Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Know this is a Knitting Blog...


I've had a cookie breakthrough! Yes, that's right a cookie breakthrough. You may not have known this but I was a quest for a chocolate chip cookie that did not end up looking like this and I found them and even made them myself. Now I'm sure those cookies actually taste pretty good. In general, I find that cookies taste good no matter what. But I think we all know that they taste so good because of all the butter, sugar and CHOCOLATE that is in them. And, if they look "bad" who cares. Right? Right.
But I still wanted to be able to make cookies that look like they could have been purchased at a sea level bakery. Anyone who lives at this altitude knows that baking is not exactly easy. But this recipe worked.

Not only do they look good; they taste really great, they're not greasy, they're super moist, they have NO BUTTER, they require NO MIXER!, and they only took 45 minutes (from pulling all the ingredients out to shutting off the oven), no kidding.

Here's the link to the recipe I used. And my list of altercations (of course i made altercations!):

I used 1/2 c. whole wheat flour in addition to the 1 1/2 c. flour suggested

I added 1/4 c. plain yogurt (I mixed it in with egg, sugar etc.)

You can add these or not but I do think the yogurt adds to the overall super moistness of any baked item. Just be sure to add more flour (whether it's wheat or not doesn't matter, i just like the taste of wheat flour) if you use the yogurt.

MMM! They are delicious!

and because this is a knitting blog :)...this is my most recent project, almost finished. Do you think it has anything to do with my quest for the perfect CHOCOLATE chip cookie?

Sunday, February 22, 2009


That's what we did last Monday night. The CVS at UW hosted a KNIT-IN to benefit one of the elementary schools here in town. The purpose was for knitters and crocheters to make as many scarves, hats, mittens, and other wintry items as possible in 4 hours. I cheated and started ahead of time, as I think many people did.

It was a great event. Every table was full of people knitting or crocheting for a cause. And, apparently many thought it would be a good place to learn to knit or crochet because I ended teaching about 6 people how to knit.

This left little time for me to finish my project,
which I ended up turning in a few days later. Although I did finish Dan's project which was also a beanie that I forgot to photograph...oops!

In other knitting news: I forgot to mention that I finished Dan's slippers (in January, I think). These were on that large list of items I wanted to get done by March.

Side note: I love that my husband knits!

They turned out pretty nice. They fit and all. I think I've finally tweaked that slipper pattern enough to make them work with cheaper yarn than the pattern calls for. And, I guess I was in a hat mood after all that craftivism so I knitted up this little ditty for a co-worker's new baby.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Barely Knitting...Or Anything Else

Famous last words: "I haven't been sick in at least 2 years! Can you believe that?"

This said two days(!) before the worst cold in a decade hit me like a ton of bricks. I even went to a doctor. That is a big deal for me. Okay, well, the real reason I went (get ready to laugh just like my dear husband did) was because I saw a mouse in our garage in October, I think, and wanted to rule out Hantavirus. Yeah, I know. Laugh it up. The doc couldn't do anything, kind of laughed at me, and told me to start a Vitamin D regimen (he was realllllly into Vitamin D).

Today is Day 6 of stated illness and I am at about 60%. I thought I would be 100% by now but I was wrong. Who ever heard of a cold lasting more than 3 days?? This is ridiculous. Thankfully I worked out my practicum schedule so that I have Mondays off "to work on my research." So I am not missing yet another day of work.
The knitting has entirely slowed down. I only finished 2 things over this long period of time on the couch. One of the projects was not on the list but I squeezed it in for a friend's birthday gift.
Blanket #2 of 3. I like the stripes:
And Katie's present:
In other news: my husband is great! he gave me many presents for my birthday, as seen here and most of them had to do with knitting...what a man!