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Success!

This past weekend, I hosted a trunk show for my business. I set up on the front patio of my local yarn store on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day- not too hot, just enough of a breeze, and sunny. The store currently carries only one size of bags that I make, so I loved having the opportunity to showcase a wider range of sizes, plus introduce new items. Overall it was a very productive day, and I am glad I did it.

Here was the set-up:

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Here are the large box bags and drawstring bags. These large bags are amazing- I can fit a completed adult men’s sweater in one! These are nice for those large projects. The photo on the right is notion pouches, DPN holders, and needle rolls. These were all brand new items, and I loved having the chance to show them off.

These next two photos are just an overview of the set-up. A really cute location, and a ton of fun to do.

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Now on to some more fun personal stuff!

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First up is shawl progress. We had such gorgeous weather a few weekends ago that I spent the afternoon on our patio knitting. This of course involved lunch on the patio, too. We eat nothing but the best here- mystery meat in a tube. The shawl is complete, with a few modifications. I didn’t do the lace edging, and instead did a garter stitch border. I wish I had more mats so I could have blocked it a bit more vigorously, but it is still pretty generously sized. I am so madly in love with the fiber and color that I am tempted to buy another 8oz and spin some more.

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I also went on a baking kick. This was a rosemary potato bread recipe I’ve had for a while, but never tried. This came out exactly like the Wegman’s rosemary-sea salt bread. It was delicious, and gone within a few days. I couldn’t believe how large the two loaves were going to be- these things proofed out huge!

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Then it was pie time. Blueberries aren’t quite in season here yet, but they are on sale at the grocery stores, so we decided it was time for blueberry pie. It’s my basic pie recipe- baked shell, with the hot filling poured in and then chilled. It takes 15 minutes, start to finish, and is always a hit.

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I will say, all of this activity seemed to wear someone out. She tried to help as much as possible (read: get underfoot and then be cranky when she accidentally got kicked); but finally resigned herself to napping over by my wheel.

 

 

 

And what would this be without a photo of my current WIP?

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That right there is 21 weeks. I feel so much larger than I look! He is becoming quite active- the kicks are visible now, and half the time it feels like an alien is trying to burst out of me. We are officially past the halfway point! I guess this means we should start working on putting together a nursery…or planning a nursery…

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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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