Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pi(e) squared

The third Thursday of every June is Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, PA. It’s the largest single day festival on the east coast, and is filled with food, music, souveniers, you name it, it’s there. This year they decided to host an old fashioned pie contest. I love baking, and I love competing (more importantly, I love winning,) so I figured why not? 

I make a blueberry pie that my family loves. Part of it could be because they like me and don’t want to hurt my feelings, but I like to think it’s because of my superior pie-making skills. Even with my awesome culinary talents, I knew this would be a challenge. I need to pull out the big guns.

enter Pinterest. A while ago I had pinned a photo of a braided pie crust. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to dress up my plain blueberry pie in it’s finest, to try and get some bonus points with the judges. You start by rolling out the dough about 1/8″ thick. You then cut long, thin strips out, and take three at a time pinch them at the top, and very carefully braid them. I found it easier to braid them if I also twisted each strip as I crossed it over, otherwise it wouldn’t lay flat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I brushed water around the edge of the main crust, and attached the braided strips. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While that was baking, I needed to get my filling ready to go. This filling is super easy and quick to make, with little hassle. All it takes is some water, sugar, cornstarch, and blueberries. I like easy, so this is perfect! ( The teapot in the background is not necessary for pie-making).

Once the crust is baked and the filling had set, it was time for the finishing touch. What is the one thing that might make a pie judge swoon over how clever you are? Why, a Pi Pie of course!

 

…I accidentally burnt my Pi. I made a new one, but was way to tired to take a photo of it by the time it was done, so you all get to see the poor first attempt. Sorry everyone.

I didn’t win the pie competition, but it was still tons of fun, and so great seeing everyone else’s entries! Now I know just how to step up my game and win it next year. 

 

 

 

 

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Spin a Yarn

A month goes by way too fast. I’ll admit, part of it is me being a complete slacker, but it’s been busy the past few weeks. Three weekends ago we went up to the lakehouse where I fully intended to take amazing and awe-inspiring photos of my works in progress. I got one.  It was a very busy weekend!

I finished up the 1oz art batt I was working on. It’s probably 100yds of singles. I have no idea what I will do with it. This wasn’t my favorite stuff to work with- there was still a lot of grease in the fiber, and sections of the merino seemed a bit felted. I am moderately pleased with the final product, though.

(Note- it’s more pink than orange in real life.)

 

Next up, some wool/mohair/angelina blend. I don’t think I have any in progress photos of it, but I did spin some of it up into an art yarn last year, documented in this blog post.  I got about 62 yds of worsted weight, 2 ply yarn. it’s nice and squishy. I learned a lot on this fiber. One: semi-felted wool sucks, and Two: I need to put more twist into my singles. I seem to habitually undertwist my singles, and it makes plying more challenging than it needs to be.

 

 I also worked on a similar fiber with a heavier spindle. This one had way more felted sections, and sometimes I felt like I was fighting with the fiber. The colors were so vibrant though, I almost forgot what a pain in the butt it is to spin. 

The rest of this month (all 5 days of it) will be spent getting bobbins and spindles cleared off for the start of Tour De Fleece 2012. Hopefully that means pictures of more finished yarns to come!

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