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Cashmere Cocoon

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Meet my new go-to hat.  I finished it over the holiday break while visiting my family in California (oh glorious CA weather, how I miss thee!), but it was started at least a year ago, maybe two.  While doing a spirited clean-up of my knitting basket, which is essentially a messy pile of yarn, abandoned projects and random objects, I came across two inches of ribbing on a circular needle and remembered starting this hat in the long-forgotten past.  

*Also, I really have hyphens on the brain, since I just used them three times in the last paragraph.  Mr. A has been doing a lot of work-related writing (hyphen alert!!) and has been obsessing about proper use of hyphens recently.*

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The pattern is Cocoon, provided free on Ravelry by the designer, who has many other wonderful patterns here.  It’s an absolutely perfect pattern, just the right amount of slouch, knit with chunky yarn, very cool and clever decreases, and excellent for gifts.  Sometimes it’s a struggle for me to find knits that toe the line between being stylish in a simple enough way that you aren’t screaming “this is handknit!” but is still enjoyable to make.  Not that I’m against screaming “handknit” at everyone who walks down the street, but I think you get my point.

Unsurprisingly, the yarn is quite glorious. I used a skein of handspun 100% cashmere from Lotus Yarns – someday the label will probably resurface, but until it does, I’m pretty sure it’s this one.  It’s buttery soft, incredibly warm, and the black/white marl is on point.  It was a total beast to do a tubular cast-on with, since the marl and the thick/thin nature of the yarn makes it difficult to see, but it was worth the hassle.  I also had quite a bit of trouble getting it to knit densely enough for my taste (again, the thick/thin aspect was to blame, in addition to my reputation as a loose knitter) and I have a smallish head and I like my hats to fit firmly at the brim, so I went down to US 6 and 7 (the pattern calls for US 8 and 9).  

I realize now that I have no shots of the hat in detail, but honestly, with the marl it’s pretty impossible to see the cleverness of the pattern.  

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These photos are all pre-work selfies on my iPhone, and I although I figured the light was good enough to warrant skipping the fancy camera, the quality is definitely not the same.  I’m not entirely sure, but I assume that the selfie side of the camera is lower quality than the other side, but I wasn’t about to set up a tripod to take pictures of myself while students were walking to campus.  I mean, I’m ok being a weirdo in general, but that crosses the the line.  I’ll be back with higher quality photos next time.  

 

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Episode 9 (and a half): The Great Stress

SHOW NOTES

(book talk starts at 40:40)

Apologies for taking so long to edit this episode!

Intro

Culling my stash – possible yarn swap event! “Yarn it Forward”

Still on a short knitting hiatus

Knit to Flatter Craftsy Class with Amy Herzog

On the Needles

Old Romance by Joji Locatelli

Cape Mod from Sew-Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

FOs

Hella Hat

from Essentially Feminine Knits by Lene Samsoe

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On Deck

Seasonless by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

Hansel and Hansel (half version) by Gudrun Johnston

Books

Finished: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Currently Reading: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

TV/Movies

More X-files, more Fringe

Bob’s Burgers

Waiting for Grimm

Libations

Watermelons are a danger to society

Watermelon – Lavender Martinis (from Self Magazine)

I would probably make the simple syrup a 1:1 ratio, half a cup sugar, half a cup water, but either version would work.  I think the watermelon juice provides extra sweetness, but most simple syrups are 1:1.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon culinary lavender buds

4 cups cubed fresh watermelon

4 ounces vodka or gin

Ice cubes

4 sprigs lavender or 4 small pansies

PREPARATION

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, buds and 1/2 cup water to a simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Cool simple syrup to room temperature; strain out and discard buds. In a blender, process melon until smooth. Strain; reserve juice in a large pitcher; discard pulp. Add syrup, alcohol and ice; stir. Strain into 4 glasses; garnish with lavender sprigs.

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