....and lots of finishing and something I love and something I don't love so much.
I love fall. Love. It. So many pretty colors, crisp, cool air, apple crisp and pumpkin! You may remember in a previous post that I was on a quest to find a pumpkin muffin. Today, I made Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Filling . I know! Sounds yummy right? (that link is to a website called Just a Pinch and has lots of recipes!)
The recipe involves layering the pumpkin bread batter with a cheesecakey like filling:
But I was able to piece it back together...
All in all, pretty good. Still tastes nice and pumkin-y and the cream cheese is nice and sweet and cream chees-y (but not maple-y even though I used maple syrup instead of extract, as the recipe suggested). I would make it again but use the extract and the pumpkin pie spice (and non stick spray).
While the bread was baking, I was getting lots of knitting finishing done. "Finishing" involves seaming knitted pieces together, weaving in all the ends, putting on buttons etc. I take on finishing jobs through The Spinning Room and seam sweaters for those who don't want to. So, today, I finished seaming Ethel's pretty sweater (no pics since I didn't have her permission) and knitting the collar (which you can only do after some of the seaming is done). Then, I seamed, and crocheted edges on, my Boogie Vest which I finished knitting last night:
I also finished Paul's felted slippers! Here is one slipper from his last pair:
Here they are pre-felted (put in the washing machine to purposely shrink them):
And here they are, post-felting, enjoying a cozy sit by the fire (drying by air, not the dryer):
AND a few days ago, I finished my Mukluks!
Ooh, and I finally tried a non-skid sole treatment and I think it will work. I used fabric paint and put it on the bottom in little dots:
Now, on to something I love. My little, portable speaker for my i-Touch:
Spilled Milk Podcast on the screen -- a short, funny podcast about food -- lots of fun.) It's amazing the sound that comes out of that little thing. So great. Love. It.
Here are some options on Amazon if you are interested:
GSI Super Quality Mini Hamburger Capsule Speaker - for iPod/MP3/MP4/Computer/Laptop/Notebook/Audio/Gaming-Devices/PDA - Black
Satechi SD Mini Portable Pocket Speaker for iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus, BlackBerry, HTC EVO, DROID, Samsung Wave and Galaxy S
X-Mini II Capsule Speaker (Black)
Something I don't love so much? Cheap book lights. I'm on my third one that I will test out tonight. The first one was $1. Yes, $1. What was I supposed to expect? It was horrible and barely lit up one page, nevermind both pages the book was open to, like it should (in my opinion). That's what I get for a Dollar Store purchase. The next one was $4. I went out shopping saying I was going to go to Barnes and Noble to get the ones I've gotten there in the past. Nice and bright, long lasting etc. But, I was in another store and saw this one, so I thought I'd try it. It was a little better, but still pretty horrible too. That's what I get for a Wal-Mart purchase. I said to Paul, " I knew I should have gone to Barnes and Noble." So, we were in Target today - can you see where this is going? - and saw a $7 one. Don't ask me why (see quote from previous sentence), but I bought it. I just thought, "It has to be better. The package says it light up 2 pages. And it costs more." I'm not terribly optimistic though, because when I went to put it on a book, the length of the post from light to base is awfully short and I'm not sure it will do what it promises. So, now I'm $12 in, which is what I would have paid if I went to Barnes and Noble in the first place. Der.
Wow, who knew I could go on so long about book lights, and my refusal to just go to Barnes and Noble?