Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hot off the needles!!

I actually finished this short-sleeved summer tweed shirt for my daughter last week. However, by the time I steamed it, washed it and put it on her a few days passed by. Also when it was time for a photo shoot, we had a teeny bit of a problem. Her head would not go through. As I was desperately trying to stretch it with my hands, there was a screaming baby who was very unhappy. Here’s a picture of the culprit!Innocent-looking baby shirt… it is guaranteed to make even the calmest baby scream when tried on

I knew what I had to do, however, since I steamed, seamed and washed the shirt, I dragged my feet to change it. I even desperately thought, I can try it again on her, but then came to my senses. I went to Yarniverse, to get ideas from the ladies. One mentioned that the bound off edge was too tight, and I had to do it with larger needle. (i already did that btw). The other mentioned that I needed to add buttons. For some reason, it’s always really easy to put baby shirts with shoulder buttons. Even with their onesies. I liked the idea, however, never had to knit anything with a shoulder button… It was kind of painful to find the ends of the yarn. I hid them pretty well, I guess. And summer tweed doesn’t frog very easily. It loses it’s shape and form immediately. Then half-way, I thought, how the ribbon would work with the buttons. After all, each time I had to put it on, I would have to take the ribbon off… I like functional and practical clothes for myself and my babies. With twin infants re-threading a ribbon each time is out of the question… So here’s the end result… and my husband and I decided that different color buttons are also cute! (should I also add, I didn’t have matching pairs)

My daughter wore it for one of our employee’s birtday party. And we got great compliments!!

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Domestic Diva

I had several projects that I wanted to post about. I need to hire a blogger to keep up with my blog ?!?! One more thing on my to-do list, but I have a good feeling about this. That it has the potential to make me feel better, even though noone might read it.

OK, here we go…..

First the viking hat that I knitted for my son. I finished it last week!! I need to post pictures with him wearing it, but this will be good for now!
Viking hat. Pattern from www.bellaknitting.com

That same weekend we had friends come over. I think I won’t post the names of our friends for privacy issues. I might come up with names for them 🙂 We were in the kitchen for hours…

Here’s the Zucchini Pie that I made. This is a winner recipe from Pillsbury bake-off. And even non-zucchini folks will eat it. The zucchini lovers like myself, will love it! This is a great recipe! I use a whole wheat store-bought pie shell and it always turns out great!

go to http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/ShowRecipe.aspx?rid=12405 for recipe

Now onto this week’s projects. I started knitting cottons, since it is March and summer comes here early. However, it snowed 6″ on Friday. It melted the next day. I think we broke a record with this much snow, in March. The last time it snowed this much in March was in 1892 I think. I am not sure on this fact thought, if I am wrong blame it on the newspaper… It rarely snows here. For the past 8 years, I only saw snow 3 times and that includes this one. (For the friends who read my blog in Turkey: snow here means, snow in Adana)

Jacket for my son!! The original pattern is from Debbie Bliss Baby Knits book. Of course, since I never follow a pattern to the T, it took me a lot longer than it should have. I changed the yarn. I used yarn on hand. I used 2 colors. I had to do calculations for gauging. Then I didn’t have enough yarn for long sleeved jacket, so I knitted a short sleeve version. It’s supposed to be a summer jacket, and kind of a “beach/summer theme”… and I found “fish buttons”… I love it, and it looks great on him!

Finally, this weekend’s most important project… The Cordon Rose Cheesecake with Berry topping. The recipe is from “The Cake Bible”, by Rose Beranbaum. http://www.thecakebible.com/ Her PhD thesis was on “the effect of sifting flour on the outcome of yellowcake”. Most “baking forums” view her as the goddess of cakes. Baking is one area where I follow the recipe to the T, the gram, the temperature, and millisecond. You cannot get creative with baking unless you are a chemist, a chef. Or both chemist chef, like Ms Beranbaum. Or you have experienced with a recipe like 500 times and you are not afraid to waste all ingredients. The cheesecake came out great. And we had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since I had to bake the day before, 24 hours was too long for me to wait, so we started with breakfast. It’s very creamy (I guess the true New York Cheesecake is supposed to be that way), a little softer compared to Cheesecake Factory cake, but very light, fluffy and tasty. And since I used all organic products, aside from adding to my family’s waistline, it wasn’t that unhealthy. It looks a lot more delicious in real life. That reminds me, I need to take a photo class or nag my husband to do it for me!!!

Talk to you soon…