Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finished Objects

I know, It's been a long time since I've posted some finished projects here. This won't be a long list, but it should be an interesting one.

First, I'll just go ahead and say that I've probably got more things on the needles than I need to. It's really kind of sad that, I'm almost two times more likely to start something new than I am to actually finish a project. If I just count the project bags in my direct vicinity (living room knitting chair), there are NINE UNFINISHED OBJECTS. That's not even digging into what's holed up in my studio, which is actually soon to be the nursery/studio, which I am actually not bitter at all about. No, not even a little.

So, you'll probably understand at least a little why I've only finished THREE THINGS since the last update.

The first is a wonderful lace slouch dubbed the Spring Beret (Rav link).


That's right, folks. This project was finished while the grass was still green.

The second, and I am calling these finished despite the fact that they still don't have ties and poms (ties and poms are not knitting, so there), are some tres cute baby booties. I started these pretty much just after New Years Day, and I'm not going to officially reveal these until we find out the sex of our little nugget, which will be on Feb. 25. Then I'll make gender-specific ties and poms and whatnot. And share them here, of course.

The third, which was just finished today, is Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau.


Don't you just love my model?


Me, too.

There should be more finished objects soon, considering that I'm on a wild finishing spree. I'm going to try to finish two things for every month this year. Considering that I'll be enormously preggers for more than half the year, and that sitting will become a sport to me, that doesn't seem like too much of a challenge.

Hope I can hold myself to it!

Homemade Doughnuts

Being pregnant is so weird. For instance, I dream about some of the craziest things. Last night I dreamt about doughnuts. Strange, right? Who dreams about doughnuts? Me, apparently.

So, I got up at about 8:45 this morning, ready to have doughnuts. Then I remembered reading a doughnut recipe somewhere, and the light clicked on: "I'll make my own damned doughnuts, thankyouverymuch!"

All of the recipes in my cookbook collection called for frying. I DESPISE FRYING. It makes the whole house reek. So, I went to the lovely interwebs and found the perfect solution. Using Heidi Swanson's Baked Doughnut recipe, I dove right in.


A few things to consider: These doughnuts take about 2 hours, so don't plan on having them for an early breakfast. I imagine they'd be great brunch food. Also, they're tremendously rich, just like their fried brethren.


Don't roll the dough out too thin, either. If you do, you'll end up with wimpy little doughnuts. I didn't cut the holes out for my doughnuts, and I ended up making 22 of the little suckers. If you make them, be prepared for the overabundance of doughnutty goodness.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Favorite Models

Got My Hurr Did

My lovely sister Kara visited us (and our menagerie) last weekend. She was such a pleasure to hang out with. We went shopping at my new favorite store: IndieGenius.

Also, I got a much-needed hair cut.