Monday, 21 April 2014

Hang Out The Flags!

The proverbial Bad Penny is out of hibernation. The long silence since December, was simply due to the Jinksy grasshopper mind choosing to follow other than Blogland paths for a spell. It can't resist a challenge.
For instance, I needed to create a Treacle Pudding Beanie when a certain person floated the idea in my direction, and I couldn't rest until I'd made one. The whole thing evolved as I worked, patterns  for same being unavailable.

You wouldn't believe how hard the exercise proved to be, for no self respecting pudding would be symmetrical in its syrupy dribbles, and it was down to luck rather than design as to how the final colours spread themselves around the rim.
 And of course, taking a photo of any hat becomes difficult when there is no head to model it. I tried a pudding basin, but discovered the old idea of a pudding basin hair cut was no help in this somewhat different situation, and the Pyrex bowl was banished back to the kitchen. So these two shots leave the beanie looking a little flabby, though they do show how the golden sponge, the oozing syrup and the caramelized top each played their part in this trompe l'oeil experiment.

I believe the recipient has had the grace to wear it in public at least once, though his daughter was scandalized at the thought of her father making so bold...

23 comments:

  1. I love that. Would be a big hit on the bus, mid-winter!

    Pearl

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    1. It would if that were all you wore?! LOL

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    1. Oh, spare my blushes, please. :-)

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  3. Are you saying you were absent from Blogland for these four long months because you needed -- needed -- to make a Treacle Pudding Beanie?????

    Surely you meant to post this on April 1st.

    And I suppose the wearer can now say, "I'll eat my hat!"

    But glad you're back!

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    1. Hehehe! No, I NEEDED to make it because it was a challenge – but I also needed to spend days clearing out the cupboard under my stairs, before, like proving yeast, its contents could lock me in behind an ever growing mountain - of ‘stuff’!
      I then spent ten weeks attempting to improve my writing skills with a knowledgeable tutor, and a great group of critique givers. This meant I had to write things for them to critique, and sadly, the days still only had the same number of hours in each one.
      Excuses, excuses…

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  4. what better to do with winter!!!./...I too have been present by my absence this winter....I will get back in the blogging yoke and show the results of my toil in the garden......good to see you!!

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    1. You'd be welcome to toil in my garden any old day. I paid a lovely lady to do just that, last weekend. ;-o)

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  5. I am impressed! There is some fine engineering in that hat, and it deserves extensive exposure to the elements.

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    1. Engineering is exactly the right word. LOL :-)

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  6. Great to have Napple Notes back in addition to Alias, Jinksy. Funny I tried to post on Napple Notes the other day - perhaps I should be awarded a degree in ESP.

    Very impressed with the Treacle Pudding Beanie - very clever.

    A lady of many talents.
    Eddie x

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    1. Erm...I don't think Blogger would like you to write a post "alias Pen"?! But mention Napple all you like, in any other place - except, maybe, a toilet wall?! LOL

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    2. Now would i do that?
      I'd probaly not have a pen to pen it, Pen! LOL

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  7. I've never understood what Napple means. At first I read it as Nappie, which obviously is wrong. So I looked it up on the net:

    And this is my first answer:

    An apple that has been modified with a coating to make you sleep, but is also injected with a powerful laxative that will wake you up after fifteen minutes. Make sure you are wearing your Cinco D-Pants!
    NAPPLE NAPPLE NAPPLE NAPPLE NAPPLE!

    The website address is:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=napple

    which should amuse you.
    Eddie x.

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    1. NO NO NON NON etc etc! You need to read a much earlier post somewhere on this blog. 'Napple' is the condensed, babyfied version of 'Granny Apple' - that's the name my kids were dying to call me instead of the more obvious 'Granny Smith' ! Geddit?! Depends how well up you are on your 'five a day' list!!!!
      So, my first granddaughter it was who christened me Napple. Nobody looked it up in any dictionary, urban or otherwise...:-)

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  8. Welcome back Jinksy! You have been missed.

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    1. Thank you, kind sir - I'll try to stay around some more :-)

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  9. What dumb schmuck would venture out wearing a beanie like that? I don't know! Some people! Now - a beanie that looked like aN apple would be something else.

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    1. The kind of dumb schmuck who got me to make it for them, I'd hope! If not, they should be wary of saying things they don't mean. Jinksy takes people at their word !
      But I think making a Napple look-alike beanie would be beyond even my nimble fingers, let alone brainbox. Hehehe :-)

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  10. There you are! So glad to see you! I do like your Treacle Pudding hat.

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    1. Hello, m’dear! Nice to see you, too. But I’d rather have a slice of treacle pudding, than a treacle pudding hat. My taste buds drool at the thought of something they’ve not tasted for years!

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