s bike ride to the other side of town for knit night. After buying dinner at the coffee shop and sitting my rubbery legs down, I discovered that – horror! – I had left my knitting at work! Nooooooo! Fortunately, I had arranged to pick up some Everything Old Kashmir Sock yarn there, so instead of knitting, I hung the skein around my neck and wound a ball by hand. I am so glad to have a ball winder now, but every now and then I enjoy the sensual experience of hand-winding something, especially when it’s as soft and beautiful as this yarn is! Plus it now looks vaguely like a lady-pink Death Star, so that’s cool.
I cast on as soon as I got home to my needles, and got well started on a sock – it’s going to be a pair of Paper Moons for me, because I’m so envious of Mr. Salamander’s pair. No longer – mine will be even softer, not to mention much more pink!
While all this was going on, I also had some deadline knitting happening. My out-of-town cousinling was about to turn 1, and I decided to knit her a cardigan (it arrived only about 12 days after her birthday; I consider that a win, really). I used my leftover KnitPicks Imagination sock yarn to knit an adorable Scrappy Socky Stripey Cardi!
Just got some photographic proof that it fits (at least today…maybe not tomorrow), which was a worry, as cousinling is ahead of the growth curve and I ran seriously short on yarn (like, to the point where I would recommend having a safety-net yarn if you choose to knit this pattern – I should have had more than enough for the size I knit, but ran so short I had to super-shorten the sleeves and halve the button bands/collar) so I wasn’t able to build in as much ease as I’d normally like. Oh, and having knit this, I am super annoyed about KnitPicks’s recent issues with credit card security – or to be more accurate, with how poorly they handled the security breach(es?), doing a very poor job of notifying customers and being very slow to update their security, if they even have updated it. I am lucky enough to have only ordered from them using PayPal, which apparently means there was enough security between KP and my credit card to keep my numbers safe, but I am still not comfortable giving the company my money right now. Which sucks, because I LOVE these two colourways together and I really want a sweater in this combo for me!
Oh my, and there’s this, too:
Remember how I was saying I deserved a trip to the yarn store for how well I was doing with my stashdown plans? Yeah, I went. It wasn’t my fault; I had a gift card! I came home with $75 in sock yarn, and made the decision not to keep my sock yarn in skeins, but to wind it (more or less) as soon as I get it home. I know this is not The Right Way, but I figure my ball winder does a pretty good job of making cakes that don’t have the yarn under enough tension to really damage it if left for a few months, and if my sock yarn is ready to go at a moment’s notice, I can theoretically get knitting it faster, right??? So with this ShibuiKnits Sock yarn already caked and ready to go, when the Dressy pattern came out in this season’s Knitty, I cast on right away! I’m done the first sock now, and maybe as much as 25% done #2, even though I’ve been splitting my time between this and the Paper Moons. It’s so pretty! I was not sure about the ruffled cuff when I cast it on, but the fit is actually very nice, so I’m glad I rolled with the designer on that one. Can’t wait to finish these – they will look fabulous with a certain dress & shoes I am fond of wearing on sunny spring days!