Blooming tea, a gift from my friend Gillian. It is so beautiful and delicious!


White challah bread with an egg and honey glaze. I let it rise extra long so the texture is especially fluffy.

apple galette

Rustic apple galette with raisins and almonds. Easy to make and soo mouthwatering.

I’m making myself hungry now. Share with me some of your own food porn!

Been awhile, hasn’t it?

I’ve been so busy with school in the last few months, I haven’t had time to blog (and barely time to knit!). Still read my blogroll daily, so I’m caught up, but I hope you haven’t forgotten me!

When I have knit recently, I’ve had colour(work) on the brain.

img 113These herringbone gloves are from a free Japanese pattern here. I do not read Japanese, so I’m knitting them with the help of bablefish translator and nightly prayers. The pattern includes really great charts though, so it isn’t so bad. The first one is going well so far, I’ve finished most of the fingers now. I only hope I can remember everything by the time I get to the second.

img 116Winter doesn’t have much longer to go(hopefully), so I’ll pack them away once I’m done for next fall. I’m using Regia Solid 4-ply in dark brown and white, which I got on sale on a trip to London this Christmas (I have a few London digital photos here, but unfortunately I lost the bulk of my pictures because my film got stuck in the camera :(. ) The fit isn’t that great (I have very small wrists), but they’re super cute, so who cares?

Next up, Swell from Knitty! This was a request from a cold-headed individual who had no idea what he wanted in a hat, so I searched around and settled on the chullo style, since I’ve always been attracted to it but I can’t really get away with the style myself. I styled it after this hat, which is also knit from a free pattern, but I found Swell to be better written. The yarn is Paton’s SWS (solids) and the needles are size 7. The only mod other than the stripes, was to crochet around the edges. It curled like crazy before that.

This pattern I think needs no introduction, since it’s been knit by every Harry Potter fan/knitter on the Internet. It’s the Prisoner of Azkaban scarf from atypically.knit. I actually knit this several years ago, before my days with a blog and a camera. It was one of my first projects and I’m still really proud of it. Recently I broke out the sweater shaver and went to town on it, and it looks like new again. No mods on it that I can remember, I wasn’t too brave at the beginning. The yarn is classic merino, and it’s been awhile, but I think the needles were 8s.

That’s all there is to report on. I’m just desperately waiting for Spring because I have some cute warm-weather knits planned and I’d freeze in them on -10 degree days like today.

Recently I’ve had a pie craving that I knew couldn’t be satisfied by one-note grocery store pies. I’m not sure what it was, maybe I’ve gotten too into Pushing Daisies, but I knew I had to have one. So here it is, my very first pie. Made from some super vintage pie crust mix(at least 10 years old) and a can of strawberry rhubarb filling. It’s not perfect(the lattice work is a bit wonky), but its my first pie, give me a break! It was delicious anyway.

If I’d made a cherry pie, now would be when I’d give you my segue into my next knitting project, Cherry! Ravelry has a great gallery of finished ones. I hope this actually comes to formation though, recently I seem to talk about knitting more than I actually knit. I have my yarn and I’ve already started, so lets hope its a good sign.



p.s. look forward to some winter accessories, its gotten so cold so fast here!

I know I’ve been an awful blogger, I cant remember the last time I posted, but Halloween gets me excited about everything so I want to start up again. I love dressing up, and especially as fairy tale heroines. This year I was Red Riding Hood (its actually a repeat from last year, but I refined it a little this year and took some action shots). It got out last Saturday night, but tonight I’ll just wear it to hand out candy (kids are already coming in).

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Lots of pictures, I know. But aren’t they so pretty? We took them this morning in a hiking trail near my house.

img 007The cloak is a really big half circle, and I can dig up the pattern if anyone wants it. The fabric is a huge remnant I got on the cheap last year, and its also used as the cover in my basket. The 2nd picture shows a close up of the lined hood and velvet ties. The fabric is a little ripped around the collar because I tore it having too much fun this weekend:( On the right are the pumpkins my father and I carved this year.

On the knitting front, not much has been going on. I’m so busy with school and life that I haven’t had much opportunity. I’ll update soon on my winter projects. I’ve also been tagged in a survey by the girls at teamknit, so I’ll get on that soon!

Happy Halloween everyone!

img 085I saw this pattern yesterday on a crochet board. I haaaave been needing one of these, and I had some left over kitchen cotton I’d planned for another market bag, but I have enough of those already. So I cast on (chained? hooked? I don’t know my crochet terminology) and finished it within a day. It probably should have taken less time, but my crochet skills are a little rusty.

I haven’t tested it out yet. I’ll probably bleach it like crazy it first to soften it up.

If it doesn’t work out as a bath puff, I can use it as an accessory for a zombie costume, because I can’t help thinking of brains when I look at it.

I’ve also made some swatches (not official swatches- just figuring out stitch patterns) for those two Phildar sweaters, and I think I’ve got them down! You can see them here. I think I’ll start the ones with the V’s first, because it’s more fun to do.


knit graffiti

Early Frost by Janet Morton at the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

holy crap! I couldn’t knit something like this flat, let alone around a tree.

This weekend (August 4,5) at the CCCA in Ottawa, help artist Janet Morton create a garden using textiles, knitting and other non-traditional materials.

You can see more of her work at the CCCA website www.ccca.ca

I’m jealous of all of you in Ottawa, anyone up for a carpool from TO?

So many projects…
Anthropologie cowl
I’ve loved this Anthropologie sweater for months (I took a million screen shots of it in November because I know Anthropologie’s pages never last long), but I think soon I’ll get the nerve to knit it. I bought this abosoloutely gigantic men’s cashmere sweater that I’m going to rip out for this. It was knit to 6 stitches per inch on the sweater so I think I’ll stick with that guage. My only problem with the yarn is that it’s in the most boring light heathered grey, so I know I’ll end up dying it. I’m just worried because I’ve never dyed 100% cashmere and I think it will be very delicate. I might dye it with some tumeric to get the same mustardy shade as in the original sweater, but I also don’t look the best in yellow. So many decisions…

Malene Birger vestThis Malen Birger vest is really cool and the construction is so simple. It looks like a scarf that starts out thin (at the neck) , then gets progressively wider at the middle (across the chest and around the waist), then tapers back to it’s original width. It’s seamed together at the narrowest points, then sewn to a square back piece. I love the cables and ties too (there also may be some extra shaping to get the front panels to lay flat). I may make the crocheted ends into pompoms though, I just think they go better with chunky cables. I already have a yarn in mind for this (Lamb’s Pride superwash bulky) which I’ll pick up soon.

Free People mittens
I admit that I’m drawn more to the embroidery on these Free People mittens than anything, but I like the part knit-part crochet construction. The ribbing and front panel are knit, and all the curved shaping is crochet. I wonder what the palm is like? I’d probably just continue it in crochet. I’ll have to lurk the embroidery boards on Craftster though before I attempt this, working on fabric this bulky can’t be easy. I’m not sure what the wooden thing on the wrist is. Maybe it’s knit flat and buttoned? That’s a neat detail, but I think it would add even more bulk and they’re already bulky enough already. Maybe I’ll make these if I have enough yarn left over from that vest…

Phildar pulloverPhildar pullover

I love these two pullovers from Phildar, and although I took French classes for most of my childhood, there is still a problem. 1, we never learned knitting terms, and 2, I don’t remember a word of it anyway. So… I’m going to wing them. I already have the stitch pattern for the brown one, and other than that it looks like a pretty simple scoop neck. I don’t think it will be too hard. Any yarn suggestions while we’re on it? I want something wool, but I’d prefer a blend so it isn’t too warm. It also needs to be worsted weight and easy to find in an LYS, I don’t want to buy yarn online because I fear I may become addicted if i do. Okay, on to the golden sweater. Does anyone have any idea what stitch pattern this is? I’ve never seen this kind of thing before and I’d have no idea to do it. It looks like you create an elongated stitch, and then a few rows later you pick it up and knit it into this row. I tried this and failed miserably.

So while I was typing this, I checked the Craftster thread where I asked the same question and someone gave me this link. I think she’s on to something!

Okay that’s all for now. I do have more projects, but I think this post is long enough already. Why am I thinking of this stuff now anyway? It was 35 degrees out today!