Middle Section

I’m on the middle section, the last lace bit on my powder and dust shawl before the final color shift. There is so much on my list ..why is trying to finish up old things before starting new things always the toughest?

I think I’ve made my final shell pink bag, it’s exactly what I’ve been reaching for and the best pink organic canvas of my life is just about gone. I’ve been obsessing on a slightly different design and really hope to have a few new bags in the shop for the holidays. ๐Ÿ’•

Knitting might be the only craft I limit myself on having too many things going at once, mostly because I’m slow and it takes me forever to finish anything knit, and now that I type that sentence out, it might be because I allow myself limitless side projects that usually end up taking away from my knitting time? huh? ..ok one more row..

That huge front pocket is for patterns, it’s just over 8ยฝ” wide so I can have my paper instructions right in my face when I need them, also there are smaller pockets on each side for other handy things. Inside there are eight more pockets, because I love absurd amounts of storage (one is exactly the size of my favorite pen!) ๐Ÿ’•

Done with the lace, just a few garter rows until the last sections color shift!

My typical bag consisting of a ยฝ bag of cereal (because I’m a lazy snack packer) and a not started sock inside a sock sack (for options, but probably won’t start because I don’t break my own rules), tucked into “the shawl” bag, all stuffed into the top of my everyday take along tote ..because I’m 100% ready for anything, and I make bags. ๐Ÿ’•

I’ve been trying to resist the urge to go full on Happy Holidays, so instead I restocked my super sweet chubby gummy bears with tag along hearts in the shop, it’s what I’ve been using as a rightside marker/progress keeper on this shawl since its start back in June and I just love it so dang much!

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!