Scaling Back

If anyone followed a link here and got a “page not found” error message I have pulled down pretty much everything except the patterns and the recipes.  Click on the tabs at the top for a list of both.

Thanks for stopping by.


Pattern Notes

I’m not even bothering to try to catch up on life at this point but I do have some pattern notes.

I made another slouchy hat in an aran weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft Paints) and I’ll be writing that up in the next few days.
Aran Slouchy Hat

I also worked up a pair of mittens for ChaosGirl (who is now hugenormous and reading everything – especially Junie B Jones books).

Twisty Mittens

I hope to get these written up too along with an adult size.

We’ll see.

I’m published!

A Hat in Time by Steffi Bach for Save the Children

A Hat in Time is brimming with 37 hat patterns to knit and crochet, ranging from the simple to the complex, the traditional to the hip, the cozy to the cute. It was inspired by the generosity of campaigners who knitted hats for the now closed Knit One Save One Campaign. The book celebrates 90 years of Save the Children’s work for children and is sold in aid of the independent international children’s charity. All patterns were donated for this publication by their designers and all profits made from this book will go towards Save the Children’s vital work.

Steffi emailed me a couple of months ago on Ravelry and asked if she could include the Irish Hiking Hat and now an updated version of the hat pattern is in there!  Squee!

It supports a great cause and there are some seriously cute hats in there.  It’s on Lulu currently for purchase as a download but there are plans to also do a printed version.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

The first loose tooth showed up Sunday morning.  I knew I had seen some tooth fairy pillows on Ravelry and sure enough I had even thought to favorite one of them.  Given the looseness of the tooth I figured the simpler the better so I ended up with the KnitPicks pattern worked up in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

She wanted the pocket in blue and I added a face to the other side.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

The tooth fell out Tuesday and the Tooth Fairy was much happier to get the tooth from the pillow pocket than to have to rummage around under her pillow.

I hadn’t realized that it’s been almost a month since I posted last.  It’s all grading all the time here so there really hasn’t been much of interest to post. The semester’s over next week so hopefully things will pick up around here then.

In the meantime, have an adaptation of my standard banana bread recipe.

Really Good Banana Bread II

1/4 c. margarine, softened
1/3 c, sour cream
1/2 c. white sugar
1/4 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 c. dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Penzey’s Baking Spice*
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. mashed banana
1/3 c. vanilla yogurt

Cream the butter, sour cream and sugars together. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the bananas and yogurt. Pour into loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes – 1 hour.

* Or you can use Penzey’s Cake Spice or  1/2 tsp. cinnamon with a dash of nutmeg and a dash of allspice

Carroty Goodness

A friend shared a truly yummy recipe for zucchini bread with me last summer.  The zucchini is long gone but I found myself some extra carrots today and thought – why not?  So I made carrot bread and it turned out to be delicious.  It’s even 5-year-old approved.

Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread (makes 1 loaf)

1 egg
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. crushed pineapple
1 1/3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon AND 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (or substitute 1 tsp. Penzy’s Baking Spice if you have it)
1 c. grated carrot

Mix together the egg, sugar and oil. Add the vanilla and pineapple and stir well. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the wet ingredients. Mix well. Stir in the grated carrot.

Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let cool and serve plain or with butter or with whipped cream cheese.


On the left is a pure merino wool sweater knit in Ireland that looks to have been worn maybe a handful of times.


On the right is a Supergirl costume that was maybe worn once in ChaosGirl’s size.  Not only does she love it for playing but it looks like it gets me out of another year of fairy princess land at Halloween.


Does anyone know what sort of boots Supergirl wears?