Friday, July 9, 2010

Tour de Fleece 2010 and Cupcakes

St. Cupcake Deluxe had a contest for the 4th of July on Facebook that I entered before leaving for War. While I was gone, I found out that I won. I was supposed to pick up my dozen dots on the 4th, but no way to do that. I contacted them on Tuesday (closed on Mondays) and they said I could use my gift certificate anytime. I opted to make the drive then. When I got there, I realized that a Zupan's was across the street. I checked out what they had in their produce area and scooped up three white corn on the cob, and a couple of Mexican Mangoes (their labeling). The mangoes were all yellow and slightly smaller than the green/yellow/red ones I'm used to seeing at the grocery store. Like Whole Foods, they have an interesting selection of cheeses, and some in little sample sizes. So for under $2 you can try a cheese out and not feel too bad if you don't like it and feed it to the dogs. They also had an awesome smelling Cream of Leek and Mushroom with White Truffel soup. I brought home two servings of it and ate it on Wednesday and Thursday. I think I found a similar recipe here to try out. Loved the soup!!

Deciding on which dots to bring home was the hardest part of the selections. I went with Lemon Berry, Big Top, Carrot Cake, Toasted Coconut Cream, Chocolate with Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate with Coffee Buttercream. I had high hopes for the Lemon Berry, but was disappointed that the cake was kind of a like a corn muffin and not terribly lemony.  Here they are, can you tell which are which?

I ended up not starting Tour de Fleece until Tuesday, three days late. I've joined three teams - Team Yorkieslaves, Sprinters and Team Lendrum. I have the merino/silk that I need to work on, but I wanted something really cheerful. So I pulled out Mt Doom, the red, pink and purple BFL by Dicentra Designs. The first two ounces are all spun up and I've started the second two ounces:

Now I just have to decide what to do with a pair of cream colored crop pants that had bleach splashed on a thigh. Very obvious white spots. Do I try to bleach the rest or try to over dye? If I over dye, what color? I have a pair in light brown, dark brown, sea foam green and a navy blue. Would I be able to do a tea dye?


  1. You've reminded me how much I lovelovelove BFL! It spins up so smoothly! I need to dye up what I have in the fiber closet, maybe I'll do some sun dyeing this weekend.

  2. Love your singles. Maybe in my next life I will be able to spin so fine.
    About my preserving corn - we cut it from the cob and freeze it. Add a bit of butter, salt and pepper while cooking and it smells and tastes like summertime.