Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Stills - Fruit....And An Olympic Chocolate Medal

I did it! I completed the Pretty Thing cowl for the Knitting Olympics with plenty of time to spare to relax and watch Neil Young perform in tonight's closing ceremonies. And, along with whatever Franklin is cooking up, I earned a chocolate medal! Thanks, Alice :-).



In celebration (and because Saint Tim is a smart xxx mouth), team No-bake-istan decided to actually bake something (that Saint Tim doesn't like). With fruit! This is my favorite holiday dessert - Gingerbread made with fresh ginger, topped with poached cranberries - from my favorite cookbook, Fields of Greens.



Trying to photograph a baked good - with fruit - was about as much fun as the actual baking. I finally took it outside, for natural light, and decided...once again...to stick with knitting. By the way, if you look closely, you can see my reflection in a cranberry. If the cowl had shown up better, I'd have skipped this next shot ;-).



Okay, these next two pictures are mostly just reference.



Before blocking.



Pinned out after a soak in warm water with a touch of Fibre Wash and Rinse. I just love the smell of lavender. By the way, both pictures were taken in the same room, under basically the same light. Can someone explain why one is gray and the other brown?

In conclusion, I am very pleased with my first lace project. I am happy I completed it in the allotted time. I am actually happy I ripped it back three times to fix minor errors....and I'm proud my handspun held up for that many rip backs. Qiviut is apparently not only super, super soft, but strong as well. And there's still some left ;-).

For more fruity Sunday Stills...

To check out the other 4055 participants in the 2010 Knitting Olympics...

18 comments:

Camp said...

OHhhhhh SAY CAN YOU SEE.....I just want you to have the thrill of hearing the national anthem while eating I mean receiving your gold medal ;-) Congratulations! Looks lovely. Although if I am to be honest..I didnt even know what it was till you modeled it..so thanks for the edumacation.

and the dessert...hmm..interesting!

flowerweaver said...

The Pretty Thing turned out great! You deserve your medal. Looks like a win for the No-bake-istan team.

gtyyup said...

I'm sorry but I laughed through your whole post...from knitting 'n chocolate to cranberries to the self portrait and the finale with the cowl...you really got the flow goin' girl!

That really is strange with the two photos being so different...Ed should know the answer to that one.

Michelle said...

WooHOO for YOU! I'm steaming towards the finish line, crossing my fingers and pushing hard.... I have until the END of the closing ceremonies, right? RIGHT?

Lori Skoog said...

You did a great job with the photograph (making us all hungry) and I love your knitting project. Nice to see you in the mirror!

Word verification!!!! sking
How's that for the last day of the Olympics?

colleen said...

Congratulations! Love the shots of the project, and the pie!

theegggather said...

Congrats on the medal - chocolate or gold, it doesn't matter, except, I'd like to eat the chocolate one and I don't even like choco that well. It's all these post with the fruit and then you come up with gingerbread with cranberries - I'm in southern Ohio, I could be down your way in about 2 hours - sooner if I break the speed limit. Get the coffee on!

Alice said...

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task but it is my duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble". Helen Keller

Congratulations on the proud finish of the Pretty Thing cowl and the gingerbread dessert ( that you shopped two States to find the ingredients for).... both of them worthy of a Graeters Gold Medal!

melanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Ed said...

congrats and the cranberries look delish..:-)

tonya fedders said...

Congratulations on your medal! The cowl is gorgeous. Loved the portrait in the berries.. :)

Gayle said...

Congratulations on finishing on time. It's just beautiful.

Peacecat said...

Outstanding job knitting that Qiviut! I am inspired, as I have yet to spin mine. Now I feel like I should do it! I love the cowl. I want reports on how warm it is, and how soft.
And THAT GINGER CRANBERRY concoction looks AMAZING...YUM!!!!

Loco Lindy said...

Great job, especially considering what you had to go through just to detangle the yarn! Missed the knitting olympics and most of the real thing... oh well, there's always next time.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Thanks everyone! I enjoyed it :-). And big thanks to Dianne - she's the one who detangled the yarn!

Dianne MacDonald said...

I'd forgotten that exercise in de-tangling. I LOVE Alice's quote! (so according to that, I did accomplish something!)

Anonymous said...

Congradulations! I pushed and finished my Rushing Rivulette socks at 5:50 p.m. Saturday ('cuz I knew I wouldn't knit Sunday). I don't have a blog, but they will hit the Knit 1, Take 2 blog at some point.

Thanks for posting. Your Pretty Thing is certainly a pretty thing.

Leah

Brenda said...

You did a great job! congrats! and love the fruity dessert!

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