Sunday, September 25, 2011

totally autumn

Phew, last week was rough... my poor Jeep broke down on Lake Shore Drive and is still in the shop getting its transfer case rebuilt, autumn quarter's about to start, and there's still a lot of packing to do before we move on Saturday. Time to focus on the positive things, like this little baby sweater I finished:

size: 3 months
needles: US 6 Clover bamboo circs and US 7 DPNs
yarn: Quince and Co. Lark, pomegranate, ~2.3 skeins (300 yds.)

Very fun to knit! I just love the pattern, and I'll definitely revisit it. The yarn is soft and springy, with a deeply saturated color. I used a little more yarn than the pattern specified, but my gauge was also a bit loose. I knit the 3-month size, but the final (blocked) measurements are more like the 6-month.

The yarn fluffed up a bit during the blocking process. Be forewarned that this isn't a smooth, silky merino -- it's lofty and wonderful, but not buttery soft. I'm curious how well it will hold up (I'm guessing quite well), as I'd love to knit a cardigan for myself using Lark.
Other good things...

- Coastal Knits is available for pre-order! Such pretty patterns. Can't wait for this to arrive in my mailbox!

- Brooklyn Tweed's fall 2011 patterns are out! I absolutely love Tinder -- it looks so cozy.

- Loopy Yarns had a 6th anniversary party last Sunday, and I picked up some very intriguing Imperial Stock Ranch 2-ply pencil roving in a beautiful shade called wild iris.
It's very soft and lofty, and it will be interesting to knit, as it's unspun. This yarn is earmarked for the Pembroke Wrap from the latest issue of Interweave Knits.

- I concocted a new ice cream recipe in honor of the lovely autumn days:

pumpkin spice ice cream

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. pumpkin butter
1.25 C. half and half
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, or to taste (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker (I use a basic Cuisinart ice cream maker and run it for 18-20 min.). Transfer to an airtight container and put in the freezer to harden, at least 3 hours (even longer is better).

P.S. Sorry to be so slow at replying to comments lately... it has been a little hectic around here. 


cauchy09 said...

wow, your ice cream sounds quite lovely! i'll try the recipe once i give up on summer ever coming back.

and, boy, am i ever in love with Jared's new patterns. i wanted to quit my job and knit all day when the email newsletter came in last week. oy.

weriem said...

Lovely selection of new project! Fall is not so bad finally ;)

barefootrooster said...

that ice cream sounds amazing. and i'm also in love with tinder! (and so sorry to hear about the car trouble. i also had a rough car week about 2 weeks ago. seems to be going around. hope it isn't too expensive!) happy fall.

Gigi said...

Well, you certainly do have a lot going on at the moment! Moving is such a chore, isn't it? Being in flux with your home is just downright unsettling.
That's a beautiful little sweater -- wonderful choice of color and the pattern is lovely -- lucky baby!

Kara said...

Sorry to hear about your Jeep!

The baby sweater is really darling. And those new Brookly Tweed patterns are fabulous.

marycatharine said...

Sounds like you're busy! That yarn looks very interesting, you'll have to let us know how it knits up. Hope the move goes well.

Mia said...

I thought your Jeep was fairly new? Hope it is covered.

I love the color of the yarn in the baby sweater.

I like Pembroke but would switch out the yarn for a different weight I think. But than I tend to do that.

And I am going to challenge you to make a ice cream recipe using no dairy. Yes, no milk or milk product. Look at alternative "milks" like coconut and soy or almond or hemp. A clue though - coconut milk has more fat and tastes smoother. And I know you can do it! Well after the move.

Shan said...

Anything pumpkin is fine by me. I don't have an ice cream maker but surely I can borrow one...thanks for the recipe!

Beautiful iris yarn.

nicole said...

Sorry to hear about your jeep. That sucks. Luckily you have a beautiful FO, lovely yarn and delish ice cream to console you.

Rue said...

I hope you were able to stay safe when the jeep broke down. That must have been a scary experience. What a day!

The baby sweater is adorable! I took a look at the specs and it would fit tadpole with about 2 inches of positive ease right now. She's almost 7 months old so the sizing is spot on.

I can't wait to see the imperial stock roving knit up. I've got some of their combed top in the spinning stash that I'm looking forward to using.

Katie M. said...

So many nice things, all in one post! I hope your Jeep has recovered and packing is moving along as it should. Happy fall!

Carrie#K said...

That baby sweater is so cute!! The ice cream looks delicious. YUM.

No worries on the comments front! Every time I think I have time, something crazy urgent comes up.

Chris said...

Very cute baby sweater!

I hope you have your Jeep back by now...