If you follow me on Pinterest then you might notice that I actually pin a fair amount of stuff and that a lot of that is food. I made a specific board for Holiday Cooking
I’ve already made a few things from this board so let me run down my recommendations.
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies. I don’t need to say more do I? I follow the recipe on this one. No subs. It’s just a darn good cookie. And hilarious when you decorate them as dead ginger people or something more explicit
Let’s not forget shortbread cookies. There are a ton of fabulous recipes out there – King Arthur has one and then there are Pinwheels that I always make as a variation of shortbread cookies. I just make my shortbread dough and I flavor parts of it. Maybe you can just make plain shortbread and dip it in chocolate.
I am going all traditional here with this last cookie. Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookie. We like to make these and have a little decorating party:
For an upscale looking and just plain yummy cheese appetizer, try the Baked Brie with Balsamic Rosemary Cranberry Sauce – I made a couple of modifications. I don’t have anything particularly against buying canned bread like what’s called for here but I made a pie crust and it was lovely and crumbly. I also used Maple sugar in the cranberries instead of regular sugar. Really, it’s the rosemary that makes this one a total hit.
Here’s a dish that seems like it’s only tailgater fair but it’s really good. Really good. Jalapeno Popper Dip. The thing that makes it even better is a jar of homemade Cowboy Candy in it, instead of the plain jalapenos.
We made Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Browned butter and sage for one of the Thanksgiving meals we went to. I’ve made this a bunch of times. We couldn’t find sage in the stores so I caramelized and crisped up some onions in the browned butter and threw on some chevre. It was still mighty good.
I usually make egg rolls for Christmas Eve dinner
I’m thinking of mixing it up making these gorgeous Pierogi with Mushrooms I might not go out of my way to find the special mushrooms and I might change up the cheese to the one that my gram has always used for her pierogi. Of course, I might have to make both pierogi and egg rolls for the holidays so I don’t get lynched.
I’m sure there are many more recipes that I have forgotten to mention.
As I keep cooking for the season and parties that pop up, I will make sure to share the really good ones.
Is your zipper just slightly the wrong color?
Are you going to make it a hidden zipper where only the pull will show?
Paint it with nail varnish. I’m sure this isn’t anything revolutionary to anyone but myself.
I didn’t take a before picture but you can see that the zipper is more of an orangey red. I needed a raspberry. It’s going to be a hidden zipper in a dress so only that little pull is going to show. I happened to have a fabulous nail varnish that matches the dress. Voila!
I am tempted to add sparkle to it now though.
I burnt my hat. This is absolutely ridiculous and if you know me, you’ll think nothing of it and you might even wonder how this doesn’t happen more often. Here’s how this all went down.
I started knitting this hat (Lucky Noggin):
Loved it but the color just wasn’t right. I wanted it different and darker. So I figured once it was done I’d dye it oxblood:
Good color right?
I set up the dye pot, tossed in the hat, set it all on the stove in the shop dye kitchen and left. I didn’t just leave it to set for the proper amount of time. Nope. I decided to walk away and go get a load of hay. Three hours later 40 bales of hay is all nestled comfortably in the storage barn and shed. I figure I’ll go back to work but wait, what’s the smell?
I head into the dye kitchen and there is my hat.
On the bottom of the pot.
Crying a little. Well. It sounded a little like crying. In reality it was the hissing of the last bits of water being drawn out of the yarn.
I plopped this mess out into the sink and gave a good drowning. It lived but it changed the color a little more than I thought. This happens when you burn things sometimes.
It’s quite dark but it’s still wearable so we’re calling it a success and a very lucky hat indeed.
Yes, I dye things for a living and have been doing so for a little more than 10 years. Why do you ask?
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you might remember that we do a gifting thing every year. You know I like to give to charities and make things but crafty people want stuff too. We want things to finish off a project or new equipment. I like to find these things that we all want (or at least that I want) and list them so that you can find them or help loved ones find them for others.
This year instead of posting them here I’m making a Pinterest list. Well….I made 2. One on my personal Pinterest and one on the business Pinterest. There will be some different things on them though most of the goodies will be the same. Some of the goodies listed will be from our own shop and some will be from other places that I find. We have a lot of great items but we don’t have it ALL.
Peronsal Pinterest Gift Idea Board
Spunky Eclectic Gift Idea Board
I’ll make another post soon to talk about my favorite charities this time of year. I can’t leave them out.
We revamped out entire yarn line at Spunky Eclectic. I wanted to do that for a while but I guess I wasn’t really taking into account truly how much work it would be. It consumed so much time. Everything is getting rewound and rebundled with our new labels. I love our new labels and I love how the yarn looks. If you want to take a look you can Click Here
We just updated the shop today so there is a lot of new stuff going on. Yarn, fiber, spindles, travel kates, etc etc.
In doing all of that, I had the idea that the new yarns needed pattern companions. I’ve been knitting like mad to come up with fabulous patterns to go with the new yarns. Like this cowl:
Falling Bobbins Pattern on Ravelry
And the next one in the series….
I know that’s only a teaser. It will be available in the E-book Cowl Quartet and by itself or free with yarn qualifying yarn purchase starting the first week of December. I’m still knitting cowls though. There are 2 more to go and I want to sample them well so here’s a sneaky look at what might be January and February
Though I think I might have already changed my mind for February but you’ll just have to wait and see.
Now we get into the socks. It seems the majority of my socks are samples for the shop or a class. I get one sock done and then never the second one. I can knit a sock fairly quickly so it eludes me why I can’t just finish the second one? Here’s 2 such lonely socks that could use a mate.
^This one is out of Panda – Oxblood and Hidden
^This one is handspun Fauxcle and Supernova that I just dyed up some scraps to play with. It’s about using fun novelty handspun to make socks.
I really love handspun so I almost always have at least one handspun sock going. I probably have way more. Some of you out there would be a little destroyed at all the UFO’s I have. I knit for peace and relaxation so when a project ceases to do that for me, I toss it aside. Eventually they get finished or ripped.
I love these BFL socks so I’m hoping they get finished some day.
Last but not least, I have a hat I’m working on:
This is another project I can use in the Warm along on Ravelry. Not to mention my head is cold. I am keeping up with the clipped stuff so every few weeks my head is quite a bit colder.
Yes, I’m actively working on all of these projects. Well, all except maybe those single socks up there. Everything else is in a particular bag that I grab for particular activities. Though the cowls are getting preferential treatment at the moment.
oh, I almost forgot! I’m working on a Southern Cross along Semi Solid SAL but that’s about spinning so maybe next post I’ll talk about that.
In our Ravelry group we’re having a Warm-Along and it’s really good timing. The air is cooling around here and I feel the dire need for mittens, cowls and hats.
I finished a cowl last week that will be a pattern available for free with yarn purchase starting at Fiber Festival of NE through the end of the month. I don’t have the photos finished so I’m not showing that off yet. I’ll be back after the show to show that off and tell about my plan for the cowls.
In the meantime, I’m using my knit along time to work on other projects.
Progression dyed SW Corrie “Pine Tree Slalom” (SE)
I ran out of yarn and am also wanting a different look from my stripes so I need to spin the other half of the fiber the way I want it to be. In the meantime, I’m finishing up the mitts that were also in the same pattern and also from a progression dyed fiber.
SW Corrie – club colorway “Sundown” (SE). I love this colorway and am a little sad that it’s gone.
I also need to finish a pair of mittens that I started last year. I imagine the teen child is also a little chilly
Quince and CO yarn Lark in “Cypress”
But not to think that I am not good for a new cast on.
It’s a baby sweater. The yarn is SE Super DK in the colorway Dinosaur. It’s a one skein sweater that in the smallest size will make a hat too….pattern coming soon.
Yeah, I know. seems as though there is a lot of “Pattern coming soon”.
I get distracted easily but these patterns are all written. They just need polish, testing, and a tech lookie. We’ll get there. Fiber Festival of NE is this coming weekend. We are in booths 518-19-20 and it should be a good time. After that, I have a massive update and then things will get a little calmer…right?