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Woefully Behind Wednesday

Yes, I know, it’s been a while. But don’t worry! I’m not planning on leaving the blog this time. Unfortunately though (well, unfortunately for the blog, fortunately for me), it’s been a bit crazy around here. Not to say too much, but I’m hoping to change up a few things in my life in the near future. Oh, and I’m hoping to get officially published by someone who isn’t me as well. Wish me luck, time’s about here!

In addition to all the other stuff going on in my life… I did THIS:


on the way  to whitewater rafting (how’s that for irony?) last weekend. I got to lay in a chair while everyone else did THIS:


So jealous. But they had fun, and actually, I did too. Next year, people, next year! Am more than ready to get this stupid boot off, let me tell you.



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Whittling the Queue – Wednesday

Today has been one of those “shove 12 hours of work into 8 hours” kind of days. Tiring, but much better than the “find a way to turn 2 hours worth of work into 8 hours” kind. Those are horrible. Of course, this excess of real life means that I haven’t had much time to really think about today’s queue post, but that’s alright. I already had the knitting queue chosen! Please pardon the shameless self-promotion. 🙂

September Sunset – by Heather HamiltonIMG_0784

The name for this sock came during a particularly brutal volleyball game this week. We lost. We lost big. It was one of those games where you realize your whole purpose in playing is to make the other team feel good about themselves. But the sunset was lovely.

Sign-ups for test knitting start this (long) weekend! I’ll be sure to post a notice up on twitter and on “Free Pattern Testers” in Ravelry. Keep an eye out if you’d like to participate!


Saphir – by Marion Crivelli


Can I be completely honest? I probably won’t even consider making this until the beginning of next year, as I’m already in the middle of a fingering weight sweater. However, this sweater has been in my queue for at least a year now, and it will be made eventually. The stitch pattern is easily memorized but complicated enough to keep your interest. Three quarter length sleeves and a wide boat neck are two of my favorite attributes in a sweater. And it’s top down. Those are the positives. The negative? There’s an absolutely excessive amount of purling. I’ve never been a fan of purling.

The yarn I’ve put aside for this project is Knit Picks Palette in Eggplant. It’s a lovely, deep, dark purple. You should be warned that Palette is a very addicting yarn due to all the amazing color choices. If you want to make an inexpensive, color-work heavy project, Palette is your go to. Just be sure to hand wash.


Autumn Cheesecake – by Stephanie (Allrecipes.com)

Autumn Cheesecake

Do any of you have recipes that are an annual tradition? Along with chili, salsa, and strawberry tart, this one is mine. My folks have two apple trees in their backyard and around this time of the year they deliver a big bucket of apples to my door. When that happens, making this recipe is my first order of business. I once had a boss tell me this tasted better than one made at the Cheesecake Factory. It looks store-bought too. You basically make a standard cheesecake with a nutty base and then top it with cinnamon spiced apples. The sugary, cinnamonny, appley goodness seeps into the cheesecake layer and results in this heavenly autumn-in-cake-form dessert. Make it. This week.


  • Double the cheesecake filling because the recipe is wrong in that respect.
  • Cook the sliced apples in the microwave for at least 30 seconds – long enough to release at least some of the juice. Then discard the extra juice. This will prevent your cheesecake from becoming too moist.
  • Both walnuts and pecans are a good addition to the crust base.
  • Doubling the cinnamon never hurts either.

Happy baking!


BTW – I probably shouldn’t mention this yet, but I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with a new sock design. The newest one is the lineup… AWESOME!

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FO: ZickZack (A Scarf for the Brave)

Ok, I do feel the need to clarify. This scarf is not difficult from a technical aspect. In fact, it would be a wonderful first scarf for a new knitter as it consists of literally the same row repeated over and over. The tedium is what makes it difficult. This scarf is a slog, I won’t lie. The results, however, are very worth it.

ZickZack – By Christy Kamm


(I know, it’s not a “Human Wearing It” picture. I’ll update with another one in the next day or two).

This scarf totaled approximately 900 yards when all was said and done. I finished up a full 4 balls of Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby, 2 balls of each color.

Yarn review: The color changes on Colori are beautiful. They’re very gradual, same as in the case with Noro but the difference is this yarn is much softer and more comfortable to work with than the Noro competition. The drawbacks to that softness are, of course, that the scarf is much more likely to felt and pill as time goes on. I’d strongly suggest you block once a year at the most if you want your finished product to last. Obviously then, Colori would probably not make a good sweater choice. It is the perfect choice for this pattern, though.

Pattern review: The pattern was very clearly written and easy to memorize. I made my scarf much thinner – 6 repeats per row vs 9. I also adjusted my needle size to 3. This baby grew on blocking, ending at just over 7 feet long (vs 5.5 feet pre-block). I adore long scarves though, so for me, this was just a plus. However, it should be noted that I’m 5’8 and wear high heels on a semi-regular basis. You may want to plan accordingly.

I completed this project over the following period:

  • A trip to and from Colorado (starting from Eastern Kansas)
  • 10 episodes of Arrow
  • 10 episodes of The Flash
  • A 200 page e-book (probably superhero related considering the above trend, yes I’m 5, please don’t judge me, at least not much)

It’s possible this list says way too much about my nerdy preferences, but the point has been made. Patience, patience, patience! I promise, it’s worth it.

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Whittling the Queue with WIPs

More specifically, by COMPLETING WIPs…

I love starting new projects. You can play with new colors, new yarns, new stitch patterns. You imagine how wonderful it will be when the days get cold and you can bundle up in lovely wraps, sweaters and hats. But then, you get bored. After hours of the same slog – have you noticed that some of the loveliest patterns are the most boring? – you want a change. This leads to a lot of WIPs. How many are on your needles right now? Let’s be honest.

My breakdown is as follows: (I think)

6 sweaters (3 are about 80% done, 2 about 15%, 1 about 0.05% – just cast on)

1 tank (40%)

1 shawl (40%)

2 pairs of fingerless gloves (60%)

3 pairs of socks (80% for 2, and 50% for 1)

So, 13. That’s actually a lot better than it could have been. It’s still pretty bad, though.

(And it’s an unlucky number. When 13 projects are stored in the same basket, the first one grabbed will be the first to die, or dye, or something like that, I’ll have to ask Professor Trelawney.)

I have sworn to finish a few more projects before starting anything new – minus that new sweater I just cast on, which between us, I never should have started at this point. In the interests of not losing interest (did that make sense?), I’m going to show you a few of the projects in the works. These held high priority in my queue at one point. Maybe they’ll make yours this week?


#33 Worldly – by Verona Design Team


I’m making this sweater for my father as his Christmas 2014 present. Yes, I know.

In my defense, it is knit on size 2 needles and was completed up to the armholes early last year but then he tried it on and found it too small. I suggested he could lose weight. He didn’t like that suggestion. So I ripped it all out. Let me say that I again in case anyone missed it. I ripped. it. ALL. OUT. When there was about 1 inch left of it that hadn’t been wound into the world’s largest yarn ball, he looked at it, asked what I was doing and then said, “But I could have lost weight!”

Can you really blame me now? Honestly? Wouldn’t you have to experience a temporary sweater separation after that debacle?

It’s about a foot long now. We’re getting there. I’m hoping for an FO by the end of the year. If nothing else, I’ve made the world’s largest gauge swatch. If it doesn’t fit this time, there will be no strike 3. The heart can only take so much.

Please do not let my horror story distract you though, it really is a wonderful sweater, and when this baby is done, it’s gonna be epic. EPIC!


Sand Pullover – by Ela Torrente


I am almost finished with this one. You’ll likely see an FO post for it at the beginning of next month. This sweater has so many positive qualities. It’s longer in the back than the front due to some added short rows. It’s top down (yay!). The stitch pattern is easy to memorize but not too boring. The broken ribbing makes the sweater stretchy and very warm. Limited lace details add a lot of appeal without a lot of effort.

In addition, this is the first sweater that I’ve knit using Dream in Color Classy. I’m sold on this yarn. It’s nice and soft after washing, but doesn’t seem to pill as badly as some. I’m not so sold on the color I chose – that’s the curse of online shopping – but an over-dye shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.

It should be noted that when making a top down sweater, periodic blocking is key. I may have made mine tunic length by accident… we will see once it’s completely dry. I like it anyway.


And let’s not forget the weekly recipe, either.

Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake


In the interest of keeping up with the WIPs theme, it should be noted that this recipe is already in progress. Mixing is completed and all it needs at this point is to be baked. It’s going in a regular loaf pan because I’m not convinced at this point that I won’t destroy it if I go the bundt route – the bundt and I have not been friends, lately. I’m also probably not going to add the icing because, while I love icing, my jeans don’t.

But if one of you decides to go whole hog and actually follow directions – what a novel idea! – please let me know how yours turned out, as I’m quite curious. 🙂

Till next week! May we have fewer WIPs tomorrow than we do today!


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FO: Heather Hoodie Vest

This pattern was a definite winner! I’d planned on having pictures of myself taken, but unfortunately am having a difficult time not being the person behind the camera – do you have that problem? Not being happy with the way a picture is posed when someone else is the photographer? I’ll work on that. In the meantime, my mother volunteered to be in the spotlight in my place. She wants to make her own version of this vest, now. 🙂


Some adjustments made to the pattern:

  • I added about 1.5 inches to the body length. As a result, I had to add 7 buttons vs 5 in order to create increases evenly across the front. All in all, I’m not at all sorry that I did this.Don’t be afraid to add the button holes a little bit higher on the neck if you need to.
  • The hood is huge. You may have heard about this already. I made 1 fewer increase and 1 fewer decrease and stopped the hood about 2 inches short of the required overall length. It’s still a good size, but I no longer feel like I’m emulating “The Arrow” while I wear it (of course, it’s also not green either, but you get my point).
  • The buttons are on the wrong side. That would be an “Oops, I screwed up but I don’t really much care” moment. I don’t think it really matters anyway, does it? Note for next time.

All in all, this has been a very addicting and very fun project. The pattern was very clear and the results were exactly what I’d hoped for. Some added notes:

  • Yarn was Cascade Eco+ in blue/green. I used approximately 1.5 balls for the size 38.
  • Needle size was 10, as specified in the pattern.
  • You want just a little bit of positive ease. I had about 2 inches. My mother is approximately the same size I am, so the picture should give you some idea of fit.
  • There is some errata for the pattern – you can find it on Ravelry, it’s a pretty simple fix on the cable set-up row.
  • The contrasting buttons are a lot of fun. I strongly suggest you go that route, you won’t be sorry you did!

And here’s the back, with the slightly large (but no longer huge) hood.


I have a sneaky feeling my mother will end up wanting to steal this…

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Whittling the Queue – Wednesday

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m seeing signs that summer is coming to an end.

  • Whole Foods has ended their Friday burger sale – darn it all, I was getting addicted to low prices!
  • My sand volleyball league begins their fall season next week.
  • Notebooks are on sale for 17 cents at Walmart – Yay for school! – or not so much?
  • Those pumpkin spice cravings are beginning to hit.

Now personally, you may feel differently, I’m not in a rush for fall. The leaves are wonderful, the cooler temperatures are divine and frankly, it’s the season that we knitters get to display our wonderful creations front and center, but… it’s cold. And we won’t even mention all those 4 letter cuss words that start with S (like snow- ick). However, it’s inevitable. Winter follows fall and it’s going to happen whether we like it or not, so we might as well prepare for the occasion. Here are some ideas for you that have been in my queue for a while.


April – by Isabell Kraemer


Alright, so clearly the name indicates that this was meant as a piece to transition INTO summer and not AWAY from it. That’s all right, it’ll work just as well for fall with those cooler evening temperatures. This sweater is top-down (the best kind! – am I alone here?) and just entertaining enough to keep your attention without wanting to strangle yourself with your spare yarn. It’s dressy enough for work but casual enough for home, it’s warm without being bulky and it won’t take up much room in your purse while you’re working on it. That is, if you happen to keep knitting in your purse, I’m not saying you do, but if you’re that kind of person, I mean I used to keep a calculator and a copy of The Lord of the Rings in mine… ok shutting up now…


Mayfield Mitts – Erica Heusser


So, normally I wouldn’t promote a type of accessory that I’m selling designs for myself (wait for it, fingerless gloves are coming), but let’s be honest. I won’t be creating something as colorwork awesome as this for at least a little while. This has some serious style, my friends! Wouldn’t these mitts be perfect in some lovely orange/red/yellow/leafy colors? Or even better, in a crisp, wintery pine shade? – Yes, I said the W word, I apologize, won’t happen again anytime soon.


So I mentioned pumpkin earlier. There was a reason for that! Foreshadowing, see? I wanted to get you all prepared for this beauty. 🙂

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler


I am gaining weight just looking at this thing. This recipe was pinned from pinterest last year and it has been waiting impatiently for 9 months. It’s been stalking my dreams. I’m seeing it in my waking hours. This must be created – preferably by someone who is not me, because I have limited self control and a short-list of people to split this with. Do you hear my subtle encouragement? I’m happy to be your enabler! You can find this recipe, along with a bunch of wonderful others, at the blog Lauren’s Latest.

Oooor, if you want to be more bad but not really bad, bad? I have option #2.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles


Presenting: Your low-carb option! These are definitely on the “to make” list. There will be no regrets. This recipe is from the blog All Day I Dream About Food. Now I won’t lie, low carb does taste a bit different from your high sugar, high fat, high guilt variety food, but it’s still really good. And you won’t get that bloated feeling after overeating that none of us really enjoy. While I haven’t always had perfect luck with Carolyn’s recipes – some of my baked cakes have turned into broken blobs – her flavors are spot on! I’m definitely giving this a go this week. The cobbler may have to wait until our next monthly potluck at work so I don’t devour it in it’s entirety. 🙂

I hope you all try at least one of these in the next few days!

BTW, the knitting queue is down to 141. We’re getting there…


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Modge-Podge Monday

So, I’m covering all sorts of topics today. No rhyme or reason. It’s a Monday morning after all, does anyone’s brain really fire on all cylinders before noon on the first day of the week?  (If you’re one of the lucky few with a strong Monday brain, please don’t tell me, I’d like to hold on to my delusions)

Now that you’ve been forwarned, do you want the good news, or the bad news?

The good news you say? Always a smart choice. Anyway… I have a lovely FO to show you all. It’s the Heather Hoodie Vest, which, while cute, also contains my name so obviously it’s been on the to do list for a while. The bad news – I have no picture yet. It’s one of the many negatives of being single… no one to take your picture whenever you request it. No worries though, I have recruited a coworker, and she will get right on it, just as soon as I compile the right outfit and put on make-up. Till then, you’ll have to use your imagination. These pictures should help. Imagine white buttons, too.

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YARN REVIEW – There are some serious positives and negatives inherent in Cascade ECO+ yarn.

Positives- It’s inexpensive, holds up like iron, is very warm and comes in lovely colors. Negatives – It itches to the point of the ridiculous and felts extremely easily – I found that one out the hard way.

All in all though, it’s a good workhorse yarn. You should add some to your stash! Just keep in mind that whatever you make with it should not lay directly against your skin.


Mondays are a beautiful thing. They’re the beginning of something new, a chance to start fresh. If you’re ever going to begin a new workout, beauty regimen, job hunt, etc, Monday is the day to begin.

May I suggest you begin this week by drinking lemon-water?

I first began drinking it because it helps promote digestion, but there are all sorts of other benefits that I wasn’t aware of. Things like:

  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Strengthened immune system

There are a bunch of articles promoting lemon water, but here are a few for you to check out. All you need is the juice of half a lemon and warm water. Of course, it’s best with purified water and organic lemons, but I think you’ll get some benefits regardless.

I might add, it tastes good as well. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be drinking it. Life is too short to eat bad food – or drink bad water as the case may be.


We’re getting biometric screenings at work this week. That means shots. Why did I think this was a good idea?


I’ll also hopefully have an FO for a new scarf in the next week. It’s possible that I spent a good portion of my Sunday binge watching Arrow on Netflix. I’m not admitting anything, you understand…