Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The giant cowl

pattern: XO UO Cowl from knitlit kate --pattern here
yarn: Berroco hip hop in "Tonio" (2 skeins)
needles: US #17

Another great pattern from Kate over at Knit Lit, and an uber-quick knit to boot.
We did our usual weekend-at-bar-to-see-a-band schtick Saturday night and when we got home around 12:30am I was still feeling kind of wired, so I decided to cast on for it before going to bed. I guess I knit about 5 rows before I couldn't hold my head up any longer and then dragged myself off to bed. The next morning I got up for our usual breakfast-on-the-chesterfield-in-front-of-Coronation-street (yes we are clearly creatures of habit...) and voila--it was done lickety split and I was able to wear it out that afternoon!

It definitely is gigantic, and not really a colourway that I'd normally choose for myself (though I am trying to branch out...) but it's kind of growing on me. Plus it's easy enough to loop and still have it be a giant cowl. I've already gotten lots of compliments on it.

And I'm thinking I might do one with some of the new yarn I bought on the weekend,

Right now I'm kinda feeling like I may never get back to any "old" projects.

And speaking of new projects and yarn I just picked up(she says as ANOTHER box of yarn from Elann arrives at her desk THIS MORNING --for the Twinkle Biker Vest) --god help me! I figured I'd give still another Twinkle pattern a whirl, the Skating Sweater since other people appear to be having success just using the lionbrand thick n quick.

But enough of that for now. My other latest obsession is baked goods made of tea! Everytime we're in New York I insist on going to Panya which is a great Japanese bakery in St. Mark's. Lots of good stuff there, but my favourite by far is the "green tea cake" which is kind of like a green tea flavoured pound cake. I've been on the hunt for the perfect recipe, which has *also* led me down the path of trying other tea-related baked goods, one of which I just made this weekend.

Earl Grey tea cake

If you like loaf-type cakes, give this one a whirl. I got the recipe here from Super Eggplant and it was de-lish. The glaze is kinda runny, but after a day of soaking it up in the fridge it was just that much better--also, don't be afraid to use 6 or 7 bags of Twinnings Earl Grey.

Two post in two days?! bet you just died of shock!


whistlepeaknits said...

Oooh, looks yummy. I'll have to give it a go. Although the oatmeal cookies I made last night were pathetic and made me doubt my previously solid baking abilities.

Macoco said...

That is a seriously cool cowl! I like those colors all working together.

Sarah said...

Can't keep up with you! Great cowl and that cake looks and sounds heavenly!

Good luck with the new yarns - the Cocoon looks lovely.

Lolly said...

I love the big cowl - very dramatic and spices up any outfit. It looks great both ways too :)

That Skating Sweater is cute... I will enjoy seeing your progress!

Julia said...

You look so purdy in those pix! D'ya think you'll make it to any yarn shops in TO on the weekend? Be forewarned: Romni (ie: yarn store so big you can get lost for days) is having a sale - yipes!

Reckless Glue said...

oh god a romni sale would probably kill me at this point...
I don't think we're actually making it into Toronto tho...the 5 hours to Casino rama may be enough driving for me. But sometime we'll have to come down and you and I can yarn crawl!

knitlit kate said...

hey the cowl looks fab! thanks for the plug. i've been wearing mine looped, too. yours looks great on you!

Virtuous said...

That cowl is huge! But I love the hip-hop yarn!

How do you like Twinkle patterns? I heard they are poorly written.
BUT I do want to try her chunky yarn in that bright red....of course the LYS that carried it didn't hae the colorway **pfft**

Can't wait to see more of your "new" projects! :o)