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Date: 2007-07-24 06:58
Subject: Errol Done
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he's helping the monkey bread dough to rise

The pattern was quick and easy, but the assembly directions left some things to winging it. One thing I didn't get is that the cast on of the body (the bottom) had fewer stitches (and therefore was smaller) than the cast off (top). I somehow increased too much and my body was 'bigger' than it should've been, but I had the same number of stitches as the pattern in the beginning and end. And the head opening circumference was nearly an inch smaller than the top of the body. I thought of putting it together the other way, but then it looked like a penguin (widest at their butts) versus an owl (widest at their shoulders). And, you make this small, more or less rectangular piece called the 'base'. It ends up being a good bit wider and longer than the opening at the bottom. The instructions were unclear about how/where to sew it on, and the pictures weren't all that helpful, so I put it on the inside, then stitched over it again on the outside. The bottom looked a bit like a stoma, but his legs covered that up!


the back of his neck is a bit wonky too


but the kiddo likes him!

The monkey bread... Mom brought this for me (the mix and the mold). The kid has been after me for a couple weeks, 'when are you going to make the monkey bread?'. It's a time-consuming proposition, kneading, rising, making the little balls, rising, baking.


the dough was so sticky I had to knead it in my hands!

I forgot to take a picture of it when it came out of the mold. It looked much like a gooey volcano with caramel sugar sauce oozing all over like lava. And what did kiddo say? 'I like the bread part, but it's too sweet'!!! He's a sweet fiend, so I was a little surprised! I think it would be better if it was made from scratch, with just sugar and cinnamon in the glaze (who knows what is really in those packets).

And exciting news... I have my own domain! I'm still setting it up, but have managed to import all of my livejournal posts. I didn't get the comments. Found instructions somewhere, but it was a whole page of code, and I just couldn't read it all. I'm thinking by the weekend it will be up and going...will keep you posted. I'm sure I'll have a contest to celebrate.
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Mel
User: drmel94
Date: 2007-07-24 11:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay on the domain! I think about it myself, but for what I do Blogger generally works reasonably well. Perhaps once I'm no longer saving money to pay for a wedding....
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-24 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Errol is adorable!! And congrats on your new domain - are you going to use WordPress?

-Chris
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Tattva
User: tattva1
Date: 2007-07-24 15:17 (UTC)
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The important thing is that the kiddo likes it.

I always make monkey bread out of refrigerator biscuits. You just cut them into quarters and mix with the gooey sweet stuff and bake. If you want the recipe you can have it, just ask. You probably already have one, though.
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User: caffeinatedknitter.wordpress.com
Date: 2007-07-24 15:39 (UTC)
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Too sweet, really? :) I think your owl turned out nice--and super fast. How long did it take? an hour? That's cool that you're getting your own domain. Can't wait to check it out. Oh and I finally finished off the Sumatra decaf from the swap. I was rationing it out, because it was really good!
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User: noolie
Date: 2007-07-24 17:53 (UTC)
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Errol is adorable!

Congrats on getting your own domain; can't wait to see it :)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-25 19:26 (UTC)
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Errol is cool - will have to get pointers from you!!

Blogless Carrie
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-26 00:48 (UTC)
Subject: Errol
What a cute little fellow, your Errol.

Kate

http://blogg.hobbyboden.com/kate/index.php
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User: fuchsialucia
Date: 2007-07-26 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay Errol -- he absolutely looks like an owl -- and yay for the new domain! One of these days I should look into that.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-28 19:39 (UTC)
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Errol looks really cute!

I keep checking back to see if your new site is up yet, and not showing up on bloglines. I'm excited to see it. I hope it's working out well.

Are you using Wordpress? I ask because there is a good Wordpress help group on Ravelry....if you need it.

Also, my thanks to Blogless Carrie for your comment to me last time. It made me feel a bit better :)

Jennifer/Loopy Knitter
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-29 12:39 (UTC)
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Horray for the domain! How exciting :)

The little dude looks cute!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-29 12:40 (UTC)
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Horray for the domain! How exciting :)

The little dude looks cute!

-Dana
http://mercysmama.wordpress.com
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-01-01 06:16 (UTC)
Subject: Monkey Ball Bread
Here's how we do it:
4 cans buttermilk biscuits
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
(Don't panic, the sugar cinnamon amounts are correct. You'll see why.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in plastic bag.
Quarter each biscuit, shake in cinnamon-sugar mixture. (Kids love to help with this part)
Place in bundt pan in layers. Combine margarine, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour mixture evenly over biscuits. Bake for 40 minutes. Do not over bake!
Turn out onto plate and serve hot for adults ... for children, let cool until warm and let them pick the balls off themselves.
We make this when we have our bonfire.
Enjoy!
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