Two Completed Sweaters, One “Well, it tastes good” Candy Try.

I had been working on two sweaters, recently, one knit and one crochet (see previous entry), and now they’re done. They fit. The are cute… Cuter on a person than on my blocky doppelganger, not that I’m not totally thrilled with my dummy.  It is a TON OF HELP.  It also reminds me that my hips are a problem lately [haha, no… seriously… — Trish].

The first one is a crochet, the first in a while, and one that reminds me I LOVE TO DO LACE PATTERNS, they are so cool to see come together.  I’m going to have to do more.  Certainly, I’m going to have to make another one of these, maybe for mom, and maybe for my friend Jen.  I think the yarn I used might be discontinued, at least in this color, but the pattern is still easily found.

I absolutely love this, and can’t wait to wear it.

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The blue sweater is the one I chose to make from my cashmere/merino yarn I got on sale at Craftsy.  This yarn works up so nicely and SO SOFT!  I have a rather unique way of holding the yarn, so this particular type twists and untwists on me, but I loved working with it once I got the hang of it.  I want to buy more next time there’s a good sale.

It’s too warm for now, but later…

I made a mistake in the yoke that meant I needed more yarn, but the lack of dropped rows in the top means I won’t need to wear anything under it, necessarily, and I like that.  I suck at heavy layers. I feel like a mummy.

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The little piles of brown gunk are the second stage of my first attempt at making amaretto truffles. Once the cover-and-dip part happened, I got pulled away and pictures worthy of craftfail didn’t happen– but it tasted GREAT.

Earlier this year we were visiting the in-laws and we went to Uttica where we visited The Chocolate Shoppe. It was there that my husband had their truffles and he has been thinking of them ever since.  Some google this past weekend and voila I took some time off packing up the house to make it happen.  Taste-wise, it’s a hit.  Next time, though, more amaretto and smaller pots to work in for better dipping coverage.

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The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni

The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni.

I think I’m in love– with a theory.

Of course, I’ve always enjoyed the “Brutal post-apocalyptic” Cars theories that float around, but this unified theory of Pixar is hilarious and oddly compelling.

Sure, holes abound, and there is a solid argument for extra-dimensionality for the Monsters, as opposed to a straight-forward time-line where the SuperAnimals and machines become the Monsters that need humans in a Matrix-y kind of way, but it fits.  I want it to fit and be true way more than I ever wanted the Durden-Theory of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to be a real thing.

On the other hand, isn’t Ice Age Pixar, too?  I suppose that would fit in if you worked things around a little and had OldBoo wind up there a while, or said that the animals always had that potential… maybe?

I need to watch Bravenow, and I didn’t feel that before.

Sweaters and Math

So what I’m doing right now is that I have two sweaters (with great yarn, one of which is discontinued, I think) that I had to quickly order an extra ball to finish. My math was just a tad off, somehow. The answer is to buy one more ball, always. Note to self!

The dark blue one is my sweater from the merino-cashmere yarn I got on sale late last year from the Craftsy sale site. It’s gorgeous and soft and I look forward to wearing the sweater. I probably would have been fine, except I stopped making the drop-stitch rows too soon, because of a misreading of the pattern I was using. So… I could have ripped back and tried this, or did what I did and went with the sure thing of an extra ball.

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This other sweater is my crochet venture with Naturally Caron Spa in Sea Green and it is GORGEOUS and fantastic to work with. I picked it up on my last visit up north as something new and portable to take on the train. GORGEOUS, I have to add again. I managed to snag a ball of the right yarn on Amazon, rather than doing a quick redesign.

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What I’m saying here is, again, buy an extra ball.