Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Monday, October 28, 2013
The colors for the leaves came out better than I anticipated. I was especially happy with the rusty red maple leaf. I was going for the color palette of the plate below, and it came pretty darn close. I used variations of orange, brown, burgundy and copper for these cookies.
Hope your week goes well, and don't forget to Fall Back an hour on Sunday, November 3rd.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I watched a few tutorials on You Tube to get an idea of how to make these rainbow cake push-ups. So what I did was get a box of cake (yellow or white, doesn't matter) and followed the package directions. Then I divided the batter evenly into six bowls and added Americolor gels. This yielded three cupcakes per color. I used a cookie cutter that fit inside the push-ups to cut each cupcake, then trimmed the top and bottom and sliced the round cutout into three pieces (9 slices per color x 6 colors yielded 54 slices). I used store bought vanilla icing and piped that in between the 4 slices of cake and topped it with rainbow sprinkles. Michael's sells the push-up containers in sets of 6 and 12; I bought the set of 12. You'll end up with a few extra slices. Just throw the scraps together to make cake pops. So there you have it...rainbow cake push-ups.
My niece really liked the rainbow treats, and her Mom did a great job of making sure everyone - both young and older - had a good time.
Now onto household chores and studying.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Before I get into those fun topics, though, I should mention that my foot injury from October 2011 healed completely, thank God. The combination of the bones fusing together correctly, albeit slowly, and physical therapy were just what the doctor ordered for my type of injury. And another update you might not already know about is that I'm currently in graduate school. Yes, after 20 years of working, who knew I'd want to step back in the classroom again? Perhaps the biggest encouragement is working in higher education day to day with some of the nicest faculty around. Their passion for teaching really inspired me to want to go back for an advanced degree. Other colleagues had gone through Master's in Public Administration programs at CSUN and CLU and had positive experiences there, and recommended the programs to me. Looking at the curriculum for the program seemed appropriate for my career path because I was already familiar with quite a few of the course topics. So the big question was: could I commit two years to school? It's worth a try. I'm certainly not getting any younger, so here I am. Back in school. You won't see me around the blog on a regular basis, but I will do my best to stay in touch!
Now onto the fun stuff: sugar cookies. Since January (three months now) I've been making sugar cookies. It all started with the fact that hubby and I both love sugar cookies from Royal Bakery. They have this wonderful thick royal icing, and they keep things simple by making only round ones with yellow smiley faces. Well, I got to thinking that $2 for a sugar cookie is worth it, but could I make one just as good here at home? Why not give it a try? My baking years were pretty much limited to high school and college, so I haven't baked very much since then. I really didn't know where to start, so off to Google searching "sugar cookies with royal icing." There's a whole world of blogs and fanatics out there, just like the knitting world, complete with its own convention called CookieCon...just like Stitches West and ComicCon. So there I go on YouTube to watch all the tutorials I can learn from, and you know there are some wonderful and brilliant gals out there who are patient enough to photograph, video, and share their knowledge to curious folks like me. I especially owe thanks to the Dean of Cookies and Visiting Professors over at University of Cookie. I follow each of their blogs because I learn so much from them! Next trip to Michael's Arts and Crafts, go buy yourself a copy of Bridget Edwards cookie book: Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday. With these resources I've been able to make some pretty cute cookies. Take a look:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Modification 1: a tighter knit gauge
I used size 6 needles throughout and more cast on stitches for a custom fit. The yarn I chose was a superwash worsted weight wool (Nashua Creative Focus – a little more than 100g for the balaclava)
Modification 2: a larger face opening
I knit flat rows for two inches after the first bind off.
Modification 3: more stretchiness around the face opening
· The bind off I chose is a variation of the Russian stretchy bind off that Wendy D. Johnson blogged about here and uses for toe up socks. This seemed like the best candidate for the bind off along the chin area.
· For the cast on after approximately two inches of flat knitting I chose a versatile and stretchy cast on that Stephanie shared with us from her Stitches West class this year. Here's a You Tube video that demonstrates this two-needle cast on. She said learning this cast on alone was worth the price of admission. I couldn’t agree more.
And now I'm off to make more progress on the second February Lady Sweater I'm knitting in red Cascade 220.
Oh, and you should read Pamela Wynne's recent post. If you like the February Lady Sweater as much as I do (I plan to make a few more), then consider a donation for all the careful math calculations, time and effort that Pamela put into this very popular pattern. I did.