leaving on a jet plane

leaving on a jet plane

I’m off for a few days for Indianapolis for work – my first time flying alone. It’s going to be interesting. At least it’s a short flight (I’m not so much into the flying), just 95 minutes. Long enough to watch an episode of Buffy (season 5) on my laptop and do a little knitting.

I have excellent plane knitting – super yummy Manos silk blend in a nice olive.

manos silk blend

Ribbing doesn’t look like much, but it’s 218 stitches! I’m really rather excited about this design idea. I hope it works out. To combat pilling and wear I went straight to 3.5 mm needles, which produces just over 6 stitches per inch. It’s so nice to knit with!

yummy ribbing

I’ll be back in a few days. Hopefully regular posting will resume soon!

an FO and a new ‘do

Lush and Lacy is finally done!

lush and lacy, done!

Lush and Lacy
Pattern: Lush and Lacy from Sweaterbabe, size M (36 1/2)
Yarn: 7 skeins Classic Elite Lush – 50% angora, 50% wool
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony, 5.5 mm

Notes:
I love this sweater! When it started popping up on the blogs, I just had to have it. I actually had the called-for yarn in my stash! I really love the peplum in the back and the gathers on the sleeves. The knitting was extremely fast, but I stalled out in the finishing.

lush and lacy, back

My mods: no pockets on the front, longer sleeves. I wanted the bell part of the sleeve to fall below the elbow, not above, so I just worked even longer before shaping the cap. No buttons or clasps yet (mostly out of laziness) so I use a kilt pin to hold it closed in front, or just wear it open.

lush and lacy

I’ve worn the sweater a few times already, and the angora’s halo is really coming up just from being worn. It doesn’t seem overly sheddy yet, but we’ll see. It’s soft as all get-out, though!

lush and lacy, flat

In other news, I got a funky (for me) new haircut – it’s really quite short in the back, with longer pieces angled toward the front. The longer pieces around my face make it feel like I have longer hair, but it’s really short in the back! Nice and light. Definitely the shortest my hair’s been in a long, long, long time, and I love it!

new hair

moo!

Only tangentially knitting-related, I just got my first batch of Moo cards!

all my moo

I got twelve different images, mostly yarn/knitting, but a couple garden and other (the water and fire photos). I love them to bits! They’re so tiny and cute!

I also picked up a little red felt holder at the same time, which holds about 14 cards.

moo!

But once I held the cards, I knew I wanted something a little heftier. So I just ordered a leather MooPocket from Etsy! Gosh I love the handmade. I could’ve sewn a holder myself, but meh. Not really up to it.

In knitting news….I am knitting. A lot. But I can’t tell you about it yet : ( All will come to light soon!

So…how about another recipe?

mmmmm, cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Okay, so flourless chocolate cake is *done*, perhaps to the point of overkill. But this particular one is a new classic recipe in my repertoire – it makes a nice small cake, doesn’t use a huge amount of eggs, is rich and chocolately and not too sweet, and it has a great dense texture. Kind of like a brownie, but a bit denser than I like my brownies. It’s also gluten-free. And I baked it in the toaster oven!

Ingredients:
5 one-ounce squares of baking chocolate, a mixture of unsweetened and semi-sweet
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1-2 tsp vanilla (I don’t even measure anymore)
1/2 cup cocoa (I used Valhrona)

Make it:
1. Preheat your oven (or toaster oven) to 300 degrees F and grease an 8″ round baking dish (I used Pyrex).

2. Melt the chocolate (chopped) and butter together in the microwave or over a double boiler in a large-ish bowl.

3. Mix in the sugar, cocoa, vanilla and eggs until smooth.

4. Pour it into the pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

That’s it! Super simple. For best effect, serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon over everything. Yum!