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RIP C2C Shawl - Oops! ^^;

February 28th, 2006 (11:25 am)

current mood: chagrined

So much for that shawl. ^^; Yesterday, after taking a break from the needles for a bit, I decided to try working a little with the C2C shawl (aka the mohair allergy project). Since it'd been a while since the last time I worked on it, I forgot what some of the stitches were and just glanced at the stitch legend and kept going not thinking about which direction the diagram was leaning (not to mention the legend was at a slant in my photocopy) and so rather than doing a sk2p I did k3tog tbl for a few rows. After a few rows it suddenly dawned on me that something wasn't looking quite right and I'd never done the k3tog tbl before then and... so I tried unknitting the rows but of course mohair doesn't unknit or frog nicely. So... annoyed with myself it went "snip!" ^^;; I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest of the Kid Merino wool yet. Oh well.

And, I decided that rather than order from Handpainted (I'll probably still order from them a bit later though), I'd get my gold medal from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill. I think I listed a bunch of "want" patterns before and picked up some of them (not all). I also picked up some Crystal Palace circular needles and the hoped for project yarn for the Spice Caravan Robe (their Mer-Made yarn - merino made washable in variegated pink and Joyce's Choice. I hope they go well together or I'll be casting about frantically for new yarns. :P ) and their wool sample set. I then discovered this site and am thinking about using their handpainted Zephyr for the Rosy Fingered Dawn shawl (one of the patterns I ordered) if I get up the nerve to work on it. ^^; (That's okay, I also discovered Heirloom Knitting's site and drooled over the patterns there but... it'll be a while before I can even think of doing anything of that sort. Of course, that usually doesn't stop me from buying patterns...). ^^;

Ordering from Blackberry was very quick and easy after I emailed about international ordering. (It says to contact them on their site but you still use the online ordering system. The main thing is shipping prices may be higher although, for Canadian orders they don't expect shipping prices to be too different unless the order is a larger one; apparently mine was). I put in the order late last night and this morning when I got up, there was an email waiting for me about shipping costs. I'd heard that they're very quick in fulfilling orders once payment is received (and undoubtedly assuming everything's in stock). So now it'll be the ~2 week wait for it to arrive. Why must mail from the US take so long? >_<;

The Zephyr from BoPeep finally arrived yesterday (yay!) so I'm thinking about trying to tackle the unruly porcupine again. (Definitely wish me luck! *laughs*) I wish I knew where my old crochet hooks were to do the Emily Ocker circular cast-on since trying to crochet stitches with knitting needles is... well let's call it an exercise in patience...... Or rather frustration and futility. >_<

Oh, and I'd forgotten to mention about the choco cupcakes that wombat1138 mentioned; they turned out quite nicely and stayed very moist for as long as they lasted (several days surprisingly). I'm a bit surprised since things here tend to dry out very quickly. BUT those are brownies NOT cupcakes! *laughs* They were very good, but there's no way I'd ever classify them as cupcakes. Next time, I think I'll try making them with the frosting since I think it'd go really well. I don't usually do the fru-fru on top concept but I think I'd make an exception for this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe! ^___^

Thank-you for the postcard ichi_san! It arrived in the mail today. Brussels looks lovely! *envy* ^___^


Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)

Hmm. They turned out fairly cupcake-like at the wombatcave, but perhaps that was due to conscripting the wombat-consort for the initial butter/sugar-creaming step; he's very good at mooshing them into a nicely aerated state of floofiness. Otherwise they'd probably turn out a bit more dense, yeah. Electric stand mixers are supposed to be great for just dropping in the butter and sugar, turning it on, and then wandering off for about ten minutes; personally, I'm terrible at attempting the process by hand, since I never wait for the butter to warm up all the way ahead of time so by the time my arm gets tired, the mixture is only marginally floofed.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)

Huh. I will admit I wondered if I was supposed to whip the butter a LOT or not and decided to skimp. The other thing I noticed was that it took 10 mins longer than written for them to finish baking, so it could also be either the oven was having a bad day, or the altitude here had a bit of an effect on things. I'll have to give them another try again later and see how things go. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
hearts & bubbles (rain16)

You! Posting tempty links! (This is revenge for the Herbin thing, isn't it? ~_^)

Have you ordered from Heirloom? They have an "if you buy 3, you get one free" thing, and I have one I have to make, and there's one or two more that I could make. Are you at all interested in going in together?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)

*laughs* Me? Would I do such a thing? *looks innocent* *fails miserably* :P

I haven't tried ordering from Heirloom as yet as the pattern difficulty has been successfully holding me at bay, but I'd definitely be interested in going in together on an order. I know you posted your e-mail earlier but just in case I can't track it down, my email is:


Now to make a list... *__*

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Kureno -- happiness (flamika)

Poor shawl... T_T

Congrats on gold medal though! w00t!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)

*laughs* I felt pretty silly afterwards since I think the two stitches do something similar but I was too annoyed at the moment. :P I'll undoubtedly console myself and hunt down some yummy yarn to try making it in again later. ^___^

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: February 28th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)

Awwww, I'm glad you liked the caaaaaaard !! ^___^ *happy*

I hesitated for quite awhile (I *always* do when it comes to choosing something, be it a simple post card, or anything else. I'm such a hopeless Libra... *sigh*).

I knew you liked ancient houses and castles, but there were so many nice cards featuring these, that I just couldn't decide, so I stood there umming and aahing about which card to choose for like *forever*, until selphies blew a fuse and ended up choosing it for me XD (you know, we're as different as chalk and cheese - she's a very straightforward person, I'm incredibly complicated - but I guess in the end, it's because of our differences that we're such good friends). Anyway ! XD I'll let her know you liked it.

Yes, Brussels *is* a lovely place. Definitely worth a visit. (not in wintertime though. Boy, was it cold... T-T)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 1st, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)

*laughs* I know how you feel about choosing things like that. I tend to hesitate to the point of not buying anything or buying everything; it can be so hard to settle on a single item sometimes! ^^;

I very much love old architecture and especially castles and ancient ruins. There's something to be said about being able to climb through such old structures let alone climb under/on top of them... *sigh*

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