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.