It’s certainly been a long time since I posted here!

Since I last posted, I met an amazing man, got married to him, and moved across the Atlantic Ocean. I started a different blog as well, entitled Mercurial Knits. Join me there for sporadic updates!

Today is food day.

I had a great discussion with a few of my friends on Twitter this morning all about food. I’ve also been thinking about things to eat a lot because I’m going to my friends’ apartment tonight, and they are making me vegetable tempura! I am very excited, because I love Japanese food and tempura is no exception. (Sure, it’s not the healthiest thing, but once in a while it’s fine.)

To thank my gracious hosts, Tammy and Lora, I am bringing dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies! They’re delicious and I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with all of you. It’s a modified version of the “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” printed inside the lid of each tube of Quaker Oats.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional; I happen to like cinnamon with chocolate)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups oats, uncooked
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

Beat together margarine (or butter) and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add flour mixture in portions, beating well and fully incorporating each portion before adding more. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts and mix well.

Spread onto lightly greased 10″x15″ cookie sheet. Bake 20 – 28 minutes.

Cool on wire rack, then, cut into about 1-1/2″ squares. Makes 48 cookies.



My own fingerless gloves!

I have a slight obsession with fingerless gloves. I spend most of my pattern-browsing time looking at them, and even when I pick out yarn I think of the gloves I could make. Yet, I did not have a pair to call my own. My hands are always cold, especially when I’m on the computer; well, now they won’t be! I’m wearing them even as I type this.

Green, lacy fingerless gloves!

Green, lacy fingerless gloves!

The gorgeous pattern, called “Cafe au Lait Mits”, was written by Paula McKeever. You can queue the pattern on Ravelry here, or see my project here.

Tussles with tassels.

This evening, I learned how to make a tassel from yarn. (The linked site was extremely helpful!) Why did I learn this?

So that I could complete Liz‘s HELP! scarf, which has tassels on both ends & is now finished!

I’ll be taking photos tomorrow morning, but I won’t post them on this blog until she gets her present. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise of her seeing it for herself… though it is awfully tempting!

I’m proud of myself for the rate at which I’ve been making things, lately. I have been zipping through projects in much shorter amounts of time than I ever did before, which in turn inspires me to create more things. I had a slight setback this morning in a pair of fingerless gloves that I was making for myself, but rather than be upset about it, I learned from what I’d done wrong and will try to make it fit better tomorrow. Everything in due time. It feels so nice to not stress and worry over what I’m doing–even when I mess up, I am enjoying myself. It’s a relief.

…because I made a cute keyhole scarf for my friend, Jenny!

A lovely, ruffly, keyhole scarf!

A lovely, ruffly, keyhole scarf!


It’s funny–I’m not much of a scarf person, myself. I like that they keep my neck warm, but I never really get excited about the prospect of knitting a scarf. (Fingerless gloves, on the other hand, send me into another realm!) Yet there was something different about this honestly easy pattern that made me go, “Oooh, I really want to knit that!”

I found Armina Parnagian’s wonderful pattern on Ravelry (my project is here). The original used a brown yarn, which I liked, but I much prefer the yarn I used: Lion Brand Homespun, in the color “Ocean.” I think the way the colors flow through the scarf’s long length take it from simply nice to truly amazing. If you want to knit this “Ruffled Keyhole Scarf” too, here is the pattern.

Easy Knitted Easter Eggs

My mom found an old wire Easter basket downstairs, and she didn’t have anything to fill it. I thought, what would go better in an Easter basket than Easter eggs? I looked online for patterns, but there weren’t any that I liked well enough… so I came up with my own. This pattern is very simple–even a beginner could knit these eggs! They also take up very little yarn, so you could use leftovers from other projects to make them.

Mom's Easter basket, filled with eggs!

Mom's Easter basket, filled with eggs!

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Finally, some progress!

The last few days I have been making leaps and bounds in my knitting, and I couldn’t be happier about it! I finished a lovely pair of slippers for Jaime–and though I took pictures, I don’t want to post them until she gets her present! (I do love giving surprises…) Liz’s scarf is still on the needles (it’s long!), and I’ve also started a scarf for my friend Jenny.

One step back: I had to give up on the hat I had started for Ann. The yarn I chose was simply too bulky for the pattern I’d liked. However, I found a new pattern that I think will be wonderful for the yarn; I have to get some larger knitting needles, but that won’t be hard to do. Also, once I have those needles in my possession, I will be able to make all sorts of lovely chunky-weight hats with the yarn that I so adore.

I promise that next entry I’ll have some pictures to post; I have all sorts of inspiration from browsing patterns on Ravelry, and I’m knitting quicker than ever!