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Mom’s Birthday Knits

My mom’s birthday is coming up on Dec 1, as it is every year of course.  This year I’ve been knitting up a storm for her.  I decided to use Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Natural as she requested something in a cream or neutral colour.  Her winter jacket is a dark brown with purplish highlights to it in some light.  I’ve finished 2 items and am over half done the third.

Scarf:

The first item is a keyhole cabled scarf.  It was a very quick knit and used up very little yarn.

 

Hat:

Next was Jared Flood’s Turn a Square toque with malabrigo worsted and a brown Noro Silk Garden striped together.

Mittens:

These are what have taken the longest.  I’m working on Ysolda’s Snapdragon Flip-Top Mitts.  They’re very cabled and really pretty, but can take awhile to do.  I’m done one mitten and have 8 rows left on the 40 row chart before doing the flip top, the top of the mitt and the thumb.  I’m going to post a picture of the mitts later and hopefully get a picture of my mom wearing it all in December.

On my Needles

Since I want to post more, I figure I should ease back into it with something relatively easy; a list of what I’m currently working on.

Gauge Swatches for various Sweaters and Cardigans

I finished my gauge swatch for the Rivel Cardigan on the first try using my Filatura Di Crosa Zara Solid in a dark chocolate brown on size 5 neeldes, which is the size listed in the pattern.  I then worked on Breakwater using Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in Stormy.  I’ve already completed one project with the blue label, so I know it tends to stretch out a bit after washing.  My first instinct was to use size 5 needles, instead of the size 7 suggested, but went with the size 7’s anyway.  It was very much the wrong gauge after washing and laying flat, something like 18 stitches/4″ and I needed 22 stitches/4″.  So I redid the swatch using size 5 needles and after washing, it’s perfect!  The third swatch I’ve been working on is for a Rocky Coast Cardigan for my mom.  She bought the yarn for it when my parents were out at the end of september to visit, it’s Berroco Ultra Alpaca in a dark teal.  I’m doing the swatch on US size 10.5 needles because that’s what is listed in the pattern and I’ve never used Ultra Alpaca before.  I’ve also never swatched and had to count gauge while knitting in a pattern.

Birthday Presents

My mother’s birthday is on December 1st, and I have one more Snapdragon Flip-top mitten to finish before her birthday present is all done and just needs to be mailed out.  She will be getting these mittens, a keyhole scarf and a toque, all made of Malabrigo Worsted in Natural.

Other things…hibernating, I want to forget about them but don’t have the guts yet to frog them things

I have a shawl that I started in June out of Noro Taiyo which I was in love with, but am getting tired of the purl rows.  I’m not using a pattern with this one, just using the standard increases for a triangle shawl and doing stockinette sections separated with yo, k2tog rows and then a few garter stitch sections to break up the stockinette and add some textural interest.  I want to do a ruffled border on it, but haven’t gotten there yet.  Since Noro Taiyo is a self striping yarn, I wanted to keep it very simple to let the yarn speak for itself.  I also originally wanted to use up the entire skein, which is over 400yds of fingering weight, but I’m currently at 1/2 a skein and don’t think I have the patience to go on.  When I picked it up again in August I finished a stockinette section and was going to do one more garter stitch section then do the ruffle border.

Another project that I’m about half-done is a shrug.  One sleeve is completely done and the other sleeve is about halfway up my forearm.  I will need to buy more of the yarn if I want to finish it but it has to be ordered online and we don’t really have the money for it right now, which is why I’m thinking about frogging it and using the yarn for something smaller.

 

It’s been about +5 and rainy here in bc for the last week, so I’ve got projects I really want to cast on that I don’t think will take that long to actually knit up.  I want to make another pair or two of fingerless gloves for me and a cowl.  Fall definitely is knitting season!

Tanis Fiber Arts Blog Giveaway

So I know I don’t post all that often, but I really want to start up again. Due to school and living with my boyfriend’s parents, I don’t really cook anymore, so it will be focused on my knitting and probably some about schoolwork.

So, in the knitting stream of things, one of my favorite independant Canadian dyer’s ever, currently has a giveaway on her blog. Go here: http://tanisfiberarts.blogspot.com/2011/10/giveaway.html and enter if you knit! Her colourways are absolutely amazing, and all her yarn is so soft.

Still not cooking much…

Well, it’s been over 8 months since posting and I figured it might be time for an update.  Tons has happened in the last 8 months, I moved from Winnipeg, MB to Mission BC, I’ve changed Universities from the University of Winnipeg to the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.  I’ve been doing tons of knitting and basically zero cooking!  The bad thing about moving is that I had to leave my job in Winnipeg and look for a job here in the Abbotsford/Mission area.  Thankfully I was only unemployed for 5 weeks, I finally found a job at Best Buy in Abby as part of the Merchandising and Product Placement team.  Basically doing inventory, organizing, rearranging shelves, and putting up displays.  I’m really excited about it, hoping to find a job I love like I loved my job at Chapters.  Classes start in 3 weeks from Tuesday and I’m kind of excited about that too.  Another wonderful thing about moving to Mission is that I was able to move in with my boyfriend, Chris.  Things are going awesomely awesome and I haven’t been this happy in a very long time.

The only thing I’ve cooked is a roast in the slow cooker last week when Chris’ parents were in Calgary visiting his brother.

Slow Cooker Potroast

3lb beef roast

1 pkg french onion soup mix

3 cups water

3 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced

1 onion, peeled and cut into rings or wedges

3 large potatoes, cut up

 

1. Place onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.  Put roast on top of the onions, put potatoes and carrots around roast.

2. Put onion soup mix on top of the roast, pour water over.  Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  The gravy can be thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot powder after the roast is done on the stove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not much cooking going on ’round here…

With final exams and christmas and work this month, I haven’t done a whole lot of cooking or baking.  Especially since I had $500 of tuition to catch up on this month and haven’t been able to go grocery shopping since November.  I’m trying to do some knitting before school starts again next week as I got to go shopping at Ram Wools Co-op here in Winnipeg as part of my christmas present.  I bought some very nice self-striping sock yarn (at $16/ball) and some Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is a mohair/silk combo (at almost $20/ball) and am attempting to do a cabled scarf.  I just hit my first cable and am scared.  It made it so tight and I don’t think it looks right, but I’m going to keep on trucking and see how it turns out further along.  Fingers crossed it’ll work cause this is an expensive scarf to give up on!

This is the link to the pattern that I’m using.

http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternCableScarf.asp

This is how far along I am!

Christmas Baking

The last few weeks have been pretty busy between school, exams, work, and getting ready for Christmas.  I don’t have a lot of shopping to do exactly, but am in charge of practically all the christmas baking for our family and am organizing some stuff at work as well.

 

Christmas Baking List

Sugar Cookies – done!

Gingersnaps – done!

Banana bread – done!

Pumpkin cake – done!

Fudge – done!

Peanut butter balls – not done, need icing sugar

Peppermint patties – not done, need crisco

Peanut Butter Cups – not done

Chocolate Toffee – not done, need butter

 

Lots to do in the next few weeks.  I’ve been working on a curried roasted potato recipe but don’t have any potatoes left to try again and it’s not quite right yet.  Tonight I’m making lamb and chickpea curry because that’s basically all I can make with the ingredients I have at home.