Usually I am very excited to talk about all the projects I knit throughout the year but I only finished five projects in 2014. I didn’t knit as much this year (or post about it) but I like that the items I completed were very satisfying.
Hat to Match – I wear this hat all the time and I love that I bought the yarn at Purl Soho when I was in the city with my friend Elena.
Drop Stitch Cowl – I knit this for a special milestone birthday for a good friend. This pattern had been in my queue forever and I was glad to finally have a reason to knit it up.
I hope I can finish more projects in 2015. I’m working on this vest right now and I’m itching do more color work and thinking of also casting on these mittens. I want to continue to learn new things and just enjoy knitting.
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.
I added one extra repeat of the pattern and then knit the garter stitch edge until I finished up the skein to be sure to make the most of all the wonderful color.
It’s much bigger than the original pattern but I love how the cotton fabric drapes. I’m very pleased with this project.
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.
We joined three other couples at our table for the rest of the meal.
The next course was a salad with arugula, grapes, and almonds with a saba vinaigrette and bread made my Ron and Sue Smith.
The next course was a pumpkin and bean soup.
The main course included papas bravas
Basque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives
and chick peas and chorizo (which was my favorite part of the main course).
Dessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.
Once again, it was a lovely event with a great crowd.
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.
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.
It feels so good to finally finish a project. I started the first sleeve of my sweater last night and I am very pleased with how it’s looking.
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.
Next I began cutting alternating sides so that it became one long strip of fabric.
T-shirt is stretchy so you need to stretch it out so that the ends and corners fold in to make one long continuous strand that is a bit more uniform in shape.
And then you wind it into a ball to use for whatever project you wish.
I made four balls out of old T-shirts. I’ll likely make a scarf out of this for the spring once I finish some other projects.
And my next goal is to attempt to do some old flat T-shirt sheets. I hope to turn those into a rug.