Saturday, October 20, 2007

Oh what a beautiful day!

It's one of those rare occasions when I have the house all to myself. (No, I'm not knitting in my underwear, but I could if I wanted to!) The temp is in the mid 70's and all the windows are wide open. I have a pork roast in the crock pot, and a fresh apple caramel cake * in the oven. (I'll bring it to Knitch tomorrow.) There's a chill in the air at night, and I've pulled out the flannel sheets. It's one week 'til SAFF, and I finished my sweater last night. YAY!


The neck opening is a bit larger than I would have liked, but all in all, I like the way it fits. Now I have to find something else to work on. I have several UFO's lying around, but none of them are calling to me right now. I'm thinking I may knit an entrelac vest, or knit and felt a backpack. I've sort of been mulling some pattern ideas around in my head, but nothing on paper yet. Gotta start something soon so I'll have a project to work on at SAFF.

I joined the Alice Starmore group on Ravelry, and immediately zipped on over to Amazon and bought two of her books. (Fishermen's Sweaters, and The Celtic Collection; I think they're the only two that are still in print!) I REALLY want her Aran Knitting book. I've seen some of the sweaters that were knit from patterns in that book, and they are freakin' BEAUTIFUL!!!! I think I may be able to get my hands on a copy to borrow, and I'll just memorize all the things I want to knit for future reference. (yeah, right)

Well, the cake's out of the oven, and I have to go put the caramel glaze on it while it's still warm. Then I'm gonna go enjoy the few hours of quiet I have left, and catch up on some TV shows I missed this past week. (Anyone see Pushing Daisies last week on ABC? There was male knitting content!) For all those folks knitting at Knitch tomorrow, I'll see you there!

*The cake was good, but next time I think I will try 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup applesauce to cut the fat content.

12 comments:

evilsciencechick said...

gorgeous! you did a great job!

also: hooray for caramel apple cake!

Hockey Mom said...

It is beautiful! Dude,impressive, most impressive.

I will have to leave around 12:30 tomorrow, so I will miss the caramel apple cake. Bring the recipe,k? I'm be your BFF!

Jane said...

Wow, that is fabulous! Congratulations. Sorry I'll miss your apple cake tomorrow.

Mouse said...

Wow.. what a great sweater Steve! Caramel apple cake sounds awesome.. you'll have to post the recipe sometime on your blog if its not a super secret type thing. Have a great time at SAFF!!

Claudia said...

Yes, another handsome sweater in your collection of hand-knitted manly sweater. You look very dashing. I am sitting in front of the fireplace in the cabin, the air is chilly and the leaves are turning. YAY for fall - and dangit, I am going to miss the apple cake.

Joanne said...

Hey, Steve, the sweater looks awesome! Have a good time at SAFF.

Here in south Denver we woke up to lots of snow, cold and wind. I'm putting a log in the fireplace today, knitting and watching hockey. (Pics on my blog tomorrow).

You might be able to get a copy of the Aran sweater book through your library, or through inter-library loan. Also check out Starmore's 'Sweaters For Men' book. You might like that.

You should post your recipe on your blog... *hint* *hint* !!

KnitWit said...

I'll say it again. That sweater is beautiful! You did such a good job on it. I think you should show a picture of the inside too. So neat! Glad you had some alone time. Sounds like you needed it! The cake was a big hit today. I was the cutter and many folks came back for seconds. Yummy!

Diana T. said...

Hey, your sweater is fab and looks great on you. (I'm only pouting a little about missing the cake.) Hope to see you Tuesday, or if not...at SAFF!

The Chickengoddess said...

Wow, that sweater is wonderful! And it looks great on you! Sorry I haven't been around, but enjoy SAFF and the weekend after I'll bring a few books for you to peruse. Like Aran Knitting. Meanwhile, cast on the Hemlock Ring. That's great trip knitting.

The Yarn Doctor said...

Love the sweater dude!
Too bad I didn't get to try any of the cake...maybe next time.
SAFF is getting closer....I'm psyched.

Paul said...

The sweater is terrific! Excellent job!

Turtle said...

Beautiful sweater!