Friday, September 5, 2008

Cabled Afghan

Now that I have my camera back, and have the USB cord to upload the pictures to my camera, here is a picture of the finished afghan.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I planned to enter this in the Kansas City Irish Fest's knitting contest. The contest theme was cables. My friend Stepheny and I drove to the fest Sunday (it was a busy weekend), and I entered the afghan. There were only three entries in the non-wearable item category, so I was guaranteed to win something. There were two other afghans, one was knit, and the other was crocheted (crochet was accepted as long as the item was cabled).

Yes, that is a 1st place ribbon :) I won a $50 gift certificate to Yarn Shop and More (already spent). I did not win grand prize, but that's okay. It is my understanding that it was a matter of points.

Also worth noting, I knit quite a bit of this in the Irish pub I go to. Speaking of which, it is almost time for Rich to start playing, so I had better sign off.

Here there be dragons!

My friend Tim had his 50th Birthday Bash last Saturday, and as I promised, I did a dragon themed cake. The cake is devil's food with vanilla frosting. The base color is a light blue and then I used some black spray color one one edge of the cake to look like mountains.

I had baked the cake the day before, leveled it, and crumb-coated with icing. The icing crusted up nicely overnight, but the additional coat did not want to cooperate. I think it must have just been too humid out. Note to self--get dehumidifier. So anyway, I had tried doing the pattern transfer twice, but the icing was still not set up enough, so I stuck the cake in the fridge and went and did something else for a while. The frosting set up, and I was running out of time, so instead of piping gel, I used black gel, flipped it over on to the cake. It worked so well that all I had to do was fill in the spaces.

I had originally wanted to do something along the lines of Celtic knot work along the the sides, but my pattern book of borders is packed up somewhere, so I opted for the saying, "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

Tim loved the cake. Here he is, slaying a dragon.