Thoughts & Finishes

I often wonder if I moved my knitting upstairs, if it would seem like less of a separate activity, I’m not sure why I look at my creative work as studio work (upstairs) and my leisure time as knitting time (downstairs). Maybe it should be blurred, maybe I just need a cozy seat in the studio?

I think it’s been 7 months or so in the bag, it’s traveled around with me, side eyed me when I plunked it in the corner to take on other projects, snuggled in my lap on cold winter nights and made me endlessly happy looking a its muted hues and plumpy ridges.

I found along the way, sometimes just pulling yarn or arranging supplies for another project was enough of a switch up in my day to get me back on shawl task, other times it was a day or two at the sewing machine and another pretty thing made. (This yarn combo never became anything, but I loved putting it together, oh and pink bags for days 💕)

I kept it on a 32″ circular for its entire life, not realizing I was creating a mammoth shawl, some slight worries on where to block it, but I’m more excited about getting to wear it, than worried about wrangling the 90″ wet wool beast!

A finally finished Powder and Dust shawl and it’s exactly what I was hoping for, the mellowest strawberry fade, with so much excessive plush gartery nonsense and if not for days spent upstairs (not knitting) in the studio I wouldn’t have a beautifully drab gingham dress to pair it with.

It wasn’t until it was blocked and dry that I realized I preferred the wrong side of this one. Well it’s all garter so there isn’t really a rs/ws, but the color transition is so much more subtle on the ws, a true fade, whereas on the right side you can see defined stripes.

Up next, maybe some tiny creature knitting, there is a new Little Cotton Rabbits Small Rabbit pattern out (eeep!) and The Tearoom Cat has been calling me, wouldnt a little kiki to dress in tiny sweaters, cardigans and shorty pants just be the sweetest thing!?! 💕

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 💕

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 350° 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!