Wednesday, November 28, 2007

When All Else Fails...

...bake brownies!

I sprinkled some peppermint crunchies on half the pan when they came out of the oven--they melted a little so they stick to the brownie and crunch when you chew them!

These have big chunks of chocolate as well.

When life gets tough, the tough turn to chocolate. More fattening than shopping, but cheaper. There was a special shopping night at one of my favorite stores tonight, but I opted to stay home with the brownies. I think it was probably a good decision!

Today was a knitting day, and I actually have found that I can knit, oh, about four rows, before my sore shoulder starts screaming. I started this Faroese-style shawl last night while watching "my" shows--I am shamelessly addicted to Dancing With the Stars and The Biggest Loser, and they are great knitting TV.

Anyway, details: this pattern is from a 2004 issue of Cast On; I'm doing it, not in the Lion Brand Homespun called for, but in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in pale pink--one of my "steals" from the Pink Porch sale last summer. You will notice one of my biggest aggravations with this yarn: the balls disintegrate and I find myself knitting from a tangled mass of soft pink fluff. Yes, it is incredibly soft. The color is actually pretty true in these photos.

Since I have 5 skeins of this color, I'm hoping it will be enough to make a decent-sized shawl. This one is for a dear friend who's undergoing chemo for a recurrence of lymphoma. If you have any spare prayers, good thoughts, good wishes, and good vibes, please send them out to her.


I have 5 more skeins of this yarn in a deep purple. So there might be another one of these in my queue before too much longer. It's a relatively simple pattern--should finish up with 11 repeats of the arrowhead lace in the center panel. I'm pleased that I'm able to work this without too much trouble, since it had me defeated a couple of weeks ago. Something about all the hot dusty winds we've been experiencing and my allergies flaring up--not a good combo for my lace-knitting mojo. At least, the inspiration and motivation are here in full force. Now if we can just get the shoulder to cooperate, we'll be in business!


Taphophile said...

The shawl is gorgeous - that yarn must be really soft and slippy. And 50-75% off! Have you tried a yarn bra? I put mine disintegrating balls in the bottom of an old stocking (that just sounds rude) but there are actual things for sale called yarn bras. They help hold it in place.

mary said...

Yummy brownies! Glad you used the peppermint crunchies after all.

Madge said...

Tom and I snarfed our peppermint brownies right up last night, too. Yum. Did the peppermint crunchies taste like peppermint? They sure are festive.

Lovely photos of your love shawl. The pairing of yarn with the pattern is spot on, even if the yarn turns itself inside out in the process. (yarn barf? how about yarn evisceration? ewww)

So bummed about your shoulder still hurting. Hope it heals soon. *hugs*

Sheepish Annie said...

Got a little distracted by those brownies...I almost missed the pretty knitting!!

DPUTiger said...

Would it help to wind the DB into center-pull balls and have them live in zippy bags while you knit?

Thanks for reminding me about brownies. I have a Knitting Day scheduled tomorrow at a friend's house and was supposed to bring cookies. My "famous" peppermint brownies may be easier!