Monday, August 24, 2009

Many of you have likely seen this already, but it's worth posting for the rest of you because it's so cool: Giant knitted poem takes shape. Can't wait to see what it is! Any guesses?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cupcakes + Lace!

(Hey, this is my 101st post! Cool.)

First of all, if you have extra zucchini lying around (and who doesn't?), you should definitely use it to make these chocolate-zucchini cupcakes. I did so last night and I can promise you with complete confidence that you won't regret it! (Do watch out for overcooking them, though -- the baking time recommended in the recipe was much too long for my oven, at least.)

Also, look at what I got in the mail a couple weeks back from my lovely friend Yoli, who was working on destashing:

That, my friends, is a skein of Skacel Collection Merino Lace in a gorgeous teal! This yarn is stupidly beautiful and frighteningly fine. I haven't knit with lace-weight yet so I am definitely intimidated but also excited. I think the most beautiful lace pattern I've seen is the Seascape Shawl, so I might attempt to tackle that right off the bat, but I wondered if any of you had other suggestions for first lace projects, maybe something smaller and quicker to help me get comfortable with it? Let me know please!

I have made almost no progress on the socks recently -- like I said, having a curious kitten around really cuts into one's knitting time, not to mention the fact that 90°+ weather makes it difficult to feel terribly excited about wool socks, even if they are really fantastic wool socks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kittenapalooza Part 2 (+ socks)!

So it turns out having a new kitten around the house is not exactly conducive to knitting. Luckily, it is conducive to massive amounts of cuteness:

The gigantic ears continue to amaze.

Lucy is an absolute dream of a kitten: friendly, adorable, feisty, and so much fun to have around!

I have gotten a tiny bit of knitting done, mostly while Lucy is napping, and I've reached the heel flap of the second Fargyle sock. Here's a preview:

They're coming along pretty nicely. I also looked through my entire stash the other day and found a couple yarns I'd nearly forgotten about, which was exciting and very inspiring.