We have had drizzle or a light rain shower all day. The feeders are full and the birds have gathered to eat. Our hummingbirds have moved on. Oh, I love days like this. Wednesday night we were out and about wearing fleece and I got to wear a knitted scarf. Yay!
Time to cast on for Eva’s sock. She chose some gorgeous Madelintosh yarn. The toe and cuff will be in the cream. She wants no pattern in the stitches and a full sock, no anklets.
The pumpkin Eva painted with blues and greens has been nibbled on by the squirrels. I sprayed some nasty deer and rabbit spray on the pumpkins but the rain has rinsed it off. Our neighbor has two squirrel houses in the trees of her front yard and several, several piles of seed lining her side walk and drive. The squirrels flock around here. This is the third year we have had squirrels eat our pumpkins, since her first house went up. I noticed yesterday that they had discovered the pumpkin display belonging to the family across the street.
Can you see the white of the pumpkin on the right? Hard to get a good photo on my phone, in the drizzly gloom, and from across the street…
Eva made some cookies and I baked them. This recipe made 40 good sized cookies using the scope we have ~ not sure the size but it looks like the average size you’d buy anywhere. I think this is the first time I did not forget a pan of cookies in the oven. They are chewy and delicious. No need for a slice of bread in the container with this batch.
We took the girls to the roller rink with some friends last night. Mike and I don’t skate so I took Olivia’s anklet along. I still had all the ends to weave in. Junior high memories flood back when we are at the rink. Friday night skating parties with school were a big deal in the 80’s where I grew up. I had my sister’s white skates with pink wheels ~ insert how cool I was here.
Tomorrow I will take four girls to the mall to look at bath and beauty products.
There is a reason there is not a close up of Olivia’s anklet…it’s a bit wonky.
When I handed the anklet to Olivia to try on we laughed so hard. They were a bit baggy, not much but they looked like they had been stretched out already. There were some sloppy stitches that were improved after the wash but it was clear that this was not my best knit.
The needles read a 1.00 but after checking them on a different needle gauge they were actually a 1.50. That was enough to make the sock a bit bigger than Olivia’s foot. She is 11 years old and will grow into them. I was knitting two at time on magic loop and adding a stripe ~ on the wrong stitch. That caused a bit of an odd add and made my stitches not quite tight enough. I have my mistakes all figured out now (I hope) and feel encouraged enough to make some for Eva. (She has already picked her yarn and it has been caked up.)
These anklets are actually the first socks that I have completed. I have knit a sock from cuff through heel and then frogged before getting to the toe. I have knit a sock from toe up through heel and then frogged before getting to the cuff. I went all the way with these bright beauties but only because I had a little girl cheering me. Olivia kept telling me it didn’t matter if they were perfect. She loved them the way they were. (Insert sniffle here.)
With all the fidgeting about with these sock, I enjoyed knitting them. I think the colors are perfect for my sweet girl. She is bright and fun and the socks match her to a tea. The yarn is a dream. Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn. So soft. They wash and dry beautifully and with hardwood floors and two dogs, we need washable socks.
And my mom always says, they want be the last thing I knit.
They are only socks after all…
Mom’s hat is complete and has been shipped to Colorado. I did not rip it back. Instead, I called my mom and did what she told me to do. K2TOG a row, knit a row and continue doing that until I could seam up the last few stitches remaining. Brilliant! I am very happy with the way this little gem turned out. I plan on making more of these little hats this winter!
A few weeks ago I finished my moms wrap. I wanted to get a cute picture of one of my girls wearing it but the days got away from us. Last night I had Eva come outside with me quick and get a photo in front of the rose bush. Everything matched.
This wrap is cozy and the yarn knits up with a wonderful squish. Perfect for Mom to throw over her shoulders while she watches a cooking show or reads.
Of course now the rose bush is full of bloom again and the light is better today…
The label has long been missing from the pink lacy yarn. The cream chunky yarn is by LLH (it is written in cursive letters) Almeria 6034. I couldn’t find this on the internet anywhere…
You could use anything for a wrap like this, its a rectangle, knit and purl.
I am dragging my feet on my Mom’s hat. I love the yarn and the addition of the alpaca and silk blend yarn makes this hat incredibly soft. It will keep her small, white haired head warm for sure! I am happy with the pattern but not for Mom. I think it is too slouchy and I ned to rip it back and do the decreases over. I am dreading this as the yarn is small and so are the needles. I need to just do it!
See the slouch in the back? I’m several rows from the end…
We are messy bakers in this house…
Eva was going to spend the night at a friends house last night and she thought it would be fun to take a homemade treat. September calls for a recipe with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Applesauce too? Even better, you know with that in the mix you will get a perfectly moist cake. We made the Spiced Applesauce Cake. This is a recipe from the Neely’s. Do you remember them? They were on the Food Network for awhile and did a lot of bbq recipes. My youngest loved that show and discovered the recipe while watching one Saturday morning so long ago (not that long since she is only 11). One thing we changed was the 2 cup applesauce amount. We used a cup of canned apple pie filling instead and chopped it small before adding at the end. I make this every year and this was the first year I added the pie filling. I’m so glad I did. Yummy!
Don’t let this picture ruin the recipe for you. I sprayed the pan but forgot the flour coat. The recipe does not tell you to flour but I like to when using a bundt pan. This cake would not even pretend to come out clean. When I tipped it over, only the bottom half came out. And you know that a bundt pan is not a pan that you can easily run a knife around to loosen and release. The brown sugar gives it a dark and lovely color. A scoop of ice cream or whipped cream is a nice side and I discovered this morning ~ cold butter!
I think I may make this cake again today but as a muffin. Maybe put a whole can of pie filling in and no applesauce. Stick them in the freezer for a quick grab and go snack.
While the cake was baking I started on a hat for my mom. Just a simple and classic knit hat pattern by Marja Suomela, Hattara. I think you could easily make this hat with any yarn or needle size you had, just make sure you change your cast-on stitches accordingly. I used a lace weight yarn* (aka ~ thread with fuzz) and a sport weight** with an alpaca and silk blend. This is going to be a very warm and cozy hat.
I love how the combo of the yarn is making a tweedy fabric. I hope to get this finished in a few days and mailed off. I must confess that this was not my first cast on of this hat pattern. It’s my third. My mom has a small head and I tried the kid size first as that is usually the correct size for her. Me too. If you knit then you understand how the fabric gets bigger as you get into a few inches of knitting. This was not happening with the hat and I had to fiddle with the cast on amount. I am at 120 stitches on a size 3 needle. I think I have the code cracked and should be ok. I like to start with double points and then after I have joined in the round I do the magic loop method.
The yarns are:
*Karabella yarns, their lace mohair yarn, the color is 3519 and I don’t think its available anymore. There is a 3518 that looks similar…a very dark navy.
**Amano Yarns, Ayni in Quartz Grey.
I love Jane Austen books. Love! And wouldn’t you know there are Jane Austen inspired knitting books? See how your world of knitting and reading just expanded? You’re welcome.
Not that I wear this period’s fashions but the shawls in this book are so lovely. The author has snippets written of what life was like during Austen’s time. A bit of history about the fashion to be knit tucked between patterns. It is a sweet book. There are several designs that I plan to knit.
Margaret Dashwood’s Shawl. I had yet to knit anything from this book so I chose something simple. I purchased some inexpensive yarn from the craft store ~ a whopping $2.99 plus a 40% off coupon! Yep. This little gem was almost free to knit if you consider how much I have left on the 678 yards skein. This yarn…so incredibly soft. Washable. Perfect for this project. I’ll hand wash this like any other hand knit. I did put some effort into it and I like it to last as long as possible.
A bit of blocking may be a nice idea, but Olivia does show this well. I like how it drapes around her shoulders. She won’t wear it though. Says it’s an old lady scarf. Awesome.