We can really feel the effects of global warming here… It is almost mid-November and though it is grey and dark, we have yet to see any snow! In fact, it is drizzling right now… It is usually quite slushy now, snowing and slushing. (
November October is called “slush month” in the native language, afterall) Not that I miss the slush, but it is inevitable so I’d rather it be now than Christmas time!
Snow or not, my birthday is coming, so I ordered some birthday yarn… And because its MY birthday yarn…
I can get really feminine colours! And of course in my favourite lace mohair.
So far I have these colours (and at least 2 other from a purchase I made before this year) in Debbie Bliss’ Party Angel, which is a ‘party’ version of the plain Angel. “Party’ because these have a shiny thread spun into the core for a glitter effect. At first I was worried because glitter often go hand in hand with gaudiness, which I’m not the least bit fond of! But as you can see, the glitter is barely visible! Debbie Bliss Party Angel is even more subtle than Rowan’s Kidsilk Night (which was discontinued eons ago) and I like both much more than Rowan’s Eclipse. I have a few balls of Kidsilk Night in Ballerina Pink in my stash, that I’ve been afraid to use because it is discontinued and I like it SO much. But now I have the pink Party Angel, maybe the Kidsilk Night can come out to play… (The pinks are a little different. The Party Angel is more of a dusty rose and the Kidsilk Night is more of a very light foamy pink.)
We had a snowflake-along session again last tuesday and this is what we had at the end of the session. We used the 6-Point Century Snowflake pattern, which is a slightly more complicated snowflake than our first snowflake-along one. We didn’t manage to finish our snowflake – only got to one side of the last round. But it was a very interesting pattern because of the way the heart was constructed.
I made some peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes 2 weekends ago because I was planning a surprise baby shower for HK. It turned out that the baby arrived on the day of the surprise baby shower! Surprise was for us afterall, and baby shower canceled. So I brought these cupcakes to cell group meeting the next day instead.
I saw LA wearing a most fabulous looking (store-bought, but still really fabulous) ski-sweater at the cell group and while admiring the sweater, I found that it has a little hole at the elbow. Since he doesn’t knit, I offered to fix it for him.
I picked up the stitches at the nearest stable row.
Then I knitted it back up, in pattern, with yarn in the closest colour I have in my stash. Then I grafted it onto the next stable row, in pattern, using a tapestry needle.
I left a long tail and used it to reinforce, by duplicate stitching, other weakening stitches around the area. It was then that I realised I made a boo-boo when I was knitting the patch – I knitted 3 blue stitches rather than the 2 in the actual pattern! Oy vey! By then, the tail is so well woven in I couldn’t find it anymore.
It isn’t so terribly visible, right? Right?… Well, anyway, you can see how this awesome sweater looks. I believe it is designed with some elements from the traditional Sami costume. The Sami tribe is indigenous to Northern Europe and they still exist up in the north in Lapland.
I recently had a sourdough-along with a few friends and the starter we grew was finally ready to use this past weekend! I followed the recipe by VP (who is leading us in this sourdough-along). Mine is 1/3 rye with 2/3 wheat flour.
It was pretty exciting to see happy gluten strands in the dough!
By the way, gluten is not bad for you (unless you have celiac disease). Unless you have celiac disease (which is serious), following a gluten-free diet is as pointless as bringing a fur coat to Singapore.
We ended up taking an impromptu trip to the countryside so I ended up baking my dough a day late. (Those holes are cherry tomatoes that I’ve pushed into the dough).
The crust turned out a bit too thick but it is soft and holey inside! The taste is tangy and flavourful. I’m looking forward to baking my next sourdough bread with the starter and I hope this time I won’t have to risk over-proofing the dough due to delays!
On saturday, I baked a peanut-butter/chocolate marbled cake for M, TK and TH. (“Isät” is “fathers”.) The cake cracked in the oven (expanded too much on the top) so the buttercream was there mostly to cover the cracks. :D
Here is a random pic of L enjoying being rocked by TH, in the rocking chair with MK!
The woolsuit for L is still unfinished… But I’m on the second leg! After that, I will make a collar and add the closure… It is amazing how much time and attention a baby take! In the past, a small project like this would’ve taken 2 weeks tops!
Something else I’ve been meaning to share for a while (but kept forgetting!).. Sometime in the summer, I posted (all the way at the bottom of that post) about knitting for a baby photographer in town. I have received some pics of the knitted props in action! (Pictures posted with permission from the baby’s mother.)
What a sweet looking baby girl, don’t you think? It is also very special to see the knitted items in action.
I have to dash now as I have errands to run before L wakes from his nap. Till next time, keep cozy and craft on!