100x simple

First off, I did not make those yarn cakes.  But, I seriously can't wait until my swift arrives so that I can.  I keep tracking (stalking) the package!
Second.  I am in LOVE with this yarn.  Seriously in love.
One morning while knitting with some friends, my friend Linda, pulled out her 100x simple cowl.  A few of us instantly fell in love and were immediately on the phone ordering yarn.  This is some of the most incredible yarn! Light and lofty and no two skeins are alike.  So, each of our cowls will be different.  When ordering, we explained to the woman on the phone the colors we liked.  She text us photos of some skeins.  We each put 4 choices together.  We ordered.  She shipped.  Before we knew it, we all had 100x simple cowls on the needles!
I decided to keep this project stashed in this bag and keep it in the car.  (Mostly... It may come out for movies.)  It requires absolutely no thought and can be worked on while waiting for Andrew to be picked up.  Or traffic to move.  Or the light to turn green.

Happy weekend, Friends!

the story of the tie-dye cake

Libby and her girlfriends made a tie-dye cake when she was home and it turned out great.  It's not that it was that delicious, but it was really a lot of fun to look at.  The colors were super vibrant and beautiful.  I had it on my instagram story and received several comments on how to make one.  SO, I put together a little tie-dye cake story here. :)
I used a white cake mix and divided it into 6 cups.  Used food coloring to tint the batter.
Poured each color into a 6" cake pan.
Repeated 2 more times!
Layered and decorated.  (I think I should take a cake decorating class.)
The colors are not as vibrant and I am sure it is because I did not use as much food coloring.
I think I could have been neater when filling the cake pans to look less like a project my kids would have made when they were younger!
Anyhow, it was really a fun cake to make AND eat!  And in the end... it's really all about the frosting.

a few things

Oh dear.  My head is spinning with projects and things I want to make.  Complete A.D.D.  It's okay.  I am in touch with how this usually happens to me at the beginning of a new year.  Over the next week or two, I'm going to try to organize it in this space.  
I'll also be waiting for my first swift and winder to arrive.  Yep, my very first.   I like rolling balls of yarn.  But, I also love yarn cakes.  There truly is something completely and utterly delicious about a yarn cake.

her second sock

Well, my Libby will be headed back to Boulder for her second semester on Saturday.  Oh, how I loved this winter break.  It truly is such a joy to see your children grow.
I finished her second sock and am so grateful that she loves them so much.  She pledged Delta Gamma in the fall and pink and blue are the sorority colors.  I am so grateful my kids love their hand knits... and like I said, this hand knit is a dream to take care of.  Machine wash and dry.  Perfect for college kids!
And how cute are these jeans?!  We bought them at Francesca's but I think they would be fun to make.  You probably just need a little bit of patience with all that fraying.

Pattern:  Home Ankle Socks
Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool Ease, 1 ball or 2 balls for contrasting
Needles:  Size 5

second sock

I'll be sending Charlie back to OSU on Sunday.  I am so bummed this break is almost over for him.  Honestly, I can't believe how quickly time goes.  I mean, it's already the 5th of January!
I finished Charlie's second sock.  And I can honestly say, I love making these ankle socks.  Super quick.  And the fact that the college kids can throw them in the wash with let's say, their jeans?  Or towels?  Or sheets?  Or any of the laundry? BONUS!

Pattern:  Home Ankle Socks
Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool Ease, 1 ball, or 2 balls for contrasting
Needles:  Size 5

a year full of love

Cheers to a New Year sweet friends!  I'm wishing you a year full of health and happiness with A LOT of knitting sprinkled in your days.
xx,
leslie

our made gifts

As I mentioned, for our family gift giving, I decided to throw our five names into a hat.  Each person choosing one name.  One name, one handmade gift.  
Apparently my family has a thing for sticks.  I didn't get the memo.  
To:  Me
Love:  Charlie
I am in love with this gift.  And the word Charlie chose to paint.  Stay.  It really is a wonderful word.
To:  Andrew
Love:  Libby
*To hang next to his American Flag.  
To:  Charlie
Love:  Andrew
*It's a music note, of course.
To:  Libby
Love:  Steve