Sunday, October 17, 2010

Snails and Puppydog Tails


To balance the Knitabulous Startitis, here's some Spacefrog FO-is. That doesn't quite work, does it? Nonetheless, my "Yellow Crayon" socks in "Primary Colours" Spacefrog colourway are all done. Just your usual vanilla socks with the star toe. I'm really enjoying the star toe - that little swirl to finish off the sock really makes my day.

The name is a Buffy reference: "First day of kindergarten you cried 'cause you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far, ending the world... not a terrific notion. But the thing is, yeah. I love you. I loved crayon-breaking Willow and I love scary, veiny Willy. So if I'm going out, it's here. You wanna kill the world, you start with me."

I always thought Xander had some of the most amazing speeches in Buffy. I also loved his speech to Dawn: "They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes, because nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary."

In the meantime, my extraordinary puppy has developed a passion for crunching snails. Yes, you're right. "Ewwwww." At night, he comes bouncing inside, tail wagging, jaw crunching. I haven't a clue how to put a halt to the snail homicides occurring in my garden.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Knitabulous-startitis

I came down with a serious case of Knitabulous-startitis last week.

It all began when I found these cute Chainmaille earrings from Unkamengifts on the same day I spotted "Persimmon" in Knitabulous' Fifty-Fifty. These were made for each other, don't you think?


And I'd been long wanting to knit up a bright and breezy Summer Shimmer Scarf (The Purl Bee).


Plus, the yarn was a perfect to inaugurate the use of my new project bag from Good To Be Girl. The knitting witch just reminded me so much of Nanny Ogg.

But that started something.

I then cast on Melanie Gibbons' 'Chick Flick' socks from The Joy of Sox, one of my very favourite sock books. I just love looking at this book. It makes me love socks all over again. I cast on in Knitabulous Softsock in 'Sari Pink'. Girlie socks, definitely.


Then I remembered... Through the Loops does a mystery sock in October and last year I didn't get to do it because work was a nightmare. Work is still a nightmare at this time of year, but, one, I loved last year's sock so felt bitter disappointment, and two, work is always going to be a nightmare at this time of year. So, I'm sure the following image doesn't really give a thing away - other than the sock being top down - here is the mystery sock being started in Knitabulous's Merino Sock in 'Purple Palace'.


And before you think it, the last two were stash busting efforts! I felt quite proud of myself at that point... until I noticed the number of WIPs I suddenly have.

Oh well. Last night I was trying to get some writing done. Hellboy was on TV. I sat and stared at my computer screen. Then I got up and made pumpkin pie cupcakes with maple frosting.

Oh my. They are awesome.

They are so awesome that after a late breakfast, I had an early morning tea.


There's just one catch. I invented the recipe with one eye on Hellboy saving kittens and one hand grabbing whatever spices etc I thought would make the cupcakes interesting.

I might try to recreate it today. Because, seriously, if I do say so myself (and I do), these cupcakes are mouth-meltingly good.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Perfect Saturday Afternoon

It was one of those perfect, sunny, Saturday afternoons. Mum was flying home in the evening, so we celebrated her upcoming birthday a bit early.

With cupcakes.

I tried out the Cherry Bomb Cupcakes from Cupcake Bakeshop. We nipped off to the supermarket for the ingredients and then the baking began. My BKFF tried these just a day or two ago and assured me they are 'the most awesome cupcakes ever'. I'd initially been intrigued since, yes, they're gluten free! Plus, chocolate and chilli, one of my all time favourite flavour combinations. You just can't get better.

After the initial bit of baking, I popped in the cherries and they were already looking scrumptious.


They have a meringue frosting. BKFF hadn't tried the meringue frosting, so I take this opportunity to assure BKFF that it is worth the bother. Since I was on a roll, I adjusted the colour of the frosting a little bit...


A pink and brown cupcake simply tastes better!


Mum's verdict? Best birthday cupcake in the world. This is something. Mum doesn't like meringue. Mum asked what the light, fluffy frosting was. "Meringue." "No." "Yes." "No." "Yes." "But it's not sweet and icky." "No."

Afterwards, we sat on the back steps with cups of coffee, occasionally getting up to play ball with Wee Davie. Mum had earlier devised a clever new aspect of the hen - yes, we acknowledge this - mansion. She put up a little fence and we can use the coop door as the gate to the new coop extension, as well as to the mansion itself. So now the hens can pop in and out and scratch in their old haunts without fear of Wee Davie invading (although he has been testing out the structural soundness of the mansion and fence with his ball).


Only, as I was photographing the cleverness of the multi-purpose door, Wee Davie thought there was something lacking in the photo...


Him.