So I joined the ravelry hysteria and cast on for a wildly popular cowl called “Pretty Thing” (which you can see and purchase, if you like, from Ravelry or on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s blog here). Ordinarily I don’t bother with cowls. In fact, I’ve never knit one. I started a lacy cowl with handmaiden sea silk a year or so ago, even took it back and forth to doctor’s offices as we were visiting doctor’s quite frequently back then, and eventually unraveled it and that yarn later became a lacy scarf instead which I gave to my almost mother-in-law which is an action of charity that I regret nearly every day (no almost about THAT). The moral of THAT story is not to give beautiful handknit items to old cranky women who have no appreciation for handknits or delectable yarn. I learned my lesson.
Anyway, back to the cowl. I started this mostly because it seemed like the best use for the qiviut I bought in Alaska last year. I bought it in Ketchikan and thought then that I’d prefer quality over quantity — which I agree with even now — and could only afford one ball of yarn (it is $93 per ounce, or it was at the time). After settling the balance of my cruise card I actually could have afforded about 13 balls of qiviut (I drank their equivalent in vodka and raspberry puree). I am thinking that this will be the perfect use for this small, precious amount of fiber.
Here is what I have so far, about 18 rows in:
There is a soft halo about the yarn that I enjoy and I also rather like the openness of the eyelets and scallops so far. I don’t like the fact that the yarn is almost the exact shade of my harmony needles and thus difficult to see without natural or bright light.
Also, get this: I began knitting with yarn that we purchased on our last cruise the VERY SAME NIGHT that Stacey began looking to book our cruise for next year. Creepy, eh? We’re all booked for the eastern caribbean in 2010.
Stacey and I carved jack-o-lanterns today (still waiting for the pumpkin beer at the local brewery called Jacques O’Lantern, but I digress). Here they are, on display on the stoop:
This is mine. It’s supposed to be a haunted house with a ghost. Clearly I need to work on my carving skills.
And Stacey’s, which is clearly a witch in profile:
And lastly there is the matter of the cookies. In the spirit of halloween festivities, I thought I’d try this recipe for pumpkin blossoms. This is a remarkably cake-like cookie with candy corn kisses on top. The recipe warns that the kisses have to be frozen and the cookies have to be popped into the freezer to prevent the candy corn ooze. I found this to be true. In fact, most of the kisses dissolved into a puddle of yellow-orange oil at the top of the cookie. Delicious but not attractive. HOWEVER I suppose it is in the halloween spirit and will think of it as the gentle ooze of a zombiefied candy. The cookies are dense and are more like little cakes or muffins than proper cookies (but I like a thin and crispy cookie, so your mileage may vary). Interestingly, the recipe has a yield of 40 but I ended up with 72 cookies. I’m not sure how this happened but now I have 72 pumpkin cookies on my kitchen counter.
A few of the better looking ones:
That’s all. Tentative halloween plans: zombie crabs! In my belly!