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11  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas Biscotti on: December 21, 2008 09:34:42 AM

I am not a picky eater, but I do not really like nuts and I do not like anise at all. Both are key ingredients in these cranberry-pistachio biscotti that I LOVE so much. I make them every Christmas for gifts and for a cookie to go along side the main dessert at Christmas dinner. (The trick is for me not to eat them between now and then.) Here is a link for the recipe on epicurious. I highly recommend them; the only bother about making them is melting the white chocolate at a low enough temperature so it doesn't seize up. (Oh, and shelling the pistachios, but I find that kind of a mindless task that doesn't bother me.)


This was a good activity for a snowy morning in New England. Here is a photo outside my back porch, so you can see why more baking and wrapping will happen today.

12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Puffy Scratch-Made Chocoalte Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... on: December 14, 2008 04:55:32 PM
My husband makes chocolate chip pancakes every Sunday for the kids. It is dessert for breakfast. I'm glad they have a tradition, but sorry I am usually working out at the gym on a nonfat yogurt and banana. I would love to eat them every Sunday, just as I ate them on special occasions when I was a kid. I wish I could still eat them.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Holiday Gnome on: December 03, 2008 05:25:24 PM
SQUEEE!!! The Alan dart gnomes!!!!  I saw these in a UK knitting mag a few years ago but it didnt have the pattern. Could you post a link to the pattern please? I'm gonna go dig thru my magazines and try to find it.  You did a GREAT job, yours is soooo cute! He is perfect and I love his beard. Your awesome!

I got my pattern from Irresistible Gifts to Knit, which doesn't seem to be generally available in the U.S. anymore. (I picked mine up on ebay for a premium, but it wasn't too bad and I couldn't resist.) However, here is a link to Alan Dart patterns, including the gnomes. There is a cost to download, but it doesn't seem too unreasonable.


Good luck!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Holiday Gnome on: December 03, 2008 04:01:27 PM
IHeartMstrChief said it for me! Maybe just stick it in the top of his head. I'm not too sure about how the hat and head are connected though - knit in one piece, or is the hat removable?

The hat is knit separately and then stitched onto the head. I think a pipe cleaner will work. I will try it on the next one.

Thanks for the help and comments.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Holiday Gnome on: December 03, 2008 02:29:38 PM

When I saw these goofy guys on line, I just had to make them. This is my first knitted toy, from Alan Dart. I'm generally happy with the way it turned out, with a few small exceptions:

1) The polyfill is showing through where I didn't sew it well enough (note the left mitten) or knit too loose/stuffed too tight. Not sure which.
2) While his little cap is whimsically crooked in the photo, I'm not sure it will stay that way. I used an excess of hairspray and starch (note him drying on the board), but it still doesn't have the stiffness I hoped for.

Any advice on either of the above is welcome. I'm hoping to do two more between now and Xmas. It was a rewarding project, because each piece knits up quickly, so I felt like I was getting somewhere quickly.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wreaths that are knit ... I mean *fit* ... for the nifty knitter on: December 03, 2008 05:03:49 AM
Oh my gosh -- I just love that. Awesome and it definitely rocks!!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler Weekender Bag on: October 29, 2008 04:45:31 PM
It's gorgeous, but I would have been afraid I'd lose it over the edge of the balcony where the photo was taken. It's too perfect to be lost to a good wind!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Insanisocks on: October 28, 2008 07:42:23 AM
You will need to wear them with sandals so everyone can see!

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zig Zag Pocket Bag on: October 26, 2008 08:30:25 AM

Is the flowered fabric silk? I think I might have a yard of that in my stash. I was thinking purse.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tubey Sweater on: October 22, 2008 02:38:00 PM
Love the fit and the neckline. Great job!!!
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