Category Archives: Knitting

Cable time – knitting, that is

For some reason, this fall has seen the revival of my knitting habit, which has been dormant for over a year. My new addiction is cables – turns out they’re not that difficult to do, and they look really impressive!
After getting the hang of it with a simple scarf with two rows of cables, I needed another project to keep me going – and then I saw this adorable hat while I was in Anthropologie –

cold-blooming hat by anthropologie

How great are those cables?? It looks so comfy. And I thought to myself, Hey I bet I could make something very similar to that with my new cabling skills.

small hat!

My first attempt didn’t work out so well…I made it much too short; it was almost yamaka sized. Very disappointing!
I hate to rip out knitting that I’ve done (all that work wasted!), but in the end what was I going to do with a hat this size?

I started over, this time with a wider rim, and made it taller, incorporating a second color. This one turned out much better. Practice makes perfect, right? And as I intended this to be a Christmas gift for someone, I’m glad it’s actually a wearable hat now!

completed cable hat

Yay! One Christmas gift down, many many to go. 😉

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A fall Seattle morning

I love mornings, especially when I have time to sit down and have breakfast with a nice cup of coffee or tea. This morning I had a treat – my friend Nate gave me a tin of loose-leaf black tea that I couldn’t wait to try. Nate has the hook-up on good stuff because he works for Fonté Coffee Roasters down in Georgetown.

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mmmm - tea

And to complement the tea, a nice slice of…pumpkin pie!
Now, don’t think I eat junk food for breakfast – this is a healthy pie, I swear! No sugar (hello agave!) and made totally from scratch – even the crust, which has been a revelation, since I have never had much luck making pie crust myself.

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pie!

So yummy! The pumpkin I used came from my farm box – every other week we pick up a box of organic, seasonal, local produce through our CSA program farm: Full Circle Farm. I love knowing we’re supporting a local farm, and getting great fruits and veggies to boot!

**************************Knitting Update*******************************

After a dreary stretch of rain to kick off the fall season, we’ve had a few beautiful days since Halloween. It’s definitely chilly out, though (but I prefer a chilly clear day to rain). So lucky me – I’ve finished my awesome rainbow colored fingerless mittens that I was knitting!

See –

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ta da!

They are quite cozy and certainly unique. ^_^

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fingerless mittens - rainbow style

Looks like it’s time to start a new knitting project…hmmm. Maybe matching rainbow legwarmers?? 😉

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Reviving the knitting needles

My old roommate (as well as a couple of old coworkers) taught me the basics of knitting a few years back. When I first learned, I jumped into knitting headfirst – although, I never got into anything more advanced than a hat. Scarves were a speciality. I never achieved any real level of expertise, however, and I haven’t really touched my knitting needles for two years.

But, it’s been getting cold here now – you can feel winter right around the corner – and for some reason, the urge to knit arose.

rainbow knitting

rainbow knitting

As you can see, I chose the most hideous yarn in my collection to start with. This rainbow blend was inherited from a friend’s mother’s stash when she found out I had started knitting way-back-when. Despite its awfulness – you have to admit it’s kind of awesome in a funny sort of way.

Anyways, my plan for this humble swatch is to make a pair of fingerless mittens. The pattern that inspired me actually called for knitting in the round, but I’m not equipped to do that. So, I figure, folding a long rectangle and sewing up the sides, with a hole for the thumb – same diff!

In any case, it’s been fun doing a little knitting again, and I’ll be sure to post the surely awesome results when my mittens are complete.

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