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2012 November

I’ve been at it again.  I know what you’re thinking- I’ve traded in knitting for cookies and crochet.  But that’s not the case… I just have a lot of secret knitting projects right now that I just can’t share quite yet.  But in the next few months everything will be revealed!

In the meantime I baked more cookies!  As if all the food at thanksgiving dinner wasn’t enough I had to bake another batch of cookies on Saturday.  Yes, another shortbread recipe…. I know I’ve lost my mind.  But these were pretty good.  These Lemon Poppy Seed cookies aren’t too sweet like the other cookies I’ve been baking lately, which makes them less addictive and a great companion for some nice strong black tea.

Servings: makes 20-22 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/3 cup confectioners sugar

1 softened stick of butter

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp poppy seeds

zest of two medium lemons (I used Myer lemons)

 

In a bowl mix together the flour and sugar.  Add the butter and mix in carefully (I used a fork for this task).  Then add in the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix in well.  Now you will add in the lemon zest and poppy seeds and mix them in well.  Roll out the dough into a log that measures about 1.5″ in diameter and wrap in parchment paper.  Refrigerate the log for at least 1 hour.  Preheat the oven to 325º.  Cut the log into pieces about 1/3″ thick.  Bake cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes.  The cookies will not change color much, the longer you leave them in the oven the crumblier they will get.  Enjoy these cookies with a nice hot cup of tea!

 

 

 

The following patterns are 20% off Monday 11/26/12 through Wednesday 11/28/12 by 11:59pm (Pacific Time):

#403 Nichole’s Kids Warmies

Baby Bibs

Baby Booties & Cap

Baby Bow Hat

Baby Jacket

Baby Mary-Jane Booties

Big Top Baby Blanket

Danie

Flower Sundress

Little Ballerina

Newborn Welcome Set

Reversible Lace Hat

Tied Picot Baby Booties

Toddler’s Hat

Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares… Oh My!!!

 

It’s getting close to the end of the year and I have been working like a mad woman to finish my goals for the year.  One of my goals this year was to knit myself a blanket, but I settled for crochet.  Back in March I started a crochet granny square blanket.  And the more I work on it the more excited I get to have it finished!  All I want to do is cuddle up under the blankie and knit knit knit.  I have made a gazillion squares so far and I have finally started piecing them together.  Here are some photos so you can see that I have actually made progress since my last update.

     

I definitely want to finish this before the end of the year, but unfortunately its not a priority. But I am very close. The reason its taking me so long to piece this blanket is because I am seaming it by hand (not crochet).  It makes all the difference when you seam the squares using the mattress stitch.  It gives the seams a nice clean, tight and neat finish that you can’t get any other way.  The next time you see this blanket it should be finished.  If only I didn’t sleep at night I could get so much more knitting and crochet done!

 

I’ve been in a purging mood lately.  I’m just trying to clear out all the clutter.  About a year and a half ago Rory and I moved in together and in my laziness of unpacking my stuff I ended up with a chest full of homeless random objects.  The other day I dumped everything out and decided to keep almost everything.  But I cam across this little cotton hankie… not sure where it came from, or if it’s mine… or his… but it looks new and unused.  So it’s mine now! Haha!  I’m sure its mine… don’t remember it though.

I thought, what the heck am I going to do with this hankie?! Ah! Craft project!!! I recalled this little project from the Purl Bee and thought… “Hmmmm, that might work.” But I decided to take it to the next level.  Believe it or not, years ago, my first real crochet project was to crochet around some photographs I took.  I thought I could combine this Purl Bee project and this photography project and crochet around this lonely hankie.

So first I steamed the heck out of it… since I don’t own an iron.  Then I poked a bunch of strategically placed holes into the edge of my hankie using the pointy end of a seam ripper.

     

Then I browsed some crochet books I have in my “library.” I found an edging in the book Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman.  I used DMC Pearl Cotton 5 (you can get that from Joanns) and crocheted away! Of course I made a few modifications (you know how I like to follow directions).  They changes I made were: I didn’t make the peaks as tall as the book and I didn’t do the second round of peaks.  It didn’t take very long… just a couple hours of TV.   But in the end this is what I have to show!  Vuala!!!!

     

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Still got your self in a tizzy about all those holiday gifts? Here are a few quick project ideas for the men your life.

How about a hat? We have Gregorio, Cabled Beanie & Ribbed Beanie! All three are great choices!

     

 

Or maybe you have a little more time and want to make some neck-gear! In that case there are two excellent choices: Walt’s Tangled Cables and the Unisex Neck Warmer!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this post was able to serve as a little inspiration for your holiday knits! Happy knitting!