Sunday, February 10, 2008

I Confess


It usually really bugs me when people send me recipes.

Not Sure Why
I can't imagine why it would bug me, but it does. I'll mention a dish I ate, or something that Thaddeus cooked, and inevitably, someone will e-mail a recipe that is the best of whatever I was referencing...or worse, a recipe for some unrelated food item.

I never cook any of these recipes. I never print them off. I never forward them to Thaddeus so he can cook them. I don't cook that much at all, and Thaddeus has already learned to cook things that I like.

So, I guess that when someone sends me a recipe, it's not very useful to me, but I still can't imagine why I find it quite so annoying.

All that being said, a co-worker brought in two large pound cakes last week, and I have to admit, I begged her for the recipe.



This pound cake was (and yes, we ate both cakes) nothing short of perfect. It was dense and moist and had a crackly/sugary top. It was almond flavored, with a slight cream cheesey flavor that worked perfectly and it wasn't overly sweet.

We all wanted to know if she did anything special when making this cake, and she doesn't. She said it's a basic "follow the recipe and it works" cake.

She was happy to give me the recipe. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at queerjoe@comcast.net and I'd be glad to send it to you (it's very easy and short). I just don't want to push this on anyone that might find it annoying.

Current Knitting
Four rounds back, 14 rows forward.



Yes, I had to unknit four rounds (about 2,500 stitches...ugh!) because of some mistake I had made that mis-aligned an entire side of the square. But I knit like a dervish (if a dervish could in fact knit) and made up the back-pedaling.

If you think about it, unknitting takes about twice as long as knitting, so I really knit the equivalent of about 22 rounds this weekend.

Here's a different picture of the same stage of knitting.



Readers' Comments/Questions
Friend Liza sent me an e-mail to say that she couldn't see the link for "Comments" at the bottom of my post except for a short time on Sunday. I'd be interested to hear from folks who have had similar issues. If it's prevalent, I will contact Blogger to see what can be done about it.

Regarding the book Swish: My Quest To Become The Gayest Person Ever, I mentioned in my last post, Carol writes, "Joe, I really want to preorder that book too. Does that mean I'm a self-respecting gay man?"

Logically, if all self-respecting gay men would want to pre-order the book, and you want to pre-order the book, it doesn't necessarily follow that you are a gay man. But in your case, you are.

Kerry writes, "Would you happen to have a recommendation for yarn for Kinzel's patterns? I've looked for size 50 cotton and am basically coming up with sewing thread. Is the yarn you're using that thin?"

Does she really recommend size 50 cotton? I think that's way too thin. I wouldn't go any thinner than size 10 cotton unless you want a real gauzy look to it.

8 comments:

Brie (Wibit) said...

That pound cake looks divine!!!!!!!!!! I love your blog!!! I am a crocheter and find knitting to hard, but if anybody was going to get me into kniting it would be you!

Barb B said...

I left a comment and could read the comments (on Sunday), no problem. Then they were gone. They are still gone for Thursdays post.
I am looking forward to seeing that thing blocked out.
Barb B.

dragoncrafter said...

Sewing thread and crochet cotton use different sizing systems. #50 crochet thread is a lot thicker than #50 sewing thread.

You can order thinner crochet threads online from http://www.lacis.com/ or http://www.herrschners.com/. You can find lots of reviews of crochet thread at http://crochet.tangleweeds.com/thread.html.

Brief history lesson: It used to be that cotton thread was labeled with two numbers: one number (10-100, usually) for how thick individual plies were, and a second number for how many plies there were.

(The first number was the number of hanks of thread you got per pound, which is why #10 thread is thicker than #30 thread.)

Sewing thread was usually labeled 50/3: it was made of 3 #50 plies. Crochet thread was usually (some number)/6: it was 6-ply thread instead of 3-ply thread.

Eventually both sewing thread manufacturers and crochet thread manufacturers decided that they only wanted to use one number. (So #10 Cebelia, a 3-ply crochet thread, is the same thickness as #10 Cordonet, a 6-ply crochet thread.) Unfortunately, sewing thread makers decided to standardize based on the number for 3-ply thread of the same thickness, and crochet thread makers decided to standardize based on the number for 6-ply thickness.

So #100 crochet thread = 100/6 cotton thread = 50/3 cotton thread = #50 sewing thread.

Originally. Crochet thread thickness has gone up since the numbers stopped meaning anything, so now #100 crochet thread is thicker than #50 sewing thread.

Jazmin said...

I've done Kinzel's in everything from size 10 to size 30 crochet cotton and been fond of the look of all of them. I merely used appropriate sized needles for my own knitting style, and the look I wanted. (Gauzy vs solid etc etc). I'm a huge Kinzel fan, one might say I'm a Kinzel junkie really.

Carol said...

Jos, I have never been more flattered in my life.

Plus "I Confess" is my favorite English Beat song.

Mel said...

Carol's being a gay man would certainly explain why she was trying to look up my kilt.

My family has always used a recipe for cold oven pound cake (put the pan into a cold oven and then turn it on). It is far and away our favorite - so much so that it's the recipe I plan to use for my wedding cake.

kathymonzo said...

OMG Joe I love the red lace! I want one, please!!!!

stinky pinky said...

joe, that looks like such an artful labor of love! can't wait to see the whole thing!