Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Episode 8 - And now we return to our regular programming

Hi everyone,

Here are the shownotes for episode 8.




Knitscene Spring 2012

Unravel

Friday Studios  - for gorgeous hand dyed fibre, yarns and handspun by Frida herself.

Easyknits - to find out more about the knit spin love club and other fab goings on including sock clubs and sushi shawl clubs.

Link to the spin love fibre gorgeousness

Cake recipe

Ingredients:

4 eggs
200g margarine
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
2 tsp chocolate orange cocoa powder (or just plain cocoa if you prefer)
Orange marmalade (for filling)
100-120g orange chocolate (for topping)

Buttercream filling
90g margarine
45g of icing sugar (add more to suit your preferred consistency)

Equipment:

2 18cm round baking tins

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Mix the sugar, margarine and eggs together.

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.

Mix well and seperate evenly into the 2 baking tins, bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked properly (clean skewer).

When the cakes have cooled on a wire rack mix the buttercream mixture.

Spread a layer of marmalade on the top of one of the sponges and then add a layer of buttercream on top of this, sandwich the 2 cakes together.

Melt the chocolate using your preferred method and pour over the top, allow to drizzle down the sides and leave to cool.

Enjoy!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Podcast planning

I promise episode 8 will be with you all soon...

In the meantime I am prepping some things for review, I received some gorgeous Shetland fibre from Friday Studios and I am going to spend the evening spinning this up into something delicious so I can review it on the next episode. It's very beautiful and squidgy so I am looking forward to playing with it after a long hard day of work!

I'm currently knitting Wingspan at the moment, only started it yesterday morning and am halfway through the second triangle already, such a super quick and fun knit but more of that on the podcast.

Ok enough of me rambling I have a date with my ashford...

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Reclaiming the craft room

Well today has been an interesting one to say the least, it all started when Mr Marvel bought a new PC...let me take you back to Monday.

The 'PC' arrived (in bits) and was duly assembled by Mr Marvel and his glamourous assistant Geoff, this may not be such a big deal but for a games programmer who only has a macbook this was big news in the KSC household. Once the living room was cleared of computer components and I had come down from the ceiling we decided that the Marvel cave needed a bit of a re-vamp, I had to have a little lie down at this point as I sensed a trip to IKEA was on the cards but thankfully this was not the case.

Much moving, clattering and filling the garage later the Marvel cave had been souped up, the PC is connected to the 32 inch tv (don't ask) and he is happily playing fighting games in there as I type, he deserves it living with me is hard work. The problem with this re-vamp was that I decided that I had to do it too, yes thats right the spare bedroom (which has always been my semi-craft room, well yarn storage) needed a makeover. Seriously, why was I not put in a darkened room at this idea? Well HOURS after I started I have to say I am pretty happy with the results!


We used to have a bed in here but decided that I just cover it in yarn so yes, you guessed it, its now in the garage and in its place a nice big desk to sew on :) I've re-organised all my sewing things and provided them with their own shelving unit (sneakily retrieved out of the garage when Mr Marvel was not looking). Everything has a place now and I am happily sitting in here now basking in my organised glory (trying to ignore that I need some curtains putting up), staring at the giant yarn baby on my desk which I think is about to consume me...