On the knit desk

Novprojects

This is the view of my "knit desk" which is really the dining room table taken over by yarn. 

I just finished my last sample knit and am now refocusing on some new designs, some baby knits andsome because-I-felt-like-it knits. It feels so good to just knit what I want when I want. I feel as if I've been "booked" for so long and glad I am giving myself a little selfish knit break!

Shockingly enough as a part of the "just because I want to" category of knits I casted on for a pair of socks!

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I was so completely emmersed in these socks yesterday I literally thought to myself, "I'll take a shower right after I turn the heel." #youknowyoureaknitterwhen I really need to come clean about the fact that I like knitting socks from time to time.

The other goodies above include some Quince & Co yarn and a stack of books I keep meaning to share with you all! Let's just say I know a lot of really talented people :-) 

Happy knitting!

Knit Dish: NY Style Crumb Cake

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I am so blaming my pregnancy on the fact that I am baking like it's my job. After my first pecan tart, I did a round of pumpkin cookies and many batches of chocolate chip cookies. I am even considering baking my way through Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook.

Recently, while we were in NJ we made a stop at my husband's house. His mother is a fabulous baker and you can tell that having been without power for 5 days she was aching to use her oven! A coffee cake and chocolate chip cake were already cooling on the counter and two more were baking when we arrived there the first day they got power back. All her baking got me in the mood to make some coffee cake of my own! 

What's funny is that I haven't been able to find my favorite Entemmann's coffee cake at any of our local supermarkets. You know the original crumb coffee cake. I'm not even talking about the "ultimate" one. I'm taking the plain ol' NY Style coffee cake (think Buttah!). It reminds me of post school afternoons and being at my grandmother's house. She always cut me a huge piece. I love that cake so much it even made an appearance at my after wedding party.

After doing a basic google search, I came across this recipe posted on the blog Smells Like Home. My first go around in baking the cake I did explicitly what they said not to do: use all purpose flour. I just didn't feel like going out at the time and preggo wanted some crumb cake!

Result: I am no bakery snob. (Well that's not ENTIRELY true. cough**tartine**cough) But I can honestly say that even using all purpose flour I still enjoyed the cake. I could see though that lacked some moistness and my crumbs were way too crumbly.

Well this morning after having gone out and apropriated some cake flour and dark brown sugar I gave it another go. A-HA!! Oh sweet mystery of life at last I found you!! (kudos to those who know that movie reference) Friends, do yourselves a favor – go out and get the friggin' cake flour. 

As a knitter I should have known, when you use materials not quite called for in the pattern it has the possibility of not coming out the way it should. Same apparently goes for baking. Perhaps it's why I love it so.

Now to figure out how to not get powdered sugar all over my handknits. (licks fingers)

A trio of Rockies

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About a year ago (maybe more??!) my friend Jess (middle Rocky) emailed with an idea. Let's do a KAL for the Rocky Coast cardigan – me on my coast (SF) and she and our friend Michelle (left Rocky) on theirs (NJ). After doing so much sample knitting and design work, I was aching to make a sweater of my own and thought it was a perfect idea!

Of course, life has a way of getting in the middle of things and sure enough we were moving back to the east coast and the KAL had to be delayed. Once we got settled in our new home, we got the needles clicking and our KAL got on it's way!  

I ended up going up a needle size to US11 which resulted in a bit of an oversized cardigan. I am thinking it will come in handy durning mos 7-9 in my pregnancy. (which is going swimmingly so far!! **knock on wood**) Cardigans are the way to go I hear for the 3rd Trimester.

Jess, Michelle and I all took advantage of Hannah's extra arm room instructions. You can find those here.

We all had a great time working on this project and I think maybe even more fun taking pictures of them!

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Project Details
Pattern: Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hanna Fettig – Rav Link 
Needles: US10/10.5 and US10.5/11 (for mine)
Yarn: Fibre Company, Organik (Michelle – Oahu , Jess – Crater Lake , Margaux – Sulfur Springs) 

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Photos were taken in Hoboken, NJ which is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. I am so grateful that our favorite LYS, Patricia's Yarns, came out unscathed and even provided power and comfort to some knitters and non knitters alike who were still without power.Even a week later, people are still displaced and powerless. My heart aches for my former home city and I hope nothing but the best for all the residences. If you would like to help with the recovery consider donating to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund