Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2:16 am

Well, I can't sleep, so I took some more pictures of the growing blob. I'm on row 77 of 130, so maybe it will end up being big enough. Still not sure. It's also getting a little tight on my double points, but the #2 Addi is 3mm and these #2 Lantern Moons are 2.75mm. Just gotta be careful, I guess. Speaking of being careful, I broke another needle last weekend. Luckily I remembered that Lantern Moon sent me two spare #2s by accident, so there was no waiting for new needles to be sent. This is the third Lantern Moon I've broken, but I still love them.


I keep finding other patterns in this book that I want to make, but since they are for doilies and tablecloths, it's hard to tell what size they'll end up being. I guess I could always just do another round of pattern if they turn out too small.

Still have to block the melon. Even though it's gorgeous, there's something incredibly unexciting about that shawl. I hope mom loves it more than I do. Have to get it done soon, I'm going home for Halloween!

Last week I made some amazing food. First was chicken pot pie from the lovely Smitten Kitchen, though it's originally an Ina recipe. Absolutely delicious and I'm sure the massive amount of butter has something to do with that. Then I made butter chicken from this random recipe off the Food Network site that I picked because it had a 5-star rating. I used real ginger and garlic and added some cilantro. I gave it a 7.6 the first night but the rating went up to an 8.5 after a rest in the fridge overnight. So sad it's all gone.

It would be cool if I could fall asleep now. Oy vey.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

sunday morning

It's 54° here this morning! Supposed to stay under 70 today, which is lovely. This will only last one day, so I'm putting my patio chairs to use. The pretty lace has turned into a pretty blob:


Starting to wonder if it will be big enough. At this point I'm pretty sure it will be too small, but I bet I can block it within an inch of its life and maybe stretch it out enough. We'll see.

I've been looking around for some charcoal grey silk/wool to make my next lace with. I found something I liked, but it was the middle of the night and I forgot to save it. I think this stuff from Colourmart would be a nice option. I wish there was a huge yarn shop that sold every kind of yarn ever made...that would be awesome.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I can't wait to take a picture of this thing during the day, the bright red is a little hard to photograph. I love the honeycomb pattern - so pretty!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Still working on the lace, but there was a little bit of distraction tonight.

butter chicken

Butter chicken loosely based on this recipe. I used fresh ginger, fresh garlic and added cilantro. I give it a 7.6 out of 10 - have to work on my garam masala.

Here's some progress on the shawl:


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

day 2

I love that once you start you can't stop feeling.


It's coming along, slower and slower as it grows. Those last few rows are gonna be killer. It's been so long since I've made anything, so this is a lot of fun. The yarn is nice and soft and lovely to knit with.


I bought a book of knitted tablecloth patterns called Knitted Lace Designs of Herbert Niebling. It's fantastic. So I started a tablecloth shawl:

tablecloth shawl

This is Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb. I only have one skein, so we'll see how far it gets me.