Sheared Bliss

FO Friday – Renaissance Edition

The shirts and skirts that MommaCodeMonkey made for me last year still fit (although with rather a lot of judicious tucking going on in the front to take up the extra length that is no longer needed to cover a pregnant belly).  Since typical Renaissance Festival bodices are not particularly practical when it comes to feeding a hungry baby, I’ve been wearing a crocheted green silk vest that is a relic from the vest fad of the mid-nineties, but works surprisingly well.  The two new additions to my wardrobe are in the headwear area.  As befitting a fiber wench, they’re both knitted.

Flat Cap

Pattern: Henry’s Hat from Two Tudor Hats

Yarn: Merino Sheepskin Co.’s Wool Pak 10 Ply in Navy

Notes: I actually knit this last year for CodeMonkey, but when he ended up getting cast as a member of the court instead of a lowly street musician it wasn’t fancy enough so I started wearing it.


Pattern: Milano Snood

Yarn: Hand Maiden’s Sea Silk in Straw

Notes: I knit the band smaller than the pattern calls for to fit my head and I think I fudged the decreases in the crown.


Can she make a cherry crisp, Billy Boy?
July 11, 2012, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Baking, Food | Tags: , , ,

It’s fruit season, and that means crisp.  As various fruits have come into season over last few weeks, I’ve been riffing off of this recipe.  The first time I played it straight and went with the strawberries and rhubarb the original recipe calls for.  Since then, I’ve tried blueberries and, most recently, cherries.


  • 3 cups fruit* (pitted and/or chopped small as necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon or lime juice


  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts**
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix filling ingredients together and pour into a pie plate or other appropriately sized baking dish.  Mix topping ingredients together and crumble over the fruit.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is brown and the fruit is bubbly.  Yum!

* Since there’s very little sweetener in the filling, you want the fruit to be sweet on its own so I used sweet cherries instead of sour pie cherries.

** Use any nuts you like.  I used pecans with the strawberries and rhubarb, walnuts with the blueberries, and almonds with the cherries.

Just Standin’ Around
July 5, 2012, 10:06 am
Filed under: Family & Friends | Tags: , , ,

Hey Baby, whatcha doin’?

Almost Standing a video by ShearedBliss on Flickr.

Oh, nothin’ much, just standin’ around.


PS: Please ignore the conversation I’m having about cowboy pee in the background of the video.  I was talking to MommaBliss on the phone and I swear it made sense in context.