I'm on to my second pair of socks. This is souvenir yarn from our Canadian trip last October. It's self-patterning yarn from Germany. I was hoping to find a Canadian yarn but our shopping time was limited to a couple of hours in St. John, New Brunswick. To my delight, my socks will look like pastel Easter eggs. To my dismay, these will probably be finished in time for Christmas. The yarn is Step 6 sport weight yarn by Austermann and it's available in the U.S. These socks will be very thick and warm so I also went up a needle size. I am loving how they're coming so far.
I've been playing around with my electric pressure cooker again. I'm trying to eat healthily but really miss desserts. This is my first attempt at converting a recipe that came with the cooker to a sugar-free/wheat-free recipe. We all enjoyed it but hubby still prefers sugar and wheat in his cheesecake. Give him a graham cracker crust and he's happy. Neither my husband, nor my son had any idea that the crust was made from almond meal and I'm not telling them unless they break out with an allergic reaction. I'm going to try it again (and again) because I'm striving for perfection. The calorie count is about the same but the carbs are waaaaay lower (like less than 8 vs. 20 or more). In knitting (and baking) practice makes perfect!
I knitted the little hoodie sweater for my son's best friend's first baby - little "AJ". The shower was last Sunday. The pattern is "Hooded Cardigan 3898" by Sirdar Spinning using Sirdar Snuggly DK. It wasn't a difficult pattern but the instructions were written by a U.K. company for British knitters. I'm not an expert knitter but have enough experience to be able to get the gist of what the writer was talking about. For example, "commencing with the second row, work one inch of one by one ribbing". After picking up a couple hundred stitches around the fronts and hood, I figured out the direction I had to be going to get the button holes on the "boys side", as if that really matters....Patterns written in the US in 2017 would tell you to work one knit row, then start the ribbing. No matter, it came out fine, because I have many baby sweaters in my rear view mirror. I'm loving the cool blues right now because it's HOT HOT…
The days here in Connecticut are still warm but the nights have cooled. We can still hear the peepers but the night time rhythm of the cicadas has slowed as the temperatures have dropped. Afternoon light has taken on a golden hue. The figs have turned pink on their way to burgundy red. Tomatoes are ripening more slowly and they are warm gold and sweet as honey. I'm working on my first wool applique piece called "Be Thankful" designed by Little Bits by Joan. My son, daughter-in-law and two of my grandkids are at Disney World in Florida riding out Hurricane Irma. I will be extremely thankful when they're home safe and sound.