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Two cake weekend

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Zebula turned six on Friday, which seems ludicrously old to me.  We celebrated on the actual day, along with the Thingo family, with a white cake with lemon icing and sprinkles (per Zebula’s request), and then on Sunday with a bunch of little girls and a chocolate butterfly cake (again, as requested).

The butterfly cake was fun, and way less work than the Blue cake I made two years ago, but I was obviously feeling a little unsteady, since the pink lines look like they were drawn on by a drunk person (which I  was not).  Also, my mother-in-law did mention (in a nice way) that the middle part kinda looked like a turd.  And I thought I was so clever because I was using chocolate icing I’d frozen from some previous cake.  I couldn’t shake the turd thing, and that’s all I saw from there on in.  But the girls didn’t care and all had seconds (apologies to the parents).

I’ve been knitting a lot, which is weird considering how busy we’ve been around here.

On the right are the mittens I’m making for Vorlon. I want to see how many pairs I can crank out of two balls of yarn.  Both pairs improvised on the spot.  On the left is a Baby Surprise Jacket I’m making for my newest nephew.  On a whim, using various yarns from my stash.  I like working on this, but it’s on hold, as I have a project from Spinrite:

It’s a circular afghan, in five colours of Bernat Softee Chunky (one variegated, two solid and two ragg).  Not enjoying this one at all – the yarn is very plastic-feeling, and the colours are just messy.  However, the actual stitch pattern is nice.  But I don’t get it.  Why does anybody want a circular afghan??  Isn’t that just a really fat tablecloth?  Somebody, please, enlighten me!

This, however, I’m pleased with:

This is the Mystery Shawl, created by Marilyn Everington, fellow KW Knitters Guild member.  It’s a triangular shawl worked from the outside in, which means I cast on 412 stitches to start, and it’ll seem interminable at the beginning, and rapidly go faster and faster as the rows get shorter.  It’s a nice feather-and-fan pattern so far, and I liked working on it.  The yarn is Fleece Artist Trail Socks, purchased at the Knitters’ Fair last weekend.  After a false start with errors in the pattern, it worked up surprisingly quickly.

Now I’m going to go tend to Vorlon, who’s getting into mischief to get my attention again.  Sheesh.

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Author: nathknits

Mom, knitter, IT nerd, trying to make it all run smoothly.

7 thoughts on “Two cake weekend

  1. Wow! That cake is gorgeous. Glad you got a pic before my daughter helped demolish it. Forget the turd. I see no such thing.
    And your knitting constantly amazes me. It’s really an art. And you seem to work so fast!

  2. Thanks! One of the reasons my house is so messy is because I spend a lot of spare time knitting instead of cleaning. Like this afternoon while Vorlon was in preschool, for example.

    And thanks for the cake comments. I’m glad you didn’t see the turd.

  3. Let’s all hope the cake doesn’t end up on http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

    I didn’t see the alternative interpretation until you pointed it out. And now I can’t not see it.

  4. SLAVE TO THE SPRINKLES!!!! I pass something on to all my friends’ children 😀

    I have to admit that the turd thing did cross my mind, although I really hate the word turd and really, it’s chocolate and gummy, therefore appetizing.

    …I miss cake. And Zebula.

  5. SLAVE TO THE SPRINKLES!!!! I pass something on to all my friends’ children 😀

    I have to admit that the turd thing did cross my mind, although I really hate the word turd and really, it’s chocolate and gummy, therefore appetizing.

    …I miss cake. And Zebula

  6. I think the cake is beautiful and I would not have noticed the turd thing if you had not mentioned it. But now that I see it…..yay, a little turdish but I could not make a cake like that!

  7. Cakewrecks.com is one of my favourite sites! I wouldn’t make it in though – they have to be professional. Nobody paid for my cake.

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