The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Greetings and salutations. I want to express my gratitude for your unfiltered impressions and opinions. They buoy me up as support and wrap around me as warmth.

Braves the Cold with a Stop Sign is a success. The crossing guard was cute as I could tell no one has knitted for her before. She wasn’t quite sure what the knit was and how to use it. I showed her the pic from two posts ago and she was like, “Cool, thanks!” I’m glad to have given her something unique that she’ll always remember.

It’s funny. I thought I wouldn’t be around much this week but here I am again. It will most likely be different the next two weeks as our dames will be home. That means this mum will be on call for as long as they’re awake each day.


1. I am still in love with Malabrigo Rios even though I had to travel 23.8 miles for another skein:



2. I was able to find three, unique buttons for this cowl:



Drying is taking considerable time so I enlisted the help of a portable heater which only helps a teeny bit:


I still have more blocking to do!


Note to Self: When having to bake for the masses, use tried and true recipes; otherwise, you’ll waste the day and ingredients:

Ever see on Pinterest those surprise loaves/cakes that have colored shapes or letters inside? Doing something like has been on my baking bucket list for a long time.

  1. After a fruitless search at Target for mini cookie cutters, I figured I’d use what I have – a small leaf one.

2. I tried out Martha’s pound cake recipe. It came out very dense. In truth, I think the batter had too much whipping action. I cut out 40+ mini leaves.

3. The Wilton mini loaf pan was sprayed and leaves were lined up single file, five in a row.

4. I tried a new, pumpkin recipe that was geared for the Wilton pan. However, this batter came out so thick! <(`^´)> You can see in this fourth photo that the batter didn’t cover the leaves on the bottom 〴⋋_⋌〵!

5. For the second batch, I placed some batter on the bottom first to see if that helped.

6. While it did, the leaf shape is nothing but a blob. Boo ╚═[ ˵ •̀ ﹏ •́ ˵ ]═╝!

So, in conclusion, I let the crew eat some and the princesses gave the rest to their friends today. Yes, yes, I know; at least none were wasted.

Would I try something like this again? I’m on the fence but hanging over the no-side. It’s a lot of work. I would have been happier making cupcakes and frosting them.

Off to figure out dinner. Thanks for stopping by.


12 thoughts on “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

  1. Love the cowl buttons! I never have much luck when it comes to making my baked goods look as pretty as on pinterest, so I focus on flavour.


  2. Definitely agree about tried and true for baking for the masses. I am trying a few new recipes for this Christmas but they’re from blogs I’ve used a lot AND I have a backup plan just in case things go horribly wrong. I love the idea of the shape in the loaf and it’s on my bucket list as well. I’m a bit nervous about it though! Those buttons and the color of the cowl is gorgeous!


  3. Hope the blocked items dry out for you, that’s the thing with this time of year, takes forever! I’m sorry the nibbles turned out different to how you wanted it and I really love those buttons, I’ve a thing for buttons lately and trying to find them.


  4. The cowl is fabulous! Those buttons are great too.

    I have not baked one single goodie for the holiday season. I just do not have the time or the inclination to do so when there are a few moments to breathe. However, that really stinks that your project did not turn out; it is such a great idea. At least you can say you tried it and can cross it off of your bucket list, right?


  5. Love that cowl colorway. Lovely.

    I tell you the experimental baking … it can be disappointing. It’s funny how we have our minds set and then meh, right? But for every meh, there is some kind of new wonderful waiting for you! Hope it’s good with the girls!


  6. That picture of the two sweaters blocking and other handknitted gifts waiting in the wings is a whole lotta good. You did great this year in the knitted gifts department! Too bad about the failed baking project. But at least you gave it a try. Hope that you are enjoying your holidays!


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