Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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I know, I am now a header hopper. I really appreciate all of your comments about that cookie/sock header I previously had (for a short while) above. And I did like it too. However, every time I looked at it, it reminded me of colder weather. Maybe it was all the red. And the ginger. But whatever it was, I decided I needed a little spring color. And since my littlest guy still makes me joyfully happy when he picks me dandelions, I decided that I needed a photo of his lastest pick up there. And a little bit of spring. Changing headers can be quite addictive too. You all do know about Picnik, right? Especially helpful to us blogger users.
Onto the knitting.  I am pretty close to finishing Ruby.  I have made little progress the last couple of days trying to figure out the welt.  I should have listened to Rebecca, knowing that she kept getting holes too.  The pattern reads y2rn = yarn round needle twice.  Isn't that just yarn over twice?  I checked books.  All of the on-line resources I knew. Isn't the point of a yarn over, a hole? Well, this sweater does not want holes!  Anyhow, I ended up doing my own thing which gave me the amount of stitches that I needed. Marking the location of the increases and increasing 4 in each location, by a M1 and an Inc into the f/b on the first row Increase.  On the second row increase, I increased into the f/b of each of the new stitches.  Have you seen Rebecca's?  Or Pax's?  They are both fabulous.  I am a bit nervous though because Rebecca used four extra balls.  Pax did not, however made her sleeves shorter.  I slimmed my sleeves down a bit, in hopes of not having to buy more yarn.  And what a bummer it would be if I needed more as I know my store does not have the same dyelot.  
I didn't intend to post this recipe, but when I cut a piece of this cookie/cake type thing for my breakfast, I noticed the heart.  Of course, I had to take a photo for Noticing project's be our guest week, and thought maybe you would like the recipe.
It is super easy.  During the months of April/May when the strawberries are so inexpensive I make this a lot.  Although, any fruit would do.  Really it takes two seconds to make.  Okay, maybe three.
Cream together 1 stick butter, 1 cup sugar :: add 2 eggs :: add 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder and  a pinch of salt :: spread in spring form pan that is coated with spray ::  top with sliced strawberries :: sprinkle with sugar :: bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

56 comments:

Liz said...

thanks for the recipe! I'm going to use it today. Every time my husband or I run to the store, we buy another pint of strawberries and we seem to have done that a lot lately so I have lots to use up.

Love the new header. Happy Spring!

yaiAnn said...

That IS really simple. I'll have to try it for sure!

nova said...

At first I thought it was pie, but I must say, a 3 second cookie/cake thing, I like it that too!

All of those cables are amazing.

kim said...

I love that your son picks dandelions for you. So sweet!

Ruby looks awesome. The others look great as well.

I may need to make that cake tonight. Can you subsitute with apples? I really don't feel like stopping at the store after work...

Philigry said...

ruby look so good! i can not wait to see her!
that recipe looks so, so yummy! i think I may make this today! i still have strawberries in the freezer from last year! isn't that horrible?

Elizabeth said...

Wow - What a great post Leslie!

I love your new header and the story to go with it warms a mother's heart.

It reassures me to no end that even a knitting-magician like you occasionally gets flummoxed. It gives us beginners hope (hee he Ruby is looking stunning though (oh those cables!) and I can't wait for the big reveal when it's done.

Thank you SO much for sharing that delicious looking recipe. The perfect solution for last minute company and lately there have been more strawberries in the fridge than I know what to do with.

Sandy said...

I love all your headers, and this one is very pretty, Very Spring!
Ok, you totally lost me on the ruby instructions talk which is exactly why I have not seemed to preogress as a knitter. :)
I can't wait to see the completed sweater either!
Yummy cake, too!

raining sheep said...

Your knit is looking wonderful...I really do love that green. Hope the number of balls works out for you.

Sarah Jackson said...

Yum!! I'm going to add some rhubarb and give that one a shot. The sweater is looking fabulous!

radioactive girl said...

Oh boy! I did NOT know about picnik and it looks like a lot of fun! I can not wait to start playing!

The recipe looks amazing! Can't wait to try it since I have a bunch of strawberries needing to be used.

And obviously your knitting is amazing.

Jess said...

Ruby's looking good!
Can't wait for more pics!
Thanks for the recipe too,
I made the slice and bake ones that you posted about 2 months ago, the ones with corn flakes in them, and they lasted about a month! thanks for all the recipes.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Ok I'm making that breakfast cake tomorrow, and thanks for the Piknik link, I had never heard of it. I love your new springtime header!

sheepish one said...

everything on the blog today is lovely: the header, the knitting, the baking...

i love that you researched the hell out of the yarn over. sometimes i feel like an inexperienced knitter when i have to dig through every resource to find an answer to something like that.

i hope that ruby comes together for you without the need of any extra yarn. there must be something in the air lately, as everyone's running out of yarn towards the wrap-up of projects.

Ella said...

All those cables are beautiful to behold. Mmmm... cabley and green. Very spring! And dandelions to boot! Yay!

emily said...

and then do you flip it over so that the crust is on top? it looks so good. i might make it for dessert on friday.

ruby looks fantastic. i want her.

and the header. love. and love that they're charlie's wildflowers.

house on hill road said...

ooh! ruby is looking great - as is your header. now i have picnik to play with. thanks!

Twisted Knitter said...

Fresh headers are inspirational, don't you think? I used Picnik for mine too (since I was out of town and only had access to web apps).

Your header is lovely and now, even though the little dandies closed back up, you'll have a memorial of your little guy's happy face.

peaknits said...

The dandilion bouquet is darling! Thank you for the Picnik tip - I didn't know that one:) And the Ruby will be fabulous - can't wait! I have to make this cookie/ cake - I like the idea of some rhubarb in there...yum-o!

iknitipurl said...

Beautiful! Looks like a lot of work them cables! ;) And I knew nothing about Picnik and totally wish I hadn't now. Totally addictive!

amandajean said...

I can't wait to see your ruby completed. and thanks for the recipe. I'll have to try it with blueberries. (I have quite a stash in the freezer.)

and since you take such gorgeous photos, I think that new headers are the way to go. so fun.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Leslie, you leave me speechless. I love how you make the knitting, the baking, the parenting, the photography look so second-nature and effortless.

I know you work hard to make it all happen but you *so* make it work!

Cinnamonamon said...

What a sweet bouquet. And do I see grape hyacinth (I know I butchered that spelling, lol) in there? I happen to be the proud owner of a lovely vaseful of those myself, along with our first few dandelions of the year...

Who can resist a child bearing flowers? Ds2 gave the lady at the cutting counter at Joann's a dandelion yesterday...so sweet!

Amy said...

ohhhh that recipe sounds great! I recieved my little package btw! loved it all-thanks so much!

tiennie said...

I love your changing headers! Your cables are beautiful and that looks delicious!

Queen of the froggers said...

Thank you for the photo link thing. I like to change my header often and wanted to make my own. Ruby will be great, the cables are fab.

The Littlecote Family said...

I ran out of wool when I was knitting a little jacket for my nephew. The shop didn't have the dye lot and at the time, it was the only store importing Debbie Bliss yarns to Australia. So, in a panic, I sent out an email to all of my overseas friends (most non-knitters). Within half an hour I got an email back from my friend Kristina in Halifax, Canada, to say that the wool shop across the road had it and would I like one ball or two! Lucky hey? So, the jacket is an international one now!Isn't it lovely to have friends all over th world?

t does wool said...

now I should have checked the blog first and then I would know it was strawberry,not rhubarb...thanks for sharing...

Lindsey said...

The new header is gorgeous- perfect for spring! Thanks for the recipe!

Kaet said...

thanks for the recipe! and your breakfast is making my jealous as i am eating my own breakfast of cereal right now!

Denise said...

AS far as I know 'yarn round needle' is the same as yarn over! Strange that you are told to do that but don't need holes?
Hope it all comes out right in the end for you. Can't wait to see it finished :)

Stephanie said...

Ohh...I have been trying to figure out how people make such pretty headers. Thanks for the "heads up" har har. I can see how it can get addictive. I went and played with mine already :)

Julie said...

Love your new header... and that recipe looks delicious!

nicole said...

Pretty (the header)
Exciting (your Ruby)
Yummy (the recipe)

MadMad said...

Aw, man! I was sure I wasn't going to fall for this Ruby thing. Not gonna be my problem, I was positive. Now, though, darn it, I think you hooked me. Hm... I need to grow a spine. In the meantime, I think I'll copy down this recipe, too...

Valou said...

Thanks for the recipe! We have a cherry tree that produces more than I can eat or freeze and I'm always looking for new, simple recipes. Can't wait to give it a try!
( those cables are looking quite delish too! )

KeanaLee said...

jack and i say YUM about that cake!

woolies said...

my sons used to pick me dandelions. Back when we lived where dandelions grow! they are teenagers now, and have better things to do.
AND Thank you for posting that recipe, my mouth is watering....

Alisha said...

I have always loved your headers and now I know how to make some fun ones. I did one last night after I read your post. I should have been in bed but I am so glad I tried it...I love my new header!!! I can see myself getting addicted to changing it up frequently.

The reciepe looks so good. I may have to try that one. I tried your giant ginger cookies. My girls LOVE them.

As always so many great ideas on your blog!

SMF.sportychic said...

Yummo recipe and what a cute little heart strawberry! I. Can. Not. Wait. To. See. Your. Ruby!!!!!

Vicki said...

I made you recipe last night and my husband loved it. He is a real strawberry shortcake fanatic. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Berlinswhimsy said...

YUUUUM!
And I love the header, too!

Sarah Jackson said...

an update - totally fab with the addition of rhubarb. I decreased the amount of sugar in the batter because I added sugar to the fruit. We're going to use this recipe all spring and summer long for peaches and apples and pears and plums and blueberries and huckleberries and....

Poshyarns said...

I am keeping everything crossed that you will not run out of yarn, I think slimming the sleeves should work well.

Oh my gosh, the header is so lovely and perfectly in tune with the season, such a sweet son, I love when my two bring me flowers. Now I am off to add strawberries to my shopping list....

Amanda said...

Oh I cannot wait to see Ruby done! Going to let Lily bake the strawberry cake when she gets home too. Thanks for the recipe!

Stacey said...

love the new header - perfect for spring! that pie/cookie thing looks amazing! I bet it'd be great with almost any fruit!

Happyplace. said...

Love the dandelions...my daughter just came home from school with a handful for me!
Ruby looks awesome, I'm trying to decide who I love enough to make her for!
And thanks for the link to picnik, I'm probably the last person on Earth to NOT know what it is!
Marissa

Nora said...

Love the header and the cake... Kim is urging me to make one!

Rebecca said...

I love your new header. I really need to do something with mine someday especially since I am a photography nut!

And, I really like your progress shot ---- cables are my first love.

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

Found your strawberry cake recipe through Sarah's blog (spjacksonphoto.typepad.com) and made one today. So delicious! In my oven it only took 35 minutes. I love it's simplicity and flavor. Thanks for sharing!

Grace said...

I *love* the new banner, because it reminds me of my girl's frequent gifts of dandelions to me. xoxox

ali said...

I think that's a recipe that even I could try at a moment's notice...!

And I love the new header, though I loved the old one to...

happy knitting,
ali

Betsy said...

I love the new header--very pretty!

Melissa said...

I made this cake for brunch today and it was a HUGE hit! Thanks so much for posting the recipe -- it was so, so good!

Allegra said...

I finally got around to trying the recipe this evening. Very yummy cake. I think I will try blueberry or raspberry (or both!) next.

HighlandGhillie said...

This recipe was soooo good - I made it using the in season blackberries... I will try not to eat the entire thing myself....

Thanks for sharing :)

Angela said...

I am still loving your strawberry cake recipe this year. We've made 4 in the past week (but i use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup unbleached). Thanks so much!

http://www.larksongknits.com/2009/06/17/sauvie-island-strawberries/