candy buttons

You might know by now I’m mostly muted shades of soft creams and dusty pinks, taupe on taupe with maybe a few other murky colors thrown in here and there, but not always I guess, I guess sometimes I like a flash of bubblegum pink, that just right apple green, or the sunniest of yellows. I guess we’re all kind of like that, usually almost always one way, but then sometimes not, sometimes we’re a total surprise, a complete contradiction ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love pens?

It seemed like a while since I did anything different, so I decided on a mostly solids, stash only Nightshift Shawl, pairing all my favorite worsted weight single skeins in a very subtle, very me palette, but then I was all like, nah let’s go with those singles that have been rolling around in the stash for ages, let’s just pick colors that are kinda cohesive, kinda cute, but not really over think it.

The Candy Colors

Blue & green mix – Liberty Wool in Rainforest
Light blue – Cascade 220 (I think) 
Green – Berroco Remix in Lawn
Pink – Berroco Remix in Blush
Yellow – Cascade 220 (again I think so) 
Multi color – kool-aid dyed wool from back in the early chalklegs dyeing tutorial days (April 2012!)

At first glance I was thinking that the pattern was going to be confusing/challenging, it’s not, it’s really nice and repetitive, and the texture and color changes make it enjoyably perfect.

(p.s this is known as the discontinued colors of Berroco Remix section)

Honestly though, the whole time I wasn’t sure my colors were working, every time I got up to do anything, I’d lay it stretched out on the back of the couch, so later when I walked back into the room I could test myself and see if they startled me. When in doubt, focusing on cute stitch markers helps keep me moving right along, instead of ripping it all out!

I made enough for everyone, so if you’d like your own hand sculpted sweet little Circus Peanut Charm you can find them in my shop. ๐Ÿ’•

Really liking this section right here. ๐Ÿ’•

Oh did you forget about that yellow? No, no you didn’t. The sunniest of yellows making it or breaking it ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love yellow now?

Intermittent yellow sewing with all sorts of zipper. ๐Ÿ’•

Ok, it’s good, like really good, like wrapping up in a big cozy blanket good, and the fact that it looks like it’s made of candy buttons has me loving it all the more. ๐Ÿ’•

Another lovely thing is it’s easily adaptable (I worked mine as written) but you could work more repeats for an even larger shawl or less for a smaller one, use fingering weight instead of worsted, make it completely scrappy or curate a custom fade, stay unconditionally true to your favorite colors or surprisingly contradict yourself.

Unintentionally showing my true colors at the pick n’ mix wall in Ikea.

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small starts

It’s been kind of chilly here lately, we’ve had an occasional muggy day, but it’s mostly been rain and semi sunlit gloom. I don’t mind, I’ll take a cozy knitting day with a shawl in my lap over wilting heat. I’m still slowly working through my stash yarn, still slowly working through the way it sometimes feels daunting and discouraging to do so. Trying to understand why it feels limiting, or like nothing is the right choice or that somethings are too precious/rare to use ..I’m so over feeling guilty for things that make me happy, do it, use them. I sorted out a mellow strawberry fade with some stash favorites (heehawed overed winding them, because once you break skein you’re f’ing committed) and started a Powder and Dust shawl ..and I love it.

We made rhubarb cream cake, laughed at how cute little Lex was, and how tiny me was/is just a small girl version of my dad. I turned candy garbage into a candy badge just because I could, spent some time in the studio doing chalklegs stuff, including sculpting up a few more chubby gummy bear & tag along heart stitch markers for a small shop restock. Mostly enjoying making small starts on the bigger things ..Oh, and I ate a muffin bottom, I don’t ever eat bread butts, or edge pieces on anything, I am strictly a middle person ..progress ๐Ÿ’•

Rhubarb Cream Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
3-4 cups rhubarb chopped
1cup heavy whipping cream
1cup sugar

Make yellow cake as directed on box, pour into a greased 9″x13″ pan, top with rhubarb, sprinkle 1 cup sugar over top fruit, drizzle 1 cup cream over entire top (DO NOT MIX) bake at 350ยฐ 40-45 min. Let cool, then store in the fridge. All the fruit and cream sink to the bottom during the bake and create this amazing custard cream layer, this is best served chilled.

You can use fresh or frozen rhubarb (pictured was leftover from last year’s harvest) if using frozen, let defrost and drain off excess liquid, but do not squeeze fruit, you want some juice!