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Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake

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Prior to getting my Sift magazine in the mail, I had my eye on this Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake from King Arthur Flour.  Just something that looked yummy and I wanted to try it.  So, keeping in mind that I was teaching two knitting classes this weekend, and therefore could bring it to those classes and have most of it be consumed by others not in this household (because *spoiler alert* if it stayed here it would  have been eaten in one day flat), I tried it.

Batter:

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Cinnamon-brown-sugar-with-a-little-cocoa-for-color filling:

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More batter:

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Spreading that second layer of batter was tricky:

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Swirly, swirly, swirly, swirl:

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Crumb topping:

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Ready for the oven:

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Done!:

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Or, rather, a little over-done.  I had to cook it a little longer because the middle was still wet when I tested it with a toothpick, but then the bottom got a little too browned, and the edges got a little too hard/crispy. Note to self: check oven temperature accuracy.

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HOWEVER….

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It was still SO.  VERY. YUMMY!  Especially 20 minutes out of the oven, which was when Paul and I tried it (he made a special trip in from the garage where he was working on restoring a step stool and a scooter).

It got good marks from the yarn shop customers and my knitting classes too:

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(This was the Triangle Shawl class, to learn about increasing and changing colors and lace and applied edgings – we used the Duane Park Triangle pattern.)

This recipe is a keeper for sure.

AND, one of my class participants (who-took-both-of-my-classes-that-day-and-whose-first-class-had-three-women-in-it-and-they-were-all-named-Kathy-what-do-you-think-of-that?) brought in two knitted items to show me:

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Knit using my Bulky Twisted Rib Hat pattern and my Easy Cozy Cowl pattern!!!  She said she loves them and she thought the patterns were very well written.  Hooray!

And, if you thought I was too busy with all this baking and teaching to finish Paul’s slippers, you would be wrong!:

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Ready to be felted.  As soon as I finish the laundry.  Which would take me a whole lot less time if I would remember to put the cover of the washer down so the load of laundry would actually get washed.  And as an unrelated, but sort of related side note, I also prepared something for the crock pot and then forgot to turn on the crock pot, so now we are having something else for dinner.  It’s been one of those days.  I’m blaming it on the daylight savings time change.  Because of that, I am off to read my Sift.

Easy Cabled Scarf and Going On and On about the Cold/Snow

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My Easy Cabled Scarf pattern is now for sale on Ravelry!


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USD $2.50

That is the last pattern for a little while. However, I have another hat pattern in mind, and another cowl.  AND, my Aunt Kathy suggested mitts to go with my Bulky Twisted Rib Hat, which was a great suggestion.

So, this Easy Cabled Scarf:

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I. LOVE. IT.  First of all I love the yarn I used, Cascade Cloud.  It is 70% merino and 30% alpaca, so you can’t go wrong there.  It also has an unusual construction in that it is a chain yarn.  The strand of yarn looks like a tiny knitted i-cord (or a chain) and that gives the yarn a nice texture.  It is an aran weight yarn (also known as heavy worsted) and knit with size 11 needles, which means the fabric is fairly drapey and nice and squooshy.  I have scheduled a “Cables!” class at The Spinning Room (March 21, 12-2pm) to teach how to knit various cables by getting started on this scarf, as well as learning to cable without a needle. Second of all, I love that using the size 11 needles makes it a fairly quick knit.  Mine took a day and a half.  Although, you can’t go by me because I knit pretty fast these days.  Especially when I’m on a mission.  Your mileage will vary.  Let’s just say it is probably quicker to knit than your average scarf. *And a special thank you to Yvette who braved the cold with me today to take the final pictures I needed of me wearing my scarf!

If you decide to knit any of my patterns, I would LOVE to see the results.  Please post them on Ravelry or you can email me a picture:  lizatlizytishknitsdotcom

So, that’s it for pattern news.

How about me going on and on and on about how cold and snowy it is?…..

I have decided that I really need some snow pants:

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Trudging up Grandma’s back hill through the 15″ snow to make a path for the Doodlebugs so they could sled (1 time for Miss Ladybug, 3 times for Mr. Doodlebug) made this very clear.  They did well trudging on their own when it was flat:

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Luckily this week the sun was out, so despite temps in the teens, it wasn’t too cold to get outside for some shoveling-the-yard-then-pushing-each-other-over-then-burying-themselves-then-eating-snow.

One of the days, after we came inside, we made craft stick/bottle top catapults and measured how far conversation hearts would launch:

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So much fun! Great fun to see how far they would go and great practice for them to read numbers, especially the twenties/thirties/forties.  They loved the idea of launching them and then eating them.  We were following the 5-second rule, in case you were wondering.

Today, it got all the way to 7 degrees, after starting out at minus 7.  AND it was very windy.  So it was wonderful running all my errands, making my 8 different stops into the warm stores and back out in to the frigid cold.  I was so happy to get home.  It’s going to be cold all weekend and we are supposed to get 6 or more inches of snow Saturday into Sunday.  While this is painful to think about and makes me want to complain even more, it will be great for sitting here in my comfy cozy chair under my knitted woolens, knitting more woolens:

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I don’t plan on leaving the house.  Might even bake some bread and cook a pot roast.

P.S.  My new favorite thing:

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Mechanical pencils from Staples.  I never use pencils when I’m making notes on my knitting patterns because you have to sharpen them, and there is never a sharpener around when you need one (or you have to go to a store to buy one because you can’t ever find the one you have but never use because you never use pencils).  I always use a pen, scribble out my mistakes, and overall make a general mess of things.  But then Deirdre at The Spinning Room had these in her pencil cup and I fell in love.  Best things ever.  No need to sharpen.  There is always lead there.  Even extras in the handy dandy holder under the eraser.  And how cute are they with the cute patterns and cute colors? Meanwhile, Paul, a mechanical engineer with an intimate knowledge of mechanical pencils wonders if I have been living under a rock.  (Deirdre, I’m bringing back the one you so nicely gave me after I made such a big deal about how great they are.)

Bulky Twisted Rib Hat

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My latest design, the Bulky Twisted Rib Hat is now for sale on Ravelry!

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Very exciting to have another design published.   Thanks to all of you who purchased my very first pattern, the Easy Cozy Cowl.  AND a thank you to Deirdre, owner of The Spinning Room yarn shop, for hosting a knit-a-long for the cowl at the shop!

Here is some behind-the-scenes goop on the hat pattern…. I enlisted Paul to take some pictures of me wearing the hats, since I thought it would be good to have pictures of someone actually wearing the hats, in addition to pictures of the hats on Styrofoam heads.  I’d actually prefer NO Styrofoam heads, but I wasn’t terribly confident in my ability to show off the hat well, so I left them in.

I went out on the back deck and stood in the snow (as in, stood in snow and stood while it snowed) because natural light is best for pictures.  Paul stood in the doorway, nice and warm and dry.   We took A LOT of pictures.  After the first few, there was a tiny bit of sighing from inside the house as I requested more pictures from this way and that way and up here and down there.   I’m not terribly comfortable being the one on the pattern pictures, but it’s got to be done because I don’t think Paul wanted to be the model.  And because I’m not terribly comfortable with it, I’m going to show you a bunch of them here, so I get used to it. (I did delete all the ones with my eyes closed and hair flying across my face.  Maybe next time I’ll show you bloopers.)

A picture of me in hat #1:

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But it didn’t really show the little side detail pattern.  So, another, from up higher, and looking away:

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But that seemed too dark, so another, with the pattern showing better:

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(This one made the pattern picture.)

Then hat #2:

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And up higher, looking away:

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(This one made the pattern picture too.)

I clearly need some modeling tips.  And probably some make up.  And some sleep, apparently.  But there you have it – I sacrificed my total uncomfortable-ness to show knitters how the hat actually looks on someone, and then I put all the pictures on this blog.  Might as well just do it quick and all at once.  Like a Band-Aid.

I love my new hat.  (My favorite is the mauve/purple-y one.)

Next up is an Easy Cabled Scarf…..(which also has a rather unimaginative, yet descriptive, name.  I’m working on more creative names…)