Week Eight- Pastry: Eclairs

You guys, eclairs are hard.

Never done eclairs before. Never even attempted pastry.

Yeah, didn’t work.

The pastry cream was fine.

The choux was okay

Maybe my piping tip was too small? They sure make it look easy on Bake Off

I’m going to save the pastry cream to use as a pie filling (other ideas welcome), and I’ll keep the heavy whipping cream for homemade ice cream.


I’m very proud that I kept my calm and didn’t cry or curse.

Why yes, I would cry over cake on Bake Off. Why do you ask?


Now I’ve brewed myself some tea and made myself a cookie in a mug.


The eclair recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and the pastry cream recipe came from Kitchn.


NaKniCroMo- Days 6-11:

Yes, I know. You don’t need to say it. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Day 6: Any favorite books or designers?

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch will probably always be one of my favorite books because it was my very first knitting book. I love the Yarn Harlot because she’s so funny and so talented. I also love Franklin Habit, Nim Teasdale, and so many designers on Ravelry whose names escape me. You are all talented and brilliant.


Day 7- Show us your progress!

Almost to the halfway point. Cables so bright, you can see them from space


Day 8- Show us your crafting spot!

I have two. Home, and work. I didn’t include Knit Night because I don’t knit there as often as I do the other two places.


Day 9- When do you craft?

Mostly nights and weekends. Sometimes I can squeeze in an hour at work, but usually it’s at home


Day 10- What’s your crafting fuel?

Tea! Sometimes cocoa. Maybe water. But almost always tea.


Day 11- Listen to or do anything while crafting?

Bake Off!


And other documentaries and movies, of course. The occasional podcast.




At work I listen to my iPod.



And now I’m all caught up. Ha!

NaKniCroMo- Day 3: How Did You Learn Your Craft?

“But Mom, I’m not on your knitting!”



Friends, YouTube, the occasional book. But the first person to put needles in my hands and showed me the movements that would lead me to knitting nirvana was my friend Anita. Formally known as Anita Pita.

She was always there to help me along or fix any crisis, and she happily dragged me to several lovely local yarn stores and became my pusher

Finished Object- Multnomah Shawl

This one I made for myself. I’ve knit four of these for other women in my family. My goal is to knit one for all of them women in my family.



I finished this a couple of days ago, but it’s been blocking until today, when I dragged Richie outside and made him take photos






I am loving these bright colors all the way. Usually when I knit for myself the colors are pretty dark- not quite sure why. So I’m trying to knit with more colors

Off to finish the Dragon’s Hope Shawl and watch Bake Off!


(Yes, I realize I still need to finish my Bake Off challenge but we haven’t been grocery shopping in a couple of weeks. I’ll get there)