goodbye 2014!

happy new year!

We did some good cleaning today to get ready for the new year. Time to relax (and make calzones for dinner!).

feather

(A super pretty gift I received this year!)

Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve – here’s to light and happiness in 2015!

Sunshine Yarn

My Candlewick cardigan is off the needles and blocked, and just needs buttons! This colour is just fabulous, like sunshine in yarn form. It looked a little squat and weird off the needles, but turned out just right after a good bath. Wash your swatches, people!

candlewick-final

Some car knitting time was had, and I divided for the body on my top-down brown cardigan. I love the raglan garter rib detail that I stuck in there. Sorry for the odd colour, I’m still experimenting with RAW photo processing.

field cardigan yoke

I finished a new skein of handspun, 2-ply this time. I’ve been loving spinning 3-ply, but the barberpole-ing of 2-ply is just so fun! Also, the yardage is good. This is one of the rovings I bought from Woolgatherings – it’s a blend of oatmeal BFL and silk, so it has a lovely depth and sheen!

oatmeal bfl/silk handspun

With one sweater off the needles and fall in full swing (though you wouldn’t know it from the weather this weekend), of course it’s time to cast on NEW THINGS! This is a sweater in Koigu that will be steeked. Yes, steeked.

new project!

I forsee some more new projects on the horizon for this week, too. I love knitting sweaters so, so much.

Eating: I made this apple cake last night and it is so good.

Watching: Just started season six of the Sopranos, and can I just say – Oh My!

Reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

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.