Showing posts from October, 2011

Snow Unexpected!

Snow in October?! Not something that happens very often on the East Coast. Thankfully, me and the Mister didn't have big plans this weekendand so I took advantage of the extra indoor time to do a little cooking and baking... and yes, knitting!
First up, I made Oat Bran Bannana Cranberry Cakey Loaf! (Yes, I totally made that up...because well, that's what it is!) I literally just followed the directions on the back of the Oat Bran box for oat bran muffins, except I mushed up fresh cranberries and 2 sliced and slightly mashed bananas into the mix. Poured into an 8x8 square baking pan, baked it for 10 minutes and voila!

Next, I finally found a use for Mr. Pumpkin. While he was happily sitting by the windowsill looking all orange and plump, the weather was getting me down and a nice hot bowl of soup sounded right. So I had my pumpkin and I had an onion, add a couple spices like pepper and cumin and we had ourselves a yummy lunch!
Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
1 medium-sized pumpki…

YarnGasm: Episode 30 - All About Color

Listen Here: (Apologies in advance for rambling on about Velynda for a while... It had been a long day and  couldn't quite get the words out. :-P)

ON THE NEEDLES:Velynda Cardigan
Daybreak Shawl

STASHBUSTARMY Snowflake Fingerless Gloves by Cailyn Meyer Roisin by Ysolda Teague Sundagsvotter by Strikkepanja Deer with Little Antlers Hat by Tiny Owl Knits

Knitspiration: Color Love

I'm officially on a color-kick! No longer do I avoid pink like the plague...  I gravitate towards anything grellow-- no matter how annoyingly trendy it may be. Also, web sites like Design Seed and Pinterest, only encourage this infatuation... and something tells me, I'm not alone.

I'm amazed by how just a few colors extracted from a photo of a bird, a landscape or anything at all, creates a mood! I can't think of  a better way to celebrate my favorite palettes than by knitting with them! (Let's face it... redecorating one's apartment can get expensive.)

{On a side note, when it comes to knitting fair isle or intarsia, it helps to be mindful when choosing colors... the right amount of contrast is needed or the pattern will be lost, and / or the colors may not jive as much as you hoped.} 

That being said, here are some of my favorite minimalist knitting patterns with interesting construction that I think are great for showing off color:

Clockwise from left:Box T…

YarnGasm: Episode 29 - Rhinebeck 2011

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 On The Needles I recently cast on the Velynda Cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns (aka The Green Sweater)
I also cast on a pair of Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku -- like Skype, without the "E!"
Off the Needles
I finally cast off my Flannery Socks (By SpillyJane) on a trip to and from Finger Lake Cayuga!
More Rhinebeck Photos

Podcasts I'm Currently Listening To:
A PlayFul Day
Miss Elle Bat Knits
Subway Knits


Smooth Edge Cowl
Bandana Cowl
Cobble Shawl
Vine Bolero

Separated at Birth: Cladonia & Dream Stripes

Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur is easily one of my favorite projects! The pattern was so well written, which made the process more than enjoyable!-- Not to mention, I'm in love with the product! However, if you'd like a more budget friendly version, have a look at Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere. While it's less "festive", adding a simple looped picot bind off is easily attainable. has oodles of tutorials for this technique!

Just Call Me Grandma

Before I forget, I wanted to share this SWEET hard case, cross-stitched granny bag I found at at a Salvation Army up near Lake Cayuga. I swooned when I saw it! Dennis did not. But it's probably the best $10.00 I ever spent at a thrift store! Just think of all the knitty things it could hold!

Pre-Rhinebeck 2011 // 411

In my book, Rhinebeck is right up there with Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Years... sans the cooking and family drama, and wicked hangover the next morning-- all of which I can live without. Needless to say, I've been looking forward to Rhinebeck 2011, since we left Rhinebeck 2010! Anywho...

I'm not sure how this is going to play out on Saturday, but I plan on showing up to the Rhinebeck fairgrounds around noon. Then, I'm going to find Maria (VenusFueri) of the Subway Knits Podcast for an informal podcast meet-up!--Somewhere near the more formal Ravelry meetup at the main gates from 12pm-1pm ((I hear she'll have a sign!))-- Sooo, if you're in or around the area, please pop by and say hello! We'd love to meet you :D

In other news, I cast off my Flannery Socks! I love them... I had plenty of time to work on them this past weekend when we drove up to Lake Cayuga (one of the Finger Lakes near Ithaca) for a wedding-- which is gorgeous this time of yea…

Separated at Birth: Rosebud vs. Molly

Rosebud, Jared Flood's latest drool-worthy hat pattern shares a striking resemblance to Erin Ruth's FREE Molly pattern. As you know, I'm a sucker for slouchy hats, and Flood's take on "the slouch" with his combo of twists and texture are enough to make me fondle some choice luxury yarn in one hand and a credit card in the other! HOWEVER, being on a self-imposed budget since splurging on sock yarn for Socktober-- I was happy to stumble upon Molly, a free and practical clone of Rosebud! While Jared's boasts humble garter stitch and a sophisticated braided cable, Erin Ruth's has a thermal texture with a simple funnel-like cable.-- to each their own! Regardless, anyone with a stitch-dictionary could probably work out their own texture and cable scheme. (just saying)

Episode 28: Strand Watch 2011


Episode 28: Strand Watch 2011

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On the Needles:
Flannery Socks
Off the Needles:
Neep Heid II

Big Snowy Owl
Horai Scarf
Plain and Simple Pullover
Medusa Shawl
Baby Moc-a-Soc

Yarn Acquisitions

Little Red Bicycle
Malabrigo Silky Merino Worsted

Random Mentions
Tandem Bicycle