Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sailing, sailing

I promise I’ll soon revert back to knitting content, but I’ve saved revealing my favourite pillow covers for last.  I see these residing in some seaside cottage or at least a wanna-be seaside cottage!

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They currently reside in my esty shop.

I made “some” pillow covers

Yup, I sure made some alright.  I went on a sewing binge recently.  That tends to be how I roll.  I don’t make any for weeks and weeks and then churn out 20.  I figure it’s easier to cut and cut and cut, and then sew and sew and sew.

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These are currently available in my Etsy shop.  My favourites have yet to be listed, I’ll show them next.  Reds and aquas will play a feature role!

Brionay Scarf Test Knit

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Yup, another test knit. I love doing test knits for other designers as it forces you to produce an FO (you have a deadline). It’s great for practicing the art of knitting. Finally, as an aspiring designer who has a few patterns under her belt, it gets you better aquainted with all the aspects of producing a pattern that will work well for other knitters. I never used test knitters for my 5 or so patterns, and thankfully I’ve never had any problems, but now I see it’s benefits!

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Pattern: Brionay Scarf
YarnCascade Eco +
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5mm, US 10 1/2 / 6.5 mm

I feel ultra silly for blogging about a definite winter accessory, but it is what it is. I’ll appreciate it’s existence about 7 months from now!

The design is very simple and yet has a great effect. It’s done in a bulky weight yarn and I chose Cascade Eco+ because it’s a LOT of yardage in one skein. I didn’t have a lot of colours to choose from at my LYS, but seeing as I have a thing for green, and this was one of “my” greens, it was an easy choice.

Paprika Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

On one of the blogs I follow, there was a tantilizing post for Paprika Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup. Last night I made it and let me tell you, its a keeper! It calls for roasting the vegetables in the oven with oil, but since I avoid using processed oils, I used vegetable broth instead. Worked just dandy.

freshly roasted veggies

veggies added to broth then simmered

voila!

Since we still have our fair share of chilly days here on the east coast, it’s a welcome dish!

Haworth Hot Water Bottle Cozy

I had determined to cut back on my volunteering to do test knits. It had become a sort of addiction, hunting and beating other potential knitters at getting in on the typically short list of testers requested. Once I saw this though, I was on it like mud to a yellow rubber boot. Three testers were requested and I was number two!! The designer, Julie, was bombarded with immediate excited feedback, so I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time.

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Pattern: Haworth Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Yarn: MacAusland’s Woolen Mills, Aran, (less than 1 skein)
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5mm, US 8 / 5 mm

I’ll say right out that I’m not thrilled with my yarn choice on this sweet project, because something much softer (like Cascade 220 or Berroco Vintage) would have been better than the rough and scruffy wool I used.  Still, despite that, this pattern was a joy to work up.  The design and execution is flawless.  Everything worked as it should, so I’d say I scored on getting in on the testing.

It was my first time knitting from a chart, and I gotta say I’m hooked!  I can check “conquer my fear of knitting charts” off my list of things to accomplish.

This would make a great gift for next Christmas, or as part of a care package for a cold fighting friend.

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Here’s the link for the Julie’s project page on Ravelry.  The pattern is still in the testing phase but will be released shortly.