FO: Wasabi Cream & Sugar

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Pattern: Cream and Sugar Cowl

Yarn: Shibui Knits Sock, in ‘Wasabi’

Needles: 3.5 mm  (US 4)

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Give me all your yarnz!!

Notes: I didn’t make any modifications, and really enjoyed knitting this for the second time. It’s one of those great gift knitting patterns- quick, one skein, and easy to churn out quickly. My friend Andrea saw the previous cowl and wanted one, so I happily obliged. I have some of the yarn leftover, I’m going to make her some fingerless mitts as well. Not that she needs either of those items right now- it’s hot. Like, your skin feels like sticky toffee hot. But no matter how hot is it right now, fall always comes around again.

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 Why yes, I did put on a wool cowl and a winter coat to model this for you in the dead heat of June.

I’m working away at this cardigan for my mom, as an overdue Mother’s Day gift. I actually ran out of yarn (totally my own fault- I keep all my white/cream yarns together in one box, and thought I had more of this yarn than I really did) but fortunately a fellow Raveler came to my rescue and sent me the single skein I needed to get this completed.

I’m also working on another version of my Grapefruit Cowl, this time making it bigger, for more of a fall weather cowl. Maybe because I’ve knit this stitch so much, but I find the pattern really easy to memorize, so I just pick it up and chip away at it whenever I get a chance. It’s almost done- just need to drop the stitches!

Modification Monday: Modified Sprite Hat

Original Pattern: Spritely Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sarah (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods: Altered the sizing of the adult sized hat by adding half an extra stitch repeat, and eliminated the leaves on the top. More info can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I should offer a disclaimer about how much I love Sarah’s blog and designs, she really is awesome in my books. So I’m a little surprised it took me this long to find this super pretty hat modification in her projects! I love how Sarah’s take on the pattern has yielded a beautiful, unfussy hat that looks perfect for when the days get chilly. Eliminating the decorative leaves on top made it look more grown up, and I think her yarn choice was spot on brilliant- who wouldn’t love a cashmere cap like this?!

What I’m Into Now: Beet Blush

Through the many splendoured thing that is Pinterest, I came across an interesting tutorial on making blush from beets. And considering that I had all the ingredients already in my home, I figured I could totally take 30 mins to experiment with this.

I peeled and chopped one beet, and mixed it with 1 tablespoon of glycerine and cooked it in a double broiler, as per the instructions. I had an old roll-on eyeshadow that I pried open and cleaned out, making it the perfect container for my beet blush. I don’t think I could have chosen a better container, the roll on is so easy to manage and there’s no mess.

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I couldn’t’ find a better spot to take a photo of this. Just a quick bathroom snap!

And the result? Love it! The colour is really build-able, so it can be as light or dark as you want, and different types of beets can yield different shades. Mine were just plain old red beets, but I’d like to try with some of the more pinkish hued beets out there.  The next time I make this (and heck yes, there will be a next time) I’m going to use less glycerine, maybe 1 teaspoon, and add a tiny bit of water just to make the texture a little less dewy. Glycerine is great moisturizer. I’m also wearing it in the photos as a lip stain, too. I love multitasking products.
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These photos were taken this morning, and poor Gatsby, although wanting to fling himself down at my feet and demand tummy rubs, was totally not interested in having his photo taken this morning. At all. 

Modification Monday: Shifting Sands Cardi

Original Pattern: Shifting Sands

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri  (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the scarf pattern (oh yes, you read that correctly- a scarf) into a cardigan. Great details can be found on her blog post here, and her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many clever things about this knit. I love that she fully incorporated the scarf into the cardigan. The scarf portion is divided into three sections for the collar and neck, which is a clever way to do the shaping. I even love the colour!! such a beautiful knit.

Design in Progress

I’m working on a new design, which isn’t quite top secret, so I thought I’d blog about it a bit! It’s another summery tank, and I’m hoping to have it completed and ready for launch early July. This is the teaser photo I’ll leave you with:

Purple Tank 2

 I can’t say enough great things about this Silver Label Tanis Fiber Arts 100% mulberry silk yarn. Okay, it’s not super cheap, but it feels like absolute heaven. I’d probably be finished this already if I didn’t take so many breaks to stop and squish the knitted fabric, and rub it against my cheek. And even G was touching it and exclaiming, ‘what’s this made of? It’s amazing!’ It’s just incredible.