Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Finishing Techniques and an 80s Strawberry Cake

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day. Here is a photo of the London Eye that I took while waiting for the river boat with my Hubby.

It's currently half term and I took Monday off to entertain the kids. We bought some popcorn and I made some hot dogs while they watched High School Musical III at my flat. It was all good fun, the older kids watched and sang while the younger kids got a bit bored and brought out the train set.

I'm very close to finishing my daughter's cardigan. This is my first attempt at knitting a garment and I am a bit confused with all the finishing instructions. What do they mean by picking up stitches? I have a some yarn still attached near the neck bit...what do I do with that? How do I sew up the pockets? To try and teach myself these techniques I bought this book.

Hopefully it will answer my questions.
On another subject; I've been addicted to 'Dancing on Ice' recently. I just love it! I was watching a documentary on Torvill and Dean...could you believe that it has been 25 years since they won the Winter Olympics! I remember watching bolero on TV and being completely mesmerised. I haven't been ice skating for more than 10 years....must go one day. Anyway, being inspired by the 80s, I picked up an 80s cookery book that my Dad bought me and made a strawberry cream cake. I was assisted by the Twins who helped to decorate...what do you think?


Sarah said...

That is a beautiful looking cake :o)

Good look withe finishing - this website is very helpful if you want a video to watch of any new technique - picking up stitches is in the Knitting Tips section:

Sarah said...

That was meant to say - Good luck with the finishing - it's early!

Anonymous said...

fab pic of the London eye. I had knitting lessons years ago and more recently I went to a knitting finishes lesson in John Lewis on a Saturday, they are free and brilliant.

Mollimoo said...

How cool to bake an '80's inspired Cake. It looks absolutely delicious & so retro!
I know what you mean about 'making up' instructions. I'm still fairly new to knitting myself so can sympathise! Good luck x

maria said...

Yum! That cake looks delicious.

Hannah said...

Thats a yummy looking cake *drooling* I'm glad you had a good valentines :) xxx

Jackie said...

Ha...we were playing the Here and Now Edition Monopoly and there is this propety "London Eye". thanks for sharing the pic, now we know how London Eye looks like.

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

Hi All!

Thanks for all your comments on the cake and advice on finishing techniques. I'm definately going to check the knitting help website and ask John Lewis if they have any courses.