I’m not really one for celebrating Easter as I’m not religious, so it is not particularly relevent in my little life bubble, however, I’m always happy to partake in hot cross buns, and this year seem to have acquired a ridiculous amount of creme eggs… Wow, I haven’t had one of those in years, well, I’ve eaten the white chocolate ones, but haven’t had one of the original ones in forever, and I had forgotten how great they are! but let’s be real, whats not to like about refined sugar, coated in chocolate? Yum!
I was going to show you some crochet goodness today, but haven’t quite got it photographed right, the wind was blowing a gale down in my photo taking spot, and its raining on and off, so I thought I’d show you some Noro deliciousness, a cowl that took me a whole week to knit, and I am so deeply in love with it I never want to take it off! Ages ago, I bought two balls of silk garden (10 ply) and popped it into it’s moth-proof plastic zip-lock bag and into my stash in my wardrobe. I had no plans for it, like most of my stash, but a couple of weeks ago, decided to buy three more balls and make a huge cuddly cowl. So I missioned off down to Nancy’s Embroidery, the only place I have found that stocks a large amount of the Noro range (but, after looking on Noro selling websites, it seems there are endless amounts of types to buy! It’s overwhelming!) and bought the last three balls of that colourway. I got them home and sat and stroked them for a while, and admired their colours, then discovered I had three balls of dye lot E and two of dye lot C… whoops, but it didn’t seem to matter, as the two from C and one of the E lot were identical and the other two from E looked very different as they had no pink, so I turned a couple of the balls inside out with my wool winder, shared the pink around from one of the balls that had two repeats of pink, and ended up with a reasonably well ordered striped cowl!
Colourful fabulousness. I’ve never knitted with Silk Garden, I’m usually loving the Kureyon because I’m not partial to the white bits in the silk, it can detract (in my opinion) from the lovely colours by adding more texture. However, I don’t see it in this lot, more in the sock yarn, and knitting with this was a luxurious experience, with big chunky soft runs of silky goodness happening… I think I may just be a Silk Garden convert!
It is made with (errr…) five balls, knitted in the round… Ooh, I didn’t even tell you I can knit on circulars now! Such a tiny achievement, but so huge, I’ll tell you more about it in another post! I ribbed for half a ball, knitted stocking stitch until the last half ball and ribbed until I ran out of yarn. Actually, that’s a lie, I saved a bit of purple and blue that was at the end of the ball to make a lovely flower badge, just because.
And one last gratuitous shot of the cowl that I am so in love with, I never want to take it off! It is so snuggly and cuddly and big… I wanted a huge one as I’m quite sensitive and need a bit of armor when out int he world around lots of other people!
Have you visited Compositions of Wool yet? It’s a great blog for yarn addicts, and she has just finished a beautiful cowl too, I’m quite glad she showed it, as I didn’t want to do a garter stitch edge to stop them curling up and needed a bit of inspiration in the edging department… such a simple thing, but remember I’m a relatively new knitter (!) and seeing hers ribbed, well, that’s much more my taste than a garter stitch border, so yay once again for the inspiration we get from each other here in the blogworld! Make sure you pop over for a visit, her stash will make you green with envy!
OK then lovelies! I’m off, I’m baking gluten-free bread and need to go and sort it out… I’ve never baked bread before, but KB’s gluten-free loaves are, like everything right now, being hiked up in price to $8 or more per loaf, so it’s time I learn how to do it! One of her lovely patients at the hospital gave her a big bag of gluten-free flour for bread making, so I’m having my first try… so far it looks like globby wallpaper paste, so fingers crossed it will turn out edible! I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, do any of you out there have an easy gluten-free bread recipe you use that is not white bread! I’d love it if you could let me know!
….15 minutes later after proof reading this post and chatting on the phone, the bread has risen remarkably so my hopes are high that it will be edible!….
Wishing you a wonderful week,
Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX