My niece's 8th birthday and her dog's 1st birthday are one day apart, so my niece wanted a dog-themed party, which was last night. I promised to make some dog bone cookies. The plan was to get a dog bone cookie cutter and make sugar cookies decorated in my "usual" style, but then I saw the Scooby Doo graham crackers at the grocery store. Too perfect and way less work! Otherwise, this is my typical method of decorating cookies.
The crackers are actually better than a thinner sugar cookie - it was easier to tap off the excess frosting. Not one broke (unless already broken in the box).
So, this isn't quite a recipe, but they were a huge hit (mostly gone within an hour) so I wanted to share.
Specs: 1 box of Scooby graham crackers (from the cookie aisle), 1 tub of vanilla frosting (thinned in the microwave), 1 bottle of non-pariels. The beauty part of this (besides the no baking and minimal clean-up) is that if your kitchen is a mess (like mine), you can do the whole thing on your ironing board like I did.
I nuked the frosting for 1 minute to thin it, laid out some paper plates, and cut down a plastic cup and poured half the non-pariels into it. Then, I dipped half to three-quarters of each "biscuit" in the icing and tapped off the excess and scraped the bottom mostly clean. Finally, I dipped the end of most of the biscuits into the sprinkles (that was a little messy, so sometimes I just sprinkled some over the end). After they set for a few minutes, the icing was dry enough to put them on a platter.
Close-up. About 70% have sprinkles, 15% or so are dipped but w/o sprinkles, and the rest are plain. If you've ever had a graham cracker & frosting "sandwich," you'll know how good these taste (a little sweet, though).
Lesson learned (at least for my family): Fewer plain, more sprinkles. And 60-year-old men (the grandfathers) will insist on feeding the plain ones to the dog.
My SIL managed to find candy favors for the kids which were little plastic dishes (looked like dog food bowls) filled with candy that looked like kibble and a little candy dog bone. She decorates cakes, so there was a dog-themed cake too. My niece wore dog ears all night that she made out of construction paper. Kind of a strange theme for an 8-year-old's party, but she wanted it that way and had a blast, which is the important thing.
I'm ready to knit my first sweater! It's a pattern my niece picked out. Cute and w/in my skill set (yeah!). But I can't find a good yarn to do it in. She's almost 8. It's for spring/summer, and her mom has requested no wool, 100% machine-washable.
I'm hoping to find a blend (nylon, cotton, acrylic), but it has to be super bulky (about 10 stitches to 4") and I'm STUCK! Being me, I'd prefer there to be as little acrylic as possible, and certainly don't want 100%. I don't mind doubling something.
I need to figure out how to find SLSa* locally. I've purchased it online, and while the cost of the stuff isn't that extreme, the shipping kicked my ass. Any suggestions on the types of companies to look at? I doubt I can say "Metro Detroit" and someone will pop up with a store. But the type of store is, I figure, a possibility.
(For example, my best source for citric acid & glycerin: the microbrew-supply place down the street. I would have never looked there.)
*powdered sudsing agent - I use it to make solid bubble bath
I spent the latter part of summer looking for wool sweaters at thrift stores, thanks to a post here about tote bags, and wanted to share my results so far. It's not taking the place of knitting, but it did kind of save my life when it comes to Christmas gifts!
Mittens, Ice Scraper Mitts (Ice Scraper Tutorial is now on my blog, here.)
Finished last night, but not filled yet, a hot/cold pack. To be filled with rice or other filler. Materials - inner bag: muslin, outer bag: flannel. I'm making up a bunch for Christmas gifts.
To the right you can see the muslin inner bag, waiting to be filled.
Sewn sham-style so the inner bag can be removed and the outer bag can be washed. No fasteners mean the whole thing can go into the microwave.
I'm waiting to see if the recipient wants me to fill the inner bag, or to mail it empty and have her fill it and stitch the small opening. My personal one is filled with rice, but I'm hoping to find a better resource for flaxseed or another filler (the rice has a faint, well, cooked-rice odor -- I don't mind, but others might).
I found a "new" LYS yesterday (new for me), and this fun yarn at the same time. I was looking for something to make a great winter baby hat and couldn't have asked for anything better. I worked on it sporadically last night. In total, it probably took me 2 hours. Would take a faster knitter about an hour, I'd think.
Pattern: my own (I took notes if anyone wants, but it was pretty basic (note that I think this will fit a 3-6 month old - I don't have kids, so I had to guess at the height - got the circumfrence from the mother)) Yarn: 1 skein Jumbo Merino by Knitting Fever (www.knittingfever.com), #180, "Nail Polish." This is a super-chunky merino, and is super soft. I had 2" left over, so for any size larger, you would need 2 skeins (or try going up a needle size) Needles: US 13 (for ribbing) & 15 circs (16" or smaller), US15 DPNs Started & Finished: 10/28 PM
Yeah, like they were going to make it until Christmas. I just couldn't wait!
(I have to get them back and fix the sloppy seam!)
Details: Yarn: Recycled from J. Crew sweater (thrift store, $4) - 100% wool, super soft Needles: I think size US6 Pattern: My own. I wanted to knit them flat, and couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I made one up.
Has anyone noticed this, or am I just nuts? The last couple of things I felted were "medium-sized" and felted in 1 cycle. But last night, I felted several little bowls (turned out SO cute) and they took forever! Some of the yarn in the projects were the same, some were different.
Were there just too many items? (5 little bowls in 3 pillowcases) Too little water? Or do smaller items take longer for some reason?