Tuesday, June 02, 2009

you can

Wow. You guys are the absolute best.   Thank you so much for all the plisse love.
Here is the thing though.  If you can make a knit stitch.  And you can make a purl stitch.  And okay, maybe fix a dropped stitch.  Then YOU can make anything.  Honestly.  YOU can.  
The hardest thing about knitting is reading the pattern.  And I guess actually knowing what it means.  However, if you have someone that can help you decipher a pattern, then you can make anything.  
The first thing I ever knit was a sweater.  I learned how to cast on, knit and purl, all within that first project.  My mother helped me and I actually had her sitting next to me every step of the way. (Blessed and lucky, I know.) I was in college on my three week winter break.  Cold weather in Florida meant movie time and okay maybe I should learn to knit time.  I did.  And actually headed back to college wearing my new sweater. 
So, I say, don't let a project intimidate you.  If you have someone that can help, then go for it.
Last weeks cookie:  Lemon-poppy seed wafers.  Powdered sugar optional.  But playing with powdered sugar and wearing white lips is fun.  (Crazies.)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened :: 3/4 c sugar :: 2 egg yolks :: 2 Tbls lemon peel :: 1 tsp vanilla extract :: 1 1/2 c flour :: 1/4 cup poppy seeds 
Cream butter, sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, lemon peel, vanilla.  Gradually beat in flour and seeds.   Place dough on wax-paper.  Fold paper over and form log.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.  Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.  Bake at 350˚ for about 15 minutes.  

64 comments:

Jessica said...

This post was EXACTLY what I needed to read this morning. I'm knitting my first sweater and I tell you this silly wrap stitch thing catching me every time. Not the wrapping, but the picking it up to make it invisible. So off to work I go with my knitting bag to beg a coworker to sit with me for ten minutes (payment in coffee!) to figure it out. If you have any suggestions I'd love them, too!

house on hill road said...

you are completely right.

Joan said...

You have the best cookies and sweaters. Knit and purl and Mom. For anyone without mom nearby there is the internet with videos, it can help too.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Thanks for the encouragement :)
Cookies look yummy.

Kendall Micayla said...

i love your new blog header! very pretty.
i love this post, very encouraging... and the pictures look delicious.
thank you!!
kendall
now about those socks in my bag....

Twisted Knitter said...

So true, Leslie. The woman who patiently taught me to knit five years ago told me the same thing; I need to be reminded of this truth and often repeat this to myself under my breath when I'm knitting something difficult.

I can just imagine the crazies with the powdered lips! The cookies look delicious.

rovinggirl said...

good morning leslie,

I have knitted scarves for just about everyone in my family and made a poncho for my mom. I have embarked on my first sweater, a baby sweater. I have only had to rip out the right front side twice due to dropping stitches!!
Those cookies look wonderfull and remind me of my mom. I'll need to make some for her.
Have fun today and thanks for your words of encouragement.
Sherry

pricklypearbloom said...

ooh, those cookies sounds fantastic...

Chris said...

You are absolutely right about the knitting. Some, people however really do have a problem reading the patterns. I am an abbreviation type of person, so it came easy for me. Cookies look delicious.

Alisha said...

What an inspirational post...I am sure you will snag a few people into the knitting world with it. If I wasn't already here, I would join!

Your sweater turned out beautiful by the way.

I have lemon.....and poppy seeds. I think the kitchen is calling.

Elizabeth said...

You're so right Leslie (about knitting...and about icing sugar). What a great post!

lucky knitter said...

Great pep talk! It is all so true...

If there is a choice, always choose to sprinkle with powdered sugar. :)

APA said...

As a wise woman recently sahred with me...TUT in the for real this AM here visiting you.

Inspiration. Promise. Accomplishment.

Time shared and we'll all know our dreams and creative desires. Most especially, we'll know a world at peace for the individual fulfilled.

Sweet happenings to you and yours...today.

Cathy said...

one of the things i love about knitting is the feeling of accomplishment you feel when you learn a new technique or figure out what the abbreviation in the pattern is.

APA said...

"shared"

RW said...

those cookies are going on my "to do" list.

Peggy said...

I just cast on my first sweater for me (the famous central park hoodie) and am pretty much scared out of my mind. So, thank you for the encouragement! It was just what I needed.

Kate said...

So true - my sister often tells me "oh, I can only knit hats and scarves" and I always tell her that if you can do those things, you can knit anything!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Dude! My complimentary comment for your lovely Plisse is much delayed! Oh, it's so gorgeous. I am glad you listened to Jeeves.

Your cookies look fabulous. If only I hadn't given up sugar. <3

skeinsherway said...

Ooh, sign me up fir anything with lemon! Except that the baking needs to be a night owl thing for now, as we are still resisting turning on the air conditioning... the upside- more grilling! (much more!)
My first actual project was an aran sweater, though it was baby size. Nothing like jumping in with both feet, I always say... well, okay, not always, some things need caution and careful consideration, things like buying cars and homes, but knitting? no way, just grab a cute pattern, some good yarn, needles, and a handy reference book, and get to it! Works for me...

back to the garden, and maybe some afternoon knitting-
ali

affectioknit said...

YUM! I love slice and bake cookies - I'm definitely going to veganize this recipe - thanks!

stitching under oaks said...

good advice! I'm all for jumping in and learning as you go! Thanks for the inspiration. those cookies look fabulous.

MadMad said...

Yeah... my thing with the powdered sugar is they end up breathing in the powder and choking and then coughing cookie bits all over the place. Very fun. Your kids don't do that?

amandajean said...

it's so fun to read your thoughts on knitting. i agree with you...having someone help you decipher a pattern is key!!! i am finally learning how to knit socks and i'm OVER THE MOON excited about it! and i have a wonderful teacher that is demystifing lots of things for me. it's so exciting!

Carolyn said...

Anything lemon...I'm in! :)

I can knit very well but sweaters intimidate me. So, I'm still very impressed!

kim said...

You are absolutely right! Like you, my first project was a sweater. I said to my mom, "Do you think I could make a sweater?" Her response was, "Of course you can!" I'm so glad my mom was supportive and nurturing or I might have given up long ago. Cookies look yummy...

Knitterella said...

oooo, those sound and look very yummy!

My Love is..... said...

ohhh me too... I thik if you can master the knit the purl is a sinch and the world is your knitting oyster. great post.

lucy said...

need to say no more on that! truly spoken wisdom.
but i need to say your banner is adoorable! just love it!

nicole said...

I totally agree with you on the "anyone can do it". I try to convince people of this all the time when they can't get over something I've knit.

And you're KILLING me with all your delectable cookie shots. Don't you know I'm trying to get rid of those last 10 lbs?

knitterellapurl said...

Thanks for saying this. I totally agree. I psyched myself up about socks, and after a little push, they were a cinch! Many beginners (and even the advanced) need to know that.

Jackie said...

Blessed Jeeves, she did a good job and now there is you who can knit so well!

knithound brooklyn said...

Right you are!

Robin Marie said...

The cookies look so incredible. I can't wait to make some!

As for the knitting thing, I think I'm saving this post and sending it to all the people who tell me "oh my god I could never do that".

I can't remember if it was in a book or on her blog, but have you ever read the Yarn Harlot bit about the lady on the bus saying "So all you're doing is making a bunch of loops? Hell, I can do that!" Hell yes, you can.

Journeying Five said...

so inspiring to hear that almost anyone can knit...there are some projects that just seem overwhelming! might need to get my feet wet and just try! cookies look amazing!

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

So true,so true. You are so inspirational!

Kristyn Knits said...

after I read your post this morning, I jumped in and started the mittens for my advent project. I had been hesitating. your encouragement put me in motion.
thank you!

Lin said...

That is so true about knitting. I am lucky as I had a Mum and Aunt teaching me knitting and crochet!
Yum to the cookies!

Mollimoo said...

Thank you for those encouraging words about knitting. I love knitting & have made a few projects but the last couple have gone horribly wrong & you have motivated me to get back to my needles & not give up!
Tina x

Knit Sew City Girl said...

I love this post, so encouraging. Your Plisse looks lovely. I finished knitting my first garment recently and you are right, reading the pattern was the tricky bit, but managed to asked some lovely people at my knitting group which helped a lot. It's so good to have wise knitting people around.

hurrayic said...

Love your knitting directions interlaced with the cookie steps - very smart. Boy those cookies look good. Can you send us some?

Hilary said...

I totally agree with you! When I picked up knitting again a few years ago, my first project was a sweater. If I came to a term in the pattern that I didn't understand, I googled it and the internet served as my teacher. Fine tuning things like fit I've found take a little more experience, but I totally agree that if you can knit and you can purl, you can make anything!!

Nantucket Dreams said...

thanks so much for this post...i get so intimidated so easily by patterns...it was so nice to read this. and the cookies look amazing too!

Philigry said...

i love anything with lemon in it! yum.
i know what you mean about the knitting! yes. those patterns when you first start out can be so frustrating, but once you get it, you get it!

R a i n said...

Thanks for the recipe. I love the log cutting bit of the recipe :)

Beth said...

Thank you so much for this post - it is so encouraging for knitters who are less experienced. I joined a group at the local library and have met great new friends. I have really had fun teaching myself some things and getting help with others. I love the idea that I CAN do it and I feel so proud. I'm about done with my first pair of socks after many, many hats.

tiennie said...

It really does help to have someone guiding the way. What a great mama you have! The cookies look yummy!

tif said...

so, seeing that you did a sweater for your first project.... I would love to make one... I am stuck on fingerless mittens, ponchos, beanies, scarfs and wash clothes. What sort of pattern would be a good starter?

Seanna Lea said...

I am loving the slice and bake cookies! My latest batch were double ginger cookies (though I could easily have made them double ginger, because the ginger flavor is pretty subtle).

Gretchen said...

I've never met a yarn store employee or owner who won't take a second and help you decode the pattern also. Knitters love to help. the best part of being in the secret society of knitters.

Alison Boon said...

Brilliant advice. I say it goes for just about anything.

theknittingcowgirl said...

Yor words are true and sweet Leslie, thank you for them!

And also for the recipe of these great biscuits ;-)

Frogdancer said...

I saved this recipe and tis morning I've mixed it up. It's the Queen's birthday public holiday here. Looking at the clock, on a usual Monday morning I'd be heading off to class now, ready to teach the year 10s. Instead, the house is quiet. The pets and I are the only ones up. Your lemon poppy seed biscuits are in the fridge. I'll pull them out for afternoon tea while I'm sewing on a quilt. The kids will be rapt! Thanks.

Béatrice de Lausanne en Suisse. said...

Well, I had discoved the madness of knittin in London, many, many years ago, when working for Oméga. In the bis store * Lewis *Oxford street, I saw a beautifull bright green dress, model to knit in Annabel news paper. I baught the wool grey color. I had to do special order for the magasine, having wait to long to buy it in store.In one month the dress was done. since, I never stop knittin..Havin knit lot of yagger wool, hawin knit lot of modesl in magasines, I decide to create my one models and I enjoy it.You can see some of them on my blog : http://beatrice-De.blogspot.com
But, you have to go on archives already.One jaquette, is mix with a piece of felt i have done in course. Very exiting plan !
Sorry for my brocken english, fergot a lot. Salutations cordiales de Béatrice , Switzerland

Béatrice de Lausanne said...

Do you have time to read all your messages ?

Frogdancer said...

Those lemon poppyseed biscuits are GORGEOUS!!! Highly recommended.

My parents dropped in around 4pm and the dough was still in the fridge. It was so lovely to just casually whip it out and give them fresh home made biscuits with their coffee.

Thanks!

Gnat said...

The cookies look so good! And yes, if you can knit you can do anything! :)

magnusmog said...

love those lemon wafers:)

Nell said...

Wow! I'm impressed that your first project was a sweater. That's intense!

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