Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the 1970s all over again!

For those of us celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you all a great one.  For those celebrating that it’s Thursday, happy Thursday!

I have this holiday off and that is rare!  I’m usually the bitter flight attendant working on every damn holiday, fake smiling at your stories.  Nice!  Well this Thanksgiving I’ve managed to have a vacation week.  Yes, I’ve been off a week and have no crafty things to show for it.

Turns out when you have time off, you have to do all those things you’ve put off doing for months.  Turns out there was lots I’d put off.  My only crafty item is a dress I’ve finally finished!  Ooh a dress, must have been a complicated one.  No.  In fact the pattern has “Fast and Easy” printed right on the envelope.  My version was easy, but not fast.  Half score?!

I wanted to make a dress I’d seen in the real world and couldn’t find a similar pattern anywhere.  I could easily have made the pattern but that would have taken more time than I’d had available.  I have little blocks of time to use for crafty things and the thought of all the pattern work made me sad.  I ended up pulling out my vintage patterns and decided to use Butterick 3467.  I think it’s from the early 1970s, but the envelope itself isn’t dated.  I’m basing that on the price of the pattern ($1!) as the later 1970s patterns were $1.25.

My fabric is from Fabrix (of course) and is a knit that is ribbed on the right side and flat jersey on the back side with some slubs like a french terry.  It was $3 a yard (because it’s Fabrix!) so I thought that might be a good sub for the ponte I was unsuccessfully looking to buy.

My pattern is a tad big for me and adding to the mix is me using a knit which will spread when I cut it.  I constructed the dress and left the side seams open, like when you make a tee, and took in tons from the arms and body.  It fits pretty well but am too lazy to take a modeled shot right now.  Maybe if I wear it to T-day dinner I’ll take a snap (I’m feeling lazy – sorry).  It’s a pretty basic dress and because it’s made from a heavier knit, it’s super snuggle comfortable.  I shall have to test wear it to see if it stretches out like a pair of sweat pants though…

Other than that, I’ve been making a hat for a week.  Unfortunately, I’ve knit this hat 3 times already and keep ripping out my 3/4 completed work.  I think I’m on to a winner now, but progress shots of a ribbed hat at a bit too dull.

I did make a yummy vegetarian pie since I’ve got a vegetarian in the house today (we’re eating out so I don’t have to cook!).  The recipe is from here and it’s quite yummy.  If I make it again I may not make homemade biscuit dough and just use a tube to make the dish quicker.  I made it as is but used yogurt instead of mayo and added red pepper flakes to give it a kick.  A nice dish if you don’t want to keep serving your vegetarian friends pasta.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

It’s got squash and biscuits, how is that not good?

Identical for reals!

It’s like looking in a mirror.

I am unnaturally proud of the matchy matchy on these socks.

Seriously, I spent much time and effort on making these socks match up exactly.  Thanks to Trekking XXL being a freaking dying machine, it was pretty easy to accomplish.

I didn’t reinvent the wheel here, just used my basic sock recipe of 60 stitches decreasing 4 stitches evenly down to the ankle, then some sort of heel and toe plan and voila!  Socks.  I used an afterthought heel on these so I could use the striped bit of patterning to make the heels.  I have no idea what colorway this Trekking is, but I did buy it at this year’s Rhinebeck from a vendor’s sale basket.  There is no trace of this phantom color on the internet, so clearly this isn’t a new or a hot colorway.  I love it though and love this Trekking since these socks are indestructible.  I hope to get much stripey wear from these since winter is fast approaching.


Gray shoulders

It’s begging for a firm wet blocking, isn’t it?

I have been knitting.


What new thing is being knit?  Well honestly, it’s an old thing that is being knit.  I started Alvinda in July using some pretty Garnstudio Drops Baby Alpaca Silk yarn in gray.  I knit a sleeve as swatch and ripped it out.  Started again and just couldn’t get into the pattern.  I like the sweater but didn’t like knitting it.  So it sat on my desk under piles of junk mail, as these things are wont to do.

After staring at the forlorn sleeve long enough I decided to trawl through Rav and find another suitable pattern for the pretty yarn.  Several considerations had to be taking into account.  This is fingering weight yarn and I much prefer knitting that up in the round.  Also I tend to not wear highly patterned intricate sweaters so plain old stockinette would have to feature heavily.  It also had to be easy enough to memorize and do while watching stuff and while tired.  So the wheel stopped turning at the very pretty Bayside Pllover from the Coastal Knits book.

Bayside is available as a single pattern download since I’m loathe to buy any books at this point.  Is it just me or does anyone ever feel the pattern compilation books justify the expense and space?  I’ve got a few that are great but most sit out in the garage on a shelf waiting for ebay to come for them.  Anyway, Bayside is a top down raglan pattern knit in the round.  Perfect!  There are cables at the raglan lines to create a pretty design detail and there you have it.  The original is knit in linen, which I’d never in a million years use because it’s hard on the hands and usually stretches down to the knees, but obviously the pattern would work with any fingering weight yarn you fancy.

All that is a long way of saying that here you see what one skein of pulled out (and hopefully blockable into submission) Drops Baby Alpaca Silk looks like knit up in Bayside.

Buns is where they’re going.

They’re even better than they look!

When I have jetlag coupled with time change I get up super duper early,  4:30am this morning in fact.  Horrifying since it’s my day off.  What I often do at the ass crack of predawn is bake, and today was no exception.  There’s something so satisfying about baking when not a soul is up.

This morning when it became clear that I was done sleeping I started thinking of buns.  I wanted to make some Scandinavian style coffee buns that I read about in all my favorite Scandinavian mysteries.  There are lots of coffees, cakes and buns flying around those stories, it doesn’t matter if it’s Finland, Sweden or Norway – buns unite these people.  The Swedish recipe I used today is really good, in fact these are my best buns to date.  They’re called Kanelbullar which I believe just means cinnamon buns.  The dough is liberally infused with cardamom and the cinnamon sugar is only on the inner rolled up edge.  Also, these buns aren’t super sweet or sticky like our American style cinnamon rolls, so they’re a nice treat with coffee (or tea or sparkling water or with another bun).

The recipe is from here. I weigh all my ingredients and this made a very nice enriched dough.  The only differences I found are with the timings.  I used dried instant yeast (not fresh) and my dough needed 1.5 hours on the first rise.  The second rise was about 1.25 hours and the baking time for me was 14 minutes.  My buns were a little bigger than in the recipe so my baking time was a bit more, but watch your buns to see how they’re progressing.  Also make sure you eat one as soon as they’re cool enough to handle because they’re a little bit of heaven.