How many minutes are optimal?

We didn’t bake anything yesterday, me and Me Made. We had other engagements and didn’t have the time. I think we both suffered from the lack of our new routine. Instead we made chocolate chip cookies on Tuesday and they were perhaps a tad soft. They break easily and I think it’s because I forgot how long they need to be in the oven. I tried both 4 minutes and 3:30 and perhaps somewhere in between is the best. Nevertheless they are still really good and the tradition can go on.

It can take it

I’m really happy about my new knitting, the leftover one. It’s growing and it’s interesting to knit all the time but doesn’t require too much concentration. I love the green yarn, it’s very pretty. It’s built in triangles, one triangle on top of the other and eventually in different colors. The hopes continue to be high for this project and so far it has delivered.

Way too much yarn

Today I got mail. One of those squatty little lovely packages that can only mean one thing. Yarn. This particular package was pink and gold and what could possibly ever go wrong with that? Nothing, I’d say.

The inside was a little unusual to be – beige lace weight – but I just couldn’t resist it when I saw the kit on the web page. They described it as royal and elegant and they had me at once. If I ever get the time to knit this shawl I think I will like it very much. I’m a little worried by the yarn though, 2 538 meters of lace weight. I’m not sure I dare cast on a project that require that much yarn. (For reference, the Princess shawl contained about 6 000 meters.) We’ll see…

Spring shawl choices

I really should weave in ends on my socks but starting a new project is so much more fun. I have picked out the yarn I want for my new leftover shawl. I picked green as main color, leftover from the It’s Good to Be a Girl shawl, and leftovers from Springtime in Paris, Vacillate and June Afternoon as contrasting colors. I’m a little surprised of my choice but  think it will turn out very nicely. And with all this delicious yarn it will be such a great knit. The hopes are high!

It’s okay to manipulate a little

I finished my socks a dew days ago. I would have finished earlier but I realized the last few stripes before the toe would be very, well, brown. Brown and brown and not so stripey at all. I know I said brown and light blue was the color combination of the year but this was a bit too much. So, what to do?

I cheated! I ripped out a few stripes and cut the yarn, pulled out a foot or two and started knitting again. The result is clearer stripes and also stripes that pick up the light blue a little more. I was worried it would look too constructed but I think it works. It’s not a super smooth bridge colorwise but I’m fine with that.

These socks are knit alternating both ends of one yarn ball and I’m surprised how often the colors follow each other. When one end transfer towards one color, so does the other end. I’ve made five pairs of these socks and this has happened to all of them. I suppose it is because the yarn has one main color (brown in this case), and that’s been the case with all the other ones as well: purple, brown and wine red. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but a little bit of manipulation now and then might be in order, although there is something in me telling me it’s wrong. I feel very mischievous!

So much orange

I did it! I went into the stash, or rather, I dove into the stash. I picked up all the light fingering yarn from my favorite brands and I came out with two project bags full of leftovers. Not surprisingly I have a lot of pink but also quite some blue and green and red. White is apparently something I use a lot too but there is barely any black. What is most surprising though is the amount of orange. I can’t understand when I’ve used that much orange. There is the orange contrast on my Suki, I guess. That must have generated one of the leftover balls. I could imagine Hanna’s shawl also giving me some leftovers. And when I thought orange and green were the colors of the year. When I think about it, it’s no wonder I have so much orange among my leftovers. Since me and orange have a complicated relationship I’ve never used the leftovers and it would seem I haven’t knit in orange, or at least this orange, since 2014. I must say it was fun to reminisce old projects.

Now I only need to decide what yarn to use for my leftover project. It won’t be orange though.

Not like riding a bike

My Friday tradition is becomes more and more of a, well, tradition. After breakfast, me and Me Made prepare the kitchen and start stirring ingredients. Then, when we’re finished, or while the cake is in the oven, Me Made takes a nap and after that we’re ready for lunch and a taste of the cake. It’s a pretty good tradition, I think.

Today I used a smaller cake tin and left the cake in the oven for a little longer. The result is a better one that before. I’m making improvements, that’s good. It takes a few tries to get back in the saddle, so to speak, after all, it’s been a few years since I last baked. But I’m getting better and better!

Play time

It seems I’ve started a bit of a Friday tradition. Last Friday I baked and the Friday before that and tomorrow I plan on doing it again. I made a chocolate cake and it was really good but could have been left in the oven a little longer. I’ll try it again tomorrow.

It looked so ready but no. It was supposed to be sticky but perhaps not that sticky. I like this new tradition, it’s good and it gives us something to do, me and Me Made, who plays with various kitchen utensils while I bake. Which, I guess, mean that we’re pretty much doing the same thing although my playing hopefully results in a cake or two.

Please note the dough-scraper, it has knitting on it.

Exciting and daunting

As soon as these socks are finished I will cast on a shawl made of left overs. I both dread and look forward to it. I want to make something with leftovers and I know I have some great yarn that will be excellent for the shawl I’m thinking of. At the same time the leftover bin is so full (which is why it’s a good idea to try to do something about it) and while I’m excited about finding lovely yarn for my shawl I’m also worried about going through the bin   since I’m sure everything will collapse and I will find myself with leftover yarn in fingering weight all over my living room floor with absolutely no chance to put it back in the bin. That’s a very scary thought. I like the idea of the shawl though so I hope I get over my fear.

Chocolate weekend

This weekend was a weekend of celebration. Two birthdays and an anniversary, one for each day.

Almost all of them involved something good to eat, chocolate cake in different forms.

Celebrations are fun indeed but I won’t mind some peace and quiet for a while now, and I think Me Made agrees with me, such a tired baby today. I’d still like some chocolate though…