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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.

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…)

Pattern Update

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My Easy Cozy Cowl is now for sale!

Easy Cozy Cowl

US $2.50

Click on that nifty “buy now” button!  Some of you were lucky and got it for free – sorry to those who didn’t.  If you are local to The Spinning Room, I would encourage you to purchase it (or any other patterns) there, since I would like to help support a small business (it is purchased through Ravelry at the shop and the shop gets a little commission).  If you do buy the pattern, and you then knit the pattern, I would love to see the results and would also like to post them here.  Email pictures to me at:  liz@lizytishknits.com

This is another step for me to make knitting my business.  Lots of goings-on these days, talking about getting the doodlebugs ready for pre-school in the fall and therefore my babysitting schedule being decreased and wondering what the heck I will do next.  I’ve pretty much decided (read: leaving the door open a little….) that I am done with social work jobs – what I did in my past life with my Masters in Social Work – in the traditional sense, and that leaves me with the only other thing I’m pretty good at, which is knitting.  So, one thing I am testing out is designing knitting patterns. (The other is to expand my blogging – if you like my blog, please share it with others you think might like it!)

Now, just because 1) I love to knit.  2) I knit like there is no tomorrow.  3) I know my way around a knitting pattern and back, and 4) I am not really intimidated by any knitting patterns (so far – I haven’t tried steeking a sweater and putting in a zipper yet)…… it doesn’t mean I have the skills to design.  But I will try!  And you will get to come along for the ride.  I am reading books and watching instructional videos and reading more books, all on the designing process.    I will be starting out with very basic patterns so I can become accustomed to the whole process.   The Easy Cozy Cowl was my first crack at it.  And now, I am designing a hat, which I have knit twice so far and am having it test knit.

Stay tuned….I hope this is going to be fun!

I taught two classes this weekend (and at both classes I forgot to take pictures of their works in progress – so annoying of me) and had a nice visit with my mom!  She just went home to prepare for the blizzard coming to her town, while we are preparing for the non-blizzard-but-16″-of-expected-snow.  Lovely, lovely.

A List With One Exciting Thing and a Few Not-As-Exciting Things

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Nothing much terribly exciting has been happening around here, so today you get a list!

1) Ok, one terribly exciting thing is happening: I published my first pattern on Ravelry!  You might remember me talking about this pattern before, but if not, here is a picture of it:

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A cowl that I made to match my High Plains Poncho .  It is free for now since it is my first pattern and I’m trying to figure out how to do all this and set up PayPal.  You can find the Easy Cozy Cowl pattern on Ravelry here: Easy Cozy Cowl.   So exciting right?

**Edited to add:  the pattern is no longer free.  You can purchase it for $2.50 here:   (Look at that cool “buy now” button!)

Now, on to the not-as-exciting things:

2) I’m starting work on another design!  Stay tuned.

3) This week’s adventures with the doodlebugs involved watercolor painting, of which I forgot to take a picture, and stringing beads, of which I did not forget to take a picture:

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They didn’t want necklaces, preferring instead to just swing them around or drag them around behind them, around the house.

3) I’m still working on my Cocktails for Two socks.  They aren’t done yet though, so pictures are being withheld.  HOWEVER, I did a teeny tiny try-on thing and, wait for it……. I think they might be too small.  Don’t even get me started.  I’ll go on and on about it when they are finished and the final try-on is tried.

4) I started the Brooke’s Column of Leaves Knitted Scarf in preparation for a class on basic lace techniques.

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5) I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr and it is very good.  Waiting in line is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  My sister in law sent it to me as a thank you for knitting her a third mitten to replace the one she lost.  So nice!  Thank you again, Anita!

6)  That is all.