crafty_packrat: (foodie)
Green shallots, batard of white bread, a whole chicken (Silver Barred variety) for Thanksgiving, apples, pears, and a pain au chocolate on Saturday at the farmer's market. Purple sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, carrots, two dozen large eggs, an empanada, a red chard plant, milk, cream, and bell pepper quark at the market on Sunday.

I went to Crafty Bastards and Union Market )

Since the fair was in front of Union Market, I went in to see what's what; the building is a bit of urban renewal, with artisan food producers having booth in a building that's in the middle of the somewhat rundown wholesaling neighborhood. O NOM NOM NOM! )

Basically, it's an excellent place to go for a bit of foodie tourism.

Today though, I am making Chestnut Ice Cream. And looking through the Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free cookbook I just bought, because it looks like I will be having a gluten-free Thanksgiving.
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1 persimmon, Nittany apples, bartlett pears, 1 lb ground beef, 6 oz feta, pain au chocolate and framboisine.

There was a stand selling quinces, so I might buy one or two next week and bake them.

At the art market, Susquehanna Knitting Company was there this week -- I didn't buy anything, but they had a lovely scarf pattern that I might pick up that used black and varigated yarns to lovely effect.

I also ran into [personal profile] ellen_fremedon -- last week I ran into [livejournal.com profile] wordplay -- the market seems to be the place to run into people.

I'm thinking about hosting Thanksgiving again this year, and maybe making hasenpfeffer instead of turkey -- there is a vendor who carries whole rabbits, so I could certainly get one or two. I definitely want to try an antique soft drink tasting, so I might do that at the same time.

Woe...

May. 23rd, 2012 09:00 pm
crafty_packrat: Heart design on whorl of a polymer clay spindle (Default)
I figured out why I was off on the yardage for [personal profile] sanj's sweater.

... I managed to forget 20 decreases. D:

So, I had to rip back almost to the sleeve joins and start the decreases again. This means I will in all probability not have it ready mid-June like I planned, but maybe by the first of September.

I'm going to try to work on it every day, including weekends, to get back to where I was on something approaching a schedule, but with my new (and exhausting) responsibilities at work, that might not happen. Maybe if I knit through every DVD I watch from Netflix for the next while, I'll be able to pace myself. We'll see.

At least I still have the perfect buttons for this project.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I was dithering about finishing [personal profile] sanj's sweater, because I made an error at the rather complicated decrease -- which required ripping back 4 rows, which took about 80 minutes, all told.

But I seem to be back on track, and hope to have it finished in time to give it to her in June.
crafty_packrat: Shiny Disco socks (sock-knitting)
I've been working on Changeling socks for a few weeks now, and frankly, I'm going to have to give up on the heels as written, frog them back to heel beginning, and do them over as short-row heels.

Why? -- because the heels as written have a lot of fabric bunching up on the top of my foot while the fabric stretches tight around my heel on the other side. That's not how socks should fit, especially if they're hand knit and made to measure.

The socks won't be quite as spiffy as they'd be done exactly to the pattern, but they'll fit better.

I'm also tempted to knit the Bigger on the Inside shawl for Con.txt -- it'd probably sell well at the charity auction, but the starting price would be a bit high, given that it is made from 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Solamente in a custom colorway...
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I've got half a skein of Cascade Sock that I was hoping to knit into a pair of Kingdom gloves for myself ... but having finished the palm and started on the fingers on the right-hand glove, I find that the ball is smaller than I expected.

So I'm starting the left glove, and seeing how far I can get with it. If I run out of yarn before I can get both finished with all fingers, I'll rip them back and convert them into fingerless gloves.

I'm amused that Knitty has called this pattern 'extraspicy'. I enjoy the heck out of cabling, so I'm finding it a pretty easy pattern once I get past the short-rows and pick-up at the wrist; I also had to adjust severely because my wrist is a size Small and my knuckles as size Extra-Large by the pattern's measurements. There is almost nothing in this pattern that I haven't done for socks, so I'm wondering what the editors were thinking when they rated it so hard.

[personal profile] texasgrandma do you think Aunt B would like a set? If I can get her hand dimensions, I should be able to knit her a set.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
Because of a 'Use it or lose it' policy about vacation time at my job, I'm taking the week of and trying to catch up on my knitting projects. My to do list is a little ridiculous:


  • Finish [personal profile] sanj's cardigan, block, seam, and button it.

  • Finish two pairs of socks -- for me

  • Finish the Van Ness crocheted scarf in Malabrigo Silky Archangel

  • Knit all of the Baby Alligator scarf for [personal profile] molly_o's BG before winter really kicks in

  • Sew buttons on my Ringwood gloves so I can actually use them

  • Start the Takoma jacket so I can partcipate in the Knit-Along

  • Buy an inexpensive digital camera since I didn't get one for Christmas -- maybe tomorrow -- and take pictures to document everything.

crafty_packrat: (Swan Tam)
At the Wednesday night knitting group, I finally finished the Mallorean Trees socks (actually, the Lothlorien pattern by Janel Laidman from The Enchanted Sole, but in a brownish colorway), which required binding off with a sewing needle to get a nice K1P1 ribbing edge.

They look good, though! )

I also started the Jasmine Lace Scarf to go with my Jasmine Lace mitts. In Intense Rainbow! )

Sadly, the ball on Mini Mochi I had had 2 knots in it, which means for my purchase of 2 balls of Mini Mochi, I have 3 knots. That is not a good ratio, and I'm going to have to think pretty hard before I buy another skein of Mini Mochi, even though it has some fabulous colorways and some wonderful patterns written just for it, like the Rainbow Striped Socks or the Rodekool Scarf.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (knitting)
So, I pulled out my other ball of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in 'Intense Rainbow' to make the Jasmine Lace Scarf to match my Jasmine Lace Mitts -- but I noticed a knot under the first layer of yarn.

Since you can usually match up the yarn and smooth out color gradations by careful splicing, I peeled off the first layer, untied the knot (greenish yellow to orange), and looked at the other end to see if I could match the colors up better -- which I could.

Except in the course of rewinding the ball, I found another knot, blue to purple. Two knots in one 50 gram ball is ridiculous -- one knot you do occasionally get, but I had a knot in the other ball of this yarn that I used to make my Jasmine Mitts.

Has anyone else worked with Mini Mochi? Are knots common? I don't mind an occasional knot, but 3 knots per 2 balls is not a good ratio!

Phoooey...

Sep. 28th, 2011 09:18 pm
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I must have miscalculated somewhere, since I'm rapidly approaching the end of [personal profile] sanj's sweater and even more rapidly running out of yarn. I was sure I ordered more yarn than the pattern called for, just to hedge against such a situation, but somehow, I don't seem to have enough. I'm now asking around on Ravelry to see if people with the correct color of the yarn are willing to sell me extras out of their stash.

This means [personal profile] sanj's sweater is on hold for the moment, while I work on some Fetching mitts for my aunt. I'm also looking at my stash and wondering if she, or anyone in the family, would like a Sariel shawl in Indiecita colorway from Malabrigo. Photos don't do justice to how pretty the colorway is -- it's got a lovely shimmery quality, like the mist rainbow from a waterfall.

I'm also looking at starting some more Baby Alligator scarves for my baby cousins -- I'll have to pick out colors -- and eventually start the Icarus shawl for [personal profile] sanj, since I have the 1000 yards of cobweb-weight she bought for it before she moved north. Fortunately, it's top-down, so if I begin to run out of yarn, I can just rip back and make it a little shorter.

I'm also looking at purchasing the Eyjafjallajökull and Irtfa'a patterns for myself
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (knitting)
I'm still working on [personal profile] sanj's Decimal cardigan. I'd say it's about 90% complete right now.

It looks kind of a mess right now seriously... )

The sleeves aren't sewn up yet, and the yoke is still in progress, but all it needs after the yoke is finished is the buttonband and then I'll sew the sleeves up and block it.
crafty_packrat: (foodie)
I used my Microplane Zester for the first time today. This thing is amazing! Everyone who needs lemon zest on even a semi-regularly basis should get one! I zested an entire lemon in under a minute, and just had to tap the back of the zester to get the lemon zest off. I'm in love with this tool!

Also, I'm almost finished on the right sleeve of [personal profile] sanj's sweater, so probably will join the sleeves on Wednesday and start doing the yoke decreases.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I've finished all the shaping and length for the left sleeve of [personal profile] sanj's Decimal Cardigan and will begin on the right sleeve tomorrow. I estimate it will take me through the end of August or so to get that finished, and probably through September to get the top of the sweater and the buttonband finished, plus sewing up the sleeves. So she might get it as early as October or as late as Christmas...
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I'm 21 stitches away from the stopping point on the left sleeve of [personal profile] sanj's Decimal Cardigan. This is good progress -- I should be able to start the right sleeve by next week, and have the sweater finished sometime in September, if I can find buttons and the time to seam it. This means she'll actually get use out of it this fall!

Anyway, I'm feeling accomplished here.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I've completed 8 inches on the left sleeve of [personal profile] sanj's Decimal cardigan. That's about 2 balls worth -- I think each sleeve will take about 4 balls, but it really depends on how the decreasing goes. The sleeves are going to be bracelet length and slightly belled. It might take all of August to get this finished, and then I still have to find buttons. I'm leaning towards either whimsical hedgehogs or steampunk gears or sundials, depending on how big the buttonholes wind up, and what's available when it's time to order.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I've started the left sleeve of [personal profile] sanj's Decimal Cardigan. It's going pretty fast -- probably because I'm working 100 stitches less than when I was doing the main body -- it'll tick up again when I join the sleeves to the rest of the body.

Hopefully, I'll get this done before fall, so she can at least wear it this year.

Otoh, I have found a selection of the most fabulous and adorable buttons!
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
Yesterday I rode up to MdS&W with [personal profile] wolfshark, her spouse and her friend -- taking the back roads and winding state highways up. We got there at about 10 am, as planned.

The first thing )
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (Grommit)
I finished my Archangel of Mass Transit shawl -- actually, it's the Sariel shawl by Corrine Ferguson, and it's well worth $6 to have the pattern.

Seriously, this was a fun shawl to knit )I'm using the leftover yarn to make another Van Ness crocheted scarf, which looks fairly spectacular in a multicolor like Malabrigo Silky in the 'archangel' colorway.

I'm also finishing up my Ringwood gloves in Malabrigo Worsted in 'snowbird' -- they're incredibly comfortable, and about 75% finished.

Read more... )

Next up -- Baby Alligator scarf in Cascade Sierra in a bright yellow-green (color 48). If I have to make it shorter because the yardage isn't perfect, I don't think it will matter much, since I'm making it for a baby.
crafty_packrat: Heart design on whorl of a polymer clay spindle (Default)
Found my copy of the Baby Alligator Scarf pattern. Now I can make one for [personal profile] molly_o's BG, and for my two youngest cousins-once-removed. I'll have to figure out some alternative to wool, since the smallest cousin is living in SoCal last I heard, and will not actually need a warm scarf come winter.

I also found my copy of Interweave Summer 2002 with the Annie Modesitt linen hat patterns -- the Garden Party Chapeau and Spectator Hat. I also have her Knitting Millinery, and plan to make several hats this year.

Now I just need to find my issue of Interweave Summer 2006 so I can make the Icarus shawl for [personal profile] sanj and get started on the sleeves for her Decimal cardigan.
crafty_packrat: Grommit knitting intarsia (knitting)
This is the yarn for Keðja, from Istex's Lopi No. 28, which I found out about while browsing Istex's online store after looking at what [personal profile] ellen_fremedon brought home from her trip to Iceland (lots of gorgeous yarn and a fabulous pattern book). According to Wikitionary, Keðja means chain -- which makes sense, given the colorwork edging. It's made from Létt-Lopi, which is an Aran-weight yarn that is incredible reasonably priced, even with the shipping. I tried to order a wheel of the dark amber heather Plötulopi in the same order, but it wasn't included and my money was refunded.

A rainbow of Lopi )

I plan to make the tunic length version of the sweater (which has the chain pattern around the hem as well as the neck), and modify it with waist shaping. That means it won't be quite Icelandic style, but it will be more flattering on me. I might change the neckline too -- maybe make it a little more of a jewel neckline than the pattern has as writ.

I'm also ramping up to finishing [personal profile] sanj's Decimal cardigan. It's made of Knit Picks Shine Sport in Jay, and should be my main summer project.

It's about half done, as you can see )

Right now, I've got most of the body of the sweater finished, and need to start on the sleeves -- probably starting next week, once the weather stops ping-ponging up and down so much.

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