Friday, February 15, 2008

the beginning

It is the beginning of my new project, which takes a lot of yarn
Twenty balls, to be exact.  I am using color 24, green, same as the pattern calls for.   
Debbie Bliss's Ruby. I started last night, haven't made much progress, but am just so happy to be working on size 8 needles.   The only other person I have seen out there making this is Rebecca over at poshyarns.  Ravelry only has Rebecca listed, also.  Anyone seen it?

This weeks cookie:  Mexican Wedding Cookies.
The recipe comes from a bakery in Florida that shared the recipe and is no longer in business. 
1 cup butter :: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling :: 2 tsp water :: 2 tsp vanilla :: 1/4 tsp salt :: 2 cups flour :: 1 cup chopped pecans (do not chop too fine,  lean on the larger side) Makes 12 cookies.  Only,12!
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes.  Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar.
**Hide from kids, so there are more for you. Pull out dough from the freezer and bake those for them.**
My mother, sisters and I would have these in the morning with coffee and knitting.  It really makes for a beautiful morning.
Enjoy  your weekend!

67 comments:

Tanya said...

Oh WOW that project looks awesome, Leslie, and the color - wow eee! Enjoy your weekend...and those cookies :)

Tanya

Poshyarns said...

Oh I am so excited that you are making this now and I am having green envy too, the colour is going to be gorgeous.

There is one in progress here, http://www.schenk.duebi.ch/2008/01/einige-gute-vorstze-fr-das-neue-jahr.html , Flurina emailed me, she has finished the main and is on the sleeves, I think.

Temperance said...

MMMMMMMM, both the pattern and the recipe.

TD wool design said...

beautiful! hope you'll keep us updated on your progress. happy, happy, knitting :)

Kirsten said...

It is going to be so much fun to watch that sweater grow!
Those cookies look delicious!

Amanda said...

That is going to be brilliant! The colour is lovely and the cashmerino will be so cuddly to wear.

house on hill road said...

love that photo of libby with the yarn. we have those same tights!

Sarah Jackson said...

My goodness! That is one ambitious project. I can understand your desire to work on bigger needles after the Tangled Yoke. :)

Denise said...

Wow! that looks like a task and a half - the Ruby, not the cookies (they look pretty simple and very yummy):-) Can't wait to see your progress on this.
I've just completed my first 'Evangeline', so I will post a quick pic. It's hard taking pics of your own hand!
Have a lovely weekend, wish I could join you for knitting and cookies ;-)

sherri said...

That is one of the prettiest sweaters I've ever seen next to the silver Belle. I may even prefer this one. I love that yarn and the color you picked is heavenly. I wonder which is more challenging to knit, Leslie? What do you think? I sure wish I lived next door. I would gladly bring the cookies and coffee just to sit and chat and watch you knit. You are my hero.

yahaira said...

that's going to be such a fun project to knit. and those cookies look so yummy, I'll have to make a batch this weekend

Adrienne said...

wow! That is going to be GORGEOUS!

kim said...

Oh it's going to be so much fun to watch two of my most favorite bloggers work on this sweater! It's such a beautiful pattern too.

Those cookies are very similar to the Russian Tea Cookies we make at Christmas. Although, I think we get a few more than twelve. Definitely delish! Have a great weekend!

Faith! said...

I love that first color! It's oddly inspiring.

luv Abby said...

yum.... another must try recipe .... thanx...
wow.... what a gorgeous cardi/jacket.... and that wool... beautiful... how exciting...
luv Abby

Kristin said...

I love it!!! The edging it beautiful.

I'm excited about the cookies too. yumm

peacockchic said...

wow that is one arm full of yarn!! but I am sure it will be worth it!

Kaet said...

it is so funny you mentioned eating these with coffee, because when i have them around (they do not last long) i love having them as breakfast.
rebecca is a stunning project, and i know yours will be amazing!

Erin said...

i hadn't seen this pattern period. Gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see it done.

Windy Knitty said...

Wow... that is going to be a beautiful sweater! I can't wait to see your progress.

We make a similar cookie in my family, but we call it Pecan Fingers. My fave cookie of all time... I can never eat just one:)

KeanaLee said...

How long do you anticipate that taking? it would take me 10 yrs!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Such a beautiful color, Leslie! You will look absolutely fabulous in the finished product, too.

yaiAnn said...

Ooooh,I might have to go out for some peacans.. I love Mexican Wedding cookies!

amandajean said...

I love your new project! such a pretty color green.

sheepish one said...

yummy: yarn and cookies both!
i'm sure you'll be modeling ruby by this time next month, and that it will be BEAUTIFUL.

nicole said...

I am sooooooooo envious. I totally love this pattern, and the colour you chose is the BEST. I can't wait to see it grow. It's going to be mighty hard to stay on my yarn diet though...

sheepish one said...

thinking about your ruby makes me want to knit rachel.

Thimbleanna said...

I can't wait to see your sweater -- I've always thought it is gorgeous!

Cinnamonamon said...

That looks like a great jacket! Can't wait to see it progress. :)

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Thanks for sharing that cookie recipe. I just made the Lemony Snickets and they are sooooo good. Oh boy. Can't wait to try this one.

Ruby looks great!

Leslie said...

That sweater jacket looks so difficult . . I give you lots of credit for attempting it, but I know you will be able to do it. Me? I'd never try! *LOL*

I've made Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes for years. Usually you roll them a teeny bit into balls (not packed too tightly). My Grammy used to make them the best. They're my favorite cookies!

peaknits said...

Yummy to both the sweater and the cookies! I can't wait to see the sweater grow - it will be gorgeous! Love your color choice! And my mouth is watering for some of those little sweet cookies!

Louise said...

OH! That is absolutely divine!! I wish I had more time to knit - I would absolutely LOVE to have a go at that but it would probably take me about 5 years to complete. I shall enjoy it vicariously through you!

Virtuous said...

That project is going to be awesome!

Love the yarn photo! :o)

The_Add_Knitter said...

You are so intrepid and you dream BIG, that's what we love about you!

Katie said...

love that sweater pattern! wow. what a great color you picked.

Scoutj said...

That sweater will be gorgeous!

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cookies!

Rose said...

Beautiful sweater!! Can't wait to see it!

Yarn It said...

Ruby is gorgeous! I haven't seen it yet but I may put that on my list. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. You choose a very pretty color.

tiennie said...

That's going to be another beautiful project by you!

Pax *knits said...

wow! 20 balls should be big project and the pattern is really nice. Can't wait to see you finished it.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous!

Queen of the froggers said...

That is going to be great. I like the colour you have chosen. I was watching out for Poshyarns too!

KnitPastis said...

Talk about a beautiful pattern! These are the kind of projects that if I still lived in PA, I wished we were in a coffee shop sitting around a fire with our feet kicked up on the cofeee table knitting this together.Ok, I can dream.LOL Love when you whip these kind of projects out. It's inspiring!

Keri said...

Love that sweater! I can't wait to see your progress!!

Knitterella said...

Oh My Gosh! That sweater is gorgeous! Oh it's going to be so wonderful and in Cashmernio! Wow! Can't wait to see your progress.

Java Mama said...

Hi Leslie - I really enjoy your blog, your photos & your knitting. A small group of us are meeting this week to knit - it will be our first "meeting" and I am really looking forward to it. Your sweaters are really beautiful; I can't wait to try something similar at some point!
Sam

Anonymous said...

What beautiful yarn. I love Debbie Bliss. Keep us posted on your progress. We're cheering you on!
Yomamaknits

Alarming Female said...

that is a beautiful pattern, and the most lovely color on earth. Truly. I hadn't seen it before.

Nora said...

Beautiful project Leslie. I'll be watching your progress with interest...

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Love the pattern !!! I've had Mexican Wedding cookies, luv em'. Gotta go, I'm suffering from yarn envy (smile) !!!

Sarah said...

Aaaaa! I am squealing in delight and am excited to find out if this knits up quicker than expected. I guess size 8 needles should do the trick. Ruby is wonderful. Looks 3/4 length? I eagerly await more photos.

Stacey said...

that is going to be beautiful! it looks like it has some interesting construction!

nova said...

What an ambitious project, well for me, maye not for you so much. I think it's going to be pretty spectacular. I think Wedding cookies are probably one of my favorite cookies. Actually, I will shove anything covered with powdered sugar in my mouth and be pleased.

Ella said...

Mmm. That looks yummy. The yarn AND the cookies.

I love that green... reminds me of the ocean when it's all churned up.

MadMad said...

So. Just two left, huh?

t does wool said...

I am jealous! I just bought the book and want RUBY too! I have KILCAR from Donegal Tweeds on the needle-I just started a blog-http://tdoeswool.blogspot.com-no pictures yet-as I am still in progress-I have you linked-I am awaiting more RUBY

So Much Fun said...

Oh that jacket will be absolutely beautiful! And that color on you too! Mmmexican wedding cookies are one of my favorites!

Knitty Gritty Thoughts said...

Ooh boy that sweater is going to be so yummy and decadent!

The Litter Box House said...

I love love love the color of that yarn. I can't wait to see your FO!

Andrea

Grace said...

I don't know what to say today (I know I'm late on commenting anyway) except, I love your blog. It just makes me so *happy* to visit. And I love that your children are just enough older than mine that I can picture how things will be around here when mine start to get bigger. That doesn't make sense. What I mean is, I admire you as a mother AND as a knitter and fellow blogger and photographer. (It's almost my birthday and I'm feeling all lovey-dovey to the world.) :D

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Lorih said...

My mom makes those same cookies for Xmas! (Only she calls them Snowballs.)

Emma said...

Wow, that's going to be an amazing project!

Michele said...

oh this is going to be fantastic on you! great color too. so cables and cables though - glad it's you doing this and not me.

Sharon said...

I have this book also and this pattern caught my eye as well. I still have to make Silverbelle (aka Romy) as I have had the yarn for months now after being inspired by your version. I'm working on Ana as well from the Alpaca Silk book and that called for a.ton.of.Debbie.Bli$$. I feel ya.

sue said...

Oh I love that pattern and look at in my pattern book too. I cant believe only one other person is making it. I love the green yarn too. I cant wait to see progress shots of it.