Sunday, August 28, 2011

clue # 2 and how 'bout a muffin

In a prior post I mentioned my new mystery project,
Through the Looking Glass Shawl
and here it is......

The shape of this shawl is a lovely Farosese, with a central lace spine and two wings and provides directions for nupps or seed beads or Both.  I haven't decided if I want to deal with those nupps or just eliminate them altogether and stick with only beads.  That decision needs to made pretty quickly as I hear the nupps and bead work starts in clue #3.

I'm into the second clue and really enjoying the fiber and pattern.  There was a small hick-up on row 17 of clue #2, but thanks to knitting friend, Belva, she had figured out the error on the written part of the pattern and shared it with me! Seriously, you need to check out her mystery shawl...her color selection is both beautiful and just fabulous. 
 Check out my beads. 

OK...I seldom never share recipes, but I think this one is certainly worth the effort and is by far my all time favorite muffin. The Gardener and MIL love them equally. Credit and Thanks must be given to my sweet dear neighbor for sharing this healthy special treat.

Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sifted white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
l/2 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk (low fat)
1/4 cup egg beaters
1/4 cup veg oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar (Splenda)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup craisins

Mix as follows:
Sift dry ingredients and add to eggs, brown sugar and shortening mixture THEN add buttermilk/oatmeal mixture.
(oatmeal/buttermilk mixture:  pour the 1 cup buttermilk over the oates and let stand 1 hour before adding the mixture)

Fill muffins cups 2/3 full
Bake at 400 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes
Makes one dozen

For any of you Weight Watchers, I checked the Power Points to be 5 points per muffin.

I snapped these pics right from the oven today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

belated birthday wish

Even with every good intention and keeping an eye out...I still missed it!  So here's wishing Knitting on Cloud IX a belated "Happy Blogoversary"!  Plans were to post a few of my past headers during the last 4 years, better late than never I guess. 

Do any of these look familiar to you?? 

I usually crop my pictures on my computer then head over to Picnik and add the text.  I like the font and effect selections there and they really have some cool features.  Oh, did I mention Picnik is free??
Molly over at A Foothill Home Companion has great information on how to make headers.  You should check it out!
Hugs and Purls!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rainbow Striped Study Shawl

 A painless knit that was over too quick.
 Maybe I was just ready for some good old garter stitch or perhaps it was the joyful colors that kept my interest at a peak of excitement!  In any case, I am seriously happy with the entire process and knit.
 This pattern got my attention from the first time I saw it, but it was when I saw Larisa's that I knew one had to be mine. And why not???? I had stashed the Aade Long Artistic 8/1 fiber for a couple of years waiting for that special pattern.  Thanks Larisa for the inspiration!

 A few notes...
The pattern is original and clever using the wrap and turn techique to form the shawl into such a unique piece.
I knit 13 stripes of the bright and cheerful piece for a usable 36" x 75" shawl.
Yarn was carried up on the right side.
Color bleeding was a major concern of mine.  No worry....I used 1 cup distilled vinegar in my bath water (just swished the knit by hand - no soaking) and added another 1 cup distilled vinegar to the rinse water.  WoooHooo....NO BLEEDING!  My contrasting snow white fiber remained snow white!
 Now on to my next project that is my First Mystery Project ever!!  It's a knit along for "Through the Looking Glass Shawl" using a fingering weight fiber by The Unique Sheep. I just received my yarn and first part of the pattern last Thursday evening.  Oh and this will be my first project using pumped!  You know how I love to learn new techiques!

Be looking for my yarn selection soon.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

good things in twos

Here is a quick look-see at my latest two knits!

First is a  shawl from Volume 7, of Norah Gaughan's Collection
 This pattern knit in Madelinetosh, Tosh Merino Light, is lovely; while the colorway, Mare, is knitting up as handsome as I thought it would. 
 Now on to that second knit....
Maybe I should just let the colors speak for themselves...and speak loud and clear THEY DO.
 A friend at knit night last week asked if I was loving this project and I replied, "really not yet". But guess what??? Now I can say I'm really starting to love it and this will be a seriously fun knit to wear in all seasons.  
There's only one more section of color to knit...then it's on to four inches of the solid white border.

Only if you're interested, this shawl is knit with a skein of Aade Long Artistic 8/1 (sport weight) that's  been in my stash for several years! 
So anxious to get this one off the needles and on my back!