Monday, May 30, 2011

A quick update

I have been really busy just lately. I went away to a motorbike club 40th anniversary a couple of weeks back and caught up with some people I hadn't seen in decades, then came back to a lot of work to catch up on.

I took some panforte and Italian almond cookies with me as a gift for the friends I stayed with:

The cookies are sort of an Italian version of macaroons. They are just meringue with quite a lot of ground almonds mixed in, whole almonds pressed into the tops, then baked until hard and dry.

I finished my Aran sweater just after I got back …

… and then started designing the next project …

… which is to be a Fair Isle cardigan. I cast on the stitches yesterday and have done the bottom ribbing and half the first pattern band. I planned the design on an iPad app called RectPaint. It's supposed to be for small children to draw blocky pictures with but works quite well for Fair Isle - I just wish it had more, and variable, colours. I had to design it in horrible colours then import the resulting graphics into Gimp so I could replace them with the colours of the wool. I am sorely tempted to have a go at writing an app to design Fair Isle with myself.

I have done a little bit of cooking, and have photos which I MUST get around to posting about - including some new shoes!


  1. Love your FO in the knitted cables!

    Show me those shoes!

  2. Glad you're back, Bronwyn! Even if you're just posting about knitting, please keep it up. Hope you're nice and cozy this winter in your new jumper.

  3. Heh, I'm actually planning a post about ironing, would you believe!