Grey Days.

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The weather around here has been pretty grey lately… lots of rain. I actually quite like fall weather but it does get a bit tiresome after a few weeks. At least I’ve got knitting that matches the weather! I’ve just finished the first few rows of the baby cardigan I mentioned yesterday. I’m making it for my cousin’s baby who was born at the end of September. I’m making the 3-6 month size, because I won’t be seeing her until Christmas, so hopefully it’ll fit then. The yarn is Begere de France Caline in a really pretty grey, and it’s so soft! Like I said in yesterday’s post- since the yarn is so plain, I want some nice buttons to make the cardigan really special- do you have any suggestions?
(Rav link)

I’m still working my way through Lord of the Flies (by William Golding) and The Beggar’s Garden (by Michael Christie). I’m enjoying both of these… hopefully I’ll be able to read a bit more of the short story collection this week. Most of my reading time right now is being eaten up by academic readings.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn-Along.

Blueberries.

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So awhile ago I started knitting a very tiny, very cute sweater. A sweater for a baby who was only the size of a blueberry. You might remember helping me pick a pattern for the yarn I had bought.

I finally finished the sweater, just in time for a baby to make her appearance! I packed it up and sent it to the US at Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, the tiny, cute sweater is even cuter on a baby. (And, by some miracle, it fits.)

(Rav link)

Now I’ve got to get started on another cardigan for another baby who made her appearance a few weeks ago! I’m going to make a little grey cardi with a decorative yoke in a soft grey yarn. (Rav link). Since the cardigan will be so simple, I think it will need some special buttons… any suggestions?

Linking up with KCCO.

Lately

Evening work and tea

WIP: Blueberries for the blueberry

WIP: Blueberries for the blueberry

O's knitting

Maple tree

Tea

Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A tiny baby cardigan for H’s brother’s baby (nicknamed the blueberry). The pattern is Linnie (thanks for all of your input about patterns last week!) and the yarn is Viking Baby Ull in colourways 368 and 369. I realised after I had chosen the yarn that the colours are rather reminiscent of blueberries… so it’s a blueberry cardigan for a blueberry baby!
(Rav link)

Reading :: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve been really enjoying non-fiction books about food and gardening/ farming/ preserving lately, and this one seems to be highly recommended. I’ve just started it but I’m enjoying the writing style so far.

Drinking :: A surprising amount of tea, considering current temperatures! Favourites recently include plain English Breakfast and Just Peachy and Saigon Chai from Davids Tea (Just Peachy is sold out online, but some stores still have it if you want to try it!).

Watching :: Season 1 of Flashpoint. Most of you know by now that I’m a sucker for crime shows, and this one is fairly well done and filmed in Toronto! I don’t know if I’ll watch all 6 seasons (the show ended a few years ago), but I’m enjoying working my way through season 1 at least. I also picked up Lark Rise to Candleford at the library awhile ago- I’ve heard great things about it and I can’t wait to start watching it.

What have you been knitting, reading, drinking, and watching lately?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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All things purple.

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

WIP: Hitofude

Yarn for baby sweater

Hitofude and cookbooks

I’m still working on my hitofude cardigan… I’ve got one more lace pattern repeat for this section (which is, if I’m reading the pattern correctly, the sleeves). The construction of this cardi is so interesting that it’s like a surprise each time I read and knit the next part of the pattern. The whole garment is knit in one piece, no seams, without breaking the yarn once. Such a creative design.
(Rav link)

I also need to cast on a new project soon… I know two people who are having babies in September, so I picked up this fingering weight yarn in two shades of purple at Romni Wools when I was in Toronto last week. Do you have a favourite baby sweater pattern (preferably that would work in 2 colours)? I was thinking maybe this one or this one.

I haven’t been reading a ton of non-academic stuff recently, but I have been cooking a lot and trying out recipes from a bunch of different cookbooks. I love that I can take cookbooks out of the library and try a few recipes before deciding whether or not to buy the book! Here are a few of my recent favourites:

Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers
Super Natural Every Day, by Heidi Swanson
The Sprouted Kitchen, by Sarah and Hugh Forte
The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon

I hope you’re all having a great week!

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In which I have the best family ever.

Briefly interrupting our regular knitting programming today to talk about how awesome my family is (knitting further down this post). I got a package in my mailbox Monday morning, which was a surprise considering I wasn’t expecting anything. I crossed my fingers and hoped that nothing in it was breakable, shoved it into my backpack (my mailbox isn’t in my building) and ran off to English. When I opened it later on that day, I found…

Halloween candy! Chocolate! Almonds!

Awesome!

A few things have been happening on the knitting front. First, I finished up the knitting part of JP’s hogwarts scarf. I still needs to be washed and blocked and I need to add the fringe. I need a big space, pins, and a crochet hook to do those, so it’ll have to wait until I’m home in a few weeks. I’ll do some good pictures then too. Until then, enjoy this dorm room mirror shot! (Rav link)

I’m also making three little hats for little miss E using leftover sock yarn. I’m almost done the first one and it is so cute! The pattern is free here. (Rav link)

Wishing you an evening filled with books and tea! (I’m currently reading Virgil’s The Aneid for my classical literature course. Interesting so far, particularly having read The Odyssey, which was Virgil’s inspiration.

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO today!

Babies and cupcakes

Babies and cupcakes… could there be anything better? A family friend, J, had her first daughter earlier this month and I realized I still hadn’t made anything for her. When the opportunity came up to test this adorable baby sweater, I thought that it would be perfect for P. The pattern is called Little Miss X and it will be available on Ravelry soon, once the test is completed. It is available in sizes preemie- 24 months and I think it will quickly become one of my go-to baby patterns. It is simple yet elegant and interesting. It’s also knit bottom up in one piece, using a technique I’ve never used before, and while it was really neat to see it come together, I still think I prefer top-down seamless sweaters.

The yarn I used has an interesting backstory. It’s a really old version of Patons Astra, purchased by my grandmother in the 1970s. She no longer knits, so she passed it on to me, but given its rather bright shade of pink, I wasn’t sure what to make with it. A baby sweater turned out to be perfect because it is small enough that the “pepto-bismol pink” isn’t too overwhelming.

(Rav link)

My sister and I took advantage of a quiet and cooler afternoon to bake some cupcakes. We needed to use up some peaches so we chose this recipe and I whipped up a batch of this frosting to go with them. I actually added 3 cups of icing sugar to the icing instead of 1 1/2 because it looked too heavy. It turned on perfectly, light and fluffy. I like how these aren’t overwhelmingly peach-y, the taste is subtle yet delicious.

Just some notices about some changes around here:

-You’ll notice I’ve updated the social media links in my sidebar. You can now find LPOAS on Google+ and the RSS on feedburner (as well as the previous links: Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, and Pinterest).
-I’m slowly making my patterns available on Craftsy (don’t worry, they’re still on Ravelry!). Right now, Fresh Bonnet, Aestas, and Solis are available for download there for the same price as Ravelry.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

     

FOs: For Baby E

Remember my February Baby Blanket from my last post? Well, the yarn that I used for it was Mill Ends that came in a giant bag. A 1/2 pound of the beige acrylic yarn, to be exact. And that’s a lot of yarn.

I’ve knit up a few more things for baby E using more of the yarn. Having time off school means that a few days is enough time to finish a set like this one.

The hat is another Vintage Sweet (I also made one of these for Miss E a little while ago). I like this pattern a lot, but I did change a few things this time. I didn’t change to the larger needles for the body, partly because I didn’t find that the hat needed to be that big, and quite frankly, because I couldn’t find my larger DPNs. (Rav link)

I made a rose instead of the included flower pattern, and the rose pattern is here. It only worked up to the end of the medium petals because I wanted a smaller flower.

The booties are the Oh! Baby Booties, but worked with worsted weight yarn. I used the needle size called for in the pattern and made the newborn size, and I hope they’ll fit little E when the weather starts to cool down a bit. (Rav link)

The purple I used for both the hat and the booties is Red Heart Super Saver in the colour way Damson. It’s not the nicest to knit with but it does soften up after washing and I always try to make baby gifts machine washable. (New Moms don’t need any more work, right?)

The best part? There’s still lots more of that yarn…

I’ll be linking this post up with Nicole for KCCO today and with Ginny for Yarn-Along tomorrow!

A new shopping bag, Hats, and Stash

I put down my knitting for a bit this week (what? gasp!) because I realized it had been awhile since I had used the sewing machine. Thankfully, I don’t think you can forget how to sew, and I have successfully made a bag. It folds up neatly into a little pocket (which otherwise acts as a little pocket inside the bag).

Look! French seams!

And it folds out into a bigger bag, which will be perfect for buying yarn or getting books from the library. The pattern, in fact, is from a library book: I Love Patchwork by Rashida Coleman Hale. I’ll definitely be making more things from this book.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently spent a few days in Toronto and went to Romni Wools. Since I’ll be moving to Toronto in September… I need to know where all of the good LYSs are, right? I bought this pretty colour of On Your Toes (Rav link):

And 225g of this gorgeous purple ashford Corriedale (Rav link):

Oh, what have I been knitting? Right, of course. In order to use up as much of my stash as possible before I move at the end of August, I’ve been using all of my DK stash to make baby hats for a program at my local hospital. They are so cute, and so easy! (Rav link)

I’ve made 4 so far and I’m working on a 5th one… and there’s still yarn left!

I’ll be linking up with Ginny (Small Things) for Yarn-Along today! Happy Wednesday!

Weekend (and Blueberries)!

Finally, a weekend! It has been great, because even though there was studying and writing a paper, there was also knitting, baking, shopping, and way too much tea…

I started (and finished!) a little blueberry knit set for some good friends who are due to have a baby any day now. I’m really happy with how this turned out and I can’t wait to meet the new baby!

The booties are this pattern. The booties and the hat are both made with Bernat Softee Baby, which is soft… and washable! (On Ravelry here).

The hat is this pattern. It was so quick to make, I’ll definitely be using this pattern again. (On Ravelry here)

Aside from knitting, on Saturday night, I decided to do some baking. I made Orange Pull Apart Bread from The Whisk Kid. If you haven’t been to this website, it’s amazing. Her recipes are delicious and her photography is just gorgeous! The bread takes some time to make, but is it ever worth it…

It was messy and sticky, but oh-so-good.

Have a great week!

Have you seen my new pattern yet? It’s called Crayon Striped Mittens and is available as a free Ravelry download (Download now).