Monday, April 23, 2012

10 miles and all i got is a bruised toenail

I completed my first 10 mile race! Not quite a half marathon, but pretty darn close. I ran it in 1 hour 43 minutes, which gives me a pace of 10:21, which is fantastic for me! I came in 3,587th out of 4,840 people, so plenty of room for improvement. I did however, run on a bruised toenail, which is now threatening to fall off. But other than that, I am feeling good!

You can see a video of me crossing the finish line here.

See if you can find me - I'm wearing a dark purple shirt.

I also completed a cute little project for my nephew who we are going to see in a couple of days. He loves to play with balls, so I thought this was a super cute idea!



The pattern is called "Oh Balls!" by Marcie Nishioka, and can be downloaded for free from Ravelry. Super fast, I made each of these suckers in about 20 minutes using scraps of yarn. Hope he likes them!

Monday, March 12, 2012

bollywood

After working on some disappointing, long running projects, I needed a quick and satisfying knit. So I pulled out a handspun skein of bamboo yarn I bought on a whim a while ago from etsy:It is from Spinning Wheel Studio, and I just fell in love with the colour, which is called "bollywood".

So, after picking this skein out of my stash, I had to decide what to do with it. A one skein purchase of a non-lace yarn is always a bit of a quandary. I decided to try out a cowl, since I've never made one before. I chose the Northumbria Cowl from Knitscene Fall 2010.

This is a simple lace pattern that produces a very lovely textured fabric, which worked well for the complexity of the yarn. Cute!Because it is bamboo, my gauge is a bit off, and there is not as much spring in the fabric. So this cowl is much looser than the pattern suggests. However, I think it still works - probably better with a jacket. Too bad its spring now, no need for a cowl!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

cookies!

I know it's way past Christmas, but I just found this photo on my camera and I wanted to post it - these were my labour of love this year - cookie love!
I finally found the perfect red food colouring and hand painted these cookies using the coloured icing. It took forever, but it was worth it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

long time, no hippo

I haven't posted much lately, since I've been enjoying the summer in the south. However, I wanted to make a quick post on my latest knitting project.It's my first stuffed animal, and it turned out so well! I am very happy with it and my little nephew seemed to like it too!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

roadtrip!

As I mentioned in a few earlier posts, T and I decided to make a big move this year. We picked up in Calgary, AB, Canada and moved down to Alexandria, VA, USA. East to west, north to south, health care to no health care, etc. T flew down earlier as he needed to start working asap. However, I took the leisurely move of tying up all the loose ends before making the drive down. And oh what a drive it was!

Here is a map of the route I took:The trip from Calgary to Winnipeg I've made many times, and although there were a few flash blizzards and a lot of empty fields, it's a pretty good drive. Then mom joined me for the drive down into the USA. Heading out of Winnipeg on a Friday afternoon (after all the pertinent border crossing papers arrived), we quickly got lost in a flooded land of closed roads and detours. Mom thought that making up our own detours would be a good idea. I just thought we were lost. Luckily, a few words with the guys at a small town Rona resulted in a hand drawn map that shaved a full hour off the official detour time.

A relatively quick border crossing put us in Fargo for the night. Next day, we were off through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Although I've been through Minnesota many times, I don't think I've ever made it to Wisconsin before. And it looked exactly as I pictured! Rolling hills, farms, cows, it was quite beautiful in a quaint kind of way. If you ignored all the cheese related billboards. We did make sure to grab some delicious Wisconsin cheese before heading out the next morning though.

The next day brought us to the tri-state toll highway of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. A relatively uneventful day aside from the death defying drive through Chicago. But we made it through, white knuckles and all. The toll highways, while costing us a total of $42 to get across the three states, were well worth it as there were no stops, no slow downs, and convenient little highway "Oasis" stops with gas, food, restrooms and dog walking areas. Winston made quite a few friends at these stops!

Finally, our last day took us through Pennsylvania and Maryland before hitting Virgina. Here is where we starting getting closer to the mountains, and seeing some very beautiful countryside. That is, until we hit the Washington DC beltway and gridlock traffic! After getting lost twice, we finally made it to our new home in Alexandria!

Friday, May 13, 2011

FO: geodesic!

Well, it took almost a year, but I finished my geodesic cardigan.
Actually, once I had some time to sit down and work on it, it really didn't take long to finish. I finished the top half of the body and both sleeves within a few weeks, which is pretty good for me. And here it is:Although the final product is wonderful, the knitting was quite a process. So many stitches to keep track of! Here is a picture of all my stitch counts:And, because I love pictures of cupcakes, here are some red velvet ones I made recently. So yum!I have now completed my move from Calgary down to Alexandria, Virginia. It is so beautiful here! I love it already :)

My next post will be all about the drive down, and the move, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

abominable snow cupcakes and sweet georgia

Even though it is almost May, only a week ago I was driving through a blizzard. So I think it's still topical to write about my latest cupcake adventure - the abominable snow cupcake. This is a white velvet cupcake with a hint of vanilla, baked with marshmallows. When the cupcake bakes, the marshmallows melt into the batter and infuse the cupcake with marshmallowy goodness. So fantastic! On top, a 7-minute icing and coconut. This is the first time I've done a 7-minute icing. It was delicious! Almost like melted marshmallows, so it went well with the cupcake.
This cupcake recipe is found in my usual tome, Cupcakes Galore. However, I thought I'd give you a recipe for 7-minute icing, as it is my new favorite icing and I will be using it again!

7-Minute Icing
2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Mix egg whites, sugar and corn syrup in the top of a double boiler. Heat and whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot. Remove from heat and beat icing for 7 minutes until it is cool and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spread on cupcakes. Lick bowl clean!

I think you could probably replace the vanilla with a different flavour, such as orange or lavender essence, for a different taste. You could also add food colouring to give colour. Although, I do like that the icing is quite WHITE - I find buttercream icing usually takes on the colour of the butter and is more CREAM. So this is a nice, pure white icing for those situations when you really need it!

Aah, being on vacation is nice.

On another note, I visited a local yarn shop a few days ago, and for the first time encountered sweet georgia yarns. I have heard a lot about them, but never seen the yarn in person. It is true to their word, popping with colour! And so soft. Somehow, I caved, broke my "no new yarn" rule and bought the most expensive yarn I've ever bought. CashSilk Lace. 45% cashmere and 55% silk. o.m.g. It is so amazing!The colour is "ginger". I bought it on impulse, so I don't know quite what to do with it. However, it deserves something really special. I'll have to think about it. And squish it lots.