Berry Picking and Baking

G and I brought my 14 year old brother (who is making his first appearance on this blog- I bet none of you knew I even had a brother!) berry picking recently. He’s getting so tall.

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 (it rained, hence the flat, disheveled hair. Mine, not his.)
We made pie, but as you can tell from the above baskets, one pie was not going to take all those berries. So I spent a full Sunday morning turning this:strawberries into this: homemade strawbery jam
(there were many jars, actually. But I figured a photo of one would be plenty)
In other culinary adventures, I also tried out the very intriguing Root Beer Bundt Cake recipe from Baked. I even tracked down root beer schnapps for the added root beer taste, but i have to say… I’m not sure what I think. I love root beer, but in cake form, it just tasted kind of odd to me. And the chocolate was pretty strong, so if no one told you it was a root beer cake, you’d just be trying to figure out what that odd taste was. Having said that, this recipe produces a damn fine looking cake, no?
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I would make this again, but I think I’d substitute the root beer schnapps for cointreau. Orange and chocolate, there’s a flavour combo my taste buds can wrap themselves around.

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(nom nom nom)

Modification Mondays: Lacy Baktus

Lacy Baktus

Original Pattern: Baktus Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Terhi (Rav Id)

Mods: Turned the simple, textured Baktus scarf pattern into a lacy version by including eyelet rows.

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What Makes This Awesome: This modification is quite unusual-  the mod became so popular, it was turned into it’s own pattern. Another Ravel-er simply did up her mods and photos into a pdf, and voila! A new pattern was born. I personally have such a weakness for garter stitch eyelet. I love the texture, and provides so much visual interest. I’m not the least bit surprised that since it became it’s own pattern, over 1500 people have knit it – it’s gorgeous! Project page is here.

FO: Garter Eyelet Cowl

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Pattern: Stacked Eyelet Cowl

Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sport

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 4)

Mods: None.

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Notes: This yarn is heaven. So squishy soft, so lovely- it’s exactly the kind of yarn you want cuddling your neck on a chilly day. Too bad it’s actually 30 Celsius (86 F) in these  photos…. but sadly it’ll be fall before you know it!

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This cowl is amazing- it’s the perfect one skein project for a lovely little treasured sport weight yarn you’ve got hiding in your stash, and it’s fast and easy enough to churn these out for gifts for everyone you know. I’m definitely planning on knitting this again- I can think of a few girlfriends that would love them, and it would be nice to have a great cowl wardrobe for myself during the winter months! We’ll see. I’ve been true to my knitting goals of this year of gifting a lot of knitting so far, which I really enjoy.Here’s some more gratuitous cowl photos!

stacked eyelet cowl

And here is a photo of the cowl when it was in progress, so you can see how the stacked eyelets play out:

garter eyelet cowl

P.S- By the time you read this, we’ll be either on the plane or freshly landed in Stockholm!

Modification Mondays: Que Sera, Sera Vest

Que Sera Vest

Original Pattern: Que Sera

Knitter Extraordinaire: Elspeth (Rav Id, Blog)

Mods: Turned the original cardigan pattern into a pullover vest, with a deeper scoop neckline. Project page is here.

Que Sera Vest

What Makes This Awesome: This fantastic vest was borne out of that classic knitter’s problem- running out of yarn. Elspeth actually planned on knitting the cardigan as a pullover. She had knitted the sleeves (and even made sleeve mods) before she realized that she wouldn’t have enough yarn to finish it. So she frogged the sleeves, and completed the cardigan-turned-pullover-turned-vest. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Doesn’t she look amazing?! I love this vest, I love this outfit. I want to go shopping in Elspeth’s closet.

Que Sera Vest