I feel like I crammed a lot into last week. Three rehearsals, four classes at the gym, work and baking. A lot of baking. I got home from rehearsal on Thursday night to make my sort of annual Superman cake. Now, only the first one bore any resemblance to the Man of Steel, because I've been too lazy for the more complicated frosting job. Last year I didn't even have time for cake and just made a batch of fudge in the same pan. This year Superman was blonde and tasted of lemon.
Saturday I made sugar cookies which I sandwiched together with some of the blue lemonade frosting I made, and today I made cupcakes (and realized that unlike the last batch of muffins which stuck to the paper, this batch was going to stick to the pan without the papers) which I filled with a lemon curd-frosting mixture.
Of course, we're going on vacation starting on Thursday, so I think I'll be bringing cookies to the airport (cookies are like lunch, right?) along with my knitting. I'll only be gone for a few days, so I'm only going to bring my latest socks. It will have to do (we're only out of town for a couple of days, so I don't feel like I should bring an army of knitting).
I set my Pi Shawl to blocking this afternoon in between loads of laundry. It is pinned out in something vaguely like a circle, drying on the floor. It is about 48 inches in diameter, which should be plenty big enough for me. I don't remember how big it is supposed to be with the original description from Knitter's Almanac, but I am pretty sure that if I feel that it is too small that I can block it out bigger. It definitely has a bit more stretch left to it.
In yarn-related news, one of my friends (waves) got back from her vacation a few days earlier this week. While she was out west, she visited an alpaca farm!
She brought me back two skeins of light sport weight alpaca in a gorgeous chocolate-y brown! The farm's name is Switzer Land Farm and they have a website! Of course, there is a link to the Estes Park Wool Market, which is tempting to go to (though probably not in 2009). I haven't been to Colorado in what feels like forever, so it is definitely something to contemplate. I loved the closeness to nature and the feeling of being out in the open when I was there (though I did admittedly still spend most of my time inside).
I have plans for the yarn. It took about 2 days of search Ravelry off and on to come up with something that I think will do the yarn justice, though I haven't add the pattern to the queue (much less marked anything as either finished or put in the things I've started in the last couple of weeks).
I need to put an order in for yarn this week for the holiday presents. I'd like to start them in October at the latest. It looks like the holiday wishlist is 2 pairs of socks and one scarf, which is 6 skeins of sock yarn given the patterns I've been looking at. That will take a month or two of steady knitting, so I need to get cracking. Nothing is less fun than having gift knitting become a chore by running up against the last minute.