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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The summer of socks

I wish I could remember what this yarn was, but I bought it during the yarn crawl this year and I was really excited to knit it up.  I expected the yarn to stripe.  It looked like a self-striping yarn when it was wound up in the ball, but it was more of a free form, color shifting yarn.  I don't think I would have been happy with how the color played out along the sock if the color were any less dynamic than it is, and the yarn itself is very course to work with, but that just means that they'll last forever, lol.  This should make interesting Hexipuffs for my Beekeeper's Quilt.

Since finishing the last pair of socks, I started another with my Felici yarn from Knit Picks.  I bought two colorways and I decided to start with Gummy Bear.  The red stripe is actually an orangey-coral and the white is a very light blue, but the overall effect is the same.  I knit this from the toe up, using an after thought heel.  This strategy allowed me to knit my leg as long as I wanted, and the heel wouldn't interrupt the striping sequence.  It's the best heel treatment to use when working with self-striping yarns.
And in other news, I blocked the Pop Blanket squares.  It's been so humid here that it took four days to completely dry.  That being said, I still haven't blocked the Promise Me shawl because the Pop Blanket squares have been on my blocking mat for most of the week.  And in secret sock knitting news, I ran into a hiccup on my design and I have to pull back a good portion of the sock to change the calf shaping.  It just doesn't work as is.  Naturally, I'm avoiding fixing this by knitting the Gummy Bear socks. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

it's fudge time

just tilt your head to the right
Some days just require fudge.  And I'm allergic to milk so these are pretty tough days for me.  I usually have to weigh the need against anything I may have going on around that time to see if the disruption to my health will impact anything important.  I know this sounds really stupid, but sometimes cheese, and ice cream, and chocolate are warranted, and necessary.  Thankfully I've found many fabulous recipes on Pinterist for vegan deserts (not all of them were hits, but many of them where).  Tonight I decided to try making vegan fudge.  If the texture turns out fudge-like, then it's going to be amazing because the taste is perfect.  And it's three simple ingredients: cocoa, coconut oil, and maple syrup.  Can't go wrong.  I mean, even if it doesn't set up, I can always make my gluten free vegan brownies and use the mixture for iceing.

Now, I did finish the Promise Me shawl but I haven't gotten around to blocking it yet.  I never remember to do it until the afternoon and I know it won't be dry by the time I need to go to bed, and I don't want to pin it to the mat on my floor because I exercise there now, so it's just sitting in my old knitting bag looking sad.  I went with the smallest size because the pattern said it took 430 yds to knit the sample, and I had just about that much, but I had a decent amount of yarn left over.  I probably could have knit the next size up.  I took the opportunity to knit 2 hexipuffs from the Celestia yarn, and then I'll return the left overs to Erin. 

In other news, I finished my Pop blanket and managed to figure out the layout of dots.  Again, I haven't blocked it yet but I'll get to it.  I think Eddie is going to inherit this blanket.  It's too small to do anything with, and the yarns aren't washable so I can't gift it to a new mom (I'd never do that to a new mom, lol), and Eddie's old blanket wore out.  He definitely used it.  I think he's due :)

For those wondering about the interview, it went well enough to grant me a second interview.  I'm hounding everyone I know for letters of recommendation (which are required), and printing out transcripts from school, and trying to arrange a good time.  I've put this all into the Lords hands.  If it's right for me and my family, it will happen.  If it's not, something better for me will come along.