Another Slouchy Hat

I know I’m late to the slouchy hat party. I’ve been looking for a pattern that looked a certain way and I just couldn’t find it. Something slouchy, but not too slouchy. Something with texture but not too complicated. Something that didn’t look totally stupid on me but yet kept my ears warm.

Could. not. find. anything.

So I made up one.

I present to you: Another Slouchy Hat
Slouchy Hat

finished hat

Slouchy Hat

If you would like your own slouchy hat, please try the pattern: Another Slouchy Hat Pattern

And feel free to post comments and questions here or on Ravelry.

Enjoy and stay warm out there!

UPDATE: It seems that the video I referred to in the comments for M1P is gone. Here is another video by Flow Design Studio showing the stitch. It’s kind of like a purled version of kfb.



I made quite a bit of biscotti over the past month – some for us and some for gifting.  I’ve had a few requests for recipes so I thought I’d post them here.

The chocolate biscotti is from Farmgirl Fare: Easy Chocolate Biscotti.  I made it exactly by her recipe and we had some plain and some iced with white chocolate.  I added peppermint extract to one batch, instant coffee to another and cinnamon to a third.  All were delicious though I didn’t add enough coffee to really taste it well.  I think it would have been better with espresso powder.

The gingerbread biscotti is Barb’s Gingerbread Biscotti which I found as I looked for diabetic-friendly recipes.  The only thing I changed was to add about 2-3 more tablespoons of flour and not refrigerate the dough.

The cinnamon spice biscotti is my favorite.  I adapted it from an almond biscotti recipe substituting pecans and changing the flavorings around.

Spice Biscotti

2 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. Penzey’s Baking Spice OR 1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. finely chopped pecans
1/2 c. cinnamon chips

Mix the eggs, sugar, and vanilla together in medium-sized bowl.  Sift the flour, spice, baking powder and salt together and stir in until well combined.  Add the pecans and chips. The dough should not be too sticky. If it’s still really soft and sticky add another tablespoon or so of flour.

Shape the dough into a log around 4″ wide by 12″ or so long.  I bake this on a pizza stone but if you don’t have a stone you can use a cookie sheet.  If you use a cookie sheet I recommend using parchment paper because you’ll probably want to move it off the sheet to slice it.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Let cool for around a half hour to an hour.

Using a serrated knife (bread knife) slice the log into around 1/2″ slices.  You should get around 18-20 slices from the log.  Lay the slices flat on the stone or cookie sheet so that one of the cut sides is up.

Bake again at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.

Let cool and drizzle with melted white chocolate or white candy melts.

Once upon a time there was a ginormous sweet potato.  Here it is with a Diet Coke for scale:


According the receipt from the grocery it weighs 3.87 pounds. An almost. FOUR. POUND. sweet potato.

It was only slightly smaller than ChaosGirl’s head.

After cutting off the ends it barely fit in my 1.5 qt crock pot.

In Crock Pot

After cooking I ended up with 4 cups of mashed sweet potato (and a cupcake).

Four cups mashed

What do you do with that much sweet potato?

Why, sweet potato pie of course! 4 cups of sweet potato will make two pies but I gave one away before I remembered to take a picture.

Sweet Potato Pie
This is a custardy pie made with cream and eggs that has a light taste and a crunchy pecan topping.  Recipe after break… Continue Reading »

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Happy Baking!

A prototype


It the time of year for mitts and having a reasonable amount of Paton’s Merino left over from Mittens for Akkol socks I knit these up last week.  I’m considering writing up a pattern for them after I make another pair. These are plain tube-style mitts and I want to try again adding a few stitches for the thumb gusset.

Now if it were only cool enough to wear them :-/

It’s a hack!

I sent the link to the little play kitchen to ParentHacks and she actually published it!! How cool is that?

Artsy and crafty

Normally I’m not inclined to do drawing/painting sorts of projects but to save some money and some space in our fairly small house I had a plan to make ChaosGirl a play kitchen.  I bought a small tablecloth and then never did anything with it.  I’m taking a mental health/cleaning/cooking day today and while I was cleaning the craft room I found the table cloth.  Taking that as a sign I proceeded to muck around with it for about an hour and have ended up with this:


  • one round end table with bottom shelf
  • one round table cloth (the kind for the cheap-o little round tables that you screw the three legs on to.  I don’t recommend using one of those tables though unless you have to because they aren’t very sturdy.
  • various colored Sharpies
  • pipe cleaners
  • that white cloth tape you use for bandaging with gauze
  • scissors (regular and pinking shears if you have them)
  • 1/2″ elastic (about a yard should do but measure your table first.)
  • Assorted dishes to trace around

The gist of it:

Put the table cloth on the table.  Wrap the elastic around the table so that it is tight enough to hold the table cloth on but not so tight you can’t get it on and off easily. Cut to length allowing an extra inch to overlap and sew the ends together to make a big circle.  Now put the elastic back around the table and get your markers and dishes.

I used a Care Bear placemat to trace the edge of the cook top and a bowl for the outside circle of each burner.  A spice jar was a good size for the control knobs.  A square leftover container gave me the outline of the sink and a rectangle one the outline of the cutting board. The rest I free-handed.

The faucet is about half a dozen white pipe cleaners and one blue pipe cleaner twisted together and bent to a faucet shape with the blue being the water coming out of the faucet. Leave the bottom 3″ or so untwisted.  I cut a tiny hole in the cloth and stuck the bottom untwisted part of the pipe cleaners through and splayed them out to hold the faucet up. It’s not sturdy but easily fixable and if it ends up being too much of a pain I can take it off and put a little piece of tape over the hole.


I then made two cuts in the front for the oven door to be able to lift up. The oven door is about 15″ wide.  I used pinking shears in the hope it wouldn’t fray too much. We’ll see.  I then used a rectangle left over container to outline a window and cut that out.  A little marker decorates a bit.  To make it hold its shape a bit more I used the white cloth tape to attach four pipe cleaners to the underside of the door – one on each side of the window.


Yeah, I probably should have ironed the tablecloth first.

EDITED TO ADD: ChaosGirl pointed out that I forgot the buttons to turn the oven on so we had to add those.

And the oven window makes a good cat door into what may be their new favorite napping spot. 😉