Monday, June 23, 2008

Cocoons and Cupcakes



Took a quick break from sock knitting to blog my latest creations....one knitting and one culinary. Both highly scrumptious!

DETAILS:

Pattern: Cocoon Lace Scarf by Evelyn A. Clark for Fiber Trends
Yarn: Alpaca With a Twist's Fino in "First Frost"
Needle: Size 7, 32" Addi Lace
Time: 14 days total
Fun: B....very interesting knit, not too difficult to memorize after a while, and I do love the way that it has a different (but beautiful) look on either side. Only drawback...it seemed like this scarf went on for-e-ver and not sure why.



I made this for Ben's teacher for her end of the year gift and I think she really liked it. After admiring my Icarus Shawl (using the same yarn), I hoped she would love this one, too. What a wonderful teacher she was...thank you, Mrs. Pirozzi!

*HINT - Instead of using that fancy, expensive long Post It tape, try putting your chart into a clear, protective sleeve (like you would any pattern) and use a roll of painter's tape (cheap and will last for a LONG time) to keep your place on the chart. It peels off like magic and can be written on, too. I put one piece above and below my line and it never moves or bunches up, even when I peel it off a million times. When the edges start to lose their stick, just rip off another piece from the roll. Easy as pie!*

Now, on to more yummy projects....

Introducing....

"Corn on the Cob" Cupcakes!



Jackie found this book, Hello, Cupcake! at Barnes and Noble last week and I just fell in love with it! Apart from the delicious and totally adorable cupcake recipes, there was this sentence written on the back:

"No Baking Skills or Fancy Equipment Required!"

And I KNEW I had to buy it then and there.

psst...it's kind of a secret that I am horrible at baking...well, except for apple pie.

Look at the close up on these fancy cupcakes:



We had such a fun time making these...we only needed to buy several shades of yellow/white JellyBelly jelly beans, buttercream frosting, corn holders, yellow Starbursts and colored sugar (we tried to find the black and white for salt and pepper, but had to settle for green as the dill or something). I let the kids arrange the "kernels" and Ian was in charge of making the Starbursts look like melting pats of butter. I'm definitely making more cupcakes from this book - what a great activity!

As for the podcast.....I am so mad!! A week ago, I had the whole outline written and everything saved (I am anal about saving my documents every paragraph or so)...and, when I turned my computer on the next day, NOTHING had saved. Then, the power supply on my computer broke and now I have to start all over again. ARGGHHH! And, you know, this may sound silly, but I had written down all these witty (or at least I thought they were witty) things to say on the new show and, now, I don't know if I can remember them or think of something just as good. With my brain being what it is these days, it's hard to know when I'll be lucid or when I'll be saying, "You know, that thing!"....as the ManchVegas Knitters have witnessed many, many a time in my presence. (a shocking number of times, I must say)

Anyway, I'm back on top of things and should (cross your fingers!) be able to finish the podcast by Friday or Monday at the latest. So, keep a lookout! (and, remember, if you'd been having trouble downloading podcasts, just unsubscribe from it, wait a while (not sure why) and then re-subscribe and you'll have all the episodes correct and in order.)

One more thing....

Please check out my Lisha Lace Scarf pattern and consider investing in a copy. It's my first pattern that I've published myself (for any sort of profit) and I would love for it to be a never ending Ravelry knitting rage success. (This sounds pathetic, but....) It would make a great gift for a knitting friend...either the pattern and a nice skein of luxurious yarn OR buy the pattern for yourself and knit it up for someone you love. Either way, it's pretty cool.

You can buy it here, on my blog....(see Jackie's beautiful pic on the right sidebar) and the "buy now" button. And I'm trying to get it available to buy on Ravelry. See the link here for pattern details.

Let me end by saying, buy now thank you!

10 comments:

Jackie said...

Those cupcakes look so yummy. The scarf is, of course, gorgeous. What a lucky teacher.

cayli said...

Lace and cupcakes...the cupcakes are too cute and the lace is gorgeous.

I love the new pattern so I guess I need to go buy it for myself.

Gigi said...

Oh to be your son's teacher! What a gorgeous and thoughtful gift. =-)

You must show me that cupcake book. Those cupcakes look fantastic (and I get they tasted wonderful, too).

Lora said...

oh I think I need that cupcake book too Gina!!! They look delicious! :)

Julie said...

The shawl is gorgeous, which is no surprise. You are an incredible lace knitter!

The cupcakes are so cool!

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