Super Simple Nutella Ice Cream This one did NOT work. Was too thick and would not stick to the zoku sticks. Had to eat it out of the pop maker with a spoon (couldn't let it go to waste)!
SunRype Juice 100% juice juiceboxes make great, easy pops. Use two different flavours to make stripes.
Lucerne 2% Chocolate Milk Easiest pops ever and tastes just like a fudgsicle! Even better if dipped in homemade magic shell sauce.
Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet This takes a bit of prep but is amazing in the Zoku. The lemon and buttermilk combo is delicious. Can add thin slices of lemon to the side. Recipe makes enough for about 12 pops total.
Chocolate Pudding Pops This recipe makes a thin chocolate pudding that works great in the Zoku. Be careful pouring it in as it will fill one side before the other. Makes enough for 12 pops (done over 2 nights). The pudding is very sweet but once frozen tastes just right.
The kids are back at school today. Somehow the end of summer felt really rushed this year. And way too short! Even though I didn't do much I feel perpetually tired. Am hoping cooler weather will invigorate me a bit.
I haven't done very much knitting but I did pick up extra stitches for the sleeve of my Romy cardigan and that has worked well. The sleeve has some wiggle room now, thank goodness.
My next problem is figuring out where to put the sleeve decreases. The original pattern puts them all in the upper arm, but I want most of mine after the elbow. My first attempt was too conservative - the sweater was still too big at my wrist. So I've ripped back to the elbow and am trying two decreases on every 12th row. I think this should work.
I am so eager to wear this sweater - the fabric is really nice and sturdy and warm, and the sweater is a nice shape. I really hope this latest sleeve decrease plan works out, and I don't run out of yarn!!
(How many blog posts do I have titled "Oh, aargh"? Probably lots!)
Have run into a problem on my sweater:
The sleeve is too tight. Thank goodness I tried it on last night before I'd gotten too far! You could see the bulge of my thin T-shirt sleeve under the knitting, and there was no room to grab any fabric at all. I steam blocked it to see if it would grow, but it didn't grow enough. This isn't exactly a summer sweater, and I need some room for actual clothes underneath!
I'll have to rip it back and pick up some more stitches around the armpit to widen it. Could also switch to a 5 mm needle which gives this fabric a bit more room to grow, but since I didn't do that on the rest of the sweater, I probably won't do it here either.
And here I was feeling so proud of the amount of work I'd done on the sleeve yesterday! Oh well. It's not really that much to rip out. Still, I just want to say ARGH.
My sweater is 13 cm longer than the suggested length in the pattern. I think it is too small to ever wear buttoned up, but who knows. It might stretch out a bit with washing and wearing. Luckily, the ribbing means it looks good when worn open!
It is tempting to leave it with short sleeves so I can wear it right now, but nope. Long sleeves are more practical. Onward...
Thanks to a two-night Lawrence of Arabia marathon, Romy is 10 cm longer and I think it's time to start the 2x2 rib!
It's chilly this morning and I want to wear this cardigan! I aim to get it finished in time for fall. Hereabouts that is mid-September, I would say. Or even early September. I have a few weeks, anyway!
You know, the first time I watched Lawrence of Arabia I was knitting with Briggs & Little too. It was 11 years ago, back in June 2003. I was a new knitter, and I made this little elephant finger puppet:
I soaked and blocked out my partial sweater last night to see how long it really is before I decide where to start the ribbing:
Turns out it didn't actually get longer at all, so I could have skipped this step but oh well! It did help tame the rolling stockinette and make meauring easier.
So, the measurement from under the arm to where I put the knitting on a holder is about 16.5 cm. The pattern would have had me switch to 2x2 ribbing a while ago, but I looked at hundreds of Romy photos on Ravelry and decided that I want to start the 2x2 body ribbing about an inch down from my waist. That means I need to knit 4 more inches / 10 cm before even starting the ribbing.
In other words, I have a LONG way to go. Luckily, I have a lot of yarn!
The sweater pattern as written makes a really short, cropped sweater.
* - this book was not for me, couldn't even finish it, probably won't even show up on this list
** - kinda regret reading it; not well written, has major flaws
*** - enjoyable entertainment; didn't stick with me too long
**** - great book; thought provoking; something in it really grabbed me
***** - LOVED it. Knocked my socks off. Might even re-read it (and I don't re-read books!)