Archive for January, 2006

It Ain’t Much, But It’s Something

Posted by jackie blue on January 26th, 2006

OK – this is really embarrassing. I’ve done almost no knitting in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been swamped with work and spending what spare time I have either reading, watching TV mindlessly, or in the dog run. There was that glimmer of hope when I brought Tubey over to a friend’s to watch some TV and then I discovered I had two different sized needles with me (I’m doing the rounds on two circs) so that ended that for the evening. So, I give you my paltry progress.

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It was a case of To Stripe or Not To Stripe on the sleeve and I decided to stripe mostly based on the fact that I won’t have enough main color if I didn’t. I think I may pick up another skein or two just in case anyway. The two neutrals are very close together in real life so you really can’t see them here but trust me, there’s 3 colors in those stripes.

I still don’t have finished socks or a gift for a certain kid I’ve yet to meet, and I must get back to work now. But there’s hope for the weekend coming up. I assure you, There Will Be Knitting.

Drowning, Not Waving

Posted by jackie blue on January 19th, 2006

I wanted work, right? Be careful what you ask for. My butt has been in a chair for about 15 or 16 hours a day lately. My eyes are crossing. I forgot what knitting is.
For those that asked about the bagels, they were great the next day, as well as frozen and toasted. The recipe can be found here. If I made them again, and I think I will, this weekend, I would double the recipe and make 12 instead of 16 as I like my bagels NYC sized. And I think I will lighten up on the salt. They were otherwise very tasty.
Little progress has been made on knitting projects so I’ve nothing to say. Go read our TV blog because at least that one is seeing a little more Jackie Action than you’re getting here. I’ll return soon. I promise.

Warm and crusty

Posted by jackie blue on January 15th, 2006

There’s been little knitting time this past week with a lot of work piling on. I couldn’t resist starting Tubey, and that’s providing a nice bedtime TV watching project, but with 20 or so inches of straight stockinette, not very exciting to show. The cable sock has made little progress, and the Elfin has stalled at the ruffles of the second sleeve. Sigh. But it’s not like we haven’t been a little domestic around here,
It was frigid cold today and I barely left the house. I had some work to get done but the oven and mixer were calling out to me, so I made bagels! Yes, I know I live in NYC where there are bagels at every turn. But believe it or not, it’s still hard to find good ones. My favorites are pretty uptown and I’m a downtown kind of girl so I thought I’d take a try at making them myself.

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These came out so great I can’t even tell you. All I know is, I may never need to buy a store bought bagel again. The true test will be tomorrow, when I see if they harden too much. Pass the cream cheese!

Allowed Acquisition

Posted by jackie blue on January 8th, 2006

Some months ago for my birthday, some wonderful friends gave me a gift certificate to Purl, one of my favorite LYS. They chose that place because a) I am a Rowan kind of girl and they carry it and b) I kept fondling the cashmere there. But till now, I didn’t use the gift. I wanted it to go for something special, and I couldn’t decide on what.

Cut to yesterday. A bunch of us got together and Cassie was wearing her marvelous Tubey. I have admired that sweater since she first started knitting it and when it made it to Knitty, I considered making it but wasn’t sure it would flatter my curvy figure. So I tried hers on yesterday. For size, and for general flattery. Actually, a whole bunch of us tried it on. All different shapes and sizes. And I swear it was like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sweater, it looked great on ALL of us.

So I knew I had to make it. And I knew Purl carried Cashsoft Aran, which was close enough to the Cashmerino Aran it called for. And I allowed myself new yarn only if it was bought with this certificate.

I was home working today (yes, on a Sunday, how pitifiul) and it was nice out and I started having Ty guilt. The boy needed some fresh air and exercise so I thought you know what, I’m gonna walk him over to Purl. And I bought this:

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Blues weren’t on my mind but of all the colors they had, these seemed to look nicest together. And it would make a great “with jeans” sweater. I’m using the darkest for the main body, and I’m going to make less colored stripes, using the lighter ones just for accent stripes on a mostly solid body. You can’t really tell but the two neutrals are not the same – one is an oatmeal color and the other cream.

So how perfect did this gift turn out? I got Rowan yarn, with cashmere in it, and to make a sweater one of the gift givers designed herself. I believe it was Meant To Be.