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Farmer’s Market

There hasn’t really been all that much time for knitting lately, and what has been knit hasn’t been photographed. But I did start the sweater! I’ve knit 4 1/2″ already.

I also finished the first of the “Composed (or not so composed?) Mitts”, but alas, photographs lack there as well. I’m about halfway through the second mitten, so when I finish up the pair, I’ll take some pictures.

However, what has been lacking in knitting has been made up for in baking. Last weekend, my friend and I tried selling baked goods at a Farmer’s Market. It went really well — so well that we’re doing it again tomorrow!

We baked A LOT. We had molasses cookies, pumpkin loaf and pumpkin muffins, cinnamon-cardamom cookies,

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And last, but most certainly not least, croissants.

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I still kind of can’t believe that I actually made croissants. Good ones, too. Now I feel like I can really call myself a baker!

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Swatching, Really!

Despite all my excitement about knitting a yoke sweater, and despite the fact that I’ve had the yarn for nearly a week now, I’m only just about to cast on. Because what have I been doing? Swatching! (No, not for the entire week.)

First, I decided to wind the yarn. Not in my usual ball-winding way, but as a center pull ball wound on a nostepinne. Admittedly, this wasn’t for any particular reason, save that I’ve never done it before. My eagerness to try this was only slightly hampered by the lack of an actual nostepinne in my life. After a thorough search for suitable stand-ins, I found a paintbrush. Problem solved.

Paintbrush

Once I had some of it wound, I began the swatching. The whole concept of “proper swatching” is, I have to say, quite new to me. I’ve swatched in the past — swatched quite a bit, in fact, but the entire 4 inches or more has always seemed a bit extreme. And I’ve never washed swatches before, either (I know, I know. I’m terrible). But this time, I decided, I was going to do it right.

I’ll admit that I was partially inspired to do this by Ysolda’s post on swatching, where she explains an easy way to swatch stockinette in the round. So I did it. I tried three different needle sizes, just to be sure on which I liked the best. I’m glad I did, because I initially thought I’d be using size 8s, but in the end, I think I’ve settled on size 7s.

So it should begin soon. I’m definitely planning on and looking forward to casting on tomorrow night, so we’ll see how far it gets this weekend!

By the way, I also made some cookies the other night!

Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. They’re really good, but the only thing is that they got stale really, really quickly. They were in plastic and everything, but by the second day, they’d become very hard. It’s a mystery, but I guess it’s not that bad of one — they’re just a bit crunchier now.

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Odds and Ends

There are so many little odds and ends that I finished up this weekend, and not enough time to post about them all! I spent some time starting the mittens,

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They’re really fun to knit. So far, I’ve pretty much stuck with the chart from Interweave Knits, but I did a picot cast on instead of ribbing with bobbles. We’ll see where they go — I think soon I might change the chart a bit and just make my own pattern.

Mainly, though, this weekend I’ve been finishing up a couple WIPs that had been nagging me from my knitting basket. I finished a cowl/neck tube/pointless but interesting thing I’d been knitting from some of my handspun, and I bound off a sock I’d been working on.

Around last Thursday, the sock was at this stage of its life:

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But, through the usual time spent knitting during class (Physics has proven especially effective for knitting time), while waiting on line, and then with the newfound addition of knitting whilst reading for AP US History, it quickly progressed to this:

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For its future mate, I’ve reserved its knitting time to classes and the like. For my reading knitting, I’m going to begin something I’ve been thinking about for a while now — something very fitting for the coming autumn. Something that is mindless enough to deem it reading knitting for a while, but interesting enough that I’ll want to keep knitting it and wear it when I’m done. And finally, something big enough to keep me knitting while reading for a good while.

What could it be? Simple. A yoke sweater.

I’ve already got the yarn.

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