On this weekend of numerous fiber festivals (Rhinebeck, Creativ Festival, etc.) that I (yet again) will not be able to attend, I have decided to focus on some simple things that bring me joy (not necessarily in this order):
(It might not look it in the photo, but I do assure you that the yarn is, indeed, electric purple.)
Pattern: Hidden Hearts by Jeannie Cartmel
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, P818183; Broder Medicis 2-ply lace, Midnight Blue
I’m using the leftover laceweight yarn that I dyed for Mystic Star held doubled for the toe (elongated to 3″), heel & cuff of these socks because the colour was perfect and I only have one single gorgeous skein of the Koigu.
(Trust me, if I could’ve, I would’ve cleaned Lettuce Knit completely out of this luscious yarn.)
2. The Magic of Blocking Lace
The transformation of crumpled mess to gorgeous lace never ceases to amaze.
My Autumn Leaves Scarf blocked out to about 7″ wide and 61″ long.
It also looks fantastic with my Levi’s jacket:
Pattern: Feuilles by Eric Hinsch
Yarn: KnitPicks Palette, Autumn Heather; Patons Kroy 3-ply, Col. 305 (Khaki Green)
Needles: 4mm Brittany Straights
3. Trees That Match My Wardrobe
This is the view from my 5th floor balcony. Oh, how I love this time of year!
4. Wool Blankets, Sweaters and Socks
It’s October in Ontario. See above.
5. My New Haircut
I feel so sophisticated. And a little like Audrey Tautou.
6. Lace & Ruffles in Chunky Yarn
There is just something deeply satisfying about knitting lace in thick wool on chunky needles.
Pattern: Ruffled Lace Christmas Stocking by Kathy North
Yarn: White Buffalo Elenka, Cream; Reynolds Lopi, Gold
Needles: 6mm DPNs
That crocheted ruffle just cracks me up.
7. The Perfect Beads
I finally picked up the beads for my Wings of Horus Shawl this week – they’re #8 Miyuki beads in a matte gold colour that works incredibly well with the cotton/ramie blend yarn.
They remind me of Egyptian jewelry, which is entirely appropriate.
8. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
I use the recipe from “Eating Gluten Free” by Shreve Stockton.
(A really good basic GF cookbook, btw. The buckwheat pancake recipe is the BEST! I just sub out the buckwheat with teff flour as it’s a no-no for me.)
9. A Place For Everything & Everything In It’s Place
Those of you who know me well, know that I abhor doing dishes and laundry. However vital, it simply takes too much of my valuable knitting time.
This week, I have actually managed to thoroughly clean & organize my kitchen, keep up with the dishes & get all of the piled-up laundry washed, dried and put away. We can actually see the floor in the bedroom – it’s positively amazing!
An uncluttered house = uncluttered mind. Or at least in theory… it sure as heck feels like a weight has lifted off of my shoulders.
10. My Wonderful Husband
Tomorrow will be BadgerDan’s and my 11th wedding anniversary and as much as I like to grumble about him, he is the love of my life.
We’ve been through quite a lot together these past years and marvel at how we’ve (a) survived and (b) haven’t killed one another yet as we are both *quite* headstrong individuals who think in very different ways. (We have been known to have some very loud arguements, only to find out afterwards that we were actually arguing the same point.)
He is the Mathematician to my Visionary, the Costello to my Abbott and the Yang to my Yin.
And even though we won’t be going out for dinner tomorrow night (we’re actually on duty this week & next while the building managers are on vacation), we *will* be cracking open the bottle of 2007 Folonari Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso in the cupboard.
I love you Honey. Have a cookie. 🙂