what colour is a rut?

Do you think it’s a murky browny dirty colour? That’s what a rut feels like doesn’t it? Yep, in a stinking "what am I doing with my life, what do I want from my life" blah blah etc RUT. Stinking dirty rut.

You got the picture.

Talking to a friend I was trying to explain the rut, he hadn’t seen The Young Ones, so I couldn’t even explain the rut. Like I’m about to those of you that do remember them. Remember the bored skit? Well, here you go. Hopefully the rut will pass (sort of like a weather front) and something warm, fuzzy and crafty will come back to me. You’ll need some sound peeps.

EDITED – Removed video, had some problem with the file.

Not working here? Go here.

See it and weep….

Hey IV’s how you all going on your clapotis? Hey? Hey? Yeah, I know what you’re gonna say, "I’ve got kids,  you don’t" well, phewy to you gals! LOL, I’m just giddy because, one I actually finished an IV knit and two (most importantly) I finished FIRST.

Ummm, *kicks foot in dirt*, however in my excitement to try and photograph her I aaah locked my keys in the car….with the car running, on a work day! Hilarious now, but not at the time! Let’s just say we hadn’t eaten breakfast and had a sudden rush of poop to the brain.

Clapotis

The verdict, she’s lovely. Lovely to wear, lovely yarn, bit of a ballbreaker to knit, ie monotonous AND I finished her with only metres of yarn left, Alison M actually ran out of yarn with six rows to go and managed to scrape through with ends. So a little warning to anyone knitting the clap with the lion and lamb…Also if I’d considered it further I would have made her a couple of inches narrower and longer, just how I like to wear my scarves, I won’t wear her as a shawl. I’d like to knit her again with sock yarn or Koigu, something like that. It is an excellent pattern.

Watchit or I’ll cut ya a new one…

It’s the Spicedude’s birthday which is just an excuse for me to make something. Just as well Spicey doesn’t mind handmade…well not that he’s said otherwise. I figured a small kitty softie’s not too girlie for a tough aussie male. Umm well maybe it is, but I reckon that Cleaver has enough attitude to pass for a fella’s toy.

So we have Cleaver. Obviously named after the handtool that he’s wielding, don’t tell anyone but it’s made from poly clay so really, Cleave’s harmless. Don’t you trust him? What, what do you mean his eyes are shifty?! Cleave’s wearing a red felt APRON people, APRON, not a frock and he thinks the grey pocket is very manly. I think Cleave’s having an identity crisis.

Cleaver_side

Cleaver

We also have an oven mitt. Another manly gift 😉  The mitt is to complement the mapron I made for another of Spicedude’s birthday’s. Using the pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s latest book and I found thermal wadding to use so no burnt man hands.

Spiceymitt

The only whoopie I’m getting at the moment….

Yes folks, bit of a drought at the moment. Ironic, you’re in a relationship you stop wanting it, you become single you start obsessing about it. Or you sew, bake, knit, create like a maniac to distract yourself. Yes, yes, ironic I know.

I’ve had it on the brain especially since seeing a recipe named "Whoopie Pies" in the June issue of Delicious magazine. These are presented as a children’s snack, however aside from the sweet marshmallow filling I don’t think kids would enjoy the bitterness of the chocolate, but I did!

Whoopie pies, Delicious magazine, June 2006 Kate Tait

1 cup (150g) plain flour
1/2 cup (50g) dutch cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
120g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 firmly packed cup brown sugar (100g)
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
100g white marshmallows

  • Preheat oven 180C
  • Line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb into a bowl.
  • Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and beat until combined.
  • Place 32 tablespoonfuls of mixture 4cm apart on the prepared trays, bake for 7-8 minutes until doubled in size and firm on the top when gently pressed. Cool on trays
  • Place marshmallows and 1 teaspoon warm water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds, then stir until smooth.
  • Spread the marshmallows over 16 of the rounds, then sandwich them together with the remaining rounds.

Sit back, feet up and enjoy slowly with a cuppa…not quite the same, but a distraction.

Whoopie_pies

BT3 hopped in…

Lovely Alicia as she’s know around these parts spoiled us rotten. She sent us Nell, Spud and I love her. She’s so sweet and extremely well made, OMG the itty bitty french knots, INSANE. I love her buttons Alicia, I’m assuming they’re vintage.

The only PROBLEM, yes, I’m sorry there are problems, is that Nell wouldn’t sit still for her photo, she was so excited to have moved to Australia, even though the plane trip was a little hairy, quite long and damn cold in that luggage hold. She’s figured out she’s nicely coordinated with my teacups and won’t get out of the display cabinet.

Bt_bunny

Spud and I thank you, Spud thinks he has a new buddy to hang out with, sad but true the life of an indoor kitty cat.