Hello lovelies! How’re my readers today?
The husband and I are currently princessless for two nights. Bella and Big Pop graciously invited their granddaughters to spend the night. Drop off was a bit dramatic, but Princess Cupcake lightened up considerably by the time I left. Her partial, upper braces have been installed and she was instructed to wear her reverse pull head gear by her orthodontist during the day as well as at night in the house before school starts. She’s a bit self-conscious about wearing that contraption.
Speaking of school…ack! We only have seven more days ’til the first day of school! We are very pleased by the girls’ placements for the fall. I got to lead my first meeting as the official. PTA president. I was complimented by the principal about my organized and thorough notes. Told her my mum had sent me to a speed reading course before I had started college so my notes are anal and very much in outline format. I even made the board a special treat, something I’ll flash later on.
I. Poll de Shawl
Do you remember last week I had to frog seven rows – 3,024 sts? It seemed like a big set back, yeah?
Well, this past week after closing down my FB pages, I focused tremendously on this WIP because guess what?!
Poll de Shawl measures 15.5″ wide x 56″ long.
Because it measures about an inch longer on each side than the book’s final outcome, I’m not going to “lightly block” it as suggested.
My mum helped me with the photo shoot in her den and she had let me borrow her old, jade pin as a little accessory.
How do you like it? Four months this took. I’m extremely pleased with myself as this is the biggest, knitted piece I’ve made for my own self!
II. Shells on the Beach
I practically used up this whole skein. Would you believe I knitted 100 rounds for the leg? I was a bit tired of that so I capped it off at 100 and decided to move onto the ribbed cuff.
There was some back-pedaling last night on this sock however. I actually had finished it, but when I tried it on, the cuff wouldn’t go up past my meaty calf. I figured out that I had CO for one size smaller so I would have a snugger fit.
So I frogged back 15 rounds of 64 sts and will increase up to 70 to see if that’ll work. If not, then I may have to make the sock shorter.
III. Making the Hubby Happy
Last night, E comes into the kitchen and comments with lighted eyes and a smile on how I’ve been really making use of our new Kitchen Aid. He was wondering why did it take so long to get one of these in which I threw back at him, hello, why did it take you so long to buy me one of these babies? But I told him how it was just meant to be because as you remember, he found it for a steal of $170 at Costco!
Last Thursday, my honey was home ill and working from home. I started whipping this bundt cake up:
Isn’t it gorgeous?!
It’s Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Bundt Cake. I saw the recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it out.
Chocolate glaze adorned the top at the end. I used Ghiradelli chocolate for that.
This one was for us. A second had been made for the PTA Board.
Late evening I tried out the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe after seeing this Pin link.
The butter was out on the counter for three hours which is why these probably spread so much. But my daughters really liked this recipe better than the library book one because these were thinner and easier to eat.
I really found the link interesting because the woman used this recipe as a control and then proceeded to make other batches – tweaking an ingredient one at a time as cookie lovers have different preferences (cakey, crispy, etc.) for their chocolate chips. If you make chocolate chip cookies, I really suggest you read that post.
Okie…I am off to either work on the sock or dig out my niece’s ripple.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Bye for now.