Tibault & Toad

Posts from January 2014

snow, donuts, wool

This has been the snowiest winter we've had in a very long time!  I may be ready for the change of pace that spring brings, but I always love snow. Always. (Also, it's so crazy to imagine that the peach tree up there will ever look like this again!)

I made homemade donuts the other Sunday - based on this recipe but fried in coconut oil, and with fresh lemon curd. There were like 2 dozen, and they were gone in about 15 minutes flat. Don't worry, we had help.

I got my Quince & Co. color cards in the mail, and ordered yarn for a sweater for Indy. It's been taking forever to gather the supplies for this next project and I'm going through knitting withdrawal. Help, I'm addicted. 

And that's my desk after being "cleaned". My interpretation is clearly a little loose, and after getting some new art supplies the other day it's now unphotographably messy. I think maybe I just need a bigger desk. Or two desks. Lord help me. (Also, Alan got me that yarn swift and winder for Christmas and they're wickedly fun!)

I hope your winter is being punctuated by donuts and beautiful yarn as well!

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a just okay hat

This was my first project for Alan. It was fun, I learned several things, but I don't particularly like it. The pattern is great (the Turn a Square hat), but I picked the wrong yarn for the project (Spud and Chloe sweater yarn) - a wool and cotton blend which just doesn't have as much "squish" as I guess I prefer for hat knitting, so the hat, especially the brim, just stretches way out and doesn't  spring back, and which also pretty severely messed up my gauge (no I didn't swatch. . . pshhh. . .) so the hat is rather too big. Perfect yarn for a sweater, as it keeps its structure and prevents sag, but not so great for hats. And probably not as warm as pure wool, either. I also realized halfway through knitting that it was supposed to be 2x3 stripes, not 2x2, which I think I would have preferred, as it would have looked less "Dr. Seuss". Alan swears he likes it, and wears it every time he shovels our driveway, but I might have to make something I like better for him. Either way, it was my first time doing a tubular cast on and knitting stripes, and I really liked the jogless stripe method (the tubular cast on, meh, I could take it or leave it). Every project is a chance to learn something new, whether I like the final project or not - I really feel that way - and so it was still a worthwhile knit. 

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