Why do I love gray so much?

When I received the October 2012 Burda Style Magazine I flipped through the pages and thought it was a good, darn issue.  Then I got to pattern #135, a self described “Designer Short Coat” and literally squealed.  Yes, I wanted to make a coat in the worst way.  Of course I live in California and fall is hot around these parts, so making a coat wasn’t that appealing.  It’s now a bit cooler and I got stuck in a traffic jam the other day – stuck rather close to Stonemountain with the room of half priced wools.  I saw that as a sign to go buy some wool fabric.  I was spoiled for choice in the half price section but fell for the gray Italian herringbone wool coating that came in a crazy $11/yard.  Seriously.

For the lining I’m using this piece of stashed silk floral.  Sure it’s not a fabulous, statement making match but I do already own it and probably won’t use it for anything else.  Plus I like copper, so sue me.

I must now trace off the pattern and make a muslin but I have to get up in the middle of the night and go to work so that won’t happen for a while.

For the knitters in the crowd, here’s a link to my newest favorite sweater.  I even bought the book the pattern is published in…I know!  Now I just need to hope for a traffic jam by a yarn store.

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Granola chica

I don’t love all kinds of granola, but this one is my total fave.   This is Pumpkin Spice Granola made from a recipe I came across on Everybody Likes Sandwiches.   It’s just a little bit sweet, has kicky spices and is not dry and icky.  And how cute is this batch housed in my new Daiso orange topped jar?  100 yen baby ($1.50)!

Ok, back to the recipe.  This recipe is adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods which I don’t own but will look for,  based on the yummy granola.  I make half the recipe on the Everybody Likes Sandwiches site because I only have one jelly roll size pan and half fits perfectly.  I use rough chopped almonds (not walnuts), skip the sesame seeds and use dried cranberries.  I don’t know what pumpkin pie spice is but I use 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/8 t cloves and 1/4 t each of nutmeg, ginger and cardamon.  I bake it for about 40 to 45 minutes stirring it around every 15 minutes until the almonds are good and toasted.  So good.

Back to my knitting now that I’m fortified with granola.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving for all of those in the U.S.!  Enjoy the yummy food.

Just in time for the freezing California weather (that’s obviously a joke as I don’t even have a jacket on here) I finished my Mystery Hat 2012 from the Wooly Wormhead KAL.  I guess I should have written spoiler alert or something, but as I’m a bit behind the group in knitting speed you’ve probably already finished your hat days and days ahead of me.  My hat is made from Rowan Felted Tweed (about 1.25 skeins used) and I followed the pattern exactly.  I probably wouldn’t have chosen to make this hat but I’m glad I did.  I like it and even wore it to the interminable Kaiser appointment yesterday.  DK weight yarn is pretty perfect for a hat in my climate and this yarn softens and relaxes when blocked.  If you want a bit more in the details department, here’s my rav project link.

Thanks to all of you so read my ramblings and give me so much great advice and inspiration!

Hooker shoes

I went shopping with a friend the other day and of course we had to try on inappropriate shoes at the TJ.  These were my hooker shoes.  Sure they’re a size too big and I can’t walk from that spot, but they were very reasonably priced.  Kudos TJ.  Shall we take a closer look at the hooker shoes vs. the flip flops I wore to the store?  That closeup kills me!No, I did not buy the silver surfer shoes you see there.  I did buy the bra in my hand though.  As an aside, I used this bra size calculator and the size it gave me was vastly different to size I’d always been told I was.  I tried a few of the new size bras on and damn, they were spot on – hence the new bra in my hand.

Craft-wise I’ve been doing more ripping than knitting.  I started the Wooly Wormhead 2012 Mystery Hat KAL in some nice alpaca stash yarn and that just wasn’t working with the hat’s stitch pattern.  I ripped it rather than make a hat that wouldn’t get worn.  I was also working on a Hinagiku Hat with Rowan Felted Tweed that I picked up on a whim.  I decided the Hinagiku Hat wasn’t working with the felted tweed and the yarn would be nicer with the Mystery hat.  So I pulled out the Hinagiku Hat and the little nubbin of knitting you see here is all I’ve got to show for days of work.  I think this arrangement of yarn to pattern will work much better.  Plus I love me some Rowan Felted Tweed.

Panty raid

I know you’re all thinking “WTF?”

Picture the scene, election night results coming fast and furious.  Me, trying to ignore the whole thing.  I’ve got jetlag and a cold as souvenirs of my trip.  I’m looking at the tee I bought as a fundraiser for breast cancer at work.  I buy one every year and we get to wear them in October.  It is very exciting to be able to wear something different when you wear a uniform all the damn time.  But now it’s November and the shirt has done it’s job.  Next year there will be a shiny new shirt to buy and this one is really not one I’d wear in real life.  What to do with it?  In previous years I just moved the shirt around my bedroom until it went to Goodwill after a few months.  But this year I thought I’d use the 98% cotton/2% spandex fabric to make undies.  Of course…

I’ve got a pattern for undies made from a pair I retired and cut up.  If you want to see this process there is a nice blog post on it here.  I used this pattern once before, again using a tee that was a bit stained but otherwise fine.  I get elastic at the fabric store in chinatown where it’s 25 cents a yard (I must remember to stock up next go round).  Making these pants I realized I much prefer sewing lacy elastic to fold over elastic.  It’s so much easier and prettier.  The bottom pair were a FOE experiment and are rather unattractive but surprisingly comfy.  Those will be “home” pants.

The top pair that’s light pink feathers is a free pdf pattern from Cloth Habit called Rosy Ladyshorts.  This is a good, easy pattern and a nice place to start making undies.  I used some stretchy jersey that I had sitting around and trimmed them with the chinatown elastic.  You don’t need a serger to make undies, just zigzag stitch and it’s a great way to use up small pieces of jersey or tees that have a bit more life in them.

So three pairs of pants whipped up in no time is a nifty bit of upcycling.  Feeling pretty pleased all the way down to my pants with my achievements and the election being over.  That was hard…

Lagging

Oh fair isle, how I don’t like to knit you. Yet here we go again…

This is the total yarn purchase for my trip to Switzerland.  Yes, I went back to Switzerland again to packmule my momma back home.  I am now officially a huge, hot mess.  I did manage to sleep in today with minimal middle of the night hijnks, so maybe I’m being a bit dramatic.

Back to the yarn.  I bought these sock yarn skeins in Bern with the intent of making There & Back Again Socks.  Love!  I just adore that pattern.  Of course it’s a toe up pattern and I hate toe up sock knitting so I’ll do it my way (cuff down) and just do the chart backwards.  That shouldn’t be too hard of an adjustment with this pattern.  I just need to finish up the basic socks I’m knitting at the moment to get started on these.  I plan on making two pairs of the T&B socks, but sometimes my eye wanders.  Maybe I’ll end up with dots or skulls for the second batch…