Monday, March 15, 2010

My 3 favourite things in life. Cake, Yarn and Chocolate Puddings!

This cake has been the reason for my absence over the last week. Phew, it has taken ages - not just in the icing, but also the research! It's the West Ham football team - when I Googled it, 40 something players came up as being in the first team. So then I had to narrow it down to 11. Then I had to find out hairstyles and skin colour... the list goes on.

Anyhows, here is a close up of a few of them. I'm quite pleased with the way it's turned out. The purple of the shirts isn't quite right, but is as close as I could get it. These football themed cakes are a mixed blessing really - I love how they turn out, but they just take so damn long - bed time at 1.30 is just too late for me. I need all the beauty sleep I can get!

Remind me someone what my New Year's Resolution was about not buying any more yarn. I seem to think that I wasn't buying any this year. Hmmm. Well that's gone out of the window! I found this wondrous ball of Camelspin (75% silk, 25% camel... divine!) on someone's destash page on Ravelry. Oh such a dangerous place to go to!

The very nice lady was also selling this Skein Queen in the very pretty, delicate shade (!) of violent pink and bright orange. Love these 2 colours together, so bonkers and insane and clashy. Right up my street! I see something on the new sock club being made in these very soon!

And on the subject of the new sock club, I found (again on a Ravelry forum!) this Posh Yarn Laura in the most perfect pink. Have you ever knitted with Laura? If not, I urge you to find some. I really think it's my favourite sock yarn in the whole wide world. 80% merino, 20% cashmere. What's not to love? The feel is beautiful, the stitch definition is perfect. Oh yes, I love Laura!

Anyone started on their Polly Jean socks yet? I cast on yesterday and have now completed the first pattern repeat. What a great pattern! I never thought I could cope with lace charts, but the pattern is so clear and easy to read, it's just a dream to work. If you were undecided about joining us, then decide right now, download the pattern and cast on straight away. You will not be disappointed!

I haven't shown you a Saturday Pudding for a while now. So have this one on me. Chocolate mousse with white chocolate mousse on top. Naturally I enjoyed a fat free yoghurt!


Thank-you all so much for the help and advice and very kind comments on the Golden Wedding Blanket. I have changed my mind so many times, but have now officially decided. There will be another row of flowers and the finished blanket will be 81 squares big - 9x9. I saw one on Ravelry that was 9x11 and it just looked very long and thin, the squareness with the square squares (are you following this?!) appealed to me very much, so 9x9 it will be. I shall keep you updated on its progress, but hopefully it should be done before too long!

11 comments:

wonderwoman said...

that cake is absolutely amazing - a work of art - such a shame someone is going to cut it!!! i love the pink yarn, just want to pick it up and hug it!!

xxx

Moogsmum said...

Wow Michaela - that cake is amazing!! I can't get over the super neat writing on their shirts!

Not at all jealous of your lovely yarn.....nope, not one bit....actually, rather a lot! I love all of them and now have to rummage through Ravelry.

I'm loving this sock pattern. Finished repeat 2 on sock 1 last night - repeat 2 on sock 2 is my mission for tonight :)

xxx

trash said...

Ummm ...does it count towards my sock if I looked at the pattern yesterday?

I spent several many minutes trying to decipher the rib pattern before the computer started fizzing and hissing. Turns out tears falling into the hard drive are not a good thing.

Sarah Knits said...

wow the cake is amazing - so sad that it will be eaten! You have so much more patience than me....

How long have we got to do these socks? I am up to the last 2 rows of the second repeat but am doing 2-at-a-time for the first time ever, they seem to be slower to do but I am not really taking into account that they are both coming along at the same time.

Love the pattern by the way, the chart is so easy (only just conquered my fear of them) and the pattern is starting to develop.

I look forward to seeing everyone elses as well.

Rachel said...

My boys would love that cake as they are all West Ham fans - just don't let them catch you calling the shirts "purple", it's CLARET don't you know! ;)
Gorgeous yarns you have there too, and that choccie mousse looks delicious!
Rachel x

Pat said...

That cake is amazing!! I love the Ravelry swap list - don't think I will ever buy small amounts of yarn anywhere else ever again...well, maybe...

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

That cake is incredible! I really think you should be being paid millions of pounds to be working as a model maker for animations! You are brilliant! Locket xx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

P.S. could you explain how to find the destash pages in Ravelry?

marit said...

That cake??? Gorgeous! How can anyone eat it? It's just amazing!!!

I missed the post about the sockclub...which is probably good! You have a very special talent for picking/finding very special patterns! I'd love to knit those Kaffe Fassett socks-LOL! But I'm trying to knit a tunic now...

picperfic said...

Sorry I don't comment so often these days, I just can't seem to drag myself away from Ravelry, but after that splendid luch I just had to pop over and have a peek at teh football cake. Wow, I love your characters, your research is so intense, bet they loved it to bits, it is stunning!

Hat said...

Amazing cake!