One more on the needles. I realized that, as a gift for my mom, she’d probably prefer a set rather than a single one. They knit up fast – I’m about halfway into the 2nd – so I don’t have any fear about not finishing it in time. The worst and most time consuming was the crochet edging. Perhaps with this 2nd one it will go faster/easier.
I got it into my head today to pick up my needles and knit something lacy. I’ve been on a roll with making things for the house lately, though mostly those projects were sewing related. And I’ve been a little bored with my current projects on the needles (so much boring stockinette on this pleated top!) . So a little lace doily felt like just the thing I needed. I think I’ll gift this one to my mother when it is finished – it would look pretty on her bedroom dresser!
I’m working on Flacon. It’s not a difficult pattern – the worst for me has been dealing with slippery stitches on DPNs (should have used my wood needles instead of metal), and then some difficulties with my hands and the small circular after I ended up with too many stitches for my DPNs. I think I’ll work on Mommes Lysedug next.
Neglect your dormant indoor plants and they suddenly decide to surprise you in early February with nice, healthy leaves starting to grow. This is my Chicago Hardy fig. I was worried about winter killing it so I brought it indoors once it lost leaves and looked like it was done for the season. Now it appears it is thriving once more. Perhaps this year we’ll get a fig or two from the plant?
My other indoor plants? Alive, but definitely showing signs of my neglect.
I got it into my head today to make a quilt. I had purchased a package of fat quarters a few weeks back thinking it would make a pretty, small quilt to curl up under on the sofa, but this morning I realized that the colors in the fabrics matches quite well to the wall color of our bedroom. Naturally, I had to start planning it out right away. I’m aiming for something simple for this quilt. I’m still not quite comfortable with my quilting skills just yet, so I don’t want to get overly fancy/complicated. I probably should have started with a quilt for the twin size guest bed… but whatever. Biting off more than I can chew is practically the story of my life.
And in the “shit that kinda scares me” category… cake in a mug. I saw the idea floating around on the internet and decided to try it. I mean, I love cake, but we generally don’t need an entire cake to eat around the house. Really, I just want cake for the day and then I’m over it. Brownies, on the other hand… but I digress.
The cake in a mug thing goes as follows: You buy two boxes of cake mix – one in a flavor of your choice (I picked chocolate fudge), the other *has* to be Angel Food cake. You mix them together really well and store it in an air-tight container. When you want a piece of cake, you take 3 tablespoons of cake mix and add 2 tablespoons of water and stir it up until it looks like a batter. Then you throw it in the microwave for 1 minute.
A lot of people online were raving about how awesome this is. For me it’s just kind of ‘meh.’ It doesn’t taste chocolatey to me like I had hoped. The batter gets frothy when you start mixing it, and it has a smell that I just can’t put my finger on. It certainly doesn’t smell as delicious as a traditional cake. Plus there is all those weird ingredients listed on the packaging. I’d rather bake my own cake from scratch with whole wheat flour, real butter, etc. Unfortunately I now have a big container of the mix. What to do?