Dishcloths Galore!

Last week, I finished the second of two Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarves.  Molly Weasley would have been proud, if I do say so myself.  The scarves were delivered on Friday and there were two very happy Gryffindors who got to wear them.  They sent me an adorable video thank you over Facebook, and it truly made my weekend.

Year 1-2, left, and Year 3-4, right
Year 1-2, left, and Year 3-4, right

After finishing these scarves, which had been on my needles for almost two months, I turned my focus to projects that will give me immediate satisfaction and completion – dishcloths.  From the quick results to the fact that they are just so darn functional, dishcloths are a great project.  I also love the bright colours of the yarns – surprise, surprise right?

I got three dishcloths knit this weekend: The Aunt May Dishcloth, The Right Angles Dishcloth, and a Feather and Fan dishcloth, pattern from the ball band of an old ball of Bernat cotton yarn.  I love the angles and the unique textures that the first two patterns give, and the feather and fan, I knit simply because the pattern was conveniently close when I was ready to cast on!

Feather & Fan, Right Angles, and Aunt May
Feather & Fan, Right Angles, and Aunt May

I will be making a big, grown up decision in the next day or two.  If all goes to plan, these cloths will come in handy.  More details next week, knitting friends.

Decorating Your Cake, and Eating It Too!

Yeah, I’ll drop all presences and state unequivocally that I enjoy decorated cakes and cupcakes largely so that I can enjoy the fruits of my labour.  Yes, with knitting, I get to wear the finished product, but with cakes, I get to EAT said products!  …I have a major sweet tooth…

My parents hosted Easter dinner this past Saturday, and for dessert, I made my go-to dessert, cupcakes.  A few years ago, I made mini cupcakes, each topped with a few Mini Eggs for a spring/Easter look.

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2013’s Easter cupcakes, complete with chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies

I didn’t alter 2013’s cupcakes too much for this year, again keeping with a spring theme, topping each cupcake with grass and flowers.  Wilton also sells these fun cupcake wrappers which make the cupcakes look even fancier than they are, and the white picket fence was the perfect way to finish my floral garden cupcakes.

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2015’s Springtime cupcakes

They tasted pretty good too.

Because of the Easter weekend and because April is shaping up to be a busy month at work, I am right now on day 4 of 5 days off in a row, so I have also got a lot of knitting done! I am more than halfway done my second Gryffindor scarf, I finished my ‘camouflage’ socks, and I have finished the leg to my self-striping turtle toes socks.  Lots to keep me busy!

How can you even see my toes with the camouflage yarn?!  Nice warm toes in nice warm socks
How can you even see my toes with the camouflage yarn?! Nice warm toes in nice warm socks

Mrs. Weasley Must Have A Spell For Knitting…

…after all, she did knit anywhere between 5-10 jumpers as Christmas presents!

A spell for knitting would be lovely for projects like scarves, long and repetitive projects.  Please don’t get me wrong, I love them, and I love seeing a scarf take shape, but impatient me always wants projects like this to knit up faster!

A few weeks back, I cast on a Gryffindor scarf; the pattern is from Alison Hansel’s Charmed Knits, which really is a lovely book filled with lots of sweaters and projects inspired by either the Harry Potter movies or the magical books they are based on.  The book has two patterns for scarfs, a simple block stripe pattern seen in Philosopher’s Stone, and thin stripe pattern as seen in Prisoner of Azkaban.  I am making one of each for my dear friend’s children, in Gryffindor colours.  I started the Year 3-4 scarf first, and it’s slowly growing in length.  These scarves will be the focus of my knitting for some time now, and I know the perfect thing to read while knitting them

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Perfect chance to re-read for the 394th time!