Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hello Again

Over a year and a half ago! Hello, to any readers who are left. The days are long, but the years are short, and oh what changes they have brought. My life looks very different these days. I am still making things and I look forward to sharing them with you, including the backlog. So let’s start fresh, shall we? 

Here is a smattering of things I've made in the last few months:

S'mores birthday cake for my brother (recipe from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook)

Eden Prairie Shawl, for my mom for Christmas
Pattern: Eden Prairie
Yarn: madelinetosh merino light, one skein each onyx, oak, sequoia, and winter wheat
Needles: US size 5 circular needles

This pattern is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's designs. My mom and I love his work, so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it for her. The construction is very interesting but also easy. 

   I made these gloves with conductive thread fingertips for my boyfriend for Christmas.

Pattern: Ginger and Wasabi gloves (Knitty pattern); sewed conductive thread to index fingertips and right thumb
Yarn: Shibui Knits Cima in charcoal, 1 skein (I came very close to running out); Zauberball Crazy in blue/green/black, 1 skein (probably about half a skein, as I used the other half to make my brother a hat)
Needles: US size 1.5 

   Today is my grandmother's birthday. I come from a family with a lot of crafty women, and my grandmother is one of them. When I was eight or so she taught me how to crochet, but I could only remember how to chain. So the next time I saw her I handed her a big pile of chained stitches. She taught me how to knit the summer before I went off to college, and knitting helped me get through homesickness and the stress of classes and work. So I am working on a very special present for her, which I hope to have finished soon and will share here when it's done.