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something new to do…

Because I don’t have enough on my plate just yet… I’ve joined the Mystery Stole 3!  I’m pretty excited about this one.  (See the button on the side of my blog, in the KAL section.) I’ll have to make a trip in to my LYS soon to buy yarn for this project because I want to get started on making my gauge swatch sample.  Right now I’m thinking Ivory for a color, but we’ll see when I get there!

And I have some more exciting news… my 2 nephews are going to spend the next week with us!  They live about two and half hours from us in Maple Valley.  We are going to leave early Saturday morning to go get them. (yeah, car knitting)  The boys are 10 and 8 and such cuties.  This weekend there is a lot going on in town so I’m hoping we get back in time to see all the sand sculptures.  The weather sounds like it will be iffy at best, but that’s life at the beach, you never know.  We have plans to take them swimming at the community pool next week and several trips to the beach.  I’m really looking forward to just spoiling them… a little!  I think Rick is just looking forward to eating all the fun foods I bought. 

Ok, that’s a wrap for me today.  Now back to work.  More to follow on the yarn choice.

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It was a great day…

Saturday we had rain, and yet it didn’t seem to make any difference.  W.W.K.I.P. Day was a success.  Our location was the best ever.  Celia and her staff at the Coffee Bean Cafe were wonderful.  The brought us bowls of Chicago Carmel popcorn (very addictive).  First thing I did was get my iced White Chocolate Blackberry Non Fat Latte!!!  (the peanutbutter cookie came later in the day).  Lucky Julie arrived just as the scones were coming out of the oven, can it get any better. 

Now for the not so good news… I had my camera in my tote bag and didn’t realize that the settings had gotten changed.  So my pictures didn’t turn out very well.  I didn’t even notice it until I went outside at the end of the day to get a picture of the sign.  Oh well here is our happy group…

 Bunni Sherri Patty

Bunni, Sherri and Patty

June 9, 2007

This is our ‘knitting front room’ at the Coffee Bean Cafe!

Celia the owner of the Cafe

This is Celia the wonderful owner of the Coffee Bean Cafe!  (she doesn’t always stand on a chair behind the counter – only when taking pictures for us!)

sign outside

I told you it was rainy day! (we were sitting just on the other side of these balloons inside on the cozy sofa, eating popcorn and knitting) I forgot about the ballons, and left them there… I meant to have Sherri take them back to her shop for her son… I think to much knitting (and caffine) can turn your brain to mush, but good mush!

I should have gotten a picture of one of the best things that happened.  On Friday, Patty frogged a whole sweater (too big)  we were discussing how off the gauge was and the size didn’t seem to match the pattern at all.  On Saturday she brought the yarn and pattern and began to knit a new gauge.  Then Sherri called in for back up… and Linda came running over asking if she need to bring her calculator!  Right away she showed how to measure the best way to get the true gauge and looked at the pattern to determine what she would need to do this time for the perfect sweater!  This is what I love about knitting.  Everyone always seems so helpful, and willing to teach you the correct way to do something, or a better way.  This is also one of things that keeps me excited about knitting, that there is always someone out there that is willing to teach from their experiences.  I think knitting friends are the greatest!

I can’t believe that I stayed from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.  The day just went by so quickly.  I knit on my sweater and I’ll have to say that I did have a couple of laugh attacks that caused me to make an oops twice.  But all is well now. 

This is my sweater so far… (can you tell that I love my knitting purse almost as much as my knitting? and yes for some reason I am really getting in to pink now.)

Sausalito Sweater

This is what the bottom will look like after it has been folded up and sewn in place.

Sweater back bottom

And then we have the birth of a new sock… the Tofutsie Sock Club June 2007 yarn!

june 2007 tofutsie yarn

Tidal Wave socks

I think it will be a long time before we see any more pictures of this sock, as we have lots to do on the sweater and shawl!  I decided on the Tidal Wave sock pattern instead of the Wild Kats sock pattern, and I will make that one up in one of the new Tofutsie sock colors that will be coming in soon at The Yarn Corner!

Now I must get some laundry done, and clean the kitchen so I can justify sitting and knitting for several hours!  I simply must talk to the husband about a maid, it would free up much more time to knit and I would be forever happy about a clean house! 

Oh my, I just got the wet nose to my foot that my princess Cassie wants to go out.  Maybe we should run down to the beach to see what the storm last night blew in, my dogs love to run on the beach, and it’s been awhile. I think knitting may have to wait.

One more sock…

Well I did it I completed one of my mom’s birthday socks! Mom's Sock

I hope to have these done next week. So I can get them in the mail to her.  They are so soft and light weight, and it looks like I might even have enough left over to make some little sockies too!

I haven’t been knitting as much as I would like to, but I do spend each break and lunch hour knitting so I shouldn’t complain.  Kids get a Winter Break and Spring Break… why can’t we have Knitter’s Break – you know we could spend a week just knitting – no house work, no laundry.   Maybe we could get a house keeper for a week to assist.  I think I’ll bring this up with my sweet husband of 6 months!  I’m sure he’ll be all over this one!

Speaking of Birthdays… This is what we do when not knitting… so it’s best to just put down the spoon and keep knitting!

Patty's Birthday 2-28-2007

This is my very dear friend Patty’s birthday at work.  We took a break from knitting to indulge in the good stuff.  That flat brown thing on the table is an awesome Flourless Chocolate Cake!  Yes, flourless!  The recipe is as follows:

Flourless Chocolate Cake – Recipe
Adapted from Covered in Honey,by Mani Niall (Rodale Press, 2003).Simple Solution
There is simply no better way to end a Valentine’s Day meal than with that everybody-loves-it, melt-in-your-mouth hands-down favorite–chocolate!And this fabulous flourless recipe uses healthy honey rather than white sugar, so you can feel a little better about serving it. Believe me, it’s still pretty decadent, but well worth every sinfully delicious bite!Honey, by the way, is another food with an ages-old link to love (think of “honeymoons!”), so its presence in this wonderful dessert really works!

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into bits
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/2 cup honey, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Butter a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper or waxed paper. Butter the paper and flour the entire pan. Wrap the outside of the pan with foil.

2. Preheat oven to 350F and set a rack in the center of the oven.

3. Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl and set the bowl over, but not touching, a pot of hot water set on low heat. Do not allow water to boil. Stir occasionally and check to see when it is melted. Stir to blend and remove from the heat. Cool mixture to lukewarm. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the honey with an electric mixer in a large bowl for 3 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and pale. Fold in the lukewarm chocolate mixture and then fold in the vanilla and salt. In another large bowl, using clean, dry beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup honey, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold the whites into the chocolate mixture in three additions. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top.

4. Bake the cake 50 minutes until the top is puffed (and possibly cracked) and a tester inserted in the center comes out with some moist crumbs attached. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Be forewarned: the cake will fall quite a bit.

5. Using a small knife, cut around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake and then remove the sides. Place a 9-inch tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop the cake. Invert the cake onto the tart pan bottom. Peel off the parchment paper. Invert the cake back on the serving platter.

Serves 10.

Helpful Hints
This cake will keep, at room temperature, for several days. The flavor and texture peak the day after it is made.

Well I know you are all rushing to your kitchens to start making this, so I’ll close for the night and write more tomorrow.  This picture below was a hail storm that blew threw early in the morning the other day while I was out with the dogs.

morning hail storm