Happenings

yum!

We went up to my parents’ house in North York for a family birthday lunch – my 2 sisters and I all have our birthdays in August. Mmmmm, tiramisu cake!

madelinetosh prairie

I wasn’t feeling very well yesterday, so I spent most of the day in bed with a book. If you’re into sci-fi, I loved the Spin series from Robert Charles Wilson! I borrowed the books from the Toronto Public Library system and read them on my ipad. I think I might need to get a new e-reader, as I gave my old (and crunchy from iced tea being spilled on it…) one to my little sister. Does OverDrive work well on Kindle? Kobo? It’s pretty annoying to use even on the ipad!

Why hello, peach cobbler!

We made this peach cobbler last night and it is very yummy indeed. The recipe was interesting to me because you get a bit of a head start in baking the peaches – you mix them with sugar and lemon and cornstarch, but then bake them naked (without a topping) for 10 minutes before putting the topping on. Yum. I think it would be really awesome with plums, too.

Giveaway Winner and a knitting update!

The Random Number generator has picked Timiae as the winner of my On My Way ebook! Congratulations Timiae, I’ve sent you an email :)

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I was nearly done this sweater back that I started in Vancouver, but it was apparent that I didn’t have enough of this Anzula Haiku to finish the project so I ripped it out. I’m not giving up on the wrap sweater concept though!

anzula haiku

I cast off and blocked this new shawl design and I am so in love with it! I used 2 skeins of Alisha Goes Around fingering weight yarn, and I’m starting another in laceweight so you can see how that looks.

new shawl design!

I swatched for a new sweater in Tosh Vintage. It’s so squishy, especially after all the very rustic wooly yarns I’ve been knitting lately. Gosh I love knitting sweaters. Too bad I don’t have bionic wrists or something though, because my wrist has been pretty grumpy lately.

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I’m also jonesing for a nice plain sweater in a cozy brown, so I dug up this interesting yarn that’s been in my stash for ages.

more swatching

It’s a very round, multiplied yarn similar to Zara, and I knit up a swatch to 6 sts/in on 3.75mm. I didn’t get this yarn in Japan, but rather from a now-defunct yarn shop in a Chinese mall in Markham!

Japanese yarn label

Japanese yarn label

New ebook: On My Way

New patterns! This little collection features a hat, handwarmers, a shawl, and a shrug, all in lightweight yarn with an easy to memorize lace pattern. They’re all quick and intuitive to knit – I had a really nice time working up some accessories between bigger sweater projects. Each pattern is $5 on its own, or get the whole collection for just $10! Perfect for the transition to fall and (shhh) gift knitting.

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View On My Way on Ravelry!

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LINGER is a top-down, triangular shawl with asymmetrical patterning. One half of the shawl is all lace, the other half is stockinette with a narrow lace insert! Worked in 1 special skein of Wollmeise sock yarn.
Queue and fave Linger Shawl on Ravelry!

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ANTICIPATE is a hat and handwarmer set, worked in 1 skein of Socks that Rock! The slouchy hat features alternating stockinette and lace sections. The little fingerless mitts use very little yarn and feature gusseted thumbs and offset lace.
Queue and face Anticipate Hat and Handwarmers on Ravelry!

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AWAIT is a simple side-to-side shrug in stretchy ribbing and lace. This easy knit is perfect for throwing over your tees, tanks, and dresses to take them into the first days of fall! Okay, it doesn’t use just one skein of yarn, but it’s close – I used 2 skeins of luscious madelinetosh pashmina for mine.
Queue and fave Await on Ravelry!

And if you made it this far down the post, I have a giveaway for you, dear readers. I’m giving away a copy of the On My Way ebook – just comment on this post and tell me which pattern you’d like to knit! Please make sure your email address is correct, and I’ll pick a random winner later this week.

Giveaway closes at 11:59 EDT, Friday, August 22.