Last night while watching Beetlejuice I finally got around to finishing this quick little test of the reflective yarn:

lights on

lights on

lights off, with flash

lights off, with flash

So I’m not sure how bright it will be… I had a really hard time figuring out what to make. I already have scarves that I really like, and I wear a white helmet, so a reflective hat wouldn’t really add any safety value. I figured a cuff would be visible in the summer, and I can strap it to my bag when I’m not wearing it. Fits the bag great, but its a bit small for my wrist. I really should make something to attach to the back of my bag, since thats what is most visible when I ride. This reflective stuff is odd. More like thread than yarn. Think thin but strong tinsel. I’m sort of surprised there aren’t more projects out there that use this stuff, seems like a pretty natural progression for those crafters who go out around cars at night. I think this could make some useful items for your average pedestrian as well as bikers or runners… I see some Christmas presents in my future! Any requests?

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my pumpkin friend

So, it may not have been the most productive weekend ever, but I did finally get a pumpkin to carve. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in ages… so I went pretty classic. (I’m snarling at the pumpkin, in case you can’t tell from the photo) And then toasted up the seeds… mmmmm.

We made one of the best salads ever for dinner tonight. Arugula, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes from the garden, the toasted pumpkin seeds and some walnuts and pecans that I candied with sugar and vanilla. The house smelled amazing while I was cooking up the nuts, made me think of street vendors in NYC. The salad was paired with some mashed potatoes and breaded tilapia… seriously one of the best meals we have made in a while. Its funny, I sew and knit and make things all the time, but what I’m most proud of is a really tasty dinner.

salad

salad

And about that reflective yarn- its more like thread really… I’m going to make a small cuff that I can either wear while biking or strap to my bag. We’ll see how reflective it is. I’m making it out of the recycled noro from the VNA, and basing it around Leethal Knits‘ cuffs… Her work is so amazingly colorful! I like her game knitting concept, too, especially because I often work while watching some cheesy tv show or movie. Hmmm.. a game knit hat while watching Dr. Who…. I think that would be pretty awesome.