Thursday around 10:30 AM I saw this on my Facebook feed, “Sitting in my car knitting waiting for the first yarn shop to open.” Now, I know about the Puget Sound Local Yarn Store Tour, and had missed it every year to date. I hadn’t paid attention to this year’s dates, being busy with school and such (hence the dearth of posts lately.) But seeing this post, I immediately realized that the LYS Tour must be starting, Googled this years’ information, and started to plan to see if I could make it to some of the shops.
I realized that after my class, I had an hour and a half to get lunch before going to get an oil change for my car. So I stopped by The Fiber Gallery, and got to see their new location for the first time, and walked out with a wonderful wool/silk blend yarn from their sale section. Not being in the swing of things yet, I managed to walk out without a copy of their pattern for this year, and now I can’t remember what it is! A mistake not to be repeated. Then I hopped over to The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop, which I’d never been to before. The chairs set up along 14th for the Norwegian Constitution Day parade were a fun flashback to growing up in Ballard. The Tea Cozy is such a lovely shop! I’m really excited to know about this place, and will definitely be back. Their shop pattern is for two cute stuffed bunnies made in Cascade Superwash.
After running my afternoon errands, I had an hour before I was supposed to meet up with a friend for dinner, so of course I had to see if I could get to another shop. I decided on Acorn Street, which was where I bought the Kauni I used for a Revontuli shawl years ago. This time I left with a skein of yarn made from corn fibers, which I’m excited to get to play with. Their pattern was for a traveling rib cowl knit in Silk Garden, which was gorgeous. I had just enough time after that to get to dinner on time, so instead I stopped by Bad Woman Yarns in Wallingford. Their pattern is for a reversible chevron cowl, knit in Tosh Sport, which looks like it could be a fun little knit. I managed to escape without being sucked in to Trophy Cupcakes (this time…) Luckily my friend is forgiving and didn’t mind that I was a bit late for dinner. Having just visited four shops, I decided “how hard can it be?” and started planning the rest of the weekend.
The four circled shops are the ones I visited on Thursday
With Fall coming on, I’ve been slowing down some, hence the lack of posts. Last night I did finish a project (actually two) with the lovely Autumn O’Leary and Jennifer VanBlargan of Dancing Hands Productions. We made two music videos for S.J. Tucker’s two newest songs: Rootless and La Sirene.
The songs are both available for download here.
I’ve also finished knitting the secret project (which is no longer a secret!) I made these. I just need to block the second one and weave in the ends and they’re done! Hopefully starting to post here will motivate me to actually finish them so I can take pictures.
I’ve also cast on a pair of really fun socks that I’m looking forward to showing you all.
I made this cake for my birthday last year, and then again a couple weeks ago. It is still delicious!
So, I made the cake, then took the layers and froze them, put them together using the whiskey ganache, and froze them again so I could ice the cake. I *finally* bought myself a pastry bag and some tips so I could make pretty frosting. I’m not great with it yet, but the cake turned out okay anyway 🙂
Yay! It's all tie-dye rainbow-y!
I used these proportions:
- 1 + 1/3 cups guiness
- 1 + 1/3 cups butter
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 + 2/3 cups flour
- 2 + 2/3 cups sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 7/8 cups sour cream (okay, really I just got one of those little yogurt-serving-size-containers and used all of it.)
Ganache Filling (for between cake layers, there is some left over… having strawberries on hand to dip in it is awesome.)
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)
Baileys Frosting (I actually doubled this for this cake, you’ll see why…)
- 3 to 4 cups confections sugar
- 1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperatue
- 3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)
I love the wiggly candles!
Here is the impromptu cake-platter-cover I made! Using only microwave-food-boxes, duct tape, aluminum foil, saran wrap, and packing tape. Clearly at some point I need a real cake platter, but this worked pretty well!
Here is the impromptu cake platter with a cake in it!
- Side view
And since then, I have switched to eating vegan and raw food, and I just did 5 days of a juice (fruits and veggies yay!) So I’ll be easing off the baked goods, but I’ll probably post some pictures of the juices I’m making and the recipes. I’m also still working on finishing up a couple knitting projects to post.
A few weeks ago, some friends and I spent a day shooting an ASL video for SJ Tucker’s song, “The Truth About Ninjas.” With massive editing help from Ian Schmidt, the video is live! Jenny VanBlargen did all the signing, and there’s a whole posse of backup ninjas.
I’d strongly suggest following their YouTube channel, as I happen to know that there’s more awesome stuff in the works.
Occasionally my work plays Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.” This is not my favorite song. Even less so when I hear it multiple times a week. However, several things have fixed this song for me.
First off, this wonderful ASL video:
The second thing that has made this song more okay is the version I came up with at Faerieworlds which was:
So I put my wings up, they’re playing my song
The goblins come out to play
Stompin’ my hooves like yeah
Shakin’ my tail like yeah
Got my wings up, they’re playing my song
And now it’s gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the land of fae!
Yeah! It’s a party in the land of fae!
This is barely a post, but I feel the need to state something for the record anyway. As I wrap up the first half of my secret project (mentioned in my last post) I really have to wonder why on earth the pattern was written flat rather than in the round. I changed it to be in the round (because I hate seaming) and it seems to have worked just fine. Also, it is delightful, and I’m fairly excited that it turned out.
But seriously, I hate seaming. After that blanket… if I never seam again it’ll be too soon.
Okay, fine, this was going to be a picture-less post, but I can’t exactly reference “that blanket” and then not show you it. That’s just mean.
This is the blanket. With Mr. Bear
I mattress stitched each and every one of those panels together by hand. For more about the tediousness which was this blanket, see my post here. It really is a lovely blanket, though. Totally worth it.
Still fighting off this cold. But I made a sweet playlist that you all can listen to!
It’s full of music that reminds me of Faerieworlds, either because I heard it there or because I think I should hear it there in the future.