Knitting – (FINALLY!), Cupcakes, and a Second Sale

This blog is called YarnyCakes so on occasion I will showcase the cupcakes that I bake.  They haven’t been really fancy, but I sort of have this reputation for being the cupcake wife at Mr. YarnyCake’s job.   Last night I promised Mr. YarnyCakes that I would bake up some cupcakes for the hardworking folks at his job.  He requested his all time favorite – peanut butter cup stuffed chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream.  Peanut butter isn’t really my thing so I usually like making these as I typically won’t eat any of the resulting cupcakes.  Miss Emme was great while we went to the store to pick up the missing ingredients and was fabulous while I was actually baking the cupcakes and making the buttercream.  She lunched and went down for a nap so I thought that I would be able to frost the cupcakes slowly with care.  Nope, no such luck.  She awoke from her nap as soon as the first of the buttercream was piped on.  It was then that I realized that not only did I have the wrong icing tip on, but that the icing was too thick too.  ~sigh~  I only had time to fix one before the fussiness became a full on meltdown, so I grabbed the heavy cream and went about the icing business.  Here are the finished cupcakes.  Not my showiest cupcakes, but I’m sure the guys were quite happy with them!  They are almost cute with all that messiness…almost.

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On the yarn dyeing front, I would say that the second Mason Jar experiment was a success!  I used purple dye and the colors stretched all the way across the yarn become very blue.  The problem (or maybe it’s not a problem at all) with dyeing this way is once the acid is added to the dye bath, it only permeates the yarn in the dye bath and doesn’t seem to travel up the skein the way the dye did.  For this reason, a lot of the vivid light blue rinsed out with the first spray, but it left just enough of an echo behind to be beautiful.  To seal these colors in place, I did one final water/vinegar bath simmering.  The skein unfortunately got a bit mussed in the water somehow (perhaps I’ll tie it next time) so no picture, but once I get it straightened out and ready for its Etsy store debut.

Speaking of the Etsy Store, the wonderful complementary experiment ‘Eadness’ sold today!  I have another brewing right now and believe that I have perfected the recipe.  Hopefully this trend continues because I am too addicted to yarn dyeing at this point to stop!  On that note, I think I’ll go grab the box of yarn the FedEx guy dropped off for me that is waiting on the porch!

On a final note, I’m happy to report that I’ve picked up my knitting needles again!  Emme and I have a morning routine – we wake up when Mr. YarnyCakes is getting ready for work, we breakfast and freshen up…then we lounge in bed while I watch Good Morning America/Mike and Mike and she takes her morning nap.  Well today I decided to add something new to the mix – knitting.  It really is the perfect time to knit, how have I not thought of this before?  I came down to the craft room and found a bag of Madelinetosh merino light and decided to use it for log cabining purposes!  It is nice mindless knitting to keep my hands busy, has enough color changes to stay interesting, and it’s portable!  I started with a rectangle:

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