What do you give the girl that has everything (in boxes)? I wanted to bring my friend Ashley something special to welcome her into her new apartment. Wine is a classic and always appreciated but I like to think that I am less conventional. Last year, Ashley gave me a really beautiful flower when I moved. I went with a new recipe I found and made these hot chocolate cookies from Baked Bree. They certainly didn’t turn out as beautiful as Bree’s but they taste amazing!
Ashley’s got a great little studio that her cat is just loving. What a great space, you lucky girl!
These cookies were a great double whammy because I brought half of the batch to Chanukah dinner with Jon’s family. I think they were a hit…even though there were leftovers, his mom asked to keep them. I hate to see a great cookie go to waste, don’t you?
What do you give for housewarming gifts?
By the way, don’t these cookie pictures look fantastic. I think it’s time to start using a real camera and leave my iPhone to the snapshots!
I promised to have photos of my finished faire isle present. Well, here they are!
When it’s time for gift giving, there’s a present for everyone and every occasion. This year I decided to knit for the dogs in Jon’s family. It was pretty exciting since I’ve never done that before. But it turned out well! I love used this DROPS design pattern. I’ll be honest, the pattern was a little hard to follow, but I got through it and it paid off.
Those Charlie Brown colors are Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino in Dijon and Mahogany. I have to say, I’ve been using LB Collection yarns a lot recently. They’re soft and the colors are beautiful and, most of all, they’re incredibly affordable. I like to keep handmade knits inexpensive but these yarns don’t skimp on quality.
Look at how happy Jah is in his sweater! 🙂
Along with showcasing the projects I’m working on and sharing recipes and patterns, I want to tell everyone about the projects my friends are working on and the blogs I’m reading.
Right now, I want to tell you about Jon’s blog Burgerlution which is an outlet for his hamburger obsession. Jon and I are making a documentary about burgers and you can find out more about it and the delicious patties he’s eating on his blog.
Tonight I’m enjoying some delicious macarons from the Macaron Cafe on 36th Street. I have just been going through a macaron obsession since the summer. Chanukah is here! And Jon got me these adorable limited edition Ray Ban sunglasses. I’m obsessed with them too! (You’ll have to excuse the quality of the photo! I was so excited I took a picture on my phone.)
I’m knitting like crazy for the holidays and right now it’s all about Faire Isle! I’m working on a dog sweater…pictures of the finished product are coming soon!
I tried this recipe for Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter icing last week and I think it might be the best thing I’ve ever baked. It’s a Martha recipe so it’s great but it was so simple to make and I was knee deep in cookies!
Next time, for sure, I’m going to make half the amount of icing and I will probably try to assemble them like whoopie pies since those are adorable and the cookies were moist and cakey like the sandwiches. I didn’t have enough evaporated milk so I used a splash of soy milk in the icing. It worked great.
I wish I could be baking now but with Chanukah coming up quickly, I’ve got to get my gifts knit and wrapped in just 5 days!
Lion Brand Yarn Studio is one of my favorite yarn stores in Manhattan. I’ve been making a lot of trips there with the holidays coming up. It’s kind of unavoidable this time of year. Ending tomorrow is their Warm Up America donation. I made a few 7″x9″ which will be turned into an afghan that will be donated to Warm Up America. I love donating like this because it not only feels great to give but it’s a wonderful stash buster. I’ve got yarn all over my tiny apartment and Jon’s!
And, on top of all that, LBY Studio is giving 20% off coupons to everyone that donates squares. So, of course, I had to buy a few (read: a ton) balls of angora merino for some holiday projects I’ve got going on.
Join Lion Brand on December 12th for their Joining Party. Help put all of the afghans together and score a 20% off coupon!
I recently finished this sweater for Jon’s birthday and I think he looks great in it! The pattern is from Erika Knight’s Men’s Knits which is such a beautiful book. The navy rows are a special pattern of 2, 14, and 10 which represent our anniversary, February 14th.
It took a long time to finish on size 3 needles and I finished half of it without him knowing. Anyway, I’m so proud of it and I’m excited to keep him warm!
Finally got around to starting my knitting blog. I’m very excited to have a place to share my projects and all of the fantastic stuff I’ve been up to. Enjoy!