Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Tasty Cake and Foliage...

Fig and Plum cake from Fig and Plum!
Occasionally knit blogs will talk about things other than knitting, and this I don't mind. In fact if I like a blog, I am willing to read just about anything they fancy talking about. It could be sewing, something of which I know nothing but can nevertheless enjoy the visuals. It can be fabulous vacations to unexpected places--if the blogger is a great writer, I particularly enjoy such postings. It can be blood feuds with other bloggers and family members, I love having ringside seats for that. Or it can be about the most stupifyingly cute baby nursery in the history of the world. And sometimes bloggers post about things that immediately captivate me and I must try for myself. Now since I suck at sewing, don't have a sister-in-law who hates my blogging pal, don't plan on hitting Peru anytime soon and am not preggers, the Fig and Plum cake had my name written all over it. I love figs, the plum is in my top 5 fruits for sure, and my love affair with cake is well documented. What a delicious treat to enjoy right now! Babs made it and gave it her highest recommendation. You must act with alacrity as these ingredients will no longer be at their peak in several days, seriously. The DRMC says that he is now my slave for life after tasting it. Mwahahaha!

My creation

This weekend I was feeling the need to start and finish a project all in one day. Sometimes it just needs to be that way, and so I perused the new Knitty, hoping to find a dish on the side to complement my current Cobblestone/Clapotis/Shedir main course. Enter Foliage, a super quick project that only took several hours to make. Even the disaffected tween thing looked up from her manga obsession long enough to say "Hey, cool." If you feel the need to crank out holiday projects (which I don't), meet your new best friend, Foliage.

The Specs
Pattern: Foliage, Knitty Fall 07
Yarn: Rowan Cork, oh how I miss thee! 1 skein of Very Berry
Needles: size 10.5, hot damn!

36 comments:

kim said...

Oh, that does look delicious - so much so that if you were my neighbor, I'd knock on your door and find an excuse to wrangle myself a slice. Of course, if I were your neighbor, I'd be a crabby, old noise hater, wouldn't I?

Your girls? They are just about the cutest models ever. Berry cute hate too!

Sarah said...

I am so excited about the fig and plum cake. Also the hat is just what I have been looking for. Absolutely nothing better then knitting start to finish in one or two days.

Kirsten said...

That cake looks so delicious! Figs are one of my favorite fruits.

Cute Foliage hat and adorable model. Tell her that my blog models are huge manga fans too.

Ashley said...

I wonder what would happen if I made that cake with apples. Of which I happen to have a lot right now. Hmm.

Cork, Cork, we hardly knew ye.

Jennifer said...

Mmmm...cake. And the hat is adorable - size 10.5, you say? Sounds like a nice quick fix :)

Laura said...

Seeing that cake has made me really hungry!

I love Foliage - might have to curn out one or two during my week off work.

xx

peaknits said...

The hat is wonderful, I will have to add that to my holiday gift list for sure - my sister would look great in this! And the cake - omg. yum!

Nora said...

Ooooh, I've made that cake using figs from my tree! Delish - well, if you ignored the sunken centre... don't know what happened there.

Karen said...

Mmmm, that cake looks yummy - and I don't even like figs OR plums. (hello, pick eater much??) Okay, so I won't be trying to cake, but I'm definitely going to try the hat. I can think of a few people on my Christmas list that might love them.

SJ said...

Mmm, cake!

The hat is adorable, and in my opinion, if a teen gives it her seal of approval, it's a winner.

Lolly said...

Love the Foliage hat! so fast and cute :)

And thanks for the comments on my Peru posts - don't rule it out, you should go too!

Jen said...

Ooh that does look yummy! I love figs and plums too. Something to do when we get our kitchen goods, maybe. Thank for passing on the link.

a friend to knit with said...

A quick hat project??? I'm all over that....It looks so cute on your daughter!
That cake looks delicious....how far is my drive??? :)

Robin said...

I love that hat!! And Cork! I have some purpley-wine Cork in my stash that I could use for this. Emilee did a great job with that pattern.

Veronique said...

*drool* You're making me hungry!

Kim said...

Mmmm cake. The Foliage hat is gorgeous. It's the first FO from the new Knitty that I've come across. I really really want to make that hat.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

can you mail some of that cake to me? :) yum! I love seeing all the good things you show on your blog...

I tagged you! go to http://kyleknits.blogspot.com/2007/09/i-have-been-tagged.html and see what I'm talking about - it's fun to learn more about people and you're really interesting to me... I hope you'll play along!

Knitting Bandit said...

Darling hat for looks to be a darling daughter. The fig and plum cake? Hmmm...I'm trying to get to a smaller size so that I can knit smaller sweaters--you know less yarn per sweater, less time knitting each sweater which will then give me more time and more money for more sweaters, is that twisted logic? Anyway, I have to save my precious treats for pure chocolate satisfaction! But you go girl!

Yarnhog said...

That hat is awesome, and looks really cute on your equally cute "Tween Thing"--which gets my vote for funniest nickname ever!

(I have a beautiful fig tree producing delicious fruit in my backyard right now, but I don't cook except for the sake of my children's immediate survival. Maybe we can work out a trade...)

pamela wynne said...

Adorable hat! And the cake? Yum -- I just downloaded the recipe.

Zarah said...

Cool hat - I think that pattern might be this year's Fetching! (The perfect quick-knit Xmas gift!)

tiennie said...

My daughter would love Foliage! I must knit one for her too. Cute cute cute!

~Kristie said...

As if I'm not already having startitis problems, you should me something else I should start. Damn! I bet my niece would love that. It is so adorable on the tween!!

Octopus Knits said...

That cake looks delicious, and the hat is really cute!

The Ninny said...

that fig and plum cake looks like a dream. i am going to go in search of figs tonight!!!!!

K. said...

Wow, that is fast! LOVE fast knits. I have learned to keep all christmas projects small, no matter how they are made.

Sonya said...

Cute hat! And such a lovely blog model too. Your cake looks delicious. Kevin is busy writing down the ingredients to go to the grocery store tomorrow. He loves the plums.

Kristin said...

i am sending that recipe to my mom, she's nuts about figs!! Thanks for the link

melissa said...

i can't believe such a cute hat knits up so quickly! it looks so sweet on her.

my queue overfloweth.

schrodinger said...

You knocked them out fast! Man I want a piece of that pie, can I come over? ;)

Sourire11 said...

I think you totally should hit Peru! But really cake is a good second option.

adorable hat - I'm with you on the ocasional need for instant gratification.

and I'm trying so hard not to get sucked into (buying yarn for) a clapotis. I was strong the first time around but all of you with your second wave and your beautiful yarn selections... my willpower is only so strong.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Yeah, everyone is all about cake and hats, me? You wrote "blood feud' and I'm clicking over there to check that out!!!


I'm not a well person, am I?

Debby said...

Oh, does that look good! I'm not ready for fall yet, but there are some luscious desserts this time of year.

The red hat is going to be so cheery when the cold weather does come.

Faith! said...

What a cutie! This post got me hungry for both cake and Rowan Cork- you're right, awesome yarn.

Dipsy said...

Oh my gosh, that cake almost made me drool all over my keyboard - it looks ever so yummy and tasty!!! And I really love the hat - nothing can beat instant gratification ;)

Lone Knitter said...

The cake looks delicious. It must be all all gone by now. And darling hat too.