Saturday Birthday!

Birthdaygirlclaudia

Embarrassing childhood photos on the blog can only mean one thing…it’s birthday timeClaudia’s birthday is on Saturday, so go wish her the happiest of birthdays.

I’m so incredibly lucky to have the best sister in the world.  I love you and have a fabulous birthday!  Much love!

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Winter cuteness

Phildarwinter In lieu of showing my boring knitting of the back of Drops 103-1 cardie, I’ll share some cute patterns I’ve come across.

Phildar’s Winter 2007/08 catalog is out with an English version.  There are some very cute styles in there.  I’ve pulled out my favorites of the moment.

I adore the beige cardie top left for it’s cute sleeve and rib detail.  This is a sweater I’d actually wear.

The top right grey one looks so comfy.  I’d wear that one too, but never have the patience to knit it.  That’s one to buy.

The bottom left style is all over the internet.  Just about everyone has a pattern for this and I saw one just it at Macy’s all knit up for tons less than the yarn would cost.  Again, buy at retail – don’t knit, but cute.

The bottom right is also one I’d make and wear constantly!  It’s a great style to toss over a tee and call it dressed.  Plus those puffed sleeves at the wrists are madly cute.

I love the Phildar magazines!  I buy mine at Knit n’ Tyme in case you’re wondering.  Love them.  The shipping is the killer on them though as they come from our Canadian friends.  I found that if you buy two magazines in one order the shipping is about the same for one magazine ($14 for 2 or $12 for 1), so I’ll maybe I’ll have to get the Autumn catalog too.

Now back to the Drops.

Still stuffed

Dropsfront I’ve been eating leftover Thanksgiving stuffing for days and this new diet has curiously sparked a carb-loaded knitting spurt.  I’ve finished the fronts of Drops 103-1 cardigan and have just started the back.

I must say this is one easy pattern and knitting up quickly with chunky yarn and size 10-ish needles.  I may need to hunt down my friend’s the recipe for the stuffing to finish this sweater up.  I’m down to my last serving of leftovers (including pie – horrors) and need to get busy with a back, two sleeves and small collar.  I’ll know I’ll need chestnuts, bacon and figs.  Mmm, bacon…

Thanks for tessallating!

Tessellateddone Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Tessellated Socks emerge from their almost finished state and transform into a FO!

These guys were almost done about a week ago and I managed to finish them up in an embarrassingly short amount of time with a smidge of dvd time.  They’re a gorgeous color that I hope y’all can see in my craptastic picture.

To recap:  pattern is Tessellated Socks (found through Ravelry) which is a free pattern by Kat Haines; the yarn is Spirit Trail Fiberworks superwash sock yarn from Rhinebeck 2007.  My gauge was a bit bigger than in the pattern, but I made the smallest size to produce medium socks.  No math needed.  The usual short row heel and toe and voila!

Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating and see you at the gym tomorrow…

Not just socks anymore!

Dropsjacket There’s more going on here at Chez Sil than socks and stretchy eatin’ dresses.

After stalling on the Tilted Duster due to lack of interest in ever wearing it, I went to the stash and came up with a bunch of Schoeller Stahl Wonderwool Tweed.  It’s a nice chunky gauge and is 51% wool / 43% acrylic / 6% rayon, so it’s a nice blend that won’t be too freaking hot in my climate.

Now what to make with it?  I’ve been hankering after a free pattern from Drops that I’ve come across beautifully knit up on some blogs around the webs. The pattern is called Drops Jacket 103-1 and is a double breasted A-line sweater with double moss at the front.  So cute.

I’ve added the double moss at the hem to prevent the dreaded curly wurley hem. I’ve started the left front to see how the fabric I’m getting is feeling and draping.  I like what I’ve got and have had to rip a few times to get the gauge I’m getting working with the size I’m aiming for.  The pattern is written for 11 st/4" AND 17 st/4" and my gauge is 15 st/4". Math and calculators were needed.  It’s a fairly simple shape, so don’t be too impressed by my math wizardry.

It’s going quickly on size 10s and I’m liking it.  Tilted who?

Eating room

Bluedress In anticipation of Thanksgiving I decided I needed a new eating dress.  You know, stretchy, comfy and plenty of room.

Enter Simplicity 3678 and some cotton/lycra in a peacocky blue.  This dress was super easy, it took about an afternoon to stitch up.  The only mods I made to the pattern were to make the sleeves 3/4 length (to keep them out of the gravy) and shortened it a smidge to knee grazing length.  Oh yeah, then I sewed in my label.

Specs:  Simplicity 3678, about 2 yards of cotton/lycra 60" wide fabric from Stone Mountain and Daughter, pattern rated easy on my personal hardness scale.

I’m thinking of pie already.  Yeah for stretch!

Saucy socks

Tess1 I merrily completed sock #1 of Tessellated sock the other day.  Are you wondering if this is sock #1 of which I speak and wondering when I say "completed" I am blantently lying?

I completed the toe of this lovely sockie and then NOTICED that I’d dropped a stitch on one side of the short rowing.  I’d not NOTICED before in my zeal to complete the toe.  Holy crap and a half!

I ripped out the toe and here we are.  Dejected and toe exposed.  They are cute though, aren’t they?  I can say that since they’ll be gifted, and one doesn’t gift crap.

Onto food.  I was also hankering for some pasta with pomodoro sauce yesterday and between football games the PBS cooking show taught me to make some yummy, easy marinara sauce (it’s vegetarian).  After watching the anal cooking professionals, I felt well equipped to make the sauce.  It’s easy and yummy and doesn’t make some crazy amount you’ll have to freeze for yonks.  Here’s the recipe if you’re hungry now too Download marinara_sauce.pdf (this is a freely available recipe on their website and you can go sign up and see what else they’ve got).

Toe on!

Tessellation time

Tessellated Yes I still knit.  Why you gotta be like that?!?!

Tessellated Sock has been successfully unfolding on the bamboo 0s.  I’d wanted to use the purple Spirit Trail Fiberworks sock yarn that I’d got from Rhinebeck and make some gift socks. At first I’d hoped to use the very pretty Hedgerow sock pattern, but the color changes and the sproingy structure of this sock yarn didn’t showcase the subtle prettiness of the Hedgerow patterning.

I trolled through Ravelry and came across the Tessellated Sock pattern.  I cast on for the medium size and promptly began knitting up some shockingly large socks.  Much too large for the intended recipient.  I opted to keep the medium number of ribbing stitches and decreased down to the smallest number of stitches for the "body" of the sock.  That’s been working like a charm.

As you can see from the picture, I’ve turned the heel with a shortrow heel and am charging toward the finish of sockie #1.

When life hands you apples…

Applesauce In lieu of actual knitting content I’m posting about food.  Fear not, I’m not turning into Miss Martha Stewart, but I do like a nice baked good.

I came across this yummy sounding recipe over at Bake and Shake for Braeburn Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Oh heaven!  I had a bunch of apples that needed using and thought I could turn the yummy cupcakes into a lower fat version in a loaf pan.  I do still want to make the original version because cream cheese frosting is nectar of the gods to me.  Here’s the doubled and slightly fiddled ingredient list of the version I baked and loved:

Applesauce Loaf Cake

  • 3/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 c homemade chunky applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground allspice
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt

I followed the mixing instructions in the original recipe and baked it in a buttered and floured 5" x 9" loaf pan for 55 minutes at 350 degrees.  It’s super yummy.  It’d be even better with frosting…

Monkey Time

Monkeytime Eeeeeh eeeeeh!

Yes, it’s Monkey Time here at the house.  The Monkey socks are done and have even been worn.

I now know why this is such a popular pattern.  It’s easy, but looks hard and you can memorize it even when you’re sleep deprived and on an airplane.

The version I made is using a superwash wool/bamboo/nylon blend from Maple Creek Farm.  I bought a hank of it at Rhinebeck (347 yards) with plenty left over.  I used a picot edge hem and short row heels and toes.  I also decreased four stitches on the foot after turning the heel so they would fit on the snug side.

I enjoyed using this wool blend.  It’s soft and not too splitty.  A bit of dye did come off on my hands and needles, but it wasn’t as bad as some.  Not enough to deter me from buying some more and using it again.  I did wear the socks around a bit and they do stretch.  This may be a function of the lacy pattern and bamboo, but I expect them to shape up in the wash.  If they don’t, you’ll hear about it here!

Next up is the Spirit Trail Fiberworks sock yarn.  It’s so pretty and the texture and sproinginess remind me very much of Koigu.  I’m seeking a good pattern to highlight the yummy colors, and have already rejected the Hedgerow pattern since the texture stitch was all but lost in the slight variegated yarn color and the texture of the fabric I was getting.  I shall save that pattern for a nice solid yarn.  How does this Tesellating Lace pattern by Kat Haines look?  Pretty huh?