My Favorite Knitted Project

To date.

Isn't it gorgeous? It took only 10 days of knitting (including two sick days) and will block out larger to fit for a couple of years. (Dream in Color yarns are famous for growing when wet and needing a toss in the dryer to get back to the correct size we experienced that phenomenon first-hand.)

We used some old buttons from my Great-Grandma's button box and I used I-cord button tabs.

Yarn: Dream in Color Groovy (4 skeins)
Needles: 10 1/2
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Sweater on Two Needles AKA February Baby Sweater

Also finished this week? Icing Swirl Hat with the same yarn.

On the needles now? More Knitted Clogs.

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The Yarn Hates that Idea

Ever really wanted to knit something but the yarn just hates all of your ideas? That's what happened to me me this week.

For months I've wanted to knit Aba the Double V Vest. I had some (a lot) of Wool of the Andes left from the "What Was I Thinking? I Can't Knit a Ribbed Sweater and Stay Sane!" sweater I thought I would knit many moons ago. I liked how the fabric looked on 4s so I figured it was a go.

That was the last positive experience this yarn gave me.

So my gauge was off but Aba and I really liked the fabric and I was worried that if I knit it any tighter the fabric would be too dense. Most people would stop here, but the Double V Vest is an EPS vest so I just needed to do some math and I'd be ready to go.

The gauge for the Double V Vest is given for stockinette, cables and an average. I actually did all of the math before I realized that I would need a swatch with the cable pattern in it because the numbers didn't seem to add up to the size I wanted. So I cast on for a swatch cap and did a repeat of the chart before I realized that the cable just disappears. Wool of the Andes is just too hairy.

Back to the drawing board.

I wanted to knit the vest in the round with steeks but there wasn't much out there pattern wise. I also wanted something that would be fast but not mindless stockinette. So I chose to borrow the look of a wide-spaced twisted rib from The Subtle Stripe. I did the math adjusting the numbers so I'd have a 10x1 twisted rib. Ready to go!

I wanted a folded hem so I could knit in a message (this is an anniversary gift after all) so I used a provisional cast on. Well, I kept losing count because it is really hard to cast on 264 stitches provisionally. I finally got it then for some unknown reason started ribbing. 

Rip.

Two more failed provisional cast-ons and I decided to just rib the hem. Ran out of yarn with a long tailed cast-on.

Knitted cast on through the stitch was too tight.

So I popped in the Knitting Glossary DVD and decided to do the knitted cast-on between stitches because Elizabeth and Meg said it was looser that the other knitted on cast-on.

Success!

So I start ribbing and my counting (three times) is off so my ribbing is "mistake ribbing" and I'm really frustrated by it.

So I'm left with yarn that hates the idea of being a vest and no other yarn in-stash that can work with steeking and my anniversary is in 18 days. So I'll cast-on again. I'm thinking of trying a crochet chain provisional cast-on but I don't really crochet.

Recipe: Almond Flour Pie Crust

This is the perfect crust to use with my corn syrup-free pecan pie recipe. You can also mix up the nuts you use to add some nice flavors that compliment your filling. Best of all you can splurge on pie without wheat flour!

It takes some time to get the dough spread out into a nice smooth coating but take your time. Its worth it!

The shell is partially baked before adding wet ingredients for baked-in fillings or fully baked for no-bake pies.

Ingredients

2-1/2 cups Almond Meal

1/2 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Palm Shortening, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 325.

2. Mix together all ingredients and smooth into a pie plate or tart shell.

3. Bake 10 minutes if you are going to fill with wet ingredients or 25-35 minutes if you are using a no-cook filling.

FTC disclosure: I received the pecans from Oh! Nuts to use in a recipe.