Lots of catching up to do
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. :) My father came down on Friday to spend Christmas with us. I had promised him that I would try to make Molasses Oat Bran Bread, something we had at Black Angus. Here's my attempt: Not quite as good as the restaurant, but yummy. I also made Maple Nut Scones: I highly recommend these - they're better than the peanut butter chocolate scones I made at Thanksgiving. I also made the usual chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin chiffon pies. Very good, and it was somewhat of a relief to go back to the gym today for spin class. The saga of my Hard Rock jaywalkers is still going on. This picture is from Saturday, and shows two attempts. The top is another try at the smaller size (6 stitches between increases and decreases) on Addi Turbos US 1, except I messed up the stitch count AGAIN and couldn't proceed into the pattern. The bottom is the same smaller size on Addi Turbos US 2. Nasty pooling again. So after 6 hours, 45 minutes, this is what I had: So then I tried with the Brittany US 2s (which is actually smack in between Addi Turbos US 1 and 2 - I think I'm going to start using metric sizes, as this is stupid). I also retried with the US 1 Addi Turbos with the right number of stitches. So now after 9 hours, 45 minutes, this is what I have: I don't like the swirling pool on the Brittany needles. The striping on the Addi Turbos US 1 is perfect, but alas, it's already hard to get over my heel, and I'm positive that it will get worse the longer the cuff gets. So my options are as follows: 1) Use Lorna's Laces Watercolors for the Jaywalkers - there's a reasonable chance it will work, as there was bad pooling on a 64 stitch pattern, but on a 76 stitch pattern will undoubtedly look different. Hard Rock would then be used for boring stockinette socks. 2) Try out the new Socks that Rock that Cara sent me (thanks Cara!) for Jaywalkers. Hard Rock still used for boring stockinette socks in this scenario. No guarantee that this colorway will play nice with me with the Jaywalker pattern. 3) Walk away from all of this for a while so I can love knitting again. I do have good knitting news, though. I started the Phildar Cabled Hoodie, and this is what I have so far: I love this so far. Yummy cables! Now I just have random photos... here's one of my gifts from my sister, yummy Fleece Artist sock yarn in the best colors ever, purple, teal, and blue. I love it so. I immediately ordered the Diamond Fantasy Shawl pattern, but it turns out that they mail it to you, instead of sending a pdf, so I have to wait. :P I also ordered our ornament for this year. I originally was going to do a Monsterbubbles ornament from the Just Cross Stitch 2004 Ornament issue which was a palm tree Christmas scene (just to symbolize sunny CA), but then it turned out that it was stitched one over one, which means this ornament would take 30+ hours. No thanks. I kind of panicked, and we decided that grapes would be good, to stick with the CA theme, as well as our new found wine snobbery (okay, not real snobbery, but we like to pretend). My dad found this for me: I won't be able to finish it before the new year, but I feel better than I now have a plan. :) Finally, Leilani enjoying my dad by sleeping on his legs in a position that doesn't look like it could possibly be comfortable: Also, yesterday we went to Torrey Pines Gliderport so my dad could cash in his certificate for a tandem paragliding ride that my sister and I got him for Father's Day/Birthday last June. The wind wasn't good enough to take anyone larger than a child on tandem, so he didn't get to go, but doesn't it look like fun?