It’s Monday at 8:00 am, do you know where your knitting is?

•March 30, 2009 • 1 Comment

Mine current project obsession is on my night stand. Because as usual, I stayed up too damned late working on it.

My obsession is from Cookie A’s book: Sock Innovation (pictured below)

Sock Innovation by Cookie A, click image for more info

Sock Innovation by Cookie A, click image for more info

I fell in love with the pattern Kai-Mei.

The one and only, Kai-Mei

The one and only, Kai-Mei

Which is now dubbed my “Destiny Sock”, as I have held onto a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy in the Happy Forest colorway since November 2008.  Thus far I have knit almost 5 inches of the leg portion, still debating if I want to knit the full 6+ inches of the leg. I think I just might. I am thinking it might throw off the asymetrical design if I make the leg too short.

The beginning of kai-mei

The beginning of kai-mei

I’ll be updating you all to where I am in my progression of my sock. If I need breaks from the pattern I’ll be posting pictures of a colourwork sock I am designing.

Off I go to work…hopefully I can keep my mind on it and not on my socks lol.

New pics of Miss Gwen

•March 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Lately the world has been harassing me to put pictures up of my daughter Gwen. Well I finally decided to do so…

Here she is in all of her glory:

I got a fever and the only prescription is spinning…

•March 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

After the Homespun Yarn Party I got hit with the fever…the sickness that hits every fiber enthusiast; the need to spin my own yarn. At first it was more a longing to learn & create my own yarn. Then it turned into such a strong desire to spin that I couldn’t take it anymore. I made the announcement to Angela on the drive back to Keedysville, MD that I needed one of the spindles & some roving.

I immediately took it home, and even though I needed to get my sleep…I started a leader and spun about half a foot of yarn before I passed out. The next evening I did nothing but spin. Then, the next night that same behavour followed….and the next night and so on.

It got so bad that within less than a week I had spun up 2 oz. of fiber. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.  There are definately underspun sections and overspun sections.  But that is okay, this is my first sttempt with spinning. I don’t expect perfection right out the gate.

So, this past monday evening I plied my yarn. And this is the result:

I am planning on giving this handspun to my little sister, perhaps knit up as something OR as is. We will see how I feel. But I figure since I am lame and can’t finish her socks due to running out of yarn, I’ll frog her socks and make a different pattern and then give her this handspun for Easter.

And now, I am addicted to spinning. I can’t wait for Maryland Sheep & Wool. Hopefully I won’t go too crazy. ;)

It has been too long…

•March 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Since I lasted blogged lots and lots have happened.

The most obvious is that I moved out of my parents house and into a lovely 2 bedroom apartment with my daughter.

My relationship with le boyfriend is still on-going and is getting better everytime we’re together.

On the knitting front…

My friend and enabler Angela McNamara is working hard on her company Serendipitous Ewe. I  tagged along to help her with the Y2Knit Trunk Show on Feb 28th 2009 and the Homespun Yarn Party on March 15th 2009.

I’ve been dealing with cast-on-itis. I want to start new projects, but I have current projects that need finishing. My New Year’s Resolution was to finish more projects…yea. lol I’ve finished 2 thus far. Well, technically 3. But I’ve in my mind cast on about 30 projects. Not a good sign.

Either way. Spring is definitely here and I have proof! I just dug these out of the ground because they were growing in sideways and upside down. Figured they needed a new home. =D Let’s keep our fingers crossed that my black thumb doesn’t kill them. I think I’ll be getting some liquid miracle grow to help them along. Thoughts?

New blubs

New blubs

Hopefully spring will motivate me to blog more and to keep my ravelry page current. We’ll see how that plays out. ;)

Getting ready for the Yarngasm!

•November 6, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I have been tidying up my parent’s house ( yea I live with my parents, LOoOONG story ).  Anywho.  I’ve been doing this in preparation for my mother’s return from a business trip so that I don’t get the evil phone call demanding I return home to fix whatever I forgot to accomplish while she was gone.

In doing so. It will keep me in the yarnfest that is Stitches East!  Sad, that that is my motivation to clean the house. Like oh, scrub the walls & polish the wood…etc. My hands are going to be so dry & cracked that no one is gonna let me touch their yarn. :( Guess I’ll be soaking my hands in Aveeno lotion lol !

Project Updates!! ( pictures to follow once I’ve got the time )

My Green Monkeys are finished & blocking. I cannot wait to show them off at Stitches. However, one of the socks is knit a bit tighter than the other. But with time that kind of thing won’t happen as easily I hope. *shrug*

I started on a pair of ” No Purl Baby Monkeys!”. Which is my adaptation of 3 different knitting patterns. Cookie A’s Monkeys,  No Purl Monkeys’ by CrafyPancakes,  and Baby Monkey’s by Sheri Berger. Wow, that is kind of a long list of credits to the original designs. lol Also on Ravelry I found someone else had come up with a pattern for Baby Monkeys, but they’re just the Cookie A. version.

I am halfway done writing the pattern up so that people can just easily have it all in one place. Cause it sucked trying to make these with 3 different patterns sitting around me. What a waste!! lol Any of you are more than welcome to have the pattern once it is finished. Just message me or leave a comment with your email I’ll you’ll be on my list.

Aside from all of that. I am getting myself super ready for Stitches. I am gonna print out the map of the market, and highlight  ( even colour code  it! ) so I know the importance of places for what I am looking for in yarns.  ( which incidentally I am supposed to have a list of desired yarns/colourways, I’ve got it in my head so far? does that count?! )  Yea….I think I might explode once I get in there.

Poor poor Angela. I’ll be of no use for a significant amount of time. We’ll need to have towels at my feet to soak up the drool…or the urine incase i pee myself due to my giddyness. Just incase yah know…*ahem* Not like that has ever happened or anything…*begins back pedaling* Moving on…lol

I hope to see bunches of you there. I’ll be at the Serendipitous Ewe Booth #439 trying my best to not stuff the Aurora Borealis colourway down my shirt…seriously it is sooo prettttttyyyy! Makes me wanna grab it all and haul ass outta there. lol JUST KIDDING ANG!! *shifty eyes*

When Monkeys Attack!

•October 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Pretty much. Yesterday I was on a mission to ball up all of my skeins of sock yarn & decide what to frog in order to maximize my sock yarn stash.  I ended up with 3 skeins of sock yarn balled & ready for using to alternately work on a pair of socks on DPNs. I am a bit afraid to try magic loop & such. Think for awhile atleast I’ll be sticking to my 2 sets of US #2 DPNs. =D  Moving on from there. I am seriously thinking of frogging my fingerless gloves & my dublin bay socks(DBS). My fingerless gloves are done in a burgundy-purple Fibranatura Yummy sock yarn, and the DBS are done in Dream in Color Smooshy, In Vino Veritas.  Just find the DBS to be boring now after working on the monkey socks. *shrug* Not being mean. I just finally took a leap of faith on my skills & was surprised that *gasp* I can actually knit lace socks.

So below is a look at my first monkey sock(hand-dyed by Serendipitious Ewe ) , my repaired clapotis (bernat cashmere), my kerchief FO ( KPPPM) & my bawls of sock yarn (yarns left to right, dream in color smooshy cool fire, austermann step dune, lornas laces shepherd sock multi tickled pink ).

The Ultimate Recipe for Lime & Violet

•October 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Kahlua Cake  (lazy version)

(my Grandmother’s recipe )

1 pkg. Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 1/4 cups H20 ( water lol )

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Frosting

1 envelope Knox Gelatin

3 tbsp cold H20

3 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

6 tbsp Kahlua Liqueur

Chocolate Curls or Chocolate Sprinkles

Directions!!

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. In large bowl combine all cake ingredients at low speed until moistened; beat 2 mins at highest speed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-35 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

In small saucepan, soften gelatin in cold water. Stir over low heat until dissolved; set aside. In large bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar & cocoa until thickened. Gradually add 2 tablespoons of the liqueur ( I am heavy handed, I add 2 or 3 times as much =D lol ) . Reserve remaning liqueur for assembling cake. ( or don’t and just eyeball it ;) ) Add dissolved gelatin ( if the gelatin has fully coagulated, add a bit more water and warm up slightly to loosen the thickness, otherwise you end up with nasty gelatin globuals ) beat the frosting mixture until stiff peaks form.

To assemble cake, split each cake layer in half horizontally to form 4 layers. Place 1 layer on serving plate. Using a pastry brush ( I just use a liquid measuring cup and drizzle the liqueur over the cake and massage the liqueur into the cake itself, this cake is *spoiled* lol ) brush layer with 1 tablespoon of reserved liqueur. Spread about 1 cups worht of frosting onto layer and smooth out evenly. Repeat this process with 2 more layers. Top with last layer; brush on liqueur. Frost top & sides with remaining frosting. Garnish the top & sides of the cake with either the Chocolate Curls or the Chocolate sprinkles.  Refridgerate until ready to server cake. Store leftovers in fridge. ( that is, if there is any leftovers )

This is what your cake should look like finished:

Dontcha wanna smash your face into it?!

Dontcha wanna smash your face into it?!


Additional Options & Thoughts!

An idea brought to my attention from le boyfriend. He felt that the chocolate sprinkles would be a nice addition between the layers of the cake for added “crunch” factor. While this may sound yummy to him, I am more traditional with this cake & adore it as is. When I make “his version” I’ll be able to report back with my findings. :)

Another idea from a friend was to make this cake instead…a Bailey’s Irish Creme Cake or a Chocolate Gran-Marnier Cake. By just simply changing out the liqueur from Kahlua to any other well substituted liqueur. I may even try the Starbucks Coffee liqueur & make a Starbucks Mocha version.  I think this may appeal to the likes of Miss Violet, Miss Lime & Carin from Lime n Violet.  Or better yet, Miss Violet how about a Chocolate-Caramel Macchiato Cake? Eh eh? Dunno how well it would ship. But I could easily make a recipe for it.

Anywho. I owed someone the recipe for ye olde Kahlua Cake from Eleganza Yarns. Sadly however I misplaced her email addy that she wrote down for me. For this absentmindedness, I apologize profusely. Hopefully you lurk around on people’s blogs…lol

Oh. I almost forgot. For those of you that would prefer to not use a boxed cake mix. Here is a recipe for a Devil’s Food Cake from scratch. Otherwise known as Waki Cake.

Waki Cake – Devil’s Food

(recipe from Biglerville, PA recipe book )

Sift into an ungreased square 9inch or less cake pan.

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp. cocoa

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

Make 3 holes in above mixtures; in 1 hole put 1 tsp. vinegar; in another 1 tsp vanilla and in the other; 5 tbsp melted butter. Add 1 cup warm water & stir well or until smooth. Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree F oven.

 
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