Sunday, 10 April 2011

Shy Baby as of 10.04.11 - PAGE 3 COMPLETED!!

So lots of things to update on this week.

I decided to work on Shy Baby this week even though it should have been the HAED Freebie SAL.  I love working on Shy Baby and even though she isn't in my current rotation I just knew she would help me get my stitching mojo back and I was right.  I managed to do 2,500 stitches on her and completed page 3.  You still can't make anything out but when I compare it with the actual picture I can see images starting to form.

I've made good progress on Little Boy Blue, I've now finished the back, front and both sleeves. The sleeve was supposed to be all stocking stitch apart from one row of pattern at the top of the sleeve but I decided to add in a couple more rows of pattern one of which was in the main design and the other I made up myself. I love how easy it is to make pattern and texture by just changing whether you knit or purl.  So all I have to do now is pick up stitches to do the neck and stitch it up.  I'm going to wait for my mum to come back from holiday though as she is an expert at this and I don't want to mess it up by tying to do something I don't know how I'm doing.  I'm really starting to love knitting and have a whole host of things I want to knit. I absolutely love some of the colours that you can get in sock yarn and would love to knit myself some socks. I wonder though why it is specifically called sock yarn - can you use it for other items or only socks? Any experienced knitters who can answer this I'd be very grateful.

One of my 210 in 2010 goals is to bake all 196 cupcakes from the recipe book 200 Cupcakes. I know it doesn't make sense that there are only 196 recipes but there is a main recipe on each page and then an alternative recipe except for four recipes which are for things like cinnamon butter to dip the cupcakes in. So there are only actually 196 cupcake recipes. Anyway after all that waffle I showed my sister the book and she requested that I make the Mini Simnel Cupcakes next so as I am a good big sister and always do what my little sister says (apart from when she tells me not to buy anymore stash!) I made them a couple of days ago. They have mixed fruit in them and you put a teaspoon of cake mixture in the case and then a little round of marzipan and then put some more cake mixture on top, you then bake them, leave them to cool, top with more marzipan and toast under the grill. To be honest I was a little disappointed with these. I absolutely love marzipan so expected to love these and they were nice but they weren't delicious and I'm not sure I would make them again.

So I'm going back to Masquerade and hopefully I will be able to make some visible progress.


Lou said...

Wow - shy baby is coming along a treat! And I'm glad she helped you get your stitching mojo back! I'm sure you'll see loads of progress on Masquerade this time round! The cup cakes look fab here - look like they are covered with merangue! And like you I was also disapointed with them. However won't say no to being a tester again lol!! xx
I also wonder about the sock yarn, maybe its more hard wearing??

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Shy Baby looks like a baby scan! The nurse is saying "look there's a foot" and I'm thinking "which grey bit do you mean?"

I think I'm going to have to have a look at the finished project to make it out!

Joysze said...

Went to look up Shy Baby and it's adorable!!! I for one, am looking forward to when you get to his cheeks. :D

Those cupcakes look yummy, although I'm not a huge marzipan fan.

Nic said...

Lou not even picked masquerade up yet so there won't be any progress this week - but I have started something new!

Jo that made me laugh out loud that's exactly what she's like!! I've spent ages studying the actual picture and my stitching and I think I've done her chin but I'm not sure.

Thanks Joysze - even though we all said we didn't really like the cakes there was none left after a couple of days :-)