Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knitting, Spinning and Baking

Last winter, wow! that seems like a long time ago, when I was carding some batts and working with the red fiber, I carded this batt. It consists of a very soft white shetland and some of the excess colors from my licker drum of the carder. The licker drum is the smaller of the two drums. Not knowing what to do with the wool pulled off of it, I thought I would blend it with this white and spin it very fine. Fine, that is the operative word here. Joanne does fine, slowly. Cause she does sometimes get bored with it and wants to hurry it up to move onto the next project. So, I leave it on the bobbin and do move on and come back to it. The red is STILL waiting to be spun, by the way.

These are two pictures of the same skein. The skein weighs in at 1 0unce of yarn and has 270 yards of yarn in it. I spun it very fine, and then plied it with sewing thread for an interesting texture and so that I would have more yardage in the skein, without having to double it up for plying on itself.

There are several different colors in this yarn and even some sparkle.

Meet Playtime! This is my newest pattern. It can be made for a boy or girl and the directions are for sizes 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. This can be found in my TerrificCreations shop and on Ravelry under TerrificFibers or Joanne T (designer). Worsted weight yarn is used for knitting all sizes of this sweater.

I saved the best for last. :) Yesterday I was looking for a different cookie recipe to make. I was looking through a Mennonite Cookbook, that a friend gave me. The first printing of this book was 1950 and the one that I have is 1978. I just love old cookbooks!

The cookies are great by the way. Even The UPS Store guy liked them, and so did the employees.

Cinnamon Cookies

2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
3 cups of flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon soda
½ cups chopped nuts (optional)
Combine sugar and cinnamon.
Beat eggs until light and add sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Sift flour.
Measure and add soda. Sift again.
Add sifted dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
Add chopped nuts and blend into dough.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, spaced 2 to 3 inches apart.
Bake at 375 F for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Note: I am not Martha. :) I didn't sift flour and then add baking soda and sift again. :) I stirred the baking soda into the flour with a teaspoon. There really is no shortening/butter in this recipe.

I hope you enjoy these cookies. We are.


  1. Those cookies look great. Thanks for taking the time to post the recipe.

  2. Mmmm...cookies! Mmmm...fiber with flecks of color! Can't wait to see what you'll make with it.

    So good to talk with you the other day. Thanks.

  3. Love the yarn....the sweater is great and the cookies are yummy.....thanks for the recipe....
    What a great post....so full of ideas

  4. MMMM cinnamon cookies!

    Cute sweater... Melissa was just asking me what kind of other sweaters you make for little ones that you sell :)