Saturday, May 09, 2009

Spinning and Cake Balls and Fiber, Oh My!

Yes, I have finished spinning my last roving and I think I am getting closer to actually having a more consistent yarn. It's highly addictive and I am just itching to get my next roving on the wheel!!







A friend told me that some of her favorite roving to spin is Creatively Dyed seacel/merino and I just happen to have some in my stash, so I think it will be the next fiber I try. It's 8 ounces, which is twice as much as I've spun before, so that should be fun. Hopefully I'll get some good yardage out of it!













My drink holder came, so I have that on my wheel and ready to use. It holds my new Loopy Ewe water bottle that I got when I was at the Spring Fling. I LOVE this water bottle and the locking flip top. Even if you are not a knitter or a spinner, you may just want one of these!!













The cup holder arrived this week safe and sound. That's right. I think I have gotten the message across to both UPS and USPS and my packages are now being placed safely inside the container. Sophie is a bit disappointed, but she has found other things to destroy! (Like my cute little garden flag!). Good thing she's cute!!!





I also cast on a new scarf. It's Wendy's Feather and Fan pattern done lengthwise. I cast on 418 stitches (using a crochet cast on) and have knit one row. Phew. It's a lot of stiches. My new friend Dani from Germany (Dany on Ravelry) taught me the new cast on and has been a great encourager. She's even going to helping me with some advanced German! (Well, advanced for me!)












My new fun baking project has been Cake Balls. These are so easy to make and very delicious. These are very simple white cake/white frosting dipped in chocolate. I've also tried red velvet cake/cream cheese frosting dipped in white chocolate. The sky is really the limit with what you could do!! If you check them out, read the reviews.. there are lots of good comments and suggestions!




My tip for making these is the dipping chocolate that I have found to be the absolute best for dipping anything. It's a seasonal item that Ghirardelli puts out in the Fall (so probably not much help now!) I usually get it at Sam's Club. Has anyone else found a GREAT chocolate to dip with that is available all of the time? I'd love to know about it!




Well, big day around here!!! R is graduating today with his Master's of Accounting! He then leaves pretty much right away to take the first part (of 4) of his CPA exam. I'm so pround of him! Congratulations son!!


Until Next Time....

8 comments:

Kristi said...

Congratulations to R on his Master's Degree! I also cast on 418 stitches using Dani's cast on and am on row 16. It takes sooo long to get one row done. But is will be so pretty when I'm done. I'm using Hollerstaud'n which is reds/purples. The cake balls look very yummy. Kristi

KSee said...

Your new yarn is beautiful. The roving from Diane looks like an interesting mix of colors. She was at the Robin's Knitters Retreat I went to in January and brought a skein of her yarn. I picked it out to make something for a boy baby. Congratulations to R. Way to go. Please pass a cake ball through the computer screen, please. Wouldn't that be a hoot.

SwissKnits! said...

R-Congratulations on the Master's!!

Oooooo I'm making those cake balls! Every year the adult choir helpers from Church have a lunch, last year I made Buckeyes... this year I'm making the cake balls!!!!!! Whoooo Hoooooo

Thanks!!

Terri said...

You did a super job on your new yarn, and get job also getting UPS/USPS trained to keep packages away from Miss Sophie. Thank you for the recipe link, although I fear the cake balls...

Robin said...

Your hand spun looks great Janice. How many yards did you get with the blue???? Congrats R on your graduation!!

HappyTrails said...

Your newly spun yarn looks great - the color is so beautiful! I don't know if I could ever do a project that required knitting 418 to complete one row - yikes! I am trying the cake balls tomorrow - Yum!
K

stacy said...

Congratulations to R, that is wonderful. Congratulations to you for all the awesome yarn!! I had to get the cup holder too, LOL.

Patricia said...

I love See's chocolate chips to dip with. They are more like chocolate chunks but they melt wonderfully and taste awesome.
http://www.sees.com/
They are not listed on the site but if you phone in your order they will send them out.