We had our first intense heat wave (by Michigan standards) in May, right after we discovered our (new) air conditioner was broken. A very long, and familiar, story short, we're waiting for our landlord to get it out and fixed. Buuut, we learned some pretty amazing heat-proofing tricks that will definitely come in handy over the next few stormy days.
Knitting has been a struggle. One of my formal summer goals (I have a list!) was to knit as many projects as possible and finally accomplish some of the ideas I brew up during the semesters. So far I've:
- knit my first shoulder bag, learned to block, stitch, and make I-Chords
- learned the wonders of t-shirt yarn and significantly added color and texture to my stash (all while cleaning the closet, another summer goal!)
- knit Nick a winter hat with my first ball of Malabrigo Yarn (love, love, love their yarn, 300+ colors, and business)
- created a list of baby hat ideas that I think will be really easy but creative and adorable
- dug into the good stuff and began my next bag (pour moi!) with some of the yarn I've been saving
One in particular, 'Iceland', is an amazingly soft, off-white yarn from my favorite shop. 100% wool and loosely spun, the 250 yard skein wound up to a little smaller than my head! It was like a big, fluffy snowball. A big, fluffy snowball that make my hands sweat like crazy in this heat.
Really bad photo courtesy of Photo Booth. The tan is my favorite yarn by Lion Brand, a super soft cotton, this one in 'khaki.' The dark gray stripe is really slate/dark navy, depending on the light, and is the most interesting yarn I've ever knit with! Because of intentional uneven tension, the gauge varies from 5 to 3 st/in and creates an amazing texture. I can't wait to see how this bag turns out!
In the cooking news (cooking? huh?), a fellow dietetics major (now graduated) has created a great cooking blog and asked me to be a guest blogger! I have a few recipes rolling around... I'm leaning toward a nice summer salad with a homemade dressing (test run at a housewarming party went ok, I think?), salmon with my honey-garlic-soy glaze, and some type of wild rice. My favorite summer meal. Her blog is over at Michelle's Kitchen, a must-see.
More on that to come! Get hungry!