First, before I forget! I'm so glad that there's interest in a Dragon Crochetalong, and in a weird burst of good timing, the designer of the dragon pattern I used for Edgar has just rewritten said pattern, which you can find here on Ravelry. I asked the pattern designer about hosting said crochetalong, and she seemed to like the idea (yay!), so I'll keep you guys posted as I mull over how to organize it. Any thoughts about that are appreciated! I'm thinking of creating a Ravelry group for it.
And even now that I'm taller and can cook actual food, I still love the play stuff. This felt s'mores set by neafus on Etsy completely blows my mind, and some of the stuff people do with polymer clay (e.g. these pizza earrings) is unreal! So when I stumble on a cool crocheted food pattern, I can hardly resist. I also can't resist some amateur photo styling, which I've had a ridiculous amount of fun with here.
The cute little thing pictured above is the only kind of rainbow cake I'll ever make, because while I concede that rainbow cakes are gorgeous, I'd rather have a chocolate cake without enough food colouring to dye several skeins of yarn. Made from this adorable pattern over at genuine mudpie. So tiny! Mine's a bit wobbly-looking here because (a) my sewing skills need work, especially when I'm employing them while watching Friday Night Lights and (b) I got so excited about photographing the sprinkles I tossed on the plate that I forgot to try and get the best angle on the actual cake piece. I think I'm going to have to make some colour variations on this one, it's such a fun idea and a super-quick thing to crochet.
this donut pattern the second I saw it, and being an avid Simpsons fan, I knew I had to make a classic Homer's-donut in pink icing with rainbow sprinkles. And because I'm a little nuts, the sprinkles took uh, months to get done. Mostly people use tubular glass beads for sprinkles, and those work fine, but I wanted something less shiny and more realistic. I ended up making these out of Crayola Model Magic, which is juuuust supple enough when it dries that they could be pierced with a beading needle and sewn on. They're not that supple, though, so I broke a few while sewing, and they're hard to colour so they're all weird on that front, but I'm pretty pleased with the whole thing.
The pattern was fast and fun, and then I was all oh, but this is a cherry pie, it needs a lattice crust! Cue the months-long hiatus as I tried to avoid sewing on said lattice crust, which came out hilariously uneven.
plarn octopus I made a while back. Basic pattern idea from here. I like the texture of this thing, I may have to make one for myself and see how it actually works as a dish-washing tool.
Not pictured: a felted-food project that isn't finished yet because it's not dry. It's been super-humid here over the past few days. Also not dry: half of my load of laundry from yesterday. Ugh.
This post is already getting very long and picturey, but in the spirit of sharing food stuff, have one picture and two non-picture-accompanied recommendations from my Week in Actual Edible Food, Not Made from Yarn.
pretzel roll, a recipe I found at Cooking With My Kid and have been meaning to make for weeks. I was a big fan of those frozen soft pretzels that you heat up in the toaster as a kid, and this is like the best version of those ever. You get to boil them in a baking-soda-and-water solution before you bake them, which is fun (they float around like weird little dumpling boats, buffeted in a boiling water current!) and imbues them with this amazing essence-of-giant-pretzel taste. Also: (1) these zucchini toasts (I did mine with "ricotta" made from tofu), which are an amazing combination of flavours and textures. Just the lemon-pepper roasted zucchini on its own was heavenly. (2) this beet-barley soup, which I did without the beans and feta cheese. I'm not usually big on vegan/vegetarian soups because I think the flavour tends to lack depth, but I gave this one a whirl anyway and it's delicious! I used pearled barley, which I'd never had before, and it has a really wonderful texture.
As you curse me for making you want a giant pretzel and a bowl of borscht, visit FO Friday and Fibers on Friday to see what everyone else is up to!