July 24th, 2007

two headed dog

Errol Done

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.