I’ve been asked to make 100 mini cupcakes for a party next month, so I thought I had better make a practice batch… I normally make giant cupcakes, more akin to muffins, but I think the smaller versions are actually a bit better – much less sickly. These cupcakes were supposed to have pillarbox red icing, but no matter how much colouring I put in, I couldn’t get it redder than this – is it possible?! And don’t even get me started on the green icing I tried – it was supposed to be a nice festive moss green, but ended up a neon lime green (plus it tasted foul). Very disappointing.
I also baked an apple cake (recipe here), which was absolutely delicious. I don’t have the sweetest tooth, but this was lush. My sister gave us a bag of apples she had been given, that must have weighed 5 or 6lbs – I think there are lots of apple crumbles and cakes coming up…
And I’ve also been doing some knitting…
Not the best picture, but hey. I managed to knit this in a day and I’m really pleased with it (despite the whole thing nearly unravelling; there was a knot in the yarn which was actually tying two ends together… Until it came undone. Not happy.) Anyway, I hope the recipient likes it 🙂
I’m not quite sure why I blog any more (which I suppose is evident in my lack of posts). I’m just not sure I see the point.
Anyway, this is all I have to show for the last couple of months, craft-wise.
Mittens On A String
This was a nice little pattern to knit – quick and easy, plus I think they look very sweet 🙂
I know I am being a MASSIVE FAIL of a blogger. I should be on week 32 of Project52. I’m being a massive fail in many ways at the moment.
Finally, a finished project
I FINALLY finished the baby blanket I started in APRIL. I didn’t get it finished before the recipient was born (I knit one of the border sections whilst waiting for him to make his grand appearance) but I DID get it finished before he starts school, so I guess you win some, you lose some.
Horrid editing -_-
I’m glad it’s finally finished – overall I’m pretty pleased with it, and I think my nephew is too :3 I wish I’d tried a row of garter stitch between colour changes (as suggested) to make the line a bit crisper, but you live and learn, hey. And I must add a huge thank you to Mary Jane for her invaluable advice and pattern notes, so graciously offered in the face of me being so cheeky for asking.
Chocolate chip cookies, om nom nom
These made a very rainy Sunday afternoon a wee bit better.
Choc chip cookies
100 grams margarine
75 grams soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
175 grams self raising flour
100 grams choc chips
Cream together margarine and sugar. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Line baking tray and scoop up small balls of mix and drop onto tray. Place well apart (no need to flatten or shape them). Makes approximately 18. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Best enjoyed warm and with a cold glass of milk 🙂
Mum found this recipe somewhere – I sincerely apologise I can’t link to the source, but I wanted to share it because it’s such a quick, foolproof recipe 🙂
An orchid that seemingly thrives on neglect
Yep, it may be cheating, counting one project as three weeks’ worth of my Project 52 thing*, but I made the rules and that’s how I’m rollin’.
Wee baby blanket,
idea nicked frominspired by gingergooseberry
I had to rip rows, nay, whole squares, out so many times, I’m really surprised that I did actually finish this bit.
I can’t see me finishing this bit though…
*counting each strip of squares, y’see. I’m totally going with it.
I know I’m getting further and further behind with my Project52 challenge, but I’ve been busy with exams, assessments, coursework and a hell of a lot of procrastinating recently. I mean, I’m usually procrastinating, but I like to think at least I’ve had a valid(ish) reason 😉
Anyway, I have finally finished a project 🙂
Snug by Hinke
I was aiming to finish this before last weekend, in time for the baby shower of the recipient (!) but alas, I couldn’t knit fast enough 🙁 But I HAVE finished it, and I’m quite pleased with it.
The pattern was, in my opinion, a bit strange, but it was nice to knit something in a new way, and I think it’s a very sweet little jacket. I definitely learned some new skills whilst making this – provisional cast on, invisible garter stitch seaming etc… However, I wish I was as happy with the yarn. I used Adriafil Llama and it shed everywhere and the thread kept breaking – very disappointing!
Buttons from John Lewis
I’m really looking forward to finally starting my next project (once again baby-related!), although I’m sure I’ll find a million ways to put it off -_-
More Ribbed baby socks
Week 6 was a bit of a cop-out – more baby socks. But I’m trying to catch up, and they were a quick, easy knit, I promise there are more interesting projects in the pipeline, honest. I need my yarn winder to start on one (a pitiful excuse, but I’m going with it, k?) and I haven’t quite figured out the vagaries for the pattern for the other one. But I shall, all in the fullness of time.
I realised I haven’t posted about books in a while. I finished Memoirs Of A Geisha ages ago – I thought it was really interesting, a worthy read. Not much of a review, I know, but it’s been a while since I finished it!
I’m on to Far From The Madding Crowd and am feeling far less inspired.
I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned this week (probably above learning how to use el subjuntivo in Spanish) is “Turn your camera off “automatic” mode”
… A wee bit belated, but the last week or so just hasn’t really happened, so I’ve been catching up today.
When I first thought of doing a project a week, I imagined me doing lots of little things – baby socks (!), the odd pair of mittens, relatively small things. but I also wanted to finish bigger projects that I’ve put off or left languishing in dark and dusty corners. Logistically, this has left me wondering how to divide a large project up into week-sized chunks, and then I realised I was spending so long thinking about how to do it I didn’t actually do it (true to form). So I’m counting finishing the body of my “made up as I go along” raglan jumper as week 4’s project.
Apologies for the shockingly bad photo, I promise a better one when it’s finished
Ever so simple, boringly so, but it’s the first time I’ve knitted a raglan, and as the name suggests, I’m making it up as I go along – I already know that if I was to do another in this way, I’d perhaps add small cables down the sleeves and front, or some sort of simple lace pattern. I’ve not even done any waist shaping – the only thing of any interest is the picot edging (as I’m not much of a fan of rolled hems).
I’m thinking the sleeves can be another week’s project, and I bet I can finish the whole thing just as the weather warms up…
Week 5’s post coming up in the next day or so, I swear…