Mandatory Rest Period


On Earth Day the two of us stayed up late watching a post apocalyptic movie because quote "That's how we roll". LOL The accompanying movie knitting was the next sweater project, Chic Knit's Twist done up in some chocolate brown Cascade 220. I'm late to the party discovering the merits of 220, but now I see why knitters through out the net are always raving about it. It just knits up so nice that you never want to stop knitting. Which is exactly what happened.... so it should be no surprise that the next day there was a major neck cramp in my neck.


All knitting is banned until my neck muscles settle down, which is totally infuriating but necessary. Yesterday I did allow myself to seam up some of the pieces of the Climbing Vines pullover and pick up the stitches for the neckband. It's looking like I may be able to squeeze this sweater out of 3 skeins of Classy instead of 4. Bonus! Then there will be plenty of yarn left over to make one of the many beret patterns lurking in my queue.


Now all I need is a masseuse to fix my neck and some cooler weather to be able to wear climbing vines outside before summer comes for good. Cross your fingers for me. :)

Heavy Blog Avoidance


The blog has been lonely and the blog has been sad. I must apologize to the blog... but April is a busy month. First the frogs and I got caught up in a little festive celebration.


Then there were surprise Easter socks that couldn't be outed until the recipient received her Easter box.
Two embossed leaves
Embossed Leaves out of Hazel Knits Euphorbia. A few repeats were removed since part of the skein had been used to make mittens.

Other knitting also had to remain a secret until all blog readers were notified that a new baby is on the way.
Baby Chalice Blanket knit in Lorna's Laces Shepard Worsted

And lastly knitting the Climbing Vines Pullover became a painful slog that I didn't want write about. That's almost over now that all the pieces are blocking. There is just the painful finishing process to look forward too. On the plus side the blue is much prettier in person. The final product maybe worth the countless boring hours put into knitting it.

Whoops Forgot Cherry


As I pulled on my Cherry cardigan this morning the thought passed through my mind, "Hey did I flash a finished pic of this on the blog?" Ummm noooo. So this blog post is for all my lovely relatives with out Ravelry access.

Small Cherry
Yes my eyes were closed in every picture, argh!

Cherry cardigan knit in Sublime extra fine merino because I'm a little leery about knitting an adult sweater in cotton. The one cotton baby hat I've completed was enough to make my hands cranky.
Most of the sweater is a size 36 except for the bottom. As usual I cast on a the number of stitches for a size bigger and then decreased extra out while knitting to the waist. To do this I usually check my row gauge against the number of stitches that need to be decreased and try to come up with an even number.


Even though the waist detail was started at the right depth according to the pattern it still looks a bit low to me. However that is the only minor issue I have with this sweater. The rest of the fit very flattering and I'm very pleased with how the button bands and neck band knit up on number 2 needles.

Knitting on the Climbing Leaves Pullover didn't happen at all last week. Socks still have held sway when the sewing machine gets put away. I did manage to get a semi good modeled shot of the one finished Majestic sock.

glided m
Mmmmm golden cabled goodness.

More Cookies


This week I've had no luck playing around with fabric and the sewing machine. The result is that my knitting is no further and the sewing is in the trash can. So let's talk about cookies instead.

Both of today's cookies come from the "Martha Steward's Baking Handbook." I have warm and fuzzy feelings about this cook book because it gave me the perfect fudgy brownie recipe. It also has a kick ass cinnamon bread recipe and delightful blueberry muffins. The one thing I have noticed is that Martha's baking times are usually way too long. So if you read the cooking time and think hmm that sounds weird then trust your gut and check earlier.

As I mentioned on the 15th the Baking Handbook has my favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. It seems wrong to not share that delightful yummy goodness so here you go...

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Sweetened, shredded coconut
2 sticks (1 cup) Unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed Light brown sugar
1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
1 Large Egg
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
3 cups Rolled oats
1 cup Raisins

Oven is preheated to 325 - Martha suggest lining the cookie sheets with parchment paper but this isn't necessary.
In one bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt. Then stir in coconut to this mixture. Set aside.

In the mixer bowl beat the butter and the brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mix to combine. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined, about a minute.

With mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in two batches; mix until jut combined. Add oats and raisins and mix until combined. Martha recommends making 1 1/2 balls of batter on the cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 min or until golden brown.


Last weekend I decided to try a new recipe from this book "Double-Chocolate Brownie cookies." My husband liked these more than world peace cookies from the 15th. They were as brownie as a cookie can get, being kind of chewy with a good chocolate taste. I left the walnuts pretty chunky which seemed to work well with the cookies texture. My husband who usually likes nuts in his cookies ground up didn't complain either. These go in the too yummy not to make again list.

9 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate chopped into 1 inch chunks
3 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate coarsely chopped
6 Tablespoons Unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup (about 3 ounces) chopped Walnuts

Oven is preheated to 375. To begin set 4 ounces of the chopped Semi Sweet chocolate aside.

Melt the remaining semi sweet, all the unsweetened chocolate and the butter together in a double boiler until smooth. Allow mixture to cool for 5 mins.
Once cooler pour chocolate/butter mixture into the mixer bowl and add the sugar. Beat with the paddle attachment for 3 mins. Add in eggs, mix until completely combined. Beat in Vanilla. Add flour and salt and beat until just incorporated. Stir in the 4 ounces of semi sweet that was set aside and the walnuts.

Make 1 1/2 balls of batter on the cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 min or until edges are set but middle is a bit soft. Then eat quickly before anyone else can get their greasy mitts on them.

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