The one where she thinks

she may have had as close to a perfect few days as she’s ever had.  I did most of the things I love to do – I baked bread, went yarn shopping, worked on my Catnip Socks and made a pot of soup (shrimp bisque if you must know).  On the sock front, I have only an inch or so left before I start the final ribbing on the cuff.  I could probably finish them tonight, but tomorrow is a work day and I know myself, if I stay up later that I know I should, I’ll pay for it tomorrow night and Tuesday, so, I’m putting the brakes on tonight with the intention of finishing them tomorrow.  I do have my next project picked out – another Minnowknits dress, this one called Brittany Jumper – here’s a pic

I may use this yarn –

It’s Fibranatura Cottonwood, 100% organic cotton, the color is called Cindy, #41109.  It’s more of a coral color than it’s pictured. 

National Knitting Blog Week kicks off tomorrow, I’m going to give it a try; I enjoy blogging and reading other’s blogs.  Should be really cool.  I’m always interested in seeing other’s blogs.  I can always learn something.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?  Dr. Robert Schuller



The one where she returns

to Yarn Mart for the sale and buys more (!) yarn.  I also bought some nifty stuff called Lavishea Lotion Bar.  It’s a solid cake of soy wax and unrefined shea butter and is the best stuff I’ve found for my dry as a bone hands and doesn’t leave them greasy.  I can pick up my knitting again without worrying about transferring gunk to my precious yarn.  Speaking of yarn, here are my newest additions:

The first is Kollage Yarns Sock-A-Licious, color #7801, which happens to be a pretty shade of what I would call Terra Cotta, 70% superwash merino, 10% mulberry silk, 20% nylon.

The second is Fibranatura Cottonwood, 100 %organic cotton, color #41109, Cindy, lot #8/1115.

This yarn is more of a coral color in real life.  It photographed pinker than it really is.  I think it wants to be a Minnowknits dress for the Papoose. 

I made a pan of Lemon Bars last night, just had a taste for them.  Mr. Iknead likes them with his coffee in the morning.  He’s alway appreciative and only complains about his waistline.  : )

Always be a little kinder than necessary.  James M. Barrie (1860-1937)



The one where the frustration

of last night has faded and I’m able to post the Papoose in the Pinafore Dress.  So sweet!

How cute is that?

I can’t stand it!!!!  She and the Pinafore Dress were made for each other.  OMG!  It turned out so well I ordered two more Minnowknits patterns, the Brittany Jumper and Cotton Candy.  These will necessitate several visits to Yarn Mart.  No firm color decisions yet, but I’m leaning toward pinkish.

I’m baking this weekend, no matter what.  It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m starting to have flour withdrawal.  Maybe brownies, sourdough bread for sure.

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.  Jim Morrison (1943-1971)



The one where she’s back from the wilds

of southwest Arkansas, otherwise known as DeQueen, my hometown, where there are lots of chickens, lots of pickup trucks and lots of not much else.  Wireless Internet access is very spotty, if it exists at all, so no blog yesterday.  Today is a catch up, I suppose. 

Remember the Minnowknits Pinafore?  Take a look at this –


How sweet is that?

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.  George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) 



The one where she’s aggravated

a little because she was too lazy to blog yesterday.  I know that if that’s the worst thing that’s happened in the last 48 hours, then I’ve got nothing really to bellyache about.  Nothing, zero perspiration, no sweat, zip.  I’m just way too compulsive about meeting arbitrary goals I set for myself.  Sigh.

On the flip side, I did a ton (or maybe a few pounds) of baking today and so for your viewing pleasure, here they are:

German Chocolate Cake

Pecan Pies

and what I’m calling Ooh Babies, a tweaked Hello Dollies

 with recipe to follow tomorrow.  These received a two thumbs up from Mr. Iknead, by the way.

Minnowknit’s dress is blocking and I’m finally ready to cast on En Pointe sweater, but first, I’m taking a bath.

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.  Aesop (620 BC-560BC)



The one where the Celebration

socks are hanging in there.  I pulled a few moves that Harry Houdini would have been proud of, got them back on the needles and in the right position.  So, as of this moment, they’re moving forward again.

The Minnowknits Pinafore Dress is finished and is cute as cute can be.  Photo will be posted tomorrow for FO Friday.  So sweet and I can see Susannah wearing it already!

I have to work tomorrow and so the baking I’m usually doing on Friday has to be postponed a day, but I also have a committment to bake something for the Sunday meeting.  It’s really a birthday meeting since yesterday was D’s birthday, my birthday is tomorrow and R’s birthday is Saturday.  I’m thinking some sort of pie and some sort of cake.

Another Papoose picture –

Her face is saying “Who, me?”.

The idle mind knows not what it wants.  Ennius



The one where she casts

on her newest project, Minnowknits Pinafore Dress.

I’m using Jil Eaton Cottontail, #7520, Aqua. 

I can see Susannah in it already.  Come on Spring.

On the subject of Spring, it’s hard to believe that about 48 hours ago, Little Rock was in the middle of a snowstorm, with temps in the 20s.  Today, when I left work, the sun was shining, birds were chirping and the temp was around 50F.  That’s Arkansas weather for you, if it doesn’t suit you, wait 30 minutes because it’s going to change. 

I think cupcakes are going to be the project this weekend, haven’t decided what kind, for some reason, cupcakes are ringing my bells tonight.  Maybe a nice yellow cake with strawberries incorporated some way.  Hmmm…

You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh – it’s as simple as that.  (Jay Leno (1950 –    )