Wee Wednesday: Booties

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I know, I know- murky indoor nighttime shots are the worst! I was too impatient to wait until the weekend. 

Pattern: Lavish Baby Booties

Yarn: Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere (the blue ones) and Koigu painter’s Palette Premium merino (yellow)

Mods: The blue ones are exactly as the pattern, but the yellow are just the stockinette version of the same pattern.

Notes: I feel like this would be much better knit in a DK weight yarn, as the
4mm needles seemed a little large for the fingering weight, but then
again, I bet that gives the booties some extra stretch for when those
little feet start growing quickly.

blue booties
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I knit the blue booties first,but wasn’t sure how I felt about the garter stitch. So I experimented with the stockinette, and I think I really like both of them- for different reasons. I am planning on embroidering the yellow ones, but I was thinking of putting her name on them. So… I won’t be doing that until after she’s born. 😉

Modification Monday… Fail. But Oatmeal Cookies Perfected!

For the first time ever, I haven’t heard back from any of the people I’ve contacted for a Mod Monday. I’m sorry, guys!! I’m sure I’ll hear back from the knitters I’ve contacted soon. In the meantime, may I beg forgiveness with cookie?

G calls these the best oatmeal cookies in the world… and I’m going to go ahead and agree with him.
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First, let’s make sure our expectations are in line. First up- these are plain, old fashioned, no-frills oatmeal cookies. There are no chocolate chips. It’s not a fancy cookie. But hot damn, they are perfection. if you like a classic oatmeal cookie, then this is the cookie for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch off salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins 

* The oats need to be rolled oats- not the weird, quaker
oats flaked stuff that looks like it’s been swept up off the floor of a
processing plant. This really affects the texture.
  
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C) 
  2. In a bowl, mix together rolled oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla and molasses. 
  5. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until combined, add raisins. 
  6. Shape into 2 inch balls and arrange on an ungreased baking sheet. 
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  8. Try not to eat them all at once. 

That’s it!

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Fabulous Fair Isle! Adelia Mittens

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Pattern: Adelia Mitts

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock in Sand and Spruce

Needles: 3.25 (US 3)

Mods: None.

Notes: Hooray for mittens! These are the softest pair of mittens I’ve ever worn. They are part of the TFA January KAL, and I think the last of my KAL FOs, even though I also wanted to knit the matching cowl. I love these mittens- stranded mittens are perfect for extra warmth, and they are sooo soft. Did I mention the soft?! Soft. Anyway. I digress.

I also have some bump photos! Because hey, mittens look good on a baby bump, I think. I’m also pleased that there are lots of cool textured buildings around our new place, so it’s given me lots of neat places to plan for future FO shots.

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TFA January KAL FO: Jewel Prism

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 I’m participating/moderating the Tanis Fiber Arts January Knit/Crochet Along, which is happening over in the Ravelry Group thread. The official kick off was January 1st, and crafters are challenged to complete a project before midnight on January 31st. I’ve got a few projects lined up for this KAL, and the first finished is the Prism Shawl in the Jewel Colourway (Red Label).

I didn’t make any modifications, although the pattern is more of a recipe than a hard and fast set of rules to knit by, which I enjoy. As for the yarn, you know me- I can’t get enough of single ply goodness!! I’m loving how the red label knits up, it’s sooo soft. And the colour is amazing. There is something so wonderfully luxe and yet rustic about single ply yarns, I find them addictive.

Prism Shawl

Modification Monday: Lacy Top

Original Pattern: #09 Lace Dress

Knitter Extraordinaire: Amanda (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Used stockinette on the body instead of garter stitch, reworked armholes, tightened up the neckline, ans added a different trim to the hem. Project page with great instructions on the knitted edging can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes a whole knitted dress can be a bit of a investment, not just of time, but of yarn as well. But changing it up into a beautiful top is a great alternative. This top is the perfect summer modification- it’s breezy and a great mix of knitting and crochet, and I’m really impressed with the gorgeous results!