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Road to Hell

I had these really great intentions of posting about my adventures. I had those intentions last week, last weekend, and then today. But the little sleep and busy day have exhausted me and Bear is snoring like… a bear? which is making me even more tired. So instead:

I knit that fingerless mitten this weekend. My first fingerless mitten, hopefully to be soon one of a pair. It looks like ass in this picture, but it’s gorgeous. The change from almost pure pink at the bottom to almost pure green up top is so cute. And I didn’t even do it on purpose. The other mitten will not look nearly as cute now, but I don’t care.

They were knit completely without a pattern with US3 needles during the weekend when I really really really needed to stop working on my homework. All I know is I cast on 55 sts, knit a bit, decreased a bit, increased for thumb, put thumb stitches on waste yarn, knit ’round some more, bound off, put thumb stitches back on needles, picked up 4 sts between thumb and hand tube, knit ’round some more, bound off. And I had a pretty mitten. Cool huh?

Fudge ecstasy

I cannot spell that word. I don’t even know why, but for some reason I cannot spell ecstasy. I couldn’t even get it close enough to google or spell check it. But I think finally it is correct.

So this weekend (I know it’s Thursday already. This week has been hectic and fast. Last week was super busy and slow. You can never predict these things. Kinda like the weather up here in Boston.) Right. So this weekend, I made these things called fudge ecstasies. They were named appropriately. All the cookies are gone now. Granted the batter was limited to the size of a sauce pan

Because part of what makes these cookies so fabuluous is that they are mostly melted chocolate. 2 oz of unsweetened chocolate. I got a bar of 100% cocoa or cacao… I can’t remember, but it should be the same? no? I dunno. They were damn good cookies. 12 oz of semi-sweet chips. Half go into the melting pot with the 2 oz and the 2 tbs of butter. After it’s all mixed and wet, then you take it off the heat, add in some other stuff and use a mixer to finish it off. Then you add in chopped nuts and the rest of the semi-sweet chips and make cookies.

The cookies bake until the surface is dull and crackled. (I didn’t do so well the first time around and they were a little raw. You really should go by the surface being dull and crackled.) But the cookies are rich and satisfying and small and perfect and very easy to make.

The reason I didn’t do so well though was that thing you see in the picture. Says, “made in France”? It’s called a silpat. It is wonderful. The bottoms didn’t burn. The cookies came really easily off it (needed to use a spatula though because I took them off while still warm). Honestly. I have one baking sheet (it’s flipped upside down under the silpat) and it burns the bottoms of stuff. Not to mention Bear likes to use it for meat products and piss me off, but still. The silpat made perfect cookies.

Just add a few minutes to the recommended baking time.

half Celebration

I haven’t been knitting and the week’s been rough, but I did managed to get some spinning in.

Enough so that I finished one bobbin (2oz) of Celebration singles. They are laceweight. I don’t have wpi or anything on them yet. I literally finished the last of the roving last night.

The next 2oz has a lot of orange-y tones in it. Maybe I’ll get some Halloween yarn out of it. Then my plan is to knit really loose garter stitch for a scarf. Maybe. I think.

aspen

I haven’t forgotten about the blog. I’ve been busy this week and then last night I ended up sleeping like 10 hours. My guess is that I wasn’t feeling well. But it means I’m even farther behind. *sighs*

So lately I’ve been spinning. The knitting isn’t going at all. I don’t have the energy to cast on something new and I can’t seem to make myself go forward or backwards with the camo sweater.

But I do have more pictures that I wanted to share

I was trying to follow my brother’s lead. I don’t think I did nearly as well.

The fiber is a merino tencel mix (I’m not sure what mix, but I’m guessing 50/50) called Aspen by Spunky Eclectic.

I’m thinking of spinning it up for a hat.