Syrma on the loose

One of the people in my knitting group test knitted a shawl a while ago – Syrma by Cailliau Berangere / L’île aux fils. When Christina showed it to us, everyone gasped and exclaimed we wanted to make that too (which isn’t a weird thing, as Christina’s projects are always amazing! She has the greatest taste in colors and patterns.).

So, our first KAL was born!

I had a hard time choosing colors, but ended up with Madelinetosh Sock in Jade, which I had fallen in love with and impulsively purchased only months ago. That’s a very quick in-and-out-of-the-stash for me, considering that I didn’t buy it with a specific intention to start with!

Syrma is a fun shawl with very pretty details, which makes sure you aren’t getting bored. However, you also need to keep on your toes – stitch counts are important, else the “stars” won’t align correctly and it will look odd. I got a hang of that quite quickly, but it only happened after some moments of puzzlement and tinking back.

Getting towards the end, I could see that my 2 skeins of yarn might not be enough for the whole shawl as stated… Christina used approximately 1,8 skeins, so I had thought that I (knowing I knit loosely) would have enough, if not plenty, in 2 whole skeins.

Ehm – think again?
This is the photo I posted on Instagram Sunday morning:

The garter stitch edge is supposed to be 20 rows in total.

I made it 7 rows :D

(Technically, that means I actually didn’t win yarn chicken this time around. But considering that I had yarn enough to bind off without having to tink back a row first, I considered this a win!)

Fast forward to a couple of days later, when I in the morning put out the shawl to block.
I was laughing out loud – no wonder I ran out of yarn on the way! Can anyone say “giganormous shawl”?

Before blocking, it was a generous 150 cm in wingspan, and 58 cm deep at the center point.
When I pinned it out, it suddenly became 204 cm x 76 cm.
Compare that to the measurements in the pattern: 175 cm x  66 cm.

Syrma

Oops. I guess I know why I ran out of yarn :D
I know I’m a loose knitter, and this just proves it once more. I didn’t bother to check my gauge either, so it’s good I had plenty of yarn ;)

In any case, I love this shawl, and I love the gradual increasing of the little star pattern stitch. It’s perfect to wrap yourself in, warm and soft and cozy!

Syrma

Syrma

Check out my project page on Ravelry for more info and pics.

Edible knitting – a knitted cake

This website being “Knitter’s Kitchen” – there ought to be a blog post about something edible once in a while, right?

Well, the past weekend I made something edible: An apple pie with knitting on top.

I had seen a project on Ravelry a long while ago of someone making a knitted bread (link only works with a Ravelry profile, I’m afraid – those are the settings by the user who posted it!), and had determined I wanted to try this out.

Let me just say that cake dough (based on butter, mainly) is not the most easy material to work with! Sticky and quickly softening, I soon abandoned the knitting needles I had planned on using, and started out just laying the “yarn” in the right shapes on the kitchen counter. Having done that, then trying to transfer that onto the pie, was really not a good idea… It all fell apart.

I ended up “knitting” it by hand directly on the cake, trying to connect bits and pieces of dough strips of around 10 cm / 4 inches. A little bit fiddly, as the cake tin I was using was taller than the cake itself, so there wasn’t much room to work on. I didn’t want to make a full portion apple pie, as it would just be me eating it, and a whole cake is, well, a little bit much… So I used a ring that can be adjusted in size, and set it to the minimum size possible (about 16 cm / 6.5 inches in diameter).
I think it turned out pretty well anyway!

Knitted cake

With some egg wash and baked, the worst flaws evened out a bit. Still a bit wonky – but pretty good for a first try, if I may say so myself – and after having been fiddling with that dough for a full hour ;)

Knitted cake

Knitted cake

Pretty, innit? Also on the inside :)

Knitted cake

Knitted Cake

The apple pie recipe I used is the one my mom always makes – I put that recipe on the blog a couple of years ago: Apple cake recipe (on demu.dk). I made a full portion of the crust, but didn’t use all for this cake – also, I didn’t make a full portion of the filling. I used 2 quite big apples, a little handful of raisins, and a little handful of almonds.

Are you giving this a try as well? Please do! And show some pictures :)

Incidentally, I saw on Ravelry this weekend that someone else made an apple pie with a knitted crust a couple of years ago. This is her project page on Ravelry, it’s pretty cool!

Papyrus – a fun cowl

Approximately mid December, I finished a seldom knit which was not my own design – the Papyrus cowl by Lili Comme Tout.

 

I had my eyes on this one for a while, hoping to see more color combinations arise. As it was a club pattern from the (Vi)laines yarn club, I also had to wait for it to become available for me.

My reason for knitting this? I needed a quick cowl to match my winter coat. I’ve been talking a lot about this coat and things that should match it, without me really doing anything about it. This is partly due to it being quite hard to match something to it, as it has a quite distinct burgundy color, and partly due to it actually being too warm to wear accessories with! On the one hand that’s awesome, on the other hand I don’t really get to use any scarves, shawls and cowls at the moment.

But hey – I had this gorgeous skein of Lioness Arts Silky DK in the color “Dark Rose” (a one of a kind color), and I still had a bit of dark grey Swans Island Organic DK left after doing my Moraine cardigan. I could whip this baby up in no time!

It took me 4 days – mostly because the flowers pattern is very addictive. It’s worked over 6 rows, which makes it very easy to say “hey, let me just do one more round right now to finish this repeat…” – that’s like crack for me! Want more details and see where you can get the pattern? Go to my project page on Ravelry.

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