Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Knitting Pt.2

I finished blocking the Hemlock Blanket. I think it's totally awesome. I can't believe that i was able to make something that looks so intricate and pretty. I might have to make a few more of these for next Christmas. Maybe I'll even take some time and make one for myself.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Knitting

A shawl and a scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The shawl is in charcoal and the scarf is in more of a slate gray. I'm super happy with these. I've only just begun trying out lace patterns and so far I really like them. They knit up pretty quickly and the lace patterns for both of these were easy to memorize after the first few repeats.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Monkeys

I finished crocheting these adorable monkeys for my nephews. They are based on the Daddy Monkey pattern in Amigurumi World. I'm so into pirates right now and I think that these monkey's look absolutely adorable in pirate garb. I especially like how the little gold earrings look. That was Chris' suggestion.

Since I made a little pirate figure for my nephew Aiden earlier this year I wanted to give him something different. That's how I ended up with the Monkey Man superhero! So cute! Chris sketched out the plan for me to help me visualize what colors would be where and how the mask would look. I hope they like them!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Photos of the Day

Pie Making!

I tried my hand for the first time at pie making. This was a pretty big challenge since I don't even own a pie pan. I think that if I tackle this again I might make the investment.

I made a butter crust. There is lots of butter in a butter crust. Kind of a disturbing amount of butter. I cut the butter in using my kitchenaid stand mixer which rocked. It only took a few minutes to cut in the butter then I added some cold water with a beaten egg and PRESTO! butter crust!

I used it to make pecan pie and apple pie. No photos of the pecan pie. It really wasn't very photogenic but it was very tasty. I made 6 mini pies and one large pecan pie. I think that the mini pies won out. The crust to filling ratio was much better for me.

The apple pie was thrown together in a cheesecake pan. I would totally advise against this but it was the only baking dish that I had that was deep enough for all of the apples and filling. The taste is perfect but the filling was a little runny. I think that I just need to let the filling simmer a little longer. Even having to spoon it out it is a mighty tasty pie. The crust is flaky and rich and I think that I will be giving pie making another go again soon.