Well done Shan, we are both so proud of you! He is beautiful, you have done an amazing job and I know you will continue to be the best mama. We can't wait to meet you, Cash!
Becka & Richard
Just a quick note to let you all know that we are about to pop up north to Francois Lake and visit with Richard's parents for the week. I am really, really hoping for snow and cute woodland creatures so I have my camera at the ready.
Hope you all have a brilliant week, I better go board!
I even made vegan belgian biscuits, chocolate dipped shortbread and cupcakes, which were a lot of fun and rather delicious if I do say so myself. It was lovely hanging out, drinking tea, eating treats and laughing with the girls. Even if we spent most of it with our feet tucked underneath us on our chairs, terrified of the mouse that is in our house! Our cat is away....so, you know the rest.After tea, we headed off to a fancy schmancy piano bar/cocktail lounge complete with burgundy velvet chairs, a fireplace and complimentary almonds. We sipped champagne cocktails a la An Affair To Remember and knitting while laughing at our lack of ritzi-ness (I thought the cocktail stirrers were fancy glass straws at first..!).
Have a wonderful, wonderful day my friend! I am so grateful that I met you that one day at the community center amongst screaming, wet, naked children running under fountains. We are true kindred spirits, and I have met my equal when it comes to tea loving, fireside sitting, Anne of Green Gables watching, too many ideas having and Etsy/Ravelry obsessing.
You are loved!
Becka (and Richard)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
Richard is a big fan of The Clash, and Joe Strummer in general so I picked this book up for him (that I secretly want to read also) from Sophia's. Did anyone else see 'The Future Is Unwritten', the documentary made about Joe Strummer? Excellent, excellent. I would highly recommend if even if you've never been into The Clash. You will most likely cry, so be warned.
I also decided to make some handwarmers, as Richard works with his hands a lot and it has most definitely started getting colder! I've made a few of these, and so improvised on some of the patterns I've seen around. I LOVE wearing mine, so perfect for Vancouver's changeable weather, for chilly mornings, and knitting on the bus. It is a super easy pattern also, so why not give them a go!
Size 4mm needles
Cascade 220 yarn in 2 contrasting colours (or another yarn of similar weight, wool or alpaca will make them nice and toasty). One skein of each is easily enough to make your mitts, with plenty left over.
MC - Main Colour
CC - Contrasting Colour
St - Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row)
BO- Bind Off
- CO 38 sts in MC.
- Work in 2x2 rib for 12 rows
- Work in St for 10 rows
- Change to CC, continue in St for 8 rows
- Change to MC, continue in St for 6 rows
- Work in 2x2 rib for 8 rows
- BO loosely
Starting from the end you bound off, sew side seams together until you reach the end of the ribbing.
Starting from the bottom (where you cast on) sew up side seams, stopping about two rows after you reach the CC. This leaves the hole for the thumb.
Weave in ends.
Even though these might look a little small, remember they will stretch. However, Richard has quite narrow hands so if you want these either bigger or smaller just increase or decrease the CO stitches as you see fit (for a woman's hands I usually cast on 32). Oh, and if you ever need any help, this site is excellent as it translates abbreviations and has videos to show you what to do!
These pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies were my first pumpkin baking attempt, and boy were they good! I used Celine's recipe from Have Cake, Will Travel and can I just say - that woman is a genius, and will probably be the death of me. If I keep reading her blog for much longer you may literally have to roll me out of the house.
My pumpkin excited-ness got the better of me and I ended up with WAY too much puree, which lead to these delicious treats. Very easy, moist and with a slight nutty crunch due to the seeds.
2 Eggs (or equivalent egg replacer)
1 1/4 c Sugar
1/3 c Oil (I used sunflower)
1 c Pumpkin Puree
2 1/4 c flour
2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp each Cinnamon, ground Cloves, Nutmeg
1/4 c Yogurt
1/4-1/2 pumpkin seeds
What to do...
1. Mix 'eggs', sugar and oil.
2. Sift (really, I am very rarely bothered to do this) dry ingredients together.
3. Add egg mixture, pumpkin and finally yogurt to the dry ingredients. Fold in pumpkin seeds, but be sure not to overwork.
4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. You might want to sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top before doing this, to add a little extra crunch.
A quick note...if you're using canned pumpkin puree, make sure to get the unsweetened sort. Also, for an egg substitute I usually use half a banana per egg needed.
Happy Fall everyone, and Happy November too!