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.
Knitting was put on the back burner this week as our hen Goldie hatched 7 lovely little chicks!
It was a long weekend as well and we had a short camping trip/50th birthday party for a good friend of mine. I had hoped to knit her a Rowan cowl from a skein of Berroco Flicker - I think this is just the most gorgeous pattern. But my hands were really bothering me and time was running out, and I had to reluctantly tone down my expectations.
So I ended up making a Diagonal Rib Cowl by Mel Clark, which turned out to be a lovely project, so stretchy that it can be worn as a close-fitting cowl or a head band or a hat or a head wrap. Very versatile! And much, much faster and easier on the hands to knit.
I have only this one photo of it - taken on the picnic table at the campground right before I wrapped it and gifted it at the party! Sadly, the lighting is terrible and you can't see the beautiful variations or sparkles in the yarn, but trust me - they were there!
I would kinda like to make one of these for myself now. It was such an easy, quick knit. I've never really had use for loose, hanging cowls, but a stretchy, snug fitting one like this looks like a perfect winter accessory.
So what's next? No big plans, other than continuing to work on my green wool Cadence sweater. Still chugging away on that one, not feeling terrible motivated now that summer is pretty much here. Summer comes very quickly, once it comes -- two weeks ago we had a snow storm and this week I am living in shorts and sandals and hiding from the heat!
I was worried about the fit of my sweater: it is taking so long to knit and it looks so darn tiny. With a gauge of 15 sts/4" this sweater should have lots of extra ease but it just doesn't look roomy. Plus I'm adding waist shaping somewhat arbitrarily and am not sure it will match my actual shape.
Sometimes I'm happy to knit along and see what happens, then just rip back if it doesn't work out and try again and think nothing of it. But not with this one! The yarn is very puffy and has magical properties that make it expand to any space you give it. So even though the gauge is theoretically loose, it feels tight. The knitting isn't the easiest. My hands are tired. I'm not in a mood right now where ripping back 10 inches of knitting will feel like reasonable prototyping!
So as soon as I finished off the second ball of yarn yesterday I once again moved it to a temporary string:
Then gave it a bath so the yarn could relax, blocked it, and dried it overnight. This morning I tried it on again and I think it's going to be ok:
It looks really fitted doesn't it! It's the camera angle. There is a good inch of ease on either side, which is what I wanted. Comfy but not baggy. The shaping seems to be working. I feel like a stuffed sausage in my clothes these days. I am sick of negative ease!
Next step will be continued increases to make lots of room for the ol' hips, and eventually sleeves. This really does seem to be taking forever, ugh. I don't know how such a loose gauge sweater can feel so slow!! It must have a tight row gauge.
I've had to take a break from knitting for the past few days to give my ol' wrists a rest. But before that I was knitting like a madwoman on the body of my green sweater (and it's still growing way too slowly!!):
I added a little more length to the yoke (hopefully enough) and now as I knit the body I'm adding in some waist shaping too, every 11th round. I'm no longer following the pattern, just doing what I feel like.
Hope it all works out. I'm really looking forward to wearing this one!
I finished the yoke of the Cadence sweater (maybe). Soaked it and pinned it out to see if it will fit:
The gauge is spot-on, 15 sts/4". But I played around a lot with the shaping, so it needs to be tried on before we'll know for sure.
I ended up with three diamonds on the front instead of four. I guess because I started with the XS size, then increased to the small.
UPDATE: Tried it on and the fit over the shoulders is good and the neck shaping is great (way better than the original pattern, which falls off the shoulders), but I think the yoke is a bit too shallow. Will rip back and lengthen it a little before taking the sleeve stitches off again.
I jumped in and started a new sweater with my Custom Woolen Mills yarn!
The sweater is Cadence from Knitty Deep Fall 2010. I'm using 4.5 mm needles to get 15 sts/4" - this mulespun yarn is so squishy and soft that it happily spreads out to that gauge. I just love the feel of it.
I've finished the lace chart on the yoke of the sweater - I was a little disappointed to discover that this is pretty much a traditional raglan, not a circular yoke design as I thought, but oh well, it will pooch a bit under the arms but will probably look ok.
I started off with the XS cast-on so the neck isn't so wide, and am increasing back up to the S size over the yoke. Total experiment - hope it works!
Being spun on antique equipment, the yarn has little knots from time to time, usually on just one of the two plies. They are very tiny and I leave them in, just push them to the back of the work. Crazy, I know, but on my previous project knit with this yarn it worked just fine.
* - 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!)