Hello everyone…sorry for being a little neglectful. A few deadlines have come and gone: I’ve been working away on a few projects and prospects and hope to bring news of those in the coming weeks – but in the meantime I thought to share some pictures of things I’ve managed to find some spare time for over the past couple of weeks.
One thing I love to do is cook…but for a family BBQ last weekend I decided to have a go at baking. I have a sweet tooth, but desserts don’t excite me – and yes, I am a real human female! So I had a go at blueberry muffins with a smidgen of lemon and lime and this is what happened:
They look okay – and most importantly people ate them! – but I think I need a lot more practice. Next time I attempt them I will add a bit more sugar and perhaps one less egg. The recipe was interesting; I had no idea that muffins were made from a batter rather than a basic sponge, so technically it was hard for me to understand what was going on with the little baking chemistry I do know. I can see why pastry chefs are a breed all on their own. A meal can be wonderful but if the dessert is below par, all can almost be lost. My mum is an amazing baker and I aspire to be as good as her one day, but there’s some way to go before I can even put a toe in her shoes. Then again, we all have to start somewhere! I’m glad I tried. Daunted, but not deterred.
In local project news, loose ends are finally, not to mention literally, being tied up.
Here is my Kos t-shirt, waiting to be completed. Just the main seams to go – I think I will see about blocking it again, but I’m very happy with my rearrangement of the stripes on the body. I think it looks a lot more balanced. Below are another two projects in various states of undress: my golden brown Amy cardigan from Kim Hargreaves’ Quirky, and the recoloured fairisle Bute cardigan from Rowan magazine 52, which is waiting for 1 1/2 sleeves, a button band and umpteen hours of sewing in ends!
Colourwork, especially fairisle, is one of my favourite knitting techniques but the ends can be a killer. For my next fairisle project (TBC; only if it is a cardigan and involves knitting only one row of a colour rather than two) I’m going to try a trick I’ve heard: to knit on DPNs or circulars with stoppers on the ends to. That way, if the oddly-placed colours are not where I’d like them to be, I can take the stoppers off the ends/turn the work and take them up the side rather than constantly cutting and rejoining the yarn – which always looks wasteful to me.
Having got to the finishing line…sort of…I’m planning what to knit next in my spare time:
The first image (sorry about my thumbnail at the bottom) is of Allure from Kim Hargreaves’ Amber; the second is Lichen from Rowan Magazine 40. Both are now out of print sadly, but you may be able to borrow a copy of each book from a friend or get lucky on ebay or a knitting shop. I have already knitted a golden version of Allure, but think I will do another in blush pink. The cardigan will be in a lovely new green in Kid Classic, called Grasshopper. Green is not usually a friend of mine but this colour is beautiful. Getting this colour, not to mention finding out it suited me, was a really nice surprise as I have set myself the task of knitting up my stash for the foreseeable future!
The very last thing I have my eye on is the again out-of-print Innsbruck cardigan from an old Rowan brochure called Classic Alpine. I am making it in some discontinued Cashsoft Aran from my stash and will share pictures when I have something more interesting to look at than a few centimetres of ribbing! Getting this and the other projects done – and lest we forget, I’d like to fit in some dressmaking too! – will give me a welcome, much-needed break when my nose has been firmly held to the grindstone.