Tuesday, October 09, 2007

up next and a little cookie

First of all, thank you so much for all of the cobblestone love. Charlie loved it too!

I have started Libby's vest. I forgot that when I bought the yarn I bought one ball of the oatmeal color. So happy with that choice, otherwise I think it would have been very dull. Since I don't have a pattern, I am changing colors when the mood strikes. And holding it up after every row, to make sure I like it. For some reason, this brings a smile to my husbands face. (?) I guess I am spending more time looking at this, then actually knitting. I have drawn the pattern (onto a paper bag) and am using that as my guideline. Keeping my fingers crossed along the way.

I can't believe that it is now the sixth week of school and I have yet to do a cookie of the week. I have been baking, but I have chosen everything. This week is Andrew's turn, and he chose, Chocolate Brownie Cookies.

2 cups sugar :: 1 cup vegetable oil :: 4 eggs :: 4 squares semi sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled :: 2 tsp vanilla :: 2 cups whole wheat flour :: 2 cups all purpose flour :: 2 tsp baking soda :: 1/2 tsp salt :: 1 cup chocolate chips (optional) :: 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
And because I am so into flax seed these days I added a couple of tablespoons. They will never know.
Lightly grease cookie sheets (yes, you must do this).
In large bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate. Beat until well blended. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350.
Melanie at crafty waugh, i tried to e-mail you regarding the cobblestone,however, it was returned.
Please e-mail me at lesliecla at comcast dot net.

45 comments:

Kara said...

Well, it is pretty mesmerizing. Gorgeous colors.

kim said...

I envy that you can just go with the flow. I must have a specific pattern in front of me or I get flustered. I wish I weren't so rigid in my knitting. The vest looks beautiful.

Those cookies are making me hungry. BTW - I gave my mom your apple cake recipe, and she just called to ask if I could fax it to her again. (Mom, not so much with the technology).

JudyMac said...

Beautiful vest, and I wish I had smellovision with your cookie photo!

erin said...

oh i like your design as you go method. i am sure it will be a striking fair isle vest! lucky libby!

Kristin said...

The vest looks great, I like the oatmeal too.
I have been waiting for cookie of the week.

cloth.paper.string said...

i love the patterning on the vest. and those cookies look so so good! i'm looking to make these but have a bar of chocolate, not squares. do you have any idea how many ounces you used?? thanks!!

www.goneknitting.typepad.com said...

I want to be able to knit like that when I grow up!

luv Abby said...

ohhh yum - o - yum... I can't wait to try these. I luv the colour combo so far on the vest and what a great idea to have the pattern on a paper bag.... awesome
luv Abby

KeanaLee said...

Your a busy little bee, aren't you?

Jane said...

So glad your cookies are back! They give me much needed inspiration!

Meggie said...

Can't wait to see the finished vest. I like the colors very much. The cookies look yummy, but too many ingredients for a simple gal like me.

Virtuous said...

The oatmeal yarn definitely brings the vest out. You now have to make some oatmeal cookies! :o)

Kaet said...

the vest looks stunning of course! and the cookies are making my mouth water! do you make up the recipes yourself? or are they from books? i just love to bake, especially cookies...

Adrienne said...

The vest and the cookies look wonderful!!!

trixie stix said...

What a great vest. I am anxiously awaiting a finished photo.

Elinor said...

Mmmm, do you know about using freshly ground flax seed as a substitute for eggs? Your kids will never know the difference. Google it.

BTW, I love the vest. The pattern is so pretty and I think the paper bag is a fantastic idea!!!

lucy said...

Very clever!

peaknit said...

The vest is great - and I love that you are just holding it up and deciding as you go. The cookies look fabulous - I may have to try my hand at this recipe!:)

Sarah said...

I love that you are playing the vest by ear. What a thoughtful way of choosing colours. You put a lot of love into your knits.

Where do the kids choose their cookies from?

Beth said...

The vest is beautiful! You're doing a great job designing and knitting it.

Tanya said...

Those cookies look divine - will add them to my list! With the move and all the house chaos lately, Ben has had bought cookies. Heavens me. LOL Back to baking for this Friday's sweet bite!

Curious - what does the Flax seed do?
Tanya

Denise said...

I just made cookies today too, from the new Paula Deen Holiday mag! They were cranbery,coconut oatmeal cookies! Tasted pretty yummy I thought. Your chocolate ones look even yummier ;-)
Lovely vest too!

Yarn It said...

It looks fabulous! You are doing a wonderful job. Maybe I see pattern writing in your future....

amandajean said...

I love Libby's vest-the colors are exceptional! and the paper bag pattern idea is great. I, personally, would use the paper bag to cool my cookies on. have you ever tried that? works like a charm.

Dipsy said...

Ohhh, this vest is going to look awesome - I so love how the colors go along together!
And those cookies! I'm drooling all over here - thanks so much for sharing the recipe, I will definitely try them out!

Purlygirly said...

I can't wait to see all of the kid's sweaters together!

villapeikko said...

The vest looks gorgeous! The color combo is perfect!

The_Add_Knitter said...

I love your totally scientific 'pattern on a paper bag' method! That vest is spectacular!

leslie said...

wow. that vest is amazing. and looks amazingly complicated. and those cookies. shoot. putting that on the list of things to do.

Knitterella said...

You are making up that vest as you go along? You rock! That is wonderful and it looks awesome! The oatmeal color does make a big impact in the design doesn't it? I really like it! The tip with you drawing the template on the paper bag is awesome!

Those cookies look realllllly good! Thanks for the recipe.
Jill

rosie said...

Love the vest. It is absolutely beautiful. Between your knitting and checking out the blogs of other knitters who post here, I get lost in just looking at beautiful work. I need to keep working on my Christmas hats, which I think I am doing wrong, but keep going anyway. Have you been knitting forever?

Stacey said...

that vest is amazing! (along with those cookies! yum!)

Macoco said...

Libby's vest looks beautiful so far. I love your paper bag pattern!

Anniki :) said...

I keep my fingers crossed! I really like this vest and colors.

Anniki
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nova said...

This style of sweater design as you go impresses me to no end. But the cookie recipe? Yum!

nicole said...

Libby's a lucky one! The colours on the vest are so very lovely.

I'll be making those cookies tonight! Yummeroony!

tiennie said...

Yummy cookies! Beautiful beautiful vest! The colors are mesmorizing and I love how you did the pattern. I may have to do the same!

KnitPastis said...

Oh Leslie, this is simply amazing! What I like are how you mingled the colors together. They work so well together.
Love the paper bag! When you have an idea anything will do. I have been known to scribble on the back of anything in my purse, the back of envelopes to a page from my checkbook register:)
Cookies with flax seeds are good for ya! Did you see Oprah yesterday? Jerry Seinfeld's wife, Jessica came out with a new cookbook that is kid friendly. She uses fruit puree and flax seeds. A great book for both kids and the whole family. Thank you for the great recipe!

Yarnhog said...

That vest looks wonderful! I've done a few sweaters the same way, and they're some of the best things I've ever done. It's very freeing and creative.

Anonymous said...

What an enjoyable site. I love reading your blog!

AJ said...

The vest looks great. I love that there isn't a certain pattern you are going by. And the cookies look great. I just might have to try them. I'm in the mood to bake.

laurie said...

i love the story of your husband smiling at you while you admire your work -- so familiar! xo

Pax *knits said...

Beautiful color and vest.I love you chosen match color.I think it is nice vest when it turned out.

Jess said...

Totally cool vest.
Pass me that plate of cookies, will yah?

Alisha said...

I can't wait to see the vest done and modeled!!

Those cookies look great!!