Friday, August 23, 2013


I finished another afghan last weekend.  This time it was a lovely design by West Knits.  I decided to step outside of my usual earth-tone color scheme and go for something different.  The main part is knit with Wool of the Andes colorway Jam, which is bulky weight yarn.  The border was knit with two strands of Wool of the Andes worsted: Haze Heather and Marble Heather... giving it a purplish-gray color.  I really like this one and I think I'll incorporate it into a new color scheme for my living room!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Zigzag afghan

I finally finished knitting this Zigzag afghan from Coats and Clark.  I decided to use a different yarn and went with Loops and Threads in chocolate, aqua, and grass.  It was a fun, easy pattern and the finished project is really stretchy.  Can you tell winter is on its way?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Baking 6: Zwetschgendatschi

My latest baking experiment took on a German twist.  I chose a Zwetschgendatschi, a German plum cake, usually made around this time of year when the Damson plums are at their best.  I decided to make it with a yeast dough, rather than a shortbread crust... people are fairly divided on that apparently... and also on what it's called in their dialect. 

Yeast mixture bubbling up

Dough ready for a rise
I really enjoyed the yeast dough, mainly because you cut the plums in quarters, keeping them still attached at the bottoms.  Then you nestle them gently on the soft, pillowy dough.

Ready for the oven
And that's it.  Sprinkle with some sugar and cinnamon when it's hot from the oven and delicious... even more so with some ice cream...