Archive for December, 2005

It’s been a busy weekend around here…

Posted by jackie blue on December 18th, 2005

Busy with baking. Around the holidays I always get an urge to bake a lot. I used to do decorated sugar cookies, and then I got into elaborate gingerbread houses, but this year I thought I’d go the basic cookie route. Borrowing some pages from the Martha Stewart Holiday Cookie special issue, I made Cashew Caramel cookies, Chocolate Shortbread bells, Lime Meltaways, and our own Cassie’s chocolate chip cookies.
Cassie must have the touch, because hers were scrumptious, mine came out too soft. They probably could have stood another few minutes in the oven. The cashew caramels would have been a great success if I had just thought to refrigerate them after drizzling the caramel – they never really set well and some stuck together and ruined the lovely drizzle effect.
The shortbread and the lime meltaways came out great. So I boxed ’em up and they are little gifts for my dog run friends, my dog walker, and Mom of course.
Me, I have some leftovers that didn’t look so nice, and many broken chocolate chip cookies. That’s OK, I’ll eat ’em broken. Live and learn – and next time I do a big cookie fest, some knitting friends better look out!

Laugh of the Day

Posted by jackie blue on December 17th, 2005

This cracked me up. I just have to share. (Don’t just read, you really must listen. It’s great.)

One of the nicest things about knitting…

Posted by jackie blue on December 14th, 2005

…is seeing your gift recipient enjoying what you made.
This is Ellery, aged 4.5 months, and the blanket I knit for him.

She knits! She knits!

Posted by jackie blue on December 12th, 2005

A finished object I can actually show.
Pattern: Coronet from Knitty
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky, about a skein and a quarter
Needles: Size 10.5 Addis and dpns

I got really lazy (I know) and didn’t use the provisional cast on and grafting for the band, so I have an only slightly unsightly seam in the back. I’m toying with the idea of a knit flower as an embellishment and making that the side, or hell, who’s going to stare at the back of my head anyway?
I made it snug to keep my ears toasty warm. I may need a matching scarf now.