Elf Booties

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I’ve wanted to make these booties for years. They’re a free Ravelry download and an enjoyable pattern.

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After felting I sewed non-slip suede bottoms to keep them extra warm. Now Josh and I have elf booties to keep our feet toasty this New England winter!

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One pair of booties took two wash cycles to felt while the other took three. Lamb’s Pride consistently felts well and Noro just felts up beautifully.

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Living abroad meant I had to downsize my needle collection so I didn’t have 6.5mm double pointed needles needed to make gauge. I decided to treat myself and bought these wooden metal tipped needles. They are a joy to work with.

Last month my friend Helen came to visit! She took us to an art and protest parade and we took her on a tour of Harvard. One huge perk of being Stateside again is seeing old friends.

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Name: Elf Booties
Pattern Source: Ravelry
Craft: Knitting, Felting
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, Lamb’s Pride Worsted
Needle Size: US 10.5/6.5 mm
Size: Custom

Birthday Knucks

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Josh and I have spent the summer and fall back in the States visiting friends and family. These Knucks were made for his sister’s birthday. They fit her great and now that the weather is cooler she wears them often.

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The yarn is from Josh’s wonderful gift of yarns he brought me back from Norway and Iceland. The pattern is Knucks from Knitty and may be the pattern I’ve knit most.

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Fingerless gloves make a great gift and don’t take too long to knit up.

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Name: Birthday Knucks
Pattern Source: Knucks
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Trysil Garn Labbetuss Raggegarn
Needle Size: US 4/3.5 mm
Size: Women

Lotus Flowers

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Now that we’re back in the States I have time to knit again. My long term lotus flowers project reached a milestone. I’ve completed knitting the petals and have 149. Next up will be finding a lotus leaf pattern. I may tweak an existing pattern, much like I did with the petals.

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Eventually I’ll sew these all together in various groupings and they’ll float on a blue knit afghan. But first I’m working through my knitting stash. The yarn I currently have traveled with me to and back from Taiwan! This lotus project was inspired by the beautiful lotus ponds I frequently saw there.

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One thing I missed while overseas was having a full sized oven. I’m back to gluten free baking. The above chocolate chip cherry biscottis were delicious.

Solstice Hat

Our Australian vacation took place in August which meant we’d experience winter temperatures. I decided Josh needed a new hat for the trip. Alas, Floyd didn’t get a new outfit but I’ll be sprucing him and Hazel up for our book release party next month. (Pre-order Formosa Moon here!)

My best friend Kelly and I designed the pattern back when we were living in Portland. She still knits versions of this hat without a written pattern while I follow my notes and tweak the pattern every time. We both make the hat long enough that the tail can be used as a scarf.

When Josh and I moved to Taiwan I brought my beloved Noro yarn with me as I couldn’t bear to part with it. Knitting with Noro is always a delight. This is the colorway’s natural variation.

The tassel is my favorite part of the hat. I like to make them long and chunky.

A work in progress shot to show the beautiful color pattern.

Name: Solstice Hat
Pattern Source: Me, Kelly
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Noro Kureyon-#233, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted-Kiwi
Needles: US 6-4.0 mm, US 7-4.5 mm
Size: Custom

Knitting, hiking, studying

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Grad school is great but  demands most of my time these days. Josh and I recently went to Maokong, one of our favorite spots to get out of the city and into nature.

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This decoration is from a tea restaurant and takes me back to my favorite PSU class-History of the Dress.

My lotus project is slowly progressing. I laid all the petals out to inspire me to keep working. After this next skein is worked out I’ll make larger petals and one day get to switch to green yarn.

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I squeezed some time and made it back to the Taiyuan Puppet Museum.

It’s so nice hanging with Kim and the puppets again! I’m helping her on making a new costume for demo purposes.

It was wonderful to take a day to focus on costume problems instead of international ones. A much needed break!

Maokong was beautiful as always and this time Josh and I joined our friend Olivia for a hike to a waterfall.

So beautiful and peaceful and only a short ride from Taipei.

On an unrelated note, I always take free tissues from people handing them out. Spare tissue is practical to carry but sometimes I get delightful surprises like this package:

These ladies feel my current mood under all this homework. Three more weeks of fall semester left!

 

Petals, Pillows and Pizza

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My flower petals are coming along. This is a long term art piece that will take months to complete. I hope to have it finished by the end of the year.

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My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum is enjoyable. I’m currently making pillows to protect the puppet heads.

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This marionette puppet now has a protective cushion in case of an earthquake. As I put the pillows in place I get to see the gorgeous collection up close which is a real treat.

Speaking of treats, there’s an abundance of delicious food in Taiwan but there’s one thing I’ve been missing-pizza. I’ve only had gluten free pizza here once, back when we were visiting Taitung. I haven’t found a place in Taipei selling it so Josh and I experimented in the kitchen. Behold the gluten free goodness!

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The crust was a mixture of white rice, potato starch and corn starch. We added enough wet ingredients until the dough was actually stretchy. It was scrumptious and completely satisfied my pizza cravings.

Silky petals, Coconut macaroons

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My petals are coming along. I’m thinking of going with five petals per flower. Toying with the idea of making bigger petals as well. The pattern is easy which let’s me listen to podcasts while knitting.

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I made my first coconut macaroons in Taiwan. Our little oven has the option of just turning the top or bottom heat on so I was able to get the tops crispy. It’s starting to get hot here so these will make a great summer treat.