Lazy Monday

Ah, the joys of the holidays! Today has been an incredibly lazy day. One of those days when you sleep in and then never quite manage to wake all the way up. I’ve run into second sleeve syndrome on my Slice of Camelot cardigan. I really should make myself work on it but I don’t feel like it. Instead I’ve found myself curled up with a book. It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in a good high fantasy novel and I’ve found myself immersed in The Name of the Wind. I’m two thirds of the way through so I think I will try to finish it on my lazy day.

Advertisements

WIP Friday #40

The holidays are good for getting knitting done. I’ve been monogamous with my Slice of Camelot cardigan and I’ve accomplished a great deal. The body is done including the button bands and the neckline and one sleeve is almost done. I am still loving working with this yarn and I can’t wait to wear it. One problem I’m running into is that all the nice small button shops are closed until the new year. Even if I finish the knitting I will still have to wait to wear it.

I hope everyone is able to relax a bit in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

 

Grandma’s Cut Out Cookies

I just went to the store and got all the food I need for Christmas. So now it’s time for me to make cookies. This recipe for cut out cookies was my maternal grandmother’s. She found it in a magazine and it is the recipe I grew up with. When I was in high school, we made cut out cookies and I was horrified by the sugar cookies we made. My family’s cookies were so much better. So before I go in the kitchen and make a huge mess let me share the recipe. Be forewarned my mother was one of 5 children with lots of friends so this recipe is best halved or quartered, unless you want to make cookies on an industrial scale.

Ingredients:

2 C. butter

2 C sugar

1 C brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

¼ C milk

4 eggs

6 ½ C flour

3 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp baking soda

Cream the butter and sugar together

Mix in the vanilla, milk, and eggs

Sift in the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda.

Let the cookie dough chill.

When the dough is properly chilled preheat the oven to 375 F

Roll out the dough and cut into shapes

Decorate with sprinkles and coloured sugar before baking if not using frosting

Bake for 10-15 min

If frosting wait until the cookies are cool and smother with frosting

 

 

WIP Friday #39

It has been so nice to be working on selfish knitting again. I took advantage of a sale to get the yarn I needed to finish my Capucine hat that has been hibernating for months. I used up some handspun Corriedale/alpaca/mohair I purchased in Ohio and to make it stretch for the entire hat I striped it with Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky in Vienna. It is amazing how fast bulky yarn knits up. All the alpaca in the hat makes it super warm and drape excessively. I was shocked when I put the tassels on that they almost hit my belly. This hat is borderline ridiculous and I love it. 

I’ve also made progress on the Christmas present from my parents, my Gwenevere Cardigan and I am calling a Slice of Camelot because of the name of the pattern and the yarn (A Slice of Wedding Cake). So far I’ve only made minor modifications to the pattern. (I changed the placement of the underbust decreases to make them underbust decreases.) I was tempted to knit the entire thing in reverse stockinette and then modify the lace at the hip but I decided not to be that ambitious. I need a break from stressful knitting. I just hope it won’t pull across the bust. Worst case scenario I make the button band a bit wider.

 

 

 

Dyeing with The Knitting Swede

I recently had a blast hanging out with Tanja from The Knitting Swede. She opened up shop last year selling hand dyed yarns and has been designing knitting patterns since 2008. Recently she started dyeing fiber for spinning and she showed me how she does it and let me help out! I made sure to take copious pictures so I could share it.

rawfibre

The starting point. Raw Jacob fiber

This went to soak while we mixed up the dyes.

unmixeddyes

All ready to be properly diluted

I got to help out with the dilution. My years working on a chemistry degree finally paid off.

allreadyforsquirting

Look at all that dye ready to be squirted on to the lovely wool.

Next came the squirting, I mean precision dye application. I helped here as well. I never realized how daunting staring at bare fiber could be, but it all turned out well.

dyeapplied

All stripey

Then it got wrapped up in plastic ready to be heated.

Allwrapedup

Waiting to see what it will become

It got nice and cooked and looked like this.

Steamy

I love that purple

Now that its all dry it turned out beautifully.

 

This very top is on sale on the Knitting Swede’s website as Christine. All the proceeds from this sale will go to Cancer Research UK. Both of us have had out lives impacted by this disease and we want to do something to help other people affected by cancer.

I saw the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Last night I got to see it! I’m a huge nerd so I enjoyed it greatly. I watched it in 48 frames per second which made parts of it look like it was shot with a camcorder.  Despite that, I was much more immersed in this film than I was in the first one. It was also the perfect chance to wear my Gandalf Mitts!

Gandalfmitts

It was fun secretly dressing up for the film. If you want your own pair, you can download the pattern here for free!