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Cookies and Crafting!

Andrea Sanchez

If you followed me on Instagram around the holidays this past year, you're probably very aware that I love cookies (and baking, and things that are sweet, etc.). D and I made cookies at least once a week each week from Thanksgiving into January. We had gingerbread, pizzelles, Italian wedding cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate chips, and more. At about 6-7 months pregnant I didn't need much convincing. 

So when Marie from Underground Crafter suggested a blog hop for National Cookie Month, I was all over it. 

Each participant was tasked with coming up with a new cookie recipe and craft or pattern. So with one go (which is totally amazing) I came up with these: 

Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 a package of while chocolate chips (5.5oz or 2/3 c.)
  • 1/2 a package of dried blueberries (3oz. or 1/3 c.)
blueberry chip cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together both sugars, butter, and shortening. Add lemon zest and egg. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl sift flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer about a half cup at a time until dough forms.

Stir in the chocolate chips and blueberries.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop a small handful of dough into a ball. Bake for approximately 12-13 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes to set.

EAT! 

This recipe yields about a dozen cookies. 

 

And for the KNITTING I'd like to share a new pattern with you called, what else?

Blueberry Chip Cowl

Blueberry Chip Cowl by Andrea Sanchez

This two color cowl is worked in the round using a combination of Stockinette and garter stitch to create a textured basket weave motif. 

For this pattern I approached Lindsay from The Fiber Seed about using her speckled colorway Blueberry Chip. I knew I wanted a cowl that would show off a speckled or variegated yarn, but that would also go along with our cookie theme. She suggested the pairing with her Navy colorway and I think it turned out just perfect. 

In celebration of (Inter)National Cookie Month, this pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

 

You can find all the blog hop participants listed here on Underground Crafter as well as the links to their posts. 

Gansey Kids Giveaway

Andrea Sanchez

I hope by now you've had a chance to read my review on the new ebook Gansey Kids by Meg Roke, and that you've had time to pop over to Ravelry and use that discount code she offered us (knittinlittle25 to save 25% off the ebook price) and start queuing up your favorites. My yarn for the Whitby Vest is already ordered and on its way!

Because Meg is super generous (like 25% off her ebook isn't enough!) she is also doing a little giveaway here on the blog! 

Head over to Ravelry and check out the patterns. Fave a few (or all) and come back and tell me which one you love the best! That's it! Do this by midnight Friday (August 12th) and you will be entered to win a skein of Quince and Co.'s Chickadee in the color Apricot which is just the right amount of yarn to make a pair of the Fisherman Mitts for you or your little! 

This giveaway is open only to residents of the US and Canada. Please be sure to leave your email or Rav name so we can contact you if you win. Happy Monday!

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Finished Knittin': Kid Chimera & Locksley

Andrea Sanchez

My needles were blazing this weekend! Not only did I finish one Knittin' Little Summer KAL piece, I finished TWO! That's a lot (for me, at least. And those of us with very limited knitting time)!

The first piece is Kid Chimera by Elizabeth Green Musselman. 

I was in love with this the day her sample arrived last fall and I'm in love with it even more now. For our Fall 2015 launch collection I pretty much said, can you design something? and let the designers have at it. She came up with the fantastic idea of a cowl that can also be worn as a hat. 

The resulting fabric is super stretch and being knit in a DK makes it warm, but not too heavy.  I used all matching buttons that D picked out at the fabric store the other day (even though I wanted a cute little froggy for one. He vetoed the idea).  I think this will be a great addition to D's winter wardrobe!

Check out my Ravelry project page or buy the pattern.

My second finished piece is Locksley by Emily Ringelman from the Winter 2015 collection. 

Now, let me start by saying, I've knit A LOT of sweaters for my kids. And I've used some pretty cute patterns. But this is by far one of my favorites. Of. All. Time. Between the vintage/modern colorwork and the shawl collar it is my idea of perfect.

I went with the 2 years size. N is growing at a rate very similar to his big brother. I looked back at sweaters I knit for D the summer before he turned one and they were all a size 2. N is 5 months old now and about 20lbs so assuming he will be able to wear this when he's about 10 months (in December) I figured better safe than sorry. 

Also, because I only had one skein of the main color (and an extra 10g) I modified the sleeve length and yoke depth to the measurements of the size 18 months. Little kids need their sleeves kept out of their way anyway so I just shaved off a half inch or so. I also used 3 different DK weight yarns since I am using the KAL to stash bust. 

Check out my Ravelry project page to get all the various yarn info or buy the pattern.

There is still plenty of time to join the KAL! We have prizes for people participating in July, in August, and for people who finish projects! Check out the Ravelry group for more details.

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Locksley & Choosing Colors for Colorwork

Andrea Sanchez

So I finally wound up my yarn and got swatching for my second Knittin' Little Summer KAL piece, Locksley. But then I realized, was anyone else having a difficult time choosing yarn colors for color work? I spent a lot of time thinking and rethinking before I settled on these and while I'm happy now, it definitely took some time. 

When Emily and I were bouncing ideas back and forth for the sample, I had a color story to work with. I normally use these for each collection, to give the collection a kind of mood and to make sure I am choosing colors within that mood when picking yarn. One of the fantastic things about Knit Picks (this piece uses Swish Worsted) is that when viewing their colors, you can open more than one for a closer look and compare them side by side. 

But what if you can't? Here are some tips I use when picking out more than two colors for colorwork projects.

Use a color wheel

Quick color theory lesson: the easiest way to pick 3 colors for color work is to choose 2 colors that are across (complimentary) from each other on the color wheel. Then, add a neutral. Boom. This is my favorite (and I think simplest) way to choose colors!

If you aren't looking to use neutrals, you can break the color wheel into thirds and choose a color from each third that is equidistance from the next (this is called triadic colors). So, using the color wheel above, the aqua, bright purple, and yellow are triadic colors. Maybe the Aqua as a MC, then the other two as CC? Boom again. 

What I like best about looking at a color wheel is being able to see how the colors will look when close together without having to have yarn in hand.

Arrange then rearrange

Ok, you've picked your three colors but aren't sure which you want to use as the main color. Spend some time arranging and rearranging the yarn to get an idea of which will work best. 

I initially thought I wanted to use the the green as the MC (because I have a lot of it) but once I spent some time setting the skeins together, I realized the dark grey and green would muddy together. When I swatched, I only used two colors because I didn't want to hassle with the third and guess what? The grey and green muddy when right next to each other.

So arrange those skeins, then set them out in an area of your home that is well traveled. Take a day or two to walk by, look at them, then decide if you like the combo or arrangement. 

Use a color story

Photo via  Design Seeds

Photo via Design Seeds

If you're still having a difficult time, or you feel that you can't trust your own eye to pick colors that look amazing together, try using a color story. Design Seeds is a great site to use for this. You can search by color or just scroll through their blog and be inspired!

From one palette you can easily find one color that will work great as a backdrop for two of the other colors. I would love to see that coral and slate against the ice blue. So pretty!

 

Are you knitting a Locksley? We'd love to see it! Come join the KAL in our Ravelry group or share your photos on Instagram (#knittinlittleKAL to be eligible for prizes!).

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