Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Newspaper yarn (+ Tutorial)

I think this made some of the internet rounds sometime last year, but it's popping up again. Handspun recycled newspaper yarn by Dutch artist (yay!) Greetje van Tiem. Personally, I like how it looks just on the spools there. Check out the tutorial on Greenupgrader.

Thanks to Whip Up for the reminder!

Monday, August 18, 2008

FO :: Gloria Cowl (Ravelympics)

I was was starting to think that there was no way I'd have the chance to get through both projects I had committed to for the Ravelympics this year, especial after I remembered that I had planned a trip to Philadelphia during this past weekend. I decided that instead of doing the Ridged Lace Cowl, I would switch my pattern choice and work on a Gloria Cowl, which is primarily stocking stitch (and in the round--easy peasy!). That way, I could easily pick it up at any point we had some down time, converse, and still be social, without being rude and poking my nose into a pattern every two seconds (I'm notoriously bad at following lace patterns -- it takes every bit of concentration I can muster. Which often isn't much. And that is a problem). I cast on on the train down to Philly after work on Friday, and cast off on the train back to Manhattan. (Rather impressed with myself, and encouraged about the upcoming week of knitting!)

Pattern: Gloria Cowl , from Orinda
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece,
Driftwood (CW115)
Modifications: None needed
Ravelry LinkOn another note, my trip to Philly was fantastic. I got the chance to visit two of my high school friends who are now married. They showed me around some parts of the city and led me to some great places to eat. They knew me in my formative and awkward years and don't seem to hold it against me. I still get tickled seeing us all as adults.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Other People's Cool Ideas :: Conceptual Knitting Patterns

Here is a great set of conceptual knitting patterns from artist Lea Redmond. Check out all of her great and creative project ideas, many which focus on the use of color in an interesting way. I also have to admit that I find the design of her little cards really fantastic, too!

Found via Whip Up.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Foodie Friday :: Apple Butter edition

Last weekend I had a couple apples that were a bit overripe, so I decided to try my hand at Apple butter. Since I happened to have some plums around, I tossed them into the mix. I researched a few recipes and combined a couple to come up with the following recipe--it is delicious. I brought in the jar to work and have been enjoying it as my breakfast every day this week.

Apple-Plum Butter
3 Apples
4 plums
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. allspice

Boil apples and plums in the water and cider vinegar for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Blend using an immersion or regular blender until smooth. Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, and return to heat.
Boil the puree for about 30 minutes until dark and thickened. As it thickens, the boiling mixture will cause spattering, so I just perched the lid of the pot covering most of the pan with a large enough space for the majority of the steam to escape.
Fill a jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks (as if it'll last that long!). I had a bit extra on top of this jar, so I put it into a plastic container to freeze. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 07, 2008


I decided last-minute to sign up for the Ravelympics (Ravelry link). For anyone not signed up with Ravelry, it's basically projects you attempt to complete during the 2008 Summer Olympics coming up this week.

I am going to attempt to do both a February Lady Sweater and a Ridged Lace Cowl, though my emphasis is on the sweater. It looks complete-able in 2 weeks, right?

Wish me luck, this yarn seems to be cursed...

Edited to add: I wasn't planning on joining any teams or events, but I ended up doing both. The cardi event is the Sweater Sprint and the Cowl will be entered in the Cowl Jump. I'm battling for Team Brooklyn!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Frogged (again!)

I had to frog the Drops cardigan I was working on. After messing up a button hole, I had to frog back a couple of rows, at which time I realized that the thing was 50" wide. And I'm not. I love positive ease, but that 's a bit much for me. Adventures in gauge-land, once again!

This is my second time frogging a project with this yarn. I like it in therory, but it's bad chemistry--just like my dating life (ha! sorry...).
Bye bye Drops 105-5. It was good while it lasted...

Monday, August 04, 2008

FO :: Jaywalker Socks

Well, I have to say that this was the most anti-climactic end to a knitting project if ever there was one. I started these for Soctoberfest 2007, and only just finished them this week. I thought I'd be thrilled to be done, but well, I just don't think they're cute.

When I started these socks, I was cat-sitting for a bunch of wool-eating cats, though at the time I didn't realize just what that meant, exactly. I turned my attention away for one moment, and my ball of Trekking XXL went missing, hijacked by Bart, the most wool-eating cat of all. I was able to rescue most of the yarn, but a few yards were tangled and unsalvageable, but I thought I'd still have plenty of yarn to finish.

As I neared the foot of the second sock, I realized that I was going to run out about halfway through the foot, so figured of I unravelled the toes of the first sock, so I could continue striping , and then use a different yarn on the toes for both. In the meantime I was sidetracked by other projects, but finally went back to them about a week ago.

It's a patchy job. You can see how they match until the middle of the feet, and then have different striping patterns. Then, after I finally kitchnered off my second toe and tried them on, only to find that my gauge is visually very different between the two socks! So no photos of them on because that looks even worse. Maybe after a few wears and a few trips through the washer they'll even out. And if not, mostly people will only see the cutest part anyway:

Friday, August 01, 2008

Twist Collective launch

I almost forgot that today was the lauch of the Twist Collective online magazine.

Seems like a great concept. Some great info, great designers, clear photographs, and a lovely format. The magazine is free to browse, but the you have to purchase the patterns--seems fair enough.

My favorites are:
Ysolda Teague's Little Birds cardigan,
Anne Hanson's Gnarled Oakwoods wrap, and
Adrian Bizilia's Faux Bois scarf.

Congrats to the Twist Collective team on a great first issue!