Over the summer I decided it would be nice to have a smaller project after finishing my sweater. I had some Wolle’s Yarn Creations color changing yarn in my stash that I was really wanting to knit up and The Age of Brass and Steam seamed to be the perfect pattern to show off the beautiful color transitions.
Good Intent Cider got even better because this weekend they opened their tasting room at 167 South Potter Street in Bellefonte, Pa.
Mike and I went after running a few errands and we were very excited to enjoy all the cider we know we already love in their tasting room. Their space is so quaint with lots of exposed brick and wood.
We each enjoyed two glasses of cider. We each had a Good Charmat and then Mike tried their perry which is called Calebasse Bosc and I had the original Adam’s Apple.
And of course I got a sweatshirt before I left because I love a good hoodie and I’m sure it won’t hurt if there’s another person out there wearing their gear.
Check it out. An actual finished project! I finished knitting my Lemongrass sweater back in May. It just needed to be blocked and I had to sew on the buttons. But where’s the incentive to do that when you finish a sweater when summer is coming? So it was finished this week.
I used Austermann Murano which is a bulky self-striping yarn. It’s now discontinued so I got it at a discount. I purposefully made my yarn selection because as my first real sweater, I wasn’t confident I’d even get through it or that I’d even want to wear it.
But I did and I do because the pattern is so well written and easy to follow. I love the cable pattern down the front and the way the sides come together with buttons. The only changes I made were to the stitch used to increase for the arms and putting two buttons on each side.
So I’m pretty pleased with my big warm bulky sweater and even though I’m sad to see summer go, at least I can look forward to getting to wear this new sweater that I knit myself.
Last night was the 11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner in Lemont, Pennsylvania. The event was catered by EcoVents and benefited the Lemont Village Association.It was a cool evening, perfect to enjoy a Spanish themed multi-course meal in the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds.
To start there were cracked marinated Spanish olives, salted almonds, a selection of cheeses, figs with goat cheese and serrano ham, and a variety of empanadas: mushroom and cheese, chicken and poblano cream cheese and beef and potato. I tried two of the empanadas and the fig with goat cheese and ham. My favorite was definitely the figs.
Dessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.
Today I hosted my friends for a Sip and Paint party on my deck. I had such a great time. Thank you to our teacher Amanda who guided us through the process as we recreated Kandinsky’s Houses in Munich.
This is my finished version.
They all turned out so good.
It was a wonderful way to spend a summer day.
It’s been a while since we’ve tried a new recipe and one that I absolutely loved. But tonight we made a great one.
The recipe suggested serving over quinoa but we had couscous on hand and used that. It was so flavorful because of the cinnamon, cardamon, cumin and turmeric and the cooked tomatoes. We grilled chicken for the week and had that as well but this easily could have been it’s own meal.
A couple weekends ago I visited my friend Elena who lives in New Jersey. We decided to go into the city for a night. While we were there our plan was to explore, take pictures, and eat delicious food.
During our explorations, we visited Purl Soho.
I’ve only knit one of their patterns before but I admire their patterns regulary and read their blog. I love their color choices and the style of their finished pieces.
It’s my first finished project of 2014! It’s a Cable and Eyelet Hat.
I changed the pattern a bit, omitting some of the straight knitting and purling rows between the cable and eyelet detail in favor of repeating the cable and eyelet rows an extra time. I like the way it turned out and think would have been even longer if I did it the way the pattern was written. I think my brim is shorter too.
This is the top. I changed the decreases ever so slightly so as to not be knitting the two stitches together at the end and beginning of the next row. I still think it looks pretty.
A few months ago, I discovered T-shirt yarn or tarn. I was checking out Wool and the Gang’s Jersey Be Good and finding myself wanting to buy tons of colors. But I restrained myself and instead started googling and learned how easy it is to make your own. I found some great tutorials like this one here.
It seemed like a great reason to clean out my closet and I grabbed some old T-shirts that were definitely ready to be recycled.
Here’s what I did.
First I cut the neck and arms off the flat T-shirt to make more of a rectangular tube. I folded it in half and began cutting one inch strips being sure to stop before I got to the folded edge.Here you can see the finished cut T-shirt with Willie. Cats are very curious about tarn making.
It’s been a while since I posted any projects because I haven’t actually finished anything yet this year.
I decided that I wanted to try my first real sweater and it’s been taking a bit of time to finish up. I’m working on Lemongrass and I am loving everything about it.
For a first time sweater knitter, I’ve found the pattern is very easy to follow, the construction is very simple and using a bulky yarn makes each section go quickly. I just hope I finish it in time to wear at least once before the weather gets too warm.
I’m also working on Hermione’s Cable & Eyelet Hat for a friend’s mom.
This week, another exciting this that happened was my card catalog was featured on Asja Knits. Asja wrote a post about yarn storage and found so many creative ways knitters are storing their yarns. It was very exciting to see my storage method listed with so many other beautiful and creative yarn stashes.