yesterday was monday. and dreary. and well, . . . monday.
maybe it’s because i worked all weekend, or maybe it’s the fact that it feels like it’s getting dark by 10 am these days, but i woke up in serious need of a change of pace. so instead of heading for my desk to answer email first thing, i got out the ingredients to bake cookies.
much better idea.
david’s favorite are oatmeal chocolate chips, so i decided on those. my recipe is a variation of the one that appears on the back of the name brand oatmeal box—really, it’s a great recipe.
usually, i separate out some of the dough because i prefer mine with fruit and no chocolate, but this time, i just made them all with chocolate and then added some dried cherries to one panful.
i served the chocolate cherry ones in knitting class yesterday afternoon (i hope they don’t get used to it!).
the rest went into the cookie jar for mister knitspot.
can i just say that i sorta think the cookie jar looks like mister knitspot? where do i get this from?
i’m completely untempted to eat them because of the chocolate, isn’t that strange? i like chocolate—let’s face it, i love chocolate—but i like it separate from my oatmeal cookie.
and now my cookie jar is happy with a belly full of fresh cookies.
i’ve been super productive about getting caught up on pattern writing and other office stuff since i got home and i’ve been knitting up a storm, too, but a lot of that has been on a secret project, sorry to say.
such as the case may be, i still have progress photos on a couple of accessory projects that will make great christmas gifts, in case you’re still looking.
these almondine spinoff mitts (i’m thinking of naming them “twig and leaf” or “twig and bud”) are nearly done and i’m hoping tonight to cast on for the matching beret. isn’t the yarn gorgeous?? it’s zen yarn garden serenity 20. i just love this color—frosted teal—it makes my heart sing every time i look at it.
and it goes so well with my owl bag, hehe.
they are super-fun to knit; they knit up a lot more quickly than they would appear to, despite their length (and you can make them shorter if you’re pressed for time).
tomorrow, i’m going to write the pattern up for these and send it off to proofing. we are this close to having a final pattern for the fartlek hat i showed you the other day.
ok yeah, i sorta picked that name to make you laugh—cuz, why not?—but it’s totally relevant, too (look it up here). and there’s a pattern coming for the wristlets that match the motheye scarf as well. it’s that time of year i love best—coming up with really quick, fun gift knits.
i started my red scarf yesterday, too. i struggled just a little coming up with the right design for it—it has to be something unisex, but i wanted it to be a quick knit, too, because it has to be kinda long. and the yarn has some texture to it, so the stitch pattern had to agree with that, too.
as you can see, i think i got it all to work together—the yarn is briar rose kindness, the base for which comes from my favorite merino mill, mountain meadow wools. it’s a merino singles that is wrapped with a fine, 2-ply silk strand to add a little bling. i love it. chris has dyed it the most gorgeous red, just perfect for this project. she is dyeing up red kindness as we speak, to add to the store, so don’t fret if you don’t see it today; it is on its way.
i called upon the david sock for inspiration, using a ribbed hem and an openwork pattern with lots of garter to keep it lightweight without being “lacy”. it is knitting up so fast, it’s making my head spin—i’ve already got about twelve inches completed, yay; it’s great TV knitting.
i will be sending this off to the red scarf project, but even more importantly, i’ll write up a pattern to sell, with the intention that all the december proceeds from it will go to the foster care to success red scarf fund.
it’s a great fund that helps kids who don’t have families to get through college by providing not just scholarship money, but guidance and help with the essentials of life. if you think about how much your own kids need you to help them navigate the system and then imagine what it would be like if they didn’t have you there, you’ll have an idea of what a big gap it is to fill.
we’ll be giving more information about all that in the days to come, but for now, i’m off to a pretty good start.
ETA: oooh, and another thing—put a reminder on your calendar for tomorrow, because steven over at bitches get stitches is hosting a giveaway event for world aids day, to raise cash for the pittsburgh aids task force. because i met stephen at rhinebeck and because pittsburgh is kind of in our back yard, david and i joined with other yarnies to put up a couple of prizes for his event. the prize list is awesome, but you have just one day—tomorrow, dec 1—to participate, so don’t be left out of the fun!
now, i think i hear my knitting calling me, so i’m going to go find it.