Monday, February 25, 2008

WIP's/FO

Here's a few WIP/FO's: more detail later.



Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine's Day Treats

Well, I know this may be a little late, but I here are a few treats I made last week to share with my knitting group and everbody loved them! If you haven't guessed they're red velvet cupcakes with the real red velvet icing. Not nasty cream cheese icing... in my opinion cream cheese should not come any where near red velvet cake.
Although I used a box this time (food dye is really expensive for a college student). I usually make it from scratch which is definately better. My trick with boxes is to add a box of instant vanilla pudding to the dry ingredients which keeps the cake nice and moist.
Here is recipe that is better than a box any day that I pulled off the internet:

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 1/2 oz red food coloring
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
1 tablespoons vinegar
PREPARATION:
Cream shortening; beat in sugar gradually. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Make paste of cocoa and food coloring; add to creamed mixture. Add salt, flour and vanilla alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Sprinkle soda over vinegar; pour vinegar over batter.
Stir until thoroughly mixed. Bake in 3 8-inch pans or 2 9-inch pans for 30 minutes at 350°. Or about 20 minutes for cupcakes. Let cool completely before frosting.
Here is the recipe for the icing:

THE REAL RED VELVET CAKE FROSTING

1 c. sugar1 tsp. vanilla3 tbsp. flour1 c. butter1 c. vitamin D whole milk (too runny if you use other)
Cook flour and milk in double boiler until thick, stirring constantly. Cool. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla until as fluffy as possible. Blend cooked mixture with creamed.
This icing must stay refrigerated, will fall apart at room temperature.

Well I hope everbody's Valentine's Day was great and full of love. Unfortunately this year mine was not nor even close. After about a year and a month my boyfriend decide he wanted to end our relationship. I am completely heartbroken and I miss him. We both still love each other and care a lot for the other person, but Wes feels as if it's time for him to leave the relationship. This break up is reall hard for me. Wes was my longest relationship to date, and I really couldn't picture my life without him. It's a long and complicated matter and I wouldn't want to bore you so I'll leave it short.

Now for current knitting news: I started a new and challening project. I'm doing two socks at once using magic loop. This my first time doing two socks at once and magic loop so this will be good learning experience. I'm already pass the toes and it's coming nicely. So look forward to hearing more about it in the future.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Long delayed, but finally...

Well I finally got around to taking pictures of my almost finished Smokin' Jacket and a couple of other projects.


Here is the Smokin' Jacket by Jared Flood

Sorry that the pictures aren't too great. Once I finally get it done I will have to go on a little modeling adventure. Granted it might look like a sack on me but we'll see.

Here is a simple garter stitch hat I made over the weekend. I've been pondering the idea for a while now because I thought a garter stitch hat would look kind of cool so I made one. I used Bernat's new Alpaca naturaul's It's a bulky yarn, but I feel as if it's more on the worsted side. I used a size US 8 16" circular needle as well. For the crown I liked the look of doing raglan decreases so I did four sets which gave the crown a nice squarish shape.

At first I wasn't going to do the the ribbing on the bottom but after I made the hat in completely garter stitch I thought it needed it. So I went back and ripped out cast-on and a couple rows down and added about an inch and a half of ribbing. I might write out the pattern I made up if you guys are interested. Or maybe if you're not too. lol

Now here's a hat I'm making for my sister's friend out of sugar n' cream cotton. I really don't care for it so it's only get a brief mention.

Ok well that's about all on the knitting front... life is crazy right now... so I'll post about that when I'm ready

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Smokin' Jacket Update

Yes, I know I've been a very bad blogger lately. I'm sorry, and I know I've been promising pictures too. But I will get around to taking some here soon, I've just been very busy with life and such. I'm sure you all know. There is good news though... I am almost finished with the Smokin' Jacket by Jared flood. All I have left is to finish the collar and sew it on, along with buttons. Then make two pockets and attach them as well. So hurray!!! I'm about done!

On a sad note though, I've tried it on and it is considerably large on me. But hey this is my first actual sweater that I'm finishing; so I'm going to be positive about it and take it as a learning experience. This was my first time doing a sweater and I made seamles sweater on top of that. Plus I'll wear it anyways just to be stubborn. I've spent over a month working on it now and I'll be darned if I don't get to wear the thing.

Oh, also I got "Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmerman from the library today. I had Ohiolinked it from another library and it finally arrived. I truely believe this woman was a genius, and I'm so excited read this book. I've read about thirty pages so far and it's such knitting porn or rather 'knitting erotica'. I was hoping that the baby suprise jacket was in this book, but I don't think it is from my brief scanning through. This pattern really does intrigue me. How can it be knitted flat and then folded so that it becomes a jacket? I really want to know, but I guess I'll have to wait and find the right book it's in and then track it down through a library.