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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Knitting and Knitting and Knitting and Knitting...

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Looking for a job, which is taking a lot of my time. It's gotten so boring that on Friday while I was taking applications back to the mall, I did a little shopping and scored some $10 pants at Charlotte Russe! I had tried them on before but I wasn't sure if I liked them or not. My mom says she had them in the 80's. I'm finally seeing some job hunting results though, I have interviews at Sears and McDonald's this week. Hopefully one of them with work out.

Not quite Hammer Pants

Dancing like crazy. Between classes and rehearsals, today is the first day I've had off in about three weeks. I'm having fun though. My modern/contemporary class is doing choreography to Jar of Hearts and I love it! If you haven't seen it, you should check out the piece they did to it on So You Think You Can Dance. I'm also trying out mime and choreography this year, which are pretty fun. We had to do choreography focused on our faces and mine was mustache themed. In mime we get to do "forms" where the teacher does mime to a song and we follow along. Some of the songs we've done lately are from Veggie Tales, Prince of Egypt, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter. Also, anyone who loves dance should check out the LXD, a series of dance webisodes that are amazing!

I haven't personally done much cooking recently, but my aunt did come over and teach me how to make chai. She using boils whole spices (which makes the whole house smell incredible) and then steams it with a blend of coconut and soy milk. It's so good, and it looks really pretty. (Especially in our new enamel pot!)

Watching Glee! Yep, I'm a major Gleek. We caught up on it over the summer and now we're hooked. I'm a sucker for a musical, (Who doesn't wish they could spontaneously break into song and dance on a daily basis?) plus the characters and dialogue are so funny!

Tons of knitting. I made three projects to sell and for gifts in the last few weeks: a couple more pumpkin hats  a cabled bag, fingerless gloves and a striped earflap hat. Plus helping my sister with some of her projects. I've been so busy I haven't worked on my cardigan. I finally got back to it today and I'm starting the sleeves, which means I'm almost done!

I've been making up my own patterns as I go  and so far these are my available free downloads on Ravelry:
Slouchy Lace Hat

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blog Updates!

Hey everyone! You might notice some changes around here. I've changed the title of the blog to A Cameo Appearance, to be consistent with my new Etsy shop, where I'll be selling knitted goods as well as other crafts and some vintage stuff. I'll be working on how the blog (and the shop) look.

I'm also trying to raise money so I can go to this program with YWAM in April and I'm taking orders for knitted Christmas gifts. I can custom make just about anything except sweaters, because they're so time consuming. If you're interested let me know ASAP because I can only make so many things in the next few months.

On another note, I've been making tomato soup lately. We have a ton of garden tomatoes and basil right now, so I've been trying to use it up. On Thursday I made some chouquettes for a girl's knitting night and I decided to make some savory ones to accompany my soup. For the filling I roasted some red peppers and mixed them with whipped cream, crumbled bacon, ricotta cheese and some spices.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Knitting Update! Plus Free Hat Pattern!

Here's what I've gotten done on the knitting front lately:

-Started a Ravelry account. This is a really fun knitting/crocheting site with tons of patterns on it! I'm so inspired.

-Work in progress: Que Sera sweater from Knitty in Lion Brand Organic Cotton Spice. The hardest pattern I've ever done. The only time I've worked from a chart except a really simple color pattern and I've never done complex lace. It took me a long time to get going. I ended up realizing I had misread one of the instructions and took out about 6 inches of it. I'm making good progress now though!

the left upper front

-Whipped up a replacement for my gray spiral scarf. Just in time for fall weather.

-Finally got my lace hat pattern up. It is now available as a free Ravelry download:

-Working on developing two more patterns: a baby pumpkin hat and a ladybug amigurumi.

-Made some fingerless gloves as a birthday gift for my mom, using another Knitty pattern called Fetching. My first cabling project! I used a silk bamboo blend yarn in a deep purple.

I'll try to get pictures up of the ladybug project soon, as well as the cardigan I made out of the bathing suit yarn!

Being Vintage

August was a 1950's themed month for me. Not only did I have a 50's birthday party, but we also threw a dance with a 50's beach party theme.

My brother was inspired by Gilligan's Island, and my sister's dress was made from a vintage pattern.

I got this fabulous outfit at a vintage store a few months ago! It was a good price and it still had tags that said, "I'm fully lined!" I didn't know what I would wear it to!
One of my friends organized a "Pretend to be time travelers from the 1940's" day last week. We didn't get a great turn out, but it was really fun! We had characters and backstories (I was Stella Williams, up and coming fashion designer from New York.) We wandered around campus and then had brunch. We got a lot of stares and comments. The most fun was going into the Apple Store and asking the employees how everything worked. We're planning on doing 80's, 20's, future, Ancient Greek, and 50's.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Julie and Julia Dinner Party

My 18th birthday party was a 1950's Julia Child-themed dinner party, complete with vintage decorations.

The Menu
The apron my mom made

Here are the guests, seated around the fully decorated table. We finished the evening by watching the movie.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Jessamyn and Julia

While we were in Sunriver, Peace and I took advantage of the gourmet kitchen and tried out Julia Child's bouef bourguinon.

These are the pearl onions, ready to be added. They were so good!

"Don't crowd the mushrooms."
The finished meal.
I had a crafty day and whipped up this tiny top hat. It should be perfect for the Mad Hatter tea party I'm going to next week. I'll be putting up the other things I made soon!
I scrapped the knitted bathing suit and did something else with the yarn (pictures up soon) and bought this red retro suit instead. I tried it out in the hot tub in Sun River. The fabulous thrift store hat is borrowed from my aunt.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vintage Finds!

I've had some great luck with vintage shopping lately. I found a dress for the Valentine's Day Formal several weeks ago in a great little shop. When I drove by it last Sunday they were having a sidewalk sale and everything was $1! That same day we found some great hats and coats at a garage sale. Peace got this beautiful periwinkle hat with fabric roses, velvet ribbon bows and a delicate veil. ($5)
A cameo necklace on a gold chain ($1) and gold flower earrings ($1.)

Peace's pink overcoat ($10) and white enamel brooch ($1.)

Soft off-white jacket ($1) and gold leaf brooch ($1.)

My fabulous Valentine's Day Formal dress ($35.) It's made of stiff taffeta in an indescribable color with a full skirt and black velvet collar set off by rhinestones. I topped it off with finger-waved hair, black gloves, and black velvet pumps from a thrift store ($8.) Unfortunately the fabric is delicate and the underarm ripped while I was dancing. It's mend-able.

Black velvet hat with rhinestone detail (which will go perfectly with the Valentine's dress!) ($10.)Black full length dress with velvet covered buttons on the sleeves and velvet ribbon trimming ($1.) I have no idea what I'll wear this too, but it's gorgeous.

Knitting for Haiti

I'm throwing a benefit craft sale for The Apparent Project, (check out a ministry in Haiti that's run by a friend of my aunt's. I've been using up all my yarn remnants on projects to sell.
A striped beanie and fingerless glove set. (Thank you to my lovely sister Peace for modeling.)

A lacy black cap.

A mustard yellow slouchy beret with a lacy stitch pattern. (I made up the pattern for this one. I'll try to get it up soon)

A fluffly little teal scarf.

An olive green bow.

I'm currently working on a brown striped purse with pink ruffles (inspired by the ruffly scarf pattern.)

My Latest Projects

Last week I went to a Hawk Nelson concert. I had an old t-shirt signed by them, but it just didn't fit right, so about 3 hours before the concert I decided it needed some modification. I cut off the sleeves and shoulders, hand-gathered the back and made a little bow out of a zipper to put on the back.

I made Julia Child's chocolate souffle for Valentine's Day. It fell a little bit. The week leading up to Valentine's Day is supposed to be Chocolate Week at our house, but we were busy and it's dragged on to more of month. Gabriel made chocolate dipped cocoa peanut butter balls last week. A few other things we've made lately that I don't have pictures of are cinnamon rolls, egg drop soup, chai tea cookies (which were really good) and panini with spinach, chicken sausage, pesto, cheese and avacado. We're having a "Pie Friday" at my Shakespeare class in a few weeks and I'm planning on chocolate peanut butter pie with ganache topping and Nutter Butter crust.

Soon I'll get my latest knitting projects and vintage finds up!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Current Projects

On Friday afternoon I came home from class in need of a snack so I whipped up these peanut butter nutella cookies. I used a peanut butter cookie recipe, cut down on the sugar and substituted nutella for part of the peanut butter. They were tasty (perfect with a glass of milk)and the texture was good, but I wasn't completely satisfied with the result. Neither of the flavors came through that well.

This is my latest knitting project: a vintage bathing suit pattern I found online called "water sprite." It's totally adorable and makes me think of Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story. The trick is that the yarn and needle sizing on vintage patterns is different. I went with 100% cotton yarn in a worsted weight and size 5 needles. It turned out to be a much bigger gauge, so I'm doing some major adapting to the pattern. Hopefully it will turn out okay. I found mixed opinions online about whether you can actually swim in a knitted bathing suit, but I'll probably line it and give it a try.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Some Projects I Did This Week

I made chicken alfredo for lunch one day this week. I was craving pasta, so I just threw together whatever we had. The chicken already had some pesto on it, and then I made a basic alfredo with some lemon zest and a little spice added and topped it with oven roasted asparagus. I'm not a big fan of rotini, (for some reason I don't think it tastes as good) but it was all we had around.

This was a baking experiment that nearly went horribly wrong. I wanted to make chouquettes, a french pastry that's basically a cream puff, and I decided to bake sauteed apples into them. I did a sample one and it worked. I was going to do caramel ginger citrus (we just got a micro plane so I've been trying it out for grated ginger and citrus zest) whipped cream though, and the caramel wouldn't incorporate, so at the last minute I decided to add it to the apples. Not such a good idea. It oozed out all over the pan and burnt. Fortunately none of the burnt part stuck to the bottom of the chouquettes and they still tasted good. You can't really go wrong when there are 3 1/2 sticks of butter in the recipe!

I finally finished knitting my ruffly scarf. I used a pattern I found online that was pretty simple. it's worked side to side (so you can increase and get the ruffles) instead of end to end, so it has a massive amount of stitches. It was hard to tell how it was going to turn out because it was so bunched up on the needles. I used a thinner yarn (Lion Brand Wool Ease) than the pattern suggested so it was extra lacy.