starting over

Here is the yarn before I started the project for Tye's baby:

Here is the swatch I knitted (you've seen this picture before):

And I didn't take a picture of the project in progress, but here is what it looks like now:

It's a little blurry because it's blurred by my tears. I got about halfway finished and then got so messed up with the pattern, unknitted about 12 rows and still couldn't fix it, so I just ripped the whole thing back and rewound the yarn into a ball. Boohoo! That's the way it goes, I suppose. So I'm starting over.

In other news, here is a picture of some chocolate fortune cookies I made from a recipe from a wedding book I checked out from the library. They are pretty tasty, and surprisingly simple to make.


sneaky nikki said...

I'm sorry the knitting didn't work out, but those fortune cookies look fantastic. Could I possibly get the recipe?

plugalong said...

I totally relate to that frustration! On the bright side... you won't have to do another stich gauge. And those chocolates look so yummy and fun! Are you helping with Melanie's? Or was it just for fun? I'd love to try that recipe too.

micquel said...

yeah, those look awesome. did you make up fortunes yourself? Sounds like a real good time. (not the starting the blanket over thing, though, than's not fun at all.)

megan said...

well, certainly, I'll share the recipe. Just so you know, i didn't make all of the batter up, i just made, like a dozen cookies. The leftover batter is now languishing in my refrigerator. i didn't have any almond extract, so i left that out, and they still turned out good. Also, do you guys think if I just omitted the cocoa the cookies would still work out as regular plain fortune cookies? And what does one do with all the egg yolks one has left over after making these?

(from the Best of Martha Stewart Living Weddings)

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large egg whites
1 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons dutch cocoa
Pinch salt
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
50 paper fortunes

1. Heat oven to 400. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter; set aside.
2. In bowl of electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar, beat until frothy, 30 seconds. Add flour, cocoa and salt; beat until combind. Add melted butter, cream, and almond and vanilla extracts; beat until combined, 30 seconds.
3. Drop a heaping teaspoon of batter onto a Silpat baking mat fitted in a baking pan, or use a nonstick baking sheet. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing dollops 5 inches apart. Using back of a spoon, spread each one into a 4-inch circle. Place pan in oven; bake cookies until edges darken slightly, about 5 minutes.
4. Transfer pan to heat-resistant surface. Working quickly, slide offset spatula under cookie; flip over. Roll cookie into loose tube; insert paper fortune into middle so edges extend from cookie. Using the index finger, make indentation in center of tube; pinch each end together with other hand. Repeat rolling and folding process with remaining cookies. Store in airtight container up to a week.

plugalong said...

I'll bet they would be that buttery, vanilla-y flavor like really good, flat chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for sharing! This will be great fun to try on a patient day too (when I love to have the little ones try and help and things end up flat, extra flowery, square, whatever. They would have a blast though). By the way, I saw the little bags Melanie made at your craft night. So neat. Want to do another one?

megan said...

yes, definitely! Let's set a date!

plugalong said...

Well I could maybe do the 16th since the shower is an open house we could drop in and leave -or the first part of March, this month is crazy for me. By the way have you seen these?

inanechatter said...

I have to say. I very much liked the chocolate fortune cookies and was thinking that maybe we could have them at my reception. I'll put you in charge- that is if you don't mind. It's ok though if you'd rather not or if you're too busy. You're already doing the invitations so you know. It's entirely up to you. We could all help with the fortunes. I was thinking cheesy lines from songs. Or maybe silly movie/simpson qoutes.

megan said...

probably no one will check the comments now that it's been over two weeks, but to answer two questions--plugalong, I love those sweet mary janes you included a link for! I totally want to make some! Have you made some already?

inanechatter (by the way, I like the name) yeah, I'll totally make some for your wedding if'n you want. I think simpson's quotes or cheesy song lyrics would be awesome! Do you think you'll want chocolate or plain or both?

plugalong said...

Nope, haven't made any mary-janes yet. We could do a knit along maybe, but it will take me a while to work up to buying the pattern... when it happens I'll let you know.
Love the idea of cheesy lines in fortune cookies. I could maybe help too.