So . . . this week I have been stress-testing yarn.
I have knit and ripped out the same three inches of this sock a total of five times. This is the sixth knitting of this yarn, and I think I finally like the way the sock looks.
And it is not like I’m attempting a complex pattern. Yet it took me six tries to get it right.
On the bright side, I am happy to report that Fleece Artist Merino Sock yarn can be ripped and reknit many times without hurting it. No need to thank me. I’m happy to conduct these experiments for you.
The colorway is “Ruby Red,” by the way.
I think it might be a good idea if I cautiously back away from the knitting for a little while.
Look at this book:
It’s Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse by Kaye Hansen and Liv Hansen, and I got a review copy of it this week.
Aside: While I will often proclaim that I do not cook, I am a closet foodie. And baking is a particular love of mine. I have, in the dim and distant past, made puff pastry and croissants from scratch. And other assorted hijinks.
Wowie, wow, wow, this is food pr*n at its best. When I flipped the pages the first time, the book opened to this:
Little star shaped strawberry shortcakes. With blueberries. The perfect dessert for an Independence Day picnic, no?
And check out this autumnal cheesecake:
There are recipes for muffins and cupcakes as well, and recipes for many different icings, and detailed directions for decorating your little cakes. So. Cute.
I actually read the book cover to cover when I got it yesterday. It’s packed full of good information and advice, as well as recipes and instructions for decorating. Most of the items in the book are very do-able by “normal” people in a normal kitchen. It gives me hope.
Would you like a copy of this book? (I’m not giving up my copy, nosireebob, but the publisher generously offered to send a copy to the winner of my blog giveaway.)
Send an email to the Official WendyKnits Contest email address: blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before 4:00pm Eastern time on Thursday February 28, 2008. A winner will be selected at random and I’ll arrange for a copy of this marvelous book to be sent to you.
If I had the ingredients handy, I’d be baking little cakes right now instead of knitting. Hmmmmmmm . . . I think a trip to the grocery store is in order . . .
Well, to tell the truth, Lucy is too busy having a political discussion with a friend to say anything right now.