I come from a long line of coffee drinkers and love the daily routine of having that first cup in the morning. I do like my coffee regular and being on the East Coast, that means cream & sugar. I have never been big on stirring my coffee, unless I’m out at a diner. Growing up I do not remember seeing either of my parents stir their coffee (or tea) after adding anything to it.

My husband is a different story – he wants to prevent any sort of sugar sludge, even though he doesn’t put enough in to create the sugar sludge. Every morning, this is seen in my kitchen.
Frequently there is also a paper towel folded up underneath. I can appreciate the paper towel underneath to catch the one or two drops of coffee from the spoon, but really? It is wasteful. Without it though, that glass cutting board / work area catches the drips and it is a pain in the neck to clean. Seriously – I happened to notice it one day and tried to clean it and ended up breaking out the baking soda and elbow grease and was at it for 15 minutes! Ick. What is a knitter to do? Make a coaster.

Super quick and the pattern is one of many found here. I have started another one to have a back up, and I may do one more in a non-bumpy cotton yarn, just because I am sure I have scraps to use up.

Spoon Coaster
Now the trick will be to remember to use it!

Two done!

Last week I professed my love of Malabrigo. The picture I had included:
Silky Malabrigo in progress
grew up into this:
Pattern: Chandra by Caryl Pierre
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky, “Cloudy Sky” – 2.7 skeins used to make the Large size.
I LOVE this shawl! When the knitting was done I immediately wrapped myself up under it and was smitten. Lightweight and warm. Almost makes me glad that there is a chill in the spring air so that I have a reason to wear this.

I stumbled across this little sun hat pattern last week too. A little stash diving led me to some Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton (bought when I was pregnant with the Lorax, originally intended to become a hat for her). I really am pleased with the end result – it worked up quick, is really soft and should be quite cute for a summer baby of unknown gender. Picture a cute baby under the hat instead of an antsy dachshund only giving me blurry photos.
Baby Bucket Hat
Maybe Jackson needs a refresher in how to be a hat model.


Someone picked up a sweater for the Lorax at a recent school bazaar. The thought was lovely, but this sweater? So not for the Lorax, style-wise or size-wise.

To Be Undone
She ran away from it, so I don’t even have a real idea of what it would look like on her. But it’s wide. And there’s a bit of floofy collar.

To Be Undone
If I could get it on me, it would be a elbow-length crop top.

Cotton yarn, obviously handknit. I set about to take it apart and find a way to reuse the yarn. This is the first time I have undone a sweater like this. I actually felt quite a bit of guilt in frogging this – some other knitter somewhere put in their time and energy to make a gift (which the owners ended up giving away). I think that in the end, the knitter would see it as for the best that another knitter got a hold of the sweater and was able to reuse the yarn. It was a great project to have around the Lorax – I could pick it up and put it down as needed. (Side note: I also feel bad when I see books at the consignment shop / used book store that have inscriptions “To Timmy on your 5th birthday – our pokey little puppy” or something like that. While I’m all for clearing out space and giving books I don’t read to libraries / shops / etc. – if it’s got an inscription, I can’t get rid of it! You would think then that I would be sure to write an inscription in any books I give as gifts – and sad to say, I don’t. I should work on that.)

So now I have this cotton to “upcycle”. I am thinking about reusing it in a garment for the Lorax or even just washcloths.