FO: Clap-oktus

I wonder, how is it that I always seem to be knitting, yet I can always find holes in my garment collection for “things that I haven’t knit for myself for”? Such is the case for scarves/shawls that are nice accessories for “wear to work” items in my closet. I immediately fell in love with this pattern, Clap-oktus, when browsing ravelry one day and knew just the yarn in my stash for it as well! (Thank you stash gods for this cake of hand-dyed Knit Picks bare in fingering weight!)

I dyed this guy last year, some time (I thought I had blogged about it, but naturally it’s one of those pictures that never got blogged about) trying to make a variegated, cloud/sky-esque yarn. Needless to say, it could have used a little more dye.

Nevertheless, I realized that this pattern would be perfect for the yarn, yarn perfect for the pattern. It was nice and simple, with a combination of basic knits and purls and the division/construction using measured weights of half the yarn made it perfect for using up ever last inch! It was amazing how it transformed from pre to post-blocking; unfortunately I didn’t get any pre-blocked pictures but here it is during blocking:

It went from being compact and closed to doubling in size as well as becoming super ethereal and airy afterwards. 

I’ve used it dozens of times since finishing and I think I’ll even want to dye a yarn especially for this pattern! I loved the finished size and the way it hangs and the way it wears, and is just oh so lovely!

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FO: Clap-oktus

Macarons!

I’ve been eyeing various macaron recipes for the longest time – probably ever since I realized how much I love the merengue-y, chewy, delicious bites they are back in college.  Unfortunately, I’d never had a mixer powerful enough to whip up egg whites well enough to create them. There are so many small variations that are seem so delightful and it’s been so tempting to make so many different ones.

Luckily, when my parents came to visit last December, my mom had remembered that I mentioned my mixer (which was the one my mom and I used as she taught me how to bake growing up) and got me a new one! I’ve been excited to try my hand at macarons but needed to wait for a free weekend to do so.

Fast forward to last weekend and I finally jumped the gun! I used this recipe from Oh Sweet Day! without the sprinkles and enjoyed it greatly with much success!

Made a template using an old scrapbooking circle cutter stencil, piped the batter and let them sit, then stuck them in the oven.

I was a bit nervous during the actual baking time since I’ve heard the “feet” part can be a bit iffy, but curiosity got the best of me and I peeked in the oven and saw this!

Feet! Success! I’ll definitely use this cookie recipe for many an occasion!

(I also had to make some Super Bowl macarons for the Seahawks. Unfortunately they did not alter the course of the game.)

Macarons!