Samplings of My Work

Samplings of My Work


Friday, March 1, 2013

Granny, Drunk Cake & Hats


Howdy! :o) Happy Friday y’all!  My most favorite day of the week is here and I thought I’d come visit for a short spell.

I have to tell you, our weather has been just the weirdest this year so far. The roller coaster is still happening. Between last Saturday and Wednesday I ended up with 7.5 inches of rain.  We needed it badly but good Lord did it come down in buckets. Saturday was the worst. 5 inches that day. Then Sunday was clear, sunny and a gorgeous 72 degrees. Then Monday was cloudy and Tuesday was another 2.5 inches of rain. Now we have cleared up again and darned if it isn’t chilly and going to be in the 20’s again on Sunday night/Monday morning. I wish it would make up our minds already!!

So….on to the good stuff. Drunk cake!! OMG. And believe me when I tell you that I ate the whole thing, by  myself. I’m single. I offered and had no takers so hey. One would have loved to partake but she didn’t want to venture out into the rainy night. (Didn’t blame her!) I made it Saturday afternoon. It was gone by Tuesday evening. At least I didn’t eat it all in one sitting! :o)

The particulars are: 1 box white cake mix, mixed according to directions with 1/4 cup of Baileys added in the mix. Bake according to directions. I think next time I will add a little bit more Baileys. Not much though. This cake was so moist, it was unbelievable and I think it had to do with adding the Baileys in. So now you’ve got it baked and you let it cool. I made a sheet cake in a glass pan. I had so much frosting that I decided to cut it in half and make a square double layer cake. I still have enough frosting in the fridge for another cake. Guess where I’m stopping on the way home from work today?  Mmmm hmmm….the store.  Anyways………the frosting. 

2 – 8 oz pkg.’s of cream cheese
3/4 stick of butter (I think my next recipe for this will cut the butter down to 1/2 a stick)
3/4 cup of Kahlua (uh huh, you read that right)
16 oz box of powdered sugar or 10x, whatever you call it

Let the cream cheese and butter soften. Put in a bowl and mix with mixer until creamed together. Add 1/4 cup of the Kahlua and mix well. Add some of the powdered sugar and mix well. Repeat with the Kahlua and powdered sugar until well mixed. Frost your cake.  :o) Easy peasy and omg………it is so darn good. Sinfully good. This is what happens when you have a rainy day at home and your mind works while crocheting. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

drunk cake

Crochet……..oh yeah. :o) I started a Never Ending Granny. The pattern is from Mikey at the Crochet Crowd. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and it’s the first listing in his albums on the left side of the page.  I was going full steam and as is par for me I put it down. It starts to get a bit unruly with all the strands of yarn…they tangle if you’re not careful. I am doing the 7 strand Never Ending Granny. That is to say it is 7 skeins of yarn and you work each one separately in rounds. You can also do 3 or 5 strand if the 7 intimidates you.  I chose 7 because I wanted it a good size when finished.  It is for my daughter’s birthday which is in October so I figure if I start it now I can finish it way before then. I started it with yellow and by the time I got to that color again I didn’t like it. So I pulled the yellow row out and substituted it with Tea Leaf…..the brighter green. I didn’t want to pull the whole thing apart so my plan is to put a flower on top of the yellow to cover it up.  I’m lazy that way. :o( But I think it will be ok. I really like these colors together. It’s much prettier in person.

never ending granny begin

About all I’ve done besides this granny since I last posted is hats. I got a good start on my 24 hat order for my Christmas order for the vet. A couple of the pics are a tad blurry….sorry.  I hate when that happens. You can’t see that they are blurry until you put them on the computer.

The next 5 consist of these yarns:
Red Heart Pale Yellow
Red Heart Pale Plum – lavender color
ILTY Light Peach
RH TLC Baby Calm Blue
RH TLC Baby Lime

two hats in chair    three hats in chair

pale plum and light peach   pale plum and pale yellow hat

These are all girly colors of course.  I made 4 hats out of a 7 oz skein of the RH Pale Plum and still have some left over. Not enough for another hat but how awesome is that?  The pale yellow and light peach are awesome together too. The peach kind of looks pink in person. These colors all remind me of Easter and spring.

The last hat I have to show you today is one I just finished up. It’s for a guy in one of the MC’s (motorcycle club) here in my area. The flying w is the club insignia. Some of you may have seen this on the back of a vest or two of motorcycle riders in your area. This club is nationwide with chapters all over. I have to tell you that this was a challenge for me. One, to make the w with the 3 flying parts off of the one side of the w, and two, to make it a size that it would fit on the hat and not to look too awkward, and three, to sew it on so that it would look halfway decent. It’s not totally straight but the best I could do. The wings coming off the side are what I don’t like about it. It’s not straight. I tried to go with the rounds. Sigh.

wingman hat

So that’s what I’ve been up to since I last visited with you. I’ve had another injection in my neck. The second one was a lot better than the first. I think the doc missed his mark on the first one. This one was no picnic by any means but the first one made me miserable for at least a week after. This coming Monday I go for one in my lumbar (bottom of the back) and then two weeks I get another lumbar injection. I’m hoping they will help me. As it is now I can’t sleep. It feels like two rods poking me in the back and I toss and turn all night long because I can’t get comfortable. I do the best I can under the circumstances. :o)

I hope this post finds you happy and well. May the sun warm your face and add a little sparkle in your eye. :o)



Mindy said...

The colors of your never-ending granny are perfect! I love the way it's turning out. I love the motorcycle club hat, too. You did a phenomenal job.

Hope your back gets some relief soon.

Vikki Hooks said...

Hats look good..Sorry to hear you are still having problems with your back. Hopefully the next round of shots will do the trick. I am not a fan of needles, have a phobia as a matter of fact. I had some really traumatic experiences with needles as a child and I don't seem to have gotten over it. The weather here in Southwestern Indiana is chilly, rainy and cloudy. I can't remember the last time we have had a sunny day. So I sit under the ott lamp and hook away. Need sunshine bad..Have a great weekend, Blessings

Chain Stitch Crochet said...

Hi Mindy! Thank you! I hope you are weathering the cold and snow good! I keep a watch for that area and saw that you've had a bunch of snow lately. Hope you are well!

Chain Stitch Crochet said...

Thanks Vikki! I'm hoping for spring soon too. The lumbar shots don't last long. I had one a couple of years ago and didn't go back for my second one. Now I'm seeing a neurologist instead of an orthopedic dr. This guy is supposed to be good.

Debi Y. said...

Our weather has been weird too - I can't wait for Spring to get here. Great idea to add a flower on your never-ending granny - and I love all the hats you've made. :)