Friday, 22 March 2013

Knitting.. Knot as you know it!

Instead of meeting at our usual cafe in Hertford, our knitting group met at my house this morning. It was a bit of a special occasion being Val's birthday so I thought we could celebrate with cake (of course!)... and then decided nothing else but a knitting cake would fit the bill. But it didn't quite go according to plan...
 
 
I should know better but I attempted to finish off the decoration last night about half an hour before I was due to go out... big mistake! In a rush to melt the white chocolate it seized and went lumpy. I gave it a good stir and thought I could get away with it but it blocked the nozzle of the icing tube, creating big blobs and the result was a rather ugly squiggly knotted mess! I was so cross I nearly binned the lot. But I finished it off this morning with a fresh lot of chocolate and think I just about got away with it... at least Val recognised it as knitting! I'm just glad my real knitting is not as messy as that!

 
And after a rather lovely brunch of delicious homemade granola, made by Gill, poached fruit (a bit of a joke as we always ask for poached fruit from the menu in the cafe... and they never have it!), yoghurt, croissants and jam, all washed down with bucks fizz, we had a super morning sharing our knitting stories... and stitching. And then of course, eating cake!

 
A perfect Friday morning... and a perfect start to the weekeend!
Hope you all have a good weekend. We've got plans to head into London to see some exhibitions tomorrow but I don't like the look of the weather forecast!

21 comments:

  1. Love the cake - what a great idea!

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  2. Awe it must be great to belong to a lovely group like that. The cake is brilliant. :)
    Well usually our weather ends up being your weather the next day and if that's the case it will be dire!!!
    It really is vile here today!
    Have a lovely weekend whatever you get up too!
    V xxx

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  3. There is nothing wrong with that cake, or your day out in general. So good to hear of friends having fun.

    I hope the weather stays away for you.

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  4. I can confirm to greenrabbitdesigns, that it is indeed wonderful to belong to a group like ours. What a brilliant morning - lovely food, delicious and beautiful cake, knitting, stitching, chatting and most of all, great friends. Thanks Gina for your hospitality (and baking!)

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  5. What a fantastic cake - I love the 'knitted' icing. It sounds as if you had a lovely day and I hope the weather doesn't spoil your plans for the weekend.

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  6. Here Here. lovely morning with good friends thanks to Gina (host,teacher
    and baker extrordinaire, Val birthday girl and Gill granola queen.
    Thanks girls- here's to next time.

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  7. Brilliant cake icing!

    Cable pattern next, maybe?

    xx

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  8. Sounds like you all had great fun and must have been full up after that feast! Enjoy your weekend wherever you end up Gina!

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  9. sounds wonderful. how nice to belong to such a lovely group. I think your cake is genius Gina

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  10. No one would have noticed, and I'm sure Val loved it. Keep warm.

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  11. I think you are being a little hard on yourself. I could see straight way what the cake was before reading your post. Wish someone could make me a textiles related birthday cake. Brilliant idea.
    xx

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  12. What a wonderful cake ... I'm sure it brought smiles to everyone who came to your home (and even us out here in blogland!). A very thoughtful design, and it sounds like everyone had a great morning, which is the best way to kickstart any weekend. Hope your weather holds out. Wendy

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  13. I actually thought it was knitting at first glance and a wonderful idea

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  14. Super clever idea for a cake! Hmm, is that garter stitch? Happy weekend!

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  15. Brilliant cake, I should think your friend was delighted, sounds like you had a wonderful morning.

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  16. Sounds like you had a grat morning and the cake looked really good bet it tasted yummy. Ben catching up on reading your last few blogs - honestly this week has flown and I do not seem to have had time to catch up on reading any blogs. The sketches are lovely in one and sounds a good idea to set a specific time aside.

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  17. What a great idea for a cake - I love it! Too snowy to venture out today here. Spring??? Ha! x Jo

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  18. That's a lovely looking cake. Hope your'e weekend goes to plan.

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  19. Great idea for the cake, I'm sure it tasted as good as it looked (I'm sure you were a baker in a previous life!)

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  20. Excellent cake decoration, much better than my standard of knitting!

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  21. What a perfect birthday celebration! K x

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