I have attained Button Nirvana
Posted at 13 Mar 2011 05:39:32 PM
Greetings, friends. My, do I have a lot of pictures to show you!
(This, o best beloved, is the down side of only sitting down to publish a blog post once a month or so: the photos do tend to pile up.)
Most days it's still too chilly to go out on the motorcycle (50 yesterday, 30 today) but there are signs of life outside again! (Apologies for the photo, it's a cameraphone thing.)
I took a stab at the Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
which have been making their way around the cooking blogs lately.
They turned out quite well, I think - I don't actually like
Oreos, so I'm not the best judge, but those that do said that they were delicious. They're even better if you pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to restore that "fresh-baked" texture, too!
Both shawls have been progressing, slowly. I've put probably another 50-100 yards in on the Purple People Eater (working title) and a few rows here and there on Candlelight. I can't wait to overdye that thing the minute it's off the needles!
I've started Sandi Wiseheart's Tundra Shawlette from Spin-Off Magazine
in some of the qiviut/silk that I brought back from our honeymoon, but really, it's still itty bitty and there's not much to show yet.
I'm still working on the gloves to go with my new coat - maybe by next winter!
Those are my grandma's knitting needles; lovely, strong US #0's that haven't bent or warped in decades of use. I feel honored to be knitting with them.
I have managed to complete one thing, though!
This morning I polished off the last of the plying on 8 oz of Dyeabolical
's 70/30 Merino/Tencel. Final count (before washing) is 846 yards of a light fingering 2-ply. Not quite my goal yet, but I'm happy at this stage to have not mucked things up too badly!
Here's a lovely photo of something which is being sadly neglected:
The fiber is lovely (Frabjous Fibers
and every time I pick it up I wonder why I'd put it down.
(And then I remember how many other projects I have ongoing...)
Before I leave you for another month, here are some buttons I found in Springfield, IL at the Knit Wits LYS while I was knocking around there for a few hours:
I'm so excited about these. The fishbowls are adorable, but the rest - I mean, really - squid buttons! SQUID!
I bought plenty - some for a little kiddo's cardigan, most likely, and enough left over to make something for ME (even though I noticed after taking the photo that the shank is broken off of one of them... maybe I'll make him a pin).
I'll leave you with a recommendation - I've been glued to this book for the last week. It's in paperback rather than on my iPad, and having to turn the pages has been cutting into my knitting time, even! It's Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog
. Very reminiscent of Wodehouse and Dorothy Sayers - I find myself giggling with delight at least once a page :-)