Touch of Nectar











I had impulsively bought this beautiful skein of yarn from Knit Picks when I had ordered some other stuff recently. It is their Wool of the Andes Bulky Hand Dyed. The color is called “Cherry Cordial.” I had been disappointed with how slowly Knit Picks had delivered my yarn to me and had previously said I would never order from them again… Until I started knitting with this yarn. It is lovely. I will order again. And soon. The Robin’s Nest colorway in the same yarn is calling to me…

I did a search on Ravelry by yarn type to see what other people had made from this yarn and I found a pattern for a “Cherry Garcia” Cowl. (Neckwarmer). It had big beautiful cables and was calling out to be knitted with this yarn. It was just meant to be.

Knit on size 11 needles; think broomstick handles – scheesh – they are thick! It knitted up very quickly. When I got to the end of the last repeat, where you are supposed to just finish off the tube, I started thinking how nice this would look as a hat.  Nevermind that I’ve only been knitting for a whopping three weeks, this thing needed to be a hat.  So I took the hat to knitting class with me (we learned decreases last week – how convenient).

However, I didn’t like the advice my knitting teacher gave, since it would not keep the cables in pattern up to the top of the hat. I decided to wing it. Basically just decreasing 1 or 2 stitches per row, keeping the cables in pattern and even. It WORKED!!! I’m so freaking excited I can’t stand it!

Hubby says it looks like something from the 20’s or 30’s. Or a MaryTyler Moore hat. LOL! The only problem is the hat is just a teensy bit too big. But it is wool. Maybe I can shrink it some… But I love it!

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{January 28, 2009}   Happy Birthday to the Madster!

Happy birthday (recently) to my little side kick. We had a Hello Kitty themed birthday party for her. I just had to share the cake I made. She had been asking for it for months.  Yes, it is pink inside too. Her choice. The pink girly-girly thing certainly doesn’t come from me.

The kidling got pretty upset when we went to cut it though. I think she didn’t want us cutting up kitty’s face. I don’t blame her. I felt kind of weird about it myself. LOL. She got over it though.

Eat cake!! I swear, I don’t know what the face-in-the-cake thing is about. She only does that at her own party. This is not how she normally eats cake. LOL!!!

The day was fun. Filled with friends and family and balloons. Not too many presents (mostly clothes) thankfully. We don’t need more “stuff”.



bento26It has been awhile since I’ve posted, but I have indeed been eating!

This is lunch (shown cold) from a couple of days ago. I ate the salad, then warmed the rest of it up in the microwave. To the left is a smashed, baked sweet potato. To the right, sauteed mushrooms and steamed broccoli. The chicken leg was baked in a sesame ginger marinade (from Annie’s) YUM!

bento27Another leftover dinner bento. This one is noodles in  Bolognese sauce, mandarine oranges, applesauce and veggies. The little pink container has ranch dressing. Teddy grahams for dessert.



eva_shawl_beginnings This is the beginning of my Eva Shawl. It is a free crochet pattern I found on Ravelry.

I ordered the yarn from Knit Picks. It is from their Shimmer line of hand dyed lace yarn – alpaca and silk. Oh so soft!!! The color is called Cumulus and the photo really doesn’t do it justice. From the color card photos on Knit Picks, I thought it was going to be more blue, but it is really the color of a stormy Seattle sky. Lovely.

I’m about 90% done with this now. I need to do just a few more rows, then get brave and start blocking. I’m hoping that blocking it will highlight the open work of the pattern. Unblocked it looks like a tangled mess of yarn.



{January 7, 2009}   Bento #25 (a day late)

bento25This was actually yesterday’s bento lunch, but I didn’t find time yesterday to blog it.

Mostly just dinner leftovers. Salad in the large container, with two dressings (they are small). Leftover sausage-tomato sauce spaghetti, a Cutie orange, and some chex mix. The smaller two boxes fit on top of the salad in the larger box with an ice block in betweeen. Neat!



{January 7, 2009}   WIP – Blanket for the Madster

maddys-blanket This is almost done! A few more evenings in front of the TV and it will be.

For those on Ravelry, the pattern I am using is Bubbles Baby Blanket, but I doubled the starting chain length.

The Madster kept stealing my dad’s afghan xmas present when I wasn’t working on it, so I promised I would make her one of her own. lol.

I found this uber soft yarn at JoAnn Fabrics, on sale for $1.99/skein (normally $5.99) and snatched up all they had. Oops. I accidently got a couple of different colorways. That is why there is a green stripe. BUT!! I made it work. I ended up needing more yarn, so I visited a different JoAnns and found more of the same yarn for $1.49/skein. The blanket will take about 12 skeins total by the time it is finished. With 3 green strips and the rest a pale yellow.

I am going to do a green shell edge when I’m finished.  Oh so snuggly!!



I threw my name into the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge that just got started on Ravelry. I’ve kept track of all of the books I read throughout the year for about 8 years now (title in author) in a blank book. The last couple of years I’ve slacked off. I blame it on chasing the kidling. This year I want to get back up to a book a week. The challenge will be a fun way to do it! 🙂

One book down, 51 more to go!! The first book of the year was Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King. I’ve read other books by him and I love the time frame. This is basically a historical fiction book that takes place in renaissance era Florence. Good stuff if you like that sort of thing. And I do. 



{January 5, 2009}   Bento #24

bento241A nice easy lunch from leftovers and fruit today.

A sliced pear, a tangerine, steamed snow peas, sausages and a black-eyed pea and roasted bell pepper salad.

Simple, but yummy!



It’s that time of year. Cold. Wet. Yucky. And we’ve been getting more than our share of snow.

I like small crochet projects. I can finish them in an evening or two. And I can play with all different types of yarn.  My favorite is the white love knot scarf. It feels like a warm little cloud around my neck.  Lacy, but still warm. 🙂



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