Did you know that today is Ron Weasley’s birthday? Did you also know that Ron is my favorite character of the Trio?
He is. I love him. He is my Wheezey.
No, he’s not perfect. Yes, he can be a bit spoiled and out of touch, but he’s also funny, adorable, and more loyal than he gets credit for.
I figured there’s really only one way to celebrate Ron’s birthday…
A Weasley sweater. Of course.
I decided to try a new technique that I read about on a clay forum for the sweaters.
I’m gonna put it out there now…I still need lots of practice to perfect it.
That being said, it’s not a difficult technique, and it’s super fun and amazing looking when finished.
To start out, you need ropes of fondant. I used an extruder to create mine, but this isn’t such a delicate job that you couldn’t do it by hand. Once you have your fondant ready, wrap the pieces of fondant around each other to creates twisted ropes, and lay them side by side on top of a flat piece of rolled fondant.
To create the knitted look, twist the fondant ropes in opposite directions, so that when you lay them side by side, the create V shapes, like in knitting.
I used a small amount of water to glue the ropes of fondant down, then I used a sweater template to cut the shape out. This is far easier with a cookie cutter, but if you don’t have one, just use a template and take your time.
I think once I’ve practiced this a couple more times, I’ll be able to get more delicate twists, making the “knit” finer and more realistic.
Pretty worthy of Mrs. Weasley’s knitting skills, if I do say so myself.
I also made my Wheezey a cake, because birthday. I kept it simple and homespun, because I think that’s exactly how Mrs. Weasley would have made her delicious cakes. Add a little banner on top, and you’ve got a cake fit for a king.
Happy birthday, Won Won!