Saturday, February 27, 2016

A new scarf

This project took a lot longer than I anticipated. I started it before Christmas. It was intended to be a Christmas present for my mother. Well, it missed the Christmas deadline, became a birthday present (she has a late January birthday) and now it is finished, at the end of February. Alas! I think my biggest problem with it was two-fold. It was just complicated enough so that I had to pay careful attention to what I was doing, but not complicated enough to be interesting. Does that make sense?

The finished design is beautiful, I love what the pattern designer did with it. I only mean the process of making it was dull. What didn't help (the second part of the problem) is that I kept forgetting what row of the pattern I was on. I use washi-tape to keep track, but the rows knit so quickly, I didn't always move the tape to the correct line.

Despite that, it is now finished. The yarn is Palette in the Clover colorway. The pattern, Garden Gate, is by Jennifer Krueger and can be found here (ravelry link).

I changed the pattern by not doing so many repeats and adding a gorgeous handmade rosewood button (purposely off-center) so that it can be used as a cowl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vegan Chocolate Spice Cookies

This is my favorite cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies
1/2 c. Canola oil
1/2 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Maple syrup
3 Tbsp Non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 1/3 c. Flour
1/2 c. Cocoa powder
1 Tsp Baking soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ginger
1/8 Tsp Cloves
2/3 c. Chocolate chips (Trader Joe's sells vegan chips)

Mix dry (except chips) and wet ingredients separately, them combine. Add chocolate chips at the end. Drop by the spoonful on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for ten minutes.


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