Aran Gingerbread

finished aran gingerbread

I always feel weird posting about charity knitting. Like I’m looking to be validated for something that should be done because you want to, not so that other people will tell you you’re doing a good job.

But my finished project entries are as much a running record for myself as anything else.

My local Starbucks is collecting for Compass House this year, so this is the first scarf I’ve done for charity this year, and it went into the box.

Aran Gingerbread [3 Column, 8 Row Repeat]

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver, Aran (cream white)

Skeins: 1

Yardage: 364 (less than)

Rep count/length: 37

Needles: 8

Pattern: Gingerbread

FSOT value: $31.65 American

Garnet Gingerbread

garnet gingerbread

I really liked working with this yarn. It’s like Woolease, with a much better hand, better drape, and is heavier.

So of course they pulled it off the market. Why actually put out a decent Red Heart yarn? That would be silly.

This is the first Gingerbread project (I have another on needles right now, with some modifications to the pattern). I’m loving cabled scarves right now, and luckily they seem to be popular. This one is a gift, though.

I love the color on this one. I have a tendency to gravitate towards this color anyway, and it’s been a long standing favorite. Most of my lipstick collection is this color, and I have very little ‘true’ red in my wardrobe.

Garnet Gingerbread

Yarn: Red Heart With Wool, Garnet (deep wine style red)

Skeins: 2

Yardage: 288 (less than)

Needles: 8

Pattern: Gingerbread

FSOT value: $46.97 American

Cloud Celtique

cloud celtique finished

I have gone back to small scale commissions.

I had a ball of yarn left over from a commission that I took, for another scarf. I had posted a link to the Celtique pattern, and a minor bidding war broke out [the designer allows for small scale sales of this project, so no weirdness there]. This was a fairly fast knit. My only ‘issue’, such as it is, is that I think the yarn may be light bulky weight, because I knit to yardage, knit the full ball and the scarf is still slightly shorter than what I would have liked.

My burn out has actually been driven by boredom-which I didn’t discover until I returned to cabling. I’m happily knitting again as long as I don’t think about the intensity of the pattern (and I’m cabling).

*Because of the commission aspect, I will be listing value at the end of the listing.

cloud celtique

Cloud Celtique

-Pattern by Collete Audry, on Petitboutdemoi

Yarn: Big Twist Chunky, Cloud (white)

Skeins: 1

Yardage: 195 (almost completely used)

Needles: 10 1/2

Pattern: Celtique

FSOT value: $33.48 American

The Art of Reading Cables

the art of reading cables

This isn’t so much a tutorial.

Reading cables is being able to follow the pattern the cable in the cable itself, without following the pattern. Generally about halfway through the establishing repetition I can tell how to knit the rest of the cable, just by how the cables are laid out in the row.

The pattern is nice to have. Does the cable twist left? Twist right? Am I slowly eating purls into knits or knits into purls? But the pattern isn’t necessary because in the end it’s just a cable and if I go off roading I’ll still have a cable.

It’s a meditation of a sort, figuring out what happens next. It’s part of what the addictive quality of cables are for me. I like lace for the challenge (I have knit Faroese and similar sized projects in the past, just not recently), and for the variety. But I will also go back to cables when I need to remember why I love to knit.

I’m going to keep saying this until I internalize it: 2016 will be the year of Doing. I have several sweaters sitting around my apartment in various stages of neglect. All cabled. One of them will be finished by the end of next year. My first sweater was a heavy men’s aran. If I could do it at 15, there’s no reason I can’t do it at 30.

My current cable is a scarf I’m knitting to ease back into patterns. It’s getting traded for a trip home and a bottle of wine.


cloud russet

Oh hey look at that.

I knit something. That didn’t include large amounts of garter stitch.

This scarf was knit as a trade piece. When I measured it on the needles, it felt a lot longer than it feels on, so I hope that it’s adequate. I suppose that the person that commissioned it could use it as a Christmas gift if it’s not. It’s more fashion length than true, Buffalo winter length.

I actually really enjoyed this yarn. It’s not alpaca soft or anything, but for 100% acrylic it’s acceptably soft. It’s a Joann’s exclusive, as far as I can tell.

So that would be the primary change if I would do this again: knit it longer. I did buy two balls but when I measured it on needles one ball felt like it would be long enough. That’s what I get.

I enjoyed the pattern. Oddly though I only managed to memorize the pattern at literally the last rep. That’s odd for me, I normally memorize patterns a lot faster than this. But that was me, not the pattern.

cloud russet close

Cloud Russet

Yarn: Big Twist Chunky, Cloud (white)

Skeins: 1

Yardage: 195 (almost completely used)

Needles: 10 1/2

Pattern: Russet

My Winter Beauty Routine-2015

day box

I’m on a roll!

Actually it’s sort of a weird roll. If you’re the type of person who has always known that they’re attractive, or had people act like you’re attractive-there’s a certain amount of attention that you get that I think that you eventually get used to, and you don’t notice it anymore.

I’m not trying to sound bitter. I’m trying to sound bewildered because somehow in the last seven days I’ve started getting a ton of attention that I’ve never really gotten before. I’m either a very late bloomer or I’ve finally found the routine that works for me. It’s disconcerting to suddenly be told you look like a Rembrandt painting.

What I’m saying is that if you go through life sort of invisible and then walk into a room and everyone is looking at you, you have to get used to it.


This is my routine-

-Water. Water water water. Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Or lots and lots of something anyway, get a lot of fluid into your system.

-I start out with a layer of moisturizer. I use Ponds or a Ponds knock off now, I feel like it stands up to my skin better.

-I put on a mid-weight layer of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation in Beige

-If I have time, I dust with E.L.F’s color correcting powder.

-I prime my eyelids with Monistat chafing gel. You read that right. It’s the best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used.

-Then comes mascara-dark brown or black, both sets of lashes. I like Sephora’s basic mascara but honestly lately I’ve been using an ELF Pro and a LA Colors because I haven’t had time to get to the mall.

-My base eye color is the lightest shade from a Physician’s Formula palette called Baked Butter. Then a mid tone neutral.

-Sometimes I use a liquid eyeliner pen in black. Most of the time I can’t be bothered to deal with it.

-Lip color is Vaseline lip treatment under a pink-brown or pink balm stick. If I’m feeling really peppy I wear a Wet and Wild lipstick in Stoplight Red.

-I do use facial wipes. Ahem. I know, not frugal or green but I won’t wash off my make up otherwise. At night I use another layer of Ponds.

The biggest shift in my routine away from last year is this:

purpleI wasn’t veiling full time last winter. I started wrapping full time in public around June, and it has impacted my beauty routine.

(Also, how awesome is that scarf?)

If I’m wearing an intense wrap, especially with an Israeli tie or very long tails, I’m not going to put a lot of color next to my face.

That pashima is stunning-it’s pinky-purple that shifts to teal in the middle and it’s sparkly. That’s already a LOT of color right there in your face.

So my face is full-but-nude-my eyeshadow is slightly darker than my skin tone, full coverage foundation, and an ELF lip color called natural.

With a crown tichel or something in a less intense color I go for more color in my face.

Stained Glass Scarf

We’ve been working on what I call the Purge.

We’re fighting our way through the spare room, so we can fit more of Mid’s rig in there and I can have a Christmas tree.

It makes for a decided lack of free time to bake or work on blog projects…but downsizing is good for the mind so I guess that it’s a decent trade off.

The knitting group I’m a part of donated a basket to a Veteran’s Day raffle this week, and I worked on several simple projects to have options to add to the basket. This is another one row lace scarf (I’m obsessed, I tell you, with one row laces right now) but the colors didn’t work with the rest of the donations. I’ll add this to the gift pile.