Oven notes

And eventually we got to the cupcakes. I feel like I’m such a newbie when it comes to all things baked even though I have made plenty of cupcakes before. Both flour based and wool based ones. It has been a while though and although I do dare to use the oven again, it’s not as reliable as I would like.

In the end my cupcakes looked like this (I’ll put the frosting on tomorrow), but that wasn’t until they had been in the oven twice the amount of time stated. 30 minutes instead of 15. That must mean there is something weird going on with my oven, don’t you think? This time it won’t stop me form using it though and now I know that cupcakes need 30 minutes in 180 degrees.

Not for me this year

May is progressing and I’m doing fairly okay. Both me and Me Made has worn some handmade things. It’s been a bit cooler than it was in April so wool is kind of nice. I’ve worn Knitangle, of course, I love that shawl, but I’ve also dug out Qwist mitts. They are super cute and I really like them, but they don’t go so well with my other clothes. I should do something about that. Me Made has also worn his Easter cardigan.

The thing is, I’m not feeling it. I don’t have the energy to dig out knitwear and try to combine them with new things. I’ll keep trying but I won’t officially do MeMadeMay 2019. And that is totally fine.

I consider it a success

I have finished my spring shawl. In the end I only had some grey and some white left, and a little bit of purple. All the rest is gone so my left over shawl is quite a success in that area.  Whether or not it’s a success in other areas as well will have to wait till I’ve weaved in the million ends and blocked it, but no matter what, the intent was to use up some leftover and that’s what I did. This pattern could also be good if I were looking for something to do with all the mini skeins I seem to hoard right now. It’s a good pattern.

Earlier and earlier

I will say it again, it’s too soon. I said that last year and years before that. Last year it was May 8 when I noticed the first little lilac flower. However, it usually slows down, if previous years are anything to go by. That doesn’t stop the fact that this little flower is here and to be honest, I quite like it. It’s a little comforting knowing it’s here and that there are more to come. I will really try to make the most of it.

A stretch

For today to count in the Me Made May 2019 we have to stretch the rules quite a bit. Yesterday we bought some terrycloth with a plastic side and today I cut it and put it in Me Made’s bed. No hemming was necessary, just some measuring and some cutting. If that counts as Me Made May we don’t have high demands. On the other hand, Me Made is using it and I made sure that could happen (and will probably save me a wash or two).

I think it will have to marinated with me a bit, if this counts. I’m also wearing a pair of socks but it’s the same I wore the other night so nothing different. It will be easier during weekdays, I think.

A new favorite

I still haven’t decided on MeMadeMay2019 yet but if I do, I’m on track. Me Made has worn the bonnet and I have worn a skirt my mother has made for me, one that I wear quite often, and a pair of socks when I was cold the other evening.

Today I wore a shawl that I made last year, one of the MKAL’s. I’ve gotten surprisingly much use of it over the year and that makes me so happy because I was really careful when I picked out the colors and it worked out very well.

Not to mention I managed to make it with Me Made next to me. (After this there was a little break in the knitting time but I gained it back eventually.) The shawl matches my spring coat and I think I’ve worn it so much it could really benefit from a reblock.

So far it’s been fairly easy to wear something different every day but further down the road it will be trickier. The idea to botanize a bit in my shawl drawer is quite appealing though.

Pattern: Life in the Country by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Tranquil from Stunning String Studio, colors Freesia and Moroccan Blue. No mods.

Out for a swing

Today I got to see the new bonnet in action. It’s super pretty and we got lots of compliments for it at the playground. It has a tendency to fall forward when Me Made is in the stroller and it would benefit from a few extra stitches – something to remember if I make another one – but overall I really like it. It’s a good color, it’s pretty, it was fairly fun to knit and Me Made seem to like it, as far as hats go. It has some slow elements, the hem and the i-cord, but it was still a quick knit and a good thing that is because we are experiencing some colder days and I’m very happy that I can keep my baby warm with something hand knit.

Straight from the cottage – April

April’s yarn is inspired by the Russian snowdrop. It’s white with a hint of blue and very pretty. I love getting these little packages every month. The color is always beautiful and it’s such a neat little surprise, the tea bag, the picture, the letter and the lotion or soap. And of course the yarn. I’m thinking of projects to make with these yarns but so far I don’t know. I have pink, yellow, green, and bluish purple so far. The latter was March, I think. In February I got something brownish, I think, and I can’t remember January at all right now. It might have been withe actually, but I’m not sure. Anyway, it would be nice to actually make something from this yarn but it will have to wait till June, I think. That should give me plenty of time to think it over and really come up with a good idea.

A pair of white socks might be cute… (for a while).

MeMadeMay?

It’s May! And I’m thinking of joining MeMadeMay2019, inspired by Christine. So far I haven’t set out the details though so no pledge yet. I mean, will have time to actually follow through? What should count and what should not and so on. I’m thinking handmade rather than just me made, since my mum has made me some really nice things, and so has my friends. I’m also thinking one new item each day but I’m including MeMade as well (made by me, after all), so either me or MeMade will wear something handmade. I think that will be as far as I can reach, I have papers to grade and a first birthday to celebrate.

Today was chillier than the past week and MeMade was finally able to wear the new spring hat I made. I wasn’t there to put it on myself but from what I heard it was successful. I’ve seen it on at it’s adorable, bonnets on babies are the cutest. So for the first day of May, MeMade’s new hat was the item.

So, handmade, huh. Should cookies count?

Pattern: Apple Pie Bonnet by Alejandra Graterol. Yarn: Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color 34 Heather, dye lot 753313. No mods. 
Stash yarn.