Monday, August 9, 2010

over the weekend

Over the weekend I crocheted my little heart out! My pinkie finger was sore from all the crocheting! Is that normal? Am I going to have those sad, twisted old lady hands?
Carly picked all these colors, aren't they nice together!? I still have a bit to go on it, but it's coming together nicely! Can't wait til it's finished so I can ship it up to Carly!
I have a question for you all - do you have any good cheese cake or carrot cake recipes? It's my dad, Larbear's birthday Sat. the 14th and he LOVES both and I would like to make one for him! If you do just leave the link below please :) and fingers crossed I make it correctly. Sometimes it's hit or miss with my baking skills! ;)
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I did - lots of sunshine and no sunburn - woot woot!
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christina said...

You did this over the weekend?!?! You're out of control!

I've been getting some wrist pain lately from crocheting. I often feel like my old lady hands are going to be a mess.

Monica said...

I know how you feel. I've been embroidering so much lately, my right thumb aches and I've lost feeling in the tips of my thumb and index finger from the calluses built up.

Cheesecake recipe? All I can recommend is going to All their recipes turn out good.

miss indie said...

Wow! That blanket is adorable! Those colors go great together. Now you've got me wanting to make a blanket :]
Hope you had a great weekend, doll! XOxo.

Windsor Grace said...

I'm sooo impressed you crocheted that whole thing this weekend, you're amazing!

Becky Farley said...

Wait wait lol no I started it last week! I didn't do it all over the weekend :) I wish! But THANK YOU for all your kind kind words!

Kendra said...

Wow, way to go! That is really pretty. I love the colors. Your poor hands ;)

Cherry Red Studio said...

oooo i love that blanket! i cant knit because it hurts my fingers too bad! and i kind of forgot how to crochet haha.
i love to make cheesecake! im off to find you a recipe linky

Emily said...

The colours are lovely!

Thera Joyce said...

Love the blanket! It's so beautiful! I wish I had a good carrot cake recipe to give to you, but I haven't found the perfect one yet. :)

chelseybell. said...

oh wow! it's so pretty--love love love the color combination!

got the bookmarks! they're waiting to mark my pages :).

carly. said...

oh wow, it's so so so beautiful becky!! you are honestly the sweetest girl EVER!! i owe you big time :) it looks sooo good. i hope you don't get twisted granny fingers because of me!! I LOVE YOU ♥

ps: cheesecake and carrot cake...those are my two all-time favourite cakes buuuuut i don't have a clue how to make 'em! if you end up with a good recipe, you should ship me a piece with my blanket haha ;) ya right eh!?

carly. said...

ps: my weekend, i went to my friend kirks cottage...lots of sun and bigtime sun burn...on my legs so it's not too bad but ouch!!

Velma said...

love love love it!
I've got numbness in my ring finger from my crocheting! And I get strange wrist pains from knitting... yuck to old lady issues in my early 30s!

Shanny said...

I have a few family recipes I could send you. They are primarily around additional flavors like sweet potatoes, lemon ricotta, pumpkin, and so on. Interested in any of those?
I do have a few tips if you choose to go with the cheesecake as it can be a little tricky:

-When making cheesecakes make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature so they blend together to create a smooth texture. Cold cheese is harder to beat and you can end up with graininess.

-Judging when a cheesecake is fully baked always presents a challenge. They are very deceptive as they do need to be removed from the oven when the center is still wobbly and wet looking. Cracking can also be a problem. As a cheesecake bakes its moisture evaporates. If too much moisture is lost (when overcooked), or if it evaporates too quickly (oven temperature too hot) cracking will occur.
So be sure to follow your recipe's instructions.

-Also, to prevent cracking, shortly after you remove the cheesecake from the oven, run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the cheesecake. Once the cheesecake has completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. This allows the cake to set, flavors to meld, and produces a creamier texture.

apparentlyjessy said...

I have a great carrot cake loaf recipe I could email to you if you like? (afraid I don't have a link, printed it off ages ago) I love it with cream cheese frosting!

The blanket looks great with those colours, I am amazing how quickly you can crochet!

Jennifer said...

GIRL! you are so so talented. andddd I just got your message about my book! THank you so much for purchasing one, and I'm so glad she liked it! That makes me so happy. :)

~kjirsten~ said...

Wonderful work lady!!!!

Amber said...

I seriously have a wrist brace that I wear to sleep in after I have crocheted or craft to much. Ha! I am such an old lady:)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this afghan looks. What a great idea to do small grannys and then frame it in a big granny!

heather dawn said...

i worry about grandma hands too! lol! my pinkie never hurts... but all my other fingers do! i hold my needle funky anyways. :P i've been so inspired by you though, becky. all your blankets! I am determined to finish mine and I'm ALMOST done!
thank you for being an awesome crocheter!! you make it fun for me again!

Anonymous said...

Hey Becky!
This is not related to your post, I apologize. Big Poot here to give you big props and an attitude of gratitude for remembering to honor the national holiday that is my birthday. Great things happened that day: the Lincoln penny was minted, Hitler invaded Poland, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and I invaded Missouri for the first time. Thank you again!
Yer the best,
~Big Poot

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky- this is Kerry, Amber's friend... big Poot's cousin. :) I just happened to wander on over from Amber's blog, and can't ignore your request for a good carrot cake recipe! I've been hooked on this since the first time I made it 2 or 3 years ago. Best carrot cake EVER! I've fallen off the vegan wagon since then, but it is a vegan cake. No worries though- the hardest part is having patience to grate 2 cups of carrots! It's SO freakin worth it though! Plus when you add the wet ingredients together, its all sparkly and pretty... esp if you're easily amused... and drinkning wine while baking.(Recommended!) :)

Ginger-Macadamia-Coconut-Carrot Cake

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups carrots, grated

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round springform cake pans, or one 9×13″ baking pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground spices.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the pineapple juice, oil, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine well with a hand mixer or strong fork. Fold in the macadamias, ginger, coconut, and carrots.

Divide the batter evenly between the two round pans, or spread in the rectangular pan, and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let it cool in the pans. Once it is cool, remove from the pans and put coconut icing (recipe to follow) between the layers and more icing on top. If you’ve used a rectangular pan, you can cut the cake in half to form the two layers, or leave it as one layer.

Coconut Icing:
1/4 cup margarine at room temperature (earth balance brand is vegan!)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Cream the margarine until light and fluffy. Add the coconut milk and vanilla and combine. Add the confectioners sugar and mix until smooth. Hand held mixer recommended for this! Add the coconut, mix to combine, and refrigerate until ready to use

katiebug92 said...

That blankie is loverly! :)
BTW, I got my bookmarks today. They are really neat. Thanks!

brittni said...

When I'm crocheting a lot my pinky and that side of my hand gets numb lol. I'm glad to know someone experiences similar problems.. I was getting nervous haha

aubrey said...

I love the colors. And you are sooo fast! eek!

I have had good luck with this King Arthur Flour carrot cake recipe. I use their recipes often and they have all been good.

chelseybell. said...

oh my gosh, i actually brought up playing pongs and bringing all of that back when ryan and i were playing pokemon.

great minds!

Sew Lovely Embroidery said...

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert and I finally got my Granny's cheese cake recipe down, it's over on my blog:

It's so good and making your own crust is so much better!

Good luck ;)

p.s. I cant believe your blanket looks like that from one weekend, insanely amazing! I have to LEARN

Holly Knitlightly said...

The blanket looks GREAT! Awesome job Becky! :) My pinkie finger hurts after too much crocheting too, haha! But I just hate to stop. It's waaaay too addicting.

Sorry I don't have a recipe for either! I don't like cheesecake or carrot cake... haha. I know, I know, I'm weird. I just don't like cream cheese... unless it's in a cheese ball or something like that. But even then if I think about it too much I get grossed out! Haha.