Monday, January 28, 2008

Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day

Use fresh or frozen blueberries in this pancake recipe.

2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teasooon salt
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup fresh or frozen thawed blueberries, rinsed

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Beat egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl; add milk and melted butter. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients; mix until batter is smooth and stir in blueberries. Fold in beaten egg whites. Bake on hot greased griddle. Makes 12 pancakes.


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Defeat the Winter Doldrums Dishcloth Exchange

Topic for Week #2

"There are many people who ADORE receiving hand-knit or crochet items; but there are just as many who have no appreciation whatever of how much love, work, and time goes into a hand-made item. Share a story of a hand-made gift you gave to someone and how it worked out - good, bad, or ugly!"

I knit these bed socks for a friend and I was so proud of them! I had only been knitting for about 1 year and it was really a struggle. Upon opening them she replied (not in a good way) "Great, so now every gift I get from you will be knitted." Now that her daughter has learned to knit she doesn't feel that way.......BTW, they were too small - LOL!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Yarn Pron (as L&V would say)

Well 2 new yarns arrived today. The first is from Simply Sock Co. It is sKNITches Syncopation sock yarn -- colorway is Rugby. It is lovely yarn and soft and squishy. I just happened to log on at the right time because its GONE now!

This yarn below is an early Valentine's present from my hubby so I can have it for V-Day. Our last name is Love and I collect hearts, so these socks are perfect. I haven't done anything like this so it should be interesting.... This is from Woolgirl . Check out the darling heel!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Dishcloth

I have not knit a dishcloth in a while, and I thought I'd whip one up for my Defeat the Winter Doldrums Swap.

I belong to the Monthly Dishcloth KAL and genius Janet Nogle contributed the pattern.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Dishcloth Exchange Topic 1

Weekly Topic: Dishrag. Dishcloth. Face cloth.

When I am working on mine, it's a dishcloth. When its ratty and old then it a dishrag. Its a face cloth if I am giving it with soap, or made in my bathroom colors for washcloths. Its' all good!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Beat the Winter Doldrums Dishcloth Exchange Questionaire

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? Knit only
2. What types of needles do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? 7mm 10" straights
3. What types of cotton do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? P and C and S and C
Is there any that you've been wanting to try? Not really
4. What color(s) are your kitchen and bath decorated in (if any)? Kitchen is black, tan and olive green, bath is blue and purple
5. What are your favorite colors for yarns? Brights Least favorite? Baby colors
6. Do you like Winter, or do you count the days until it ends? I live in Californis, so we don''t really get it too bad
7. What's your favorite way to brighten your day when you're down in the dumps? Eat chocolate! and knit!
8. What is your favorite treat to indulge in and when your down in the dumps? I like pinwheel cookies, and Lindor truffles in the red wrapper
9. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Cocoa? Both but not green tea
10. If you could take a vacation starting tomorrow and go anywhere for one week and money were no object, where would you go and what would you do? I would go back to Italy adnd tour the entire country!
11. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should be aware of? No walnuts, mugs or cig smoke

Friday, January 04, 2008

First FO of 2008

It took me way to long to finish this thing! It is gorgeous yarn to knit with and its cashmere and so it feels wonderful around my next. Now I am off as I have a fingerless glove to finish.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Socks OTN

I have joined a new KAL which will hopefully inspire me to knit a pair of socks a month.

Above is my progress using my last Chewy Spaghetti club yarn, Wintery 2007. This will be a basic stockinette pattern with the afterthought heel. MAgic Loop technique and toe-up (such a rebel!)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Defeat the Winter Doldrums SWAP

As you all know, I love SWAPs and here is the link to one of my favorites. The commitment is not overwhelming and what could be better than a handmade item, yarn and soap! Check it out!