Friday, September 28, 2007

Fall color

School is keeping me busy, and I am (hopefully) getting over a cold. Some fall color in the sky on a recent weekday morning at Chez Arrow...

Fall color
Sunrise over Bernal Hill

It's autumn!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cupcake gig

This weekend I made cupcakes for a children's birthday party. The party had a carnival theme, so there were polka dots all over. (The decorations were beautiful, but I foolishly forgot to photograph the main room.) The client wanted neutral colored frosting with colored dots to match the party colors.

Cupcake table
Dotty cupcake table

I made 50 cupcakes and 50 mini-cupcakes, plus a bunch extra of each. The color-coded flavors were chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream, coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, lemon cupcakes with Meyer lemon buttercream, and vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

Cupcake sign
Flavor signage

Transport went smoothly, thankfully...even though I have made cupcakes for two weddings, I still am a bit nervous until the cupcakes have arrived safely at their site.

Cupcakes to go
Cupcakes ready to go

I have not heard back from the client yet, but I hope the cupcakes were enjoyed by the partygoers!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Arrow's new friend

Joanne's sister Jenny adopted a beagle...meet Sally!

Arrow and Sally
Arrow blinks for the picture

The beagles joined some knitting ladies at Opera in the Park this weekend. It was a lovely afternoon...knitting, listening to arias while noshing and petting two beagles! Sally is smaller than Arrow, and she has cute freckles on her paws. The beagles were very busy...

Arrow at Opera in the Park
Sally naps

They took turns napping...

Sally looks at Arrow
Arrow naps while Sally looks on

I made apple cardamom cupcakes for the occasion, with apples from a fellow teacher's apple tree.


Apple caramel cupcakes
Apple cupcakes for a picnic

The cardamom seeds I ground up in the mortar and pestle were so fragrant that I decided to use only half the amount, and I think the resulting cupcakes were spiced just right. I filled them with caramel and used my favorite cream cheese in the frosting...a tasty combination...Sally seemed to think so!

Sally sniffs Maia's cupcake
Can I have a bite?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Birthday clutch

It's been over a year since my last finished knit...too long! So for Joanne's birthday, I made her the felted clutch from One Skein.

Felted clutch
Pattern model next to actual bag

Pattern: The clutch you'll never give up from One Skein
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky, wild violet colorway, almost 1 skein
Needles: US 15 bamboo circulars (16")

The bag didn't turn out quite so neatly as the model in the pattern photo, but it's still pretty cute. And it was a fairly quick knit...even for this slowpoke knitter! Here is the bag pre-felting...

Pre-felting
Not seamed up yet

I definitely want to try another pattern in the book...of course, I still have a lot of other unfinished knits...sigh!