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Dana's Adventures in Knitting

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Blue Moon. you saw me standing alone

I've started the left front of sunrise. So far so good. My only worry is running out of yarn. I hope Big Lots has another ball hiding somewhere. I'll go back and check next time I'm near.
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My sleeve has a growth! :P

Lil'uns party was a hit. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day. The kids thought the treasure hunt was the coolest thing and the cake was great. I ended up making real french buttercream for it. What's the recipie you ask...well here it is:

French Buttercream
12 oz sugar
4 egg yolks
8 oz butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla

1.Wet sugar in a heavy saucepan, taking care not to get any sugar on the sides of the pan. Put sugar over a med-high heat and bring to 240 degrees (115C).
2.Meanwhile beat egg yolks on med speed until very light and fluffy.
3.when the sugar reaches 240, pour it slowly into the egg mixture while the mixer is at a low speed. Take care to pour the sugar between the wall of the bowl and the whisk.
4.Mix at high speed until the mixture is room temperature.
5.Add butter one small piece at a time until all is mixed.
6 Add vanilla
* you may substitue 2-4 TBL of shortning for butter to make the icing more stable in warm weather.*
This icing will last 3-4 days at room temperature or 2 weeks in the fridge.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Livin' on Spongecake

My nose works again, YAY! I also have the back of Sunrise done. I'm on the third increase of the left sleeve, although not much moe will get done anytime before Monday or so. I have too much other stuff to do. I've also promised myself that next week will be a sewing week.

The weather here is heaven. I wore a camisole, swishy cotton skirt and sandles today (oh joy :D). Hubby's going to think I've gone loopy; my toenails are painted. It's been years. I even put a flower in my hair today. Lil'un picked it for me out of the front yard. We have daffodills popping up everywhere.

The only thing left to buy for the party is ice cream. We decided at the last minute to hold it at the local park. I need to stake things out there tomorrow.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Hey Ho and up she rises

I finally finished the invitations to Lil'un's birthday party. I ended up doing each one by hand, so there are quite a few designs. These three are my favorite...
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I was going to do some major cleaning tonight, but a stuffy nose and a headache prevent it. I'm going to have to start serious cleaning tomorrow, or it'll never get done.

No knitting done, if I try with my head all stuffy I'll just screw it up and have to frog it. Sigh, colds suck. Goodnight.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Spacy Circles

THe Sunrise circle jacket is going well. I'm up to the raglan decreases. Oh man, is that Lipomo Lame rough. I've taken to wearing bandaids on my fingers. After I get lil'uns birthday out of the way, I think I'm going to haul the sewing machine out of storage and make my MIL's blouse, fix Dad's shirt and make a lining for sunrise.
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Lil'un is mostly better. Maybe now I can get some party prep done. I've done some line art for the invites. I need to ink, color and copy them. I think a trip to Kinko's is in order. The invitations need to be done by Sunday, so I can hand them out at church.

Oh, almost forgot, I found another neat project. It's spacy!
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It needs resizing a bit, but that shouldn't be hard :)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Come on baby, light my fire

Goodbye knitting slump. I have been in a major knitting slump since mid December. In fact, I have been in a major everything slump since then; but things are looking up. I am emerging from the winter of my discontent (I've always wanted to use that phrase); both spring and inspiration are just around the corner. I cast on for my first spring sweater today. It is the Sunrise Circle Jacket from Interweave Knits. I'm going to use the Lipomo Lame I found at Big Lots a couple months ago. I might even join the knit along.
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I haven't been completely idle the last few months. I learned the turkish cast on and made a couple dice bags and I've been drawing a bit. See...
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Lil'uns birthday is coming up. He's going to be 5. We're going to throw him a pirate themed party here at the house. Lots of cleaning, and planning and such needs doing. On top of that Lil'un is sick. The next week and a half is going to be very busy!

ETA: EEK my grammer! I probably didn't catch it all, but it's a bit better now.
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