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Saturday, September 28, 2013

fo: Schieffelin Point Shawl

Cool autumn nights call for cozy handknits, don't they? I love this time of year.

pattern: Schieffelin Point Shawl, by Kate Gagnon Osborne
yarn: Lou's Luxury Yarns, Earth Bunny, 1.7 skeins (~ 500 yds.)
needles: Clover bamboo US 7 circs

notes:
I purchased this wonderfully soft and cozy yarn at Needles 'n Pins Yarn Shoppe in Delavan, Wisconsin on my knitting group's annual weekend getaway. This truly is a treat to knit -- a local yarn with lots of fluffy angora content, in such a nice natural melange of colors.

The pattern was easy to knit -- miles of garter stitch, with a lace edging knit at a perpendicular angle at the end, though I began to tire of the lace pattern at about the 90% mark. My only complaint is that the increase rows in the garter stitch are pretty visible, and not in a decorative way.


curious onlookers -- the cats love to supervise from the back porch whenever we're out grilling in the yard (or taking photos of handknits)

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I didn't break out the ice cream maker too often this past summer, but this recipe turned out to be one of Paul's favorites!

Biscoff ice cream

2/3 C. Biscoff spread (I used creamy, not crunchy)
1/4 C. sugar (I used regular/caster sugar, but I think brown sugar would be awesome)
2 C. heavy cream
1 C. skim milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Prep your ice cream maker as directed (I put the bowl in the freezer the night before). If desired, put an empty freezer-safe storage container in the freezer, too.

Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides a few times. Freeze using your ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's directions. I use a Cuisinart and run it approx. 15 min. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe storage container and chill for at least a few hours before serving.

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I've been admiring these bright and colorful Blabla knit dolls lately (esp. the cats, the fox, and the raccoon). It goes against my nature to purchase one, though since they look fun and easy to make, so I'd like to try knitting something similar. Any pattern suggestions?

4 comments:

Tracy Altieri said...

I'm pleased to see that it looks as though you have finally knit something for yourself!

Victoria said...

Try the cat patterns in Sue Stratford's Knitted Cats and Kittens, or modify a sock monkey pattern by leaving the muzzle off. I went the sock monkey route after seeing a Pier 1 striped sock monkey on a commercial, but found the actual in-store item cheaply made. Congratulations on your little one!

Caffeine Girl said...

Still counting, huh? I recommend sleeping while you still can!

Hilary said...

Ooooh, very pretty! That's a perfect combo of yarn and pattern if I ever saw one. I can almost feel the softness through the screen. And, you know, I was tempted by those exact same dolls while I was pregnant with Daniel. I thought about making my own, but never got around to it. I hope you do, and if so, can't wait to see what you come up with!