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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.

Not Quite Ready

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Last night this happened:

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Can you see it? (No, it’s not that I need to take down the hummingbird feeder…. but I do.)

It turned into this:
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I think winter is “ok”.  Not my favorite season, but I don’t mind it terribly.  But I’m not quite ready for this yet.  Mind you, it didn’t stick to the roads and it’s expected to be gone by the end of the day….but still.

Good thing I’m doing lots of knitting.  It will keep me warm while I’m knitting it, and keep those warm whom I’m giving it to. (Was that grammar correct? Who. Whom.  To whom I’m giving it?)

First up is that I finished the modified Trellis Scarf and the modified Irish Hiking Scarf.  But I can’t show them to you yet, since they haven’t been blocked.  That’s on my list for today.

Then, in one short day, I made this Hannah hat for my niece Erica:

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Now, last year I asked her mom if she thought she would wear it, and she wasn’t sure, so I didn’t make it.  But this year, I decided to just give it a try because it’s darned cute and maybe she will love it and then maybe her 14-year old friends will all love it and they will want Erica’s aunt to knit one for all of them.  Which I would do.

And I’m working on this too, which I can’t really show you:

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And I finally blocked my Duane Park Triangle:

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I love it.

In other news, I got a new teapot:(Tea Forte Pugg Ceramic 24oz Teapot – Cherry Blossoms)

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Hooray!  I’m sure you were wondering….  But now I can knit the Festivity Tea Cozy.  Maybe in 41 days (after the Christmas knitting is done).

Just Pick One

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In the last post, I was all over the place with my knitting.  Worked a little on this, a little on that, got distracted with something else, and on and on and on.  Then Paul gave me a kick in the pants and said, “Just pick one and finish it!”  Hmmmmmm.  Interesting thought. So, I did.

I finished my Duane Park Triangle:

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AND then I finished my Outbound Mittens:

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Both not blocked.  When I block the shawl, I will post more pics because you really can’t see the lacey bits very well right now.   And also, remember the fussy applied edging I was telling you about?  (Which did take me about 10 years, as I thought it might.)  Here’s a little explanation:

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The stitches to the right of the orange marker are the edging stitches.  The count varies but it’s an average of about 10 stitches per row, in an 8 row repeat pattern.  The stitches to the left of the orange marker are the remaining 32 body stitches to bind off (I started with 179 stitches).  So, when knitting an applied edging, you end up “binding off” one stitch every other row by knitting two together (the last edging stitch in the row with one of the body stitches.  Let’s do some math.  There are eight rows in the edging pattern repeat. That means there are 4 stitches bound off for each pattern repeat (1 every other row).  Which means I have to do the edging pattern 8 more times to bind off the remaining 32 body stitches. That’s 64 edging pattern rows, with an average of 10 stitches in each row.  Which means I needed to knit approximately 640 more stitches to bind of 32 stitches.  Then do the math with the 179 stitches I started with.

See why I dread that type of edging a little?  You kind of feel like you are at the binding off point, but not really. And you kind of feel you should only be working 179 stitches, but not really because you have to add an edging.  It messes with the whole knitting psychology of nearing the end (but not really) of a pattern.  But, it’s VERY pretty! Stay tuned for the those after-blocking pictures.

And I’m ignoring the in-my-face-right-where-everyone-no one-will-see-it wrong stitch:

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Also, today is Halloween.  I think I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of Halloween.  When I was younger I always had trouble figuring out what to dress up as, and just in general I don’t love all the spooky, scary things I guess.  Wow, I sound like a wimp.  But I have been enjoying seeing Miss Ladybug (aka Cinderella) and Mr. Doodlebug (aka Thomas the Tank Engine) get excited about it.   They are at the age where it remains to be seen if they will put on their costumes and/or wear the things they are supposed to wear on their heads (a crown and an engineer’s hat).

And in the spirit of Halloween, I rallied and made them a sticky spider web to throw things at:

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….. which ended up being too high and no matter how hard they threw the tissue paper blobs, they couldn’t reach it.  And the method to move said spider web almost failed, but they still had a great time:

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It was an especially great thing to do on a rainy day!  There was so much jumping-up-and-down excitement for about 45 minutes that they tired themselves right out.

Then we painted with q-tips:

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And on a nicer day we went for a pretty fall walk to the park:

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Now I’m off to prepare for two classes I’m teaching tomorrow and to organize my holiday knitting list.  Can you imagine the blog fodder those two things alone will produce???

Knitting Alignment

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It’s that time again:

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If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I dread this every year.  Stacking wood.  B.O.R.I.N.G.  Most of the time while I am doing it, I’m thinking that perfectly good hours/weeks/days (seemingly) are being wasted and some perfectly good knitting could be getting done.  But then Paul says something like, “But this is good quality time we get to spend together.”  Like he did this past Saturday afternoon, after seeing me for about an hour a night during the week because it was a crazy busy week for me babysitting, working at the yarn shop late and teaching a class late, and not seeing me Saturday morning and early afternoon, because I had another knitting class to teach.  How could I not continue to stack wood until there was no more daylight?

And speaking of knitting that could be getting done, mine isn’t.  My knitting has been all over the place lately. I start working on one thing, decide I should really be working on another thing, then decide I should really start a few more things, then decide I need to make a list of things to knit for Christmas gifts and start some more things.  So, essentially, not much has gotten done.

The Spinning Room is having a knit-a-long to knit hats to put on their tree for the Victorian Holidays village tree decorating contest,  and which will then be donated to Halos of Hope.  So, I started one:IMG_4103

I also put a few rounds on a travelling sock (for The Spinning Room travelling sock group) but I can’t show it to you because I think the person whose sock it is reads this blog.

I worked a little bit on the edging of my Duane Park Triangle:

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But I got distracted when I stumbled upon this very cute teapot cozy pattern:

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I was so happy that it had two sizes.  Most of the patterns I have seen were one size, and too big for my little 2-serving teapot.  So. Excited.  I wanted to start it immediately.

Then the next day:

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I broke my teapot. (Let’s not talk about the fact that I just went and rummaged through the garbage so you could see the broken teapot….)

And also, I’m totally obsessed with this knitted ottoman! (click there!  I can’t put a picture on the blog because of copyright rules.) The only deterrent so far is the need to purchase three standard size bed pillows and a twin sized comforter to stuff it.  I just don’t have extras lying around the house.

Meanwhile during my busy week…. I tried to get a picture of myself wearing my Wheaten wrap:

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It was really aggravating (five tries later…) and next time, I will ask someone to help me.  But you get the idea.  I still really love it.

So what could possibly be a cure for all-over-the-place-knitting?  Something to calm the mind?  Something mindless that will make all the knitting thoughts align?….

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Or…….stacking wood.

Yellowstone: Part 3 (The Last Part)

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Welcome to the third and final installment about our Yellowstone vacation.  Hopefully you are still interested.  We had a terrific time and while WE were terribly excited about it and thought it was the bees knees, not everyone on the internets wants to see the 4,000 pictures we took.  Maybe I’ll put some more knitting in there, this time.  I’m sure that will draw in ALL the readers.

Let’s see, what’s left to tell you?  Oh, some beautiful waterfall pictures from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (really, that’s what it’s called):

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And us, trying to get a picture with it in the background but we were both too scared to stand close, with our backs to it, so we just got this:

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And this pretty waterfall:

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And this one:
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It’s hard to see in this picture, but standing on the edge of that cliff are two big-horned sheep:

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(we saw them with our binoculars)

Also, another spring, the Grand Prismatic hot spring, which dumps many gallons of water a day into this river, making it steamy:

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The other part of the river, where the spring is not running into it:

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And the spring itself:

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See that dark spot in the water?  That’s a big hole, going down into the earth.

While so terribly excited to go to Yellowstone, when researching it and seeing some of the pictures of the sulfur springs and geysers (with burbling mud and dead trees around them) I sort of thought, “Is this going to be pretty?  Looks pretty icky and ugly.  I hope we see pretty things too.”  And as you have seen, we did.  I came to look at the ugly, stinky things (those sulfur springs smell AWFUL) as pretty, especially seeing them in contrast to the other landscape and knowing how they formed and why they are there.  Did you know that underneath Yellowstone there is a HUGE VOLCANO??????  That’s where all these hot springs and geysers come from.

So, finally our vacation had to come to an end.  We were actually ready, because we were exhausted.  So much oohing and aahing really can take a toll on you!  So we headed back out of Yellowstone after crossing:

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and going out the:

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We said goodbye to:

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Drove back through:

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And back to Jackson Hole for the night before our trip back to the Salt Lake to get our flight home. We had an excellent Mexican dinner:IMG_3973

And went back to The Bunnery for dessert and breakfast the next day:

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Looooooong drive back to Salt Lake City where we got on two more planes and I did this:

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And here is Chicago:

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Also, some random things that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else in these posts….

The sign at the post office in the Old Faithful section of Yellowstone:

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And one of the many ecologically friendly bathrooms scattered around the park:

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But wait!  There’s more:

Some other random things and gripe-y things to tell you:

1) The Chicago airport, thankfully, was pretty much up and running by the time we flew through there.  There had been a fire in one of the control buildings a week before and things were a MESS.

2) We don’t do much air travel so the annoyances of other travelers was really striking.  The audacity of one passenger to take someone else’s smaller belongings out of the overhead so hers would fit and then try and cram the smaller belonging into another overhead, not listening to the other passenger’s protestations.  And then the man behind us while we were sitting waiting to board at the gate snoring and snuffling really loudly.

3) We went to Yellowstone in October because we did not want to be amongst huge crowds of tourists.  This mostly worked.  There were not a ton of other people there.  Still…. several tour busses came each day and the rush of people coming off the bus and running to the restaurant to get a seat was amazing.  We happened to be in the restaurant eating lunch one day.  It was a little fast food-type place where we could get something quick before our next venture into the park.  The bus passengers crowded into the restaurant, ran for seats, and when they were all full, they stood near tables where others were eating, waiting for them to be done so they could quickly sit in those seats when they got up.  It was awful and annoying.  We even tried to eat lunch early one day to miss the rush.  It didn’t work.

4) AND, sometimes those busses arrived at the sights we were seeing.  I was patiently waiting to take a picture of one of those waterfalls up there, because another photographer was in the best spot.  Then a bus arrived and several women pushed in ahead of me to get their picture.  It ruined a nice quiet moment of looking at the waterfall for one thing.  I patiently waited for them to leave before I got my picture.  Again, awful and annoying.

5) AND, there were many signs around the park stating things like “Danger: do not walk past this sign” — the ground around the geysers is very fragile because of the heat and you could break through and fall if you walk on it.  People were walking where they were told not to.  And there were also signs near the springs, where the algae was growing in pretty colors that said “Do not disturb the algae” — people wrote their names in it.  And there were also signs that said “Do not throw objects into the springs” because they get all plugged up and stop working.  People threw things in anyway. They have to clear out hundreds of objects every year.  why, Why, WHY do people do that??????  The parks are there for nature to be protected and people just ruin it anyway for their own enjoyment!

Ok, enough of my ranting.  Despite my gripes, we still had a great time, seeing so many things we have never seen and enjoying our time together.  We are already deciding what park to go to next.

And if this post isn’t long enough….How about some knitting (I did say I’d put some knitting in here):

I finished my High Plains poncho!  But, you don’t get to see it yet.  Sorry.  Next post will be about our trip to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, where I am planning to wear it and get some pictures.

I started my Duane Park Triangle on our trip, and have continued working on it:

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These colors are more accurate:

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A few more rows of that hole-y looking part and then an applied border.  I’ll tell you about that another time – it takes forever, but will look nice!

Back to “regular” blogging next time!