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Win some, you lose some

I arrived home from work today to find a parcel containing this

(adopts best Rolf Harris voice) Can you tell what it is yet?

It was my order from Cloth Kits. I checked out their site last week and couldn’t resist ordering¬† these lovelies

Glorious polka dot buttons

There were 40 but there was a gust of wind while I was photographing them outside and I lost one! ūüôĀ I now have 39. I hope to find the missing one in the garden soon! Still not 100% sure what I’m going to do with them yet but they’re so lovely, I just had to order them. I love me some polka dots.

I’ve also picked up my needles again after a bit of an absence and am now on the gusset of soxie sock 2


Apologies for the blurry pic. Once this is finished I’ll either cast on another second sock project or turn back to the Ysolda beret.

Oh, we were at the UK Pinball Party on the weekend and although we didn’t win anything, we had a great time ūüôā

Busy Baking

So, the first non-bank-holiday day of my week off and I’ve been editing this month’s KnitCast and doing some baking.

Cookies on baking paper

For years I yearned of making large, moist, chewy¬† chocolate chip cookies.They’re easy to find in stores etc. but I wanted to make them at home. A friend of mine went to work in the United States in the early nineties and sent me home a cookie recipe book but of course it was all in American measurements and ingredients. So I was left with questions¬† like – how much does a stick of butter weigh? I’m still not entirely sure what shortening is, but whatever it is,¬† you can’t get it here.¬† I remember having mixed results whenever I tried to bake cookies and then moved onto cakes and muffins which were far more successful.

Last year I decided to bake cookies again and when I googled Chocolate Chip Cookies this recipe came up first in the list. It’s by Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and, my dodgey oven aside, it’s foolproof. I’ve had great success with this recipe and it has relatively few ingredients. Nowadays I just use salted butter and thus you don’t need the pinch of salt. Hugh has you use the best chocolate you find and to roughly chop it but I do use chocolate chips and other ingredients. I usually slightly increase the vanilla essence either by accident, slopping too much in the bowl,¬† or design. I also use my electric mixer to make the cookie dough so it’s even simpler.

Cookie closeup

For today’s batch I used chocolate chips and chopped up some crystallised ginger that I had too. I didn’t weigh the ginger but you can put anything in these cookies. I imagine they’d be good with sultanas or cherries and coconut too.

Two of the cookies mysteriously vanished...

I tried to take some better photos of the Soxie sock today because yesterday’s blurry indoor pic didn’t do justice to the colours in them at all. Although I had to wait for a while because it was raining heavily.

Soxie outside

And some closeups of sections of the sock

Soxie closeup 1

I think this shot of the heel shows the colours at their best

Soxie heel

The colours are just so wild and glorious. I love them!

The Joy of Soxie

Socks knit in Soxie in Bahama Mama

I’ve had a knitting dilemma. You see although I want to knit more complicated things like the cabled Snapdragon Tam and the Pia Laceweight Pullover I’ve found that they’re pretty useless to take outside the house. Or rather that I’m pretty useless at working on them outside the house. I can’t knit them during my lunchbreak or on the bus etc.¬† I find that those snatched moments which lend themselves so well to simple knits are not focussed enough for me to work on something that needs more concentration. I expect it’ll get easier the more confident I become with more complicated knits but I can’t tell you how lovely it felt to cast on for a sock while on the train to see Doug on Friday.

As you can see it’s a second sock, so guilt free. I’m not cheating on Pia or Snapdragon with it. I bought the yarn in Sea Port Yarns during my trip to New York in 2007. The photo doesn’t do the yarn justice. The colours are green, turquoise, purple and gold. I’m not entirely sure when I cast on the first sock. It could have been anytime between 2007 and 2008. I know that I was knitting it in December 2008 just before Doug and I started seeing each other.

So I cast on the second sock on Friday and have just finished the increases. It’s my usual 64 stitch sock with a partridge eye heel from The Sole Solution. I have this week off work and I hope to do some more tidying on the house, some gardening and hopefully some work n one of the more complicated knits. It would be lovely to get a handle back on Snapdragon and finish it despite the fact that it’s too warm to wear it.