Monday, November 16, 2009

ideas

With the holidays fast approaching, my mind races on what to all those people that deserve something in my life. I can't seem to leave the house without taking along one of these projects. I just wanted to share them again in case you needed some ideas on what to make. Seriously great stash busters. Just one skein is all they take. And a no brainer, so they are great to do while you wait just about anywhere.
For some reason I have made a lot more pairs of toast, then toasty's. For me, I love that toast doesn't have the thumb.
And, those mitts. My favorite yarn to use for all three of these patterns is Classic Elite's Portland Tweed. Not only do I love the tweedy appearance, but the wear of this yarn is FANTASTIC!
All of a sudden, my kids are so into these. The boys want them for when they throw the football. They haven't decided on the color. Libby wants a purple pair. Charlie has also asked for a new thorpe. I foresee a couple more of those being made before Christmas as well.
This was our "cookie of the week" two weeks ago, last week, and my kids asked for them again this week. It has a little "cake like" consistency. You would think they would all be tired of cake!
Pumpkin Cookies:
1 cup canned pumpkin::1 cup butter, softened::1 cup sugar::1/2 tsp salt::1 tsp vanilla::1 egg::2 cups flour::1 tsp baking soda::1 tsp baking powder::1 tsp cinnamon::1 cup cinnamon chips (optional)::1 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350˚. Blend together the pumpkin, butter and sugar. Mix in the salt, vanilla, and egg. Add the flour, bakings soda, baking powder, and cinnamon, and mix together well. Stir in the chips and pecans. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
*The recipe originally called for butterscotch chips, however, we like to use the cinnamon chips.
Have a great one.

61 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great gloves, and we love pumpkin cookies around here. Thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

Okay. I've been a lurker for some time and had to comment on today's post. I am all into the fingerless mittens too. They are my go to gifts this year along with a thorpe and a few others. But, my excitement from your post is over the cinnamon chips. We used to get some years ago and my boys loved adding them to pancakes. Then, we could not find them. I thought they weren't made anymore. I am so glad to see someone has them and will investigate getting them in my area. Thank you! Thank you!

Philigry said...

yes! toast and toasty, those are my gifts this year! i must try some of that yarn, it looks perfect.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those cookies look fantastic! Thanks for all the fun gift ideas :)

ponyknit said...

I love toast, It has been in my queue for waaay too long. Beautiful yarn choice!
Cookies look delish too!

Renee said...

They are the perfect gift knit!!!

Monica said...

The toasts and toasties look as delicious as the cookies, but what I really want to know is.....whatcha knitting for the Christmas card this year??

Missy knits said...

When I first joined Ravelry, one of the first projects I found and wanted to knit immediately was Toasty. I took the pattern with me to my Thursday night knitting group. Since then, every single lady in my group has made multiples of Toast, Toasty and Those Mitts. Many thanks to you, Leslie, for such great patterns. They are the perfect gifts, and really are the perfect size project to wittle down odds and ends left in my stash!

even eve said...

i really like the arm warmers

Mama Urchin said...

I need to try those cookies.

trek said...

Oh, dear. Now I am hungry and I still have another hour of exam proctoring before I can leave here...

Christina said...

cookies!

I made a pair of toasties a while ago and I love them. Simple to knit, but really cool!

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

always love stopping in to see what cookie you have chosen for the week. Think they would be equally yummy with chocolate chips too!

thanks for the yarn recomendation. I have a pair of fetching on the needles right now but the others are on my list as well!

seashoreknits said...

just finished my third pair of toasty for gifting and so agree - they are the perfect holiday gift!! must try Those Mitts next. And those pumpkin cookies!! How did you know I had been looking for a recipe like that for weeks! Thanks for everything Leslie!

sewstylish said...

Yes I to am making the toasty and those mitts for gifts and your pumpkin cookies have been one of our favs since last year when you made them. I add choc chips and my daughters volleyball team was requesting them on a weekly basis.Thanks for all the great inspiration it's always so fun to see what you are up to.

Jessica said...

I love pumpkin cookies (as well as toast, toasty, and those mitts--you know how I feel about those!). The other day when I made them they totally flopped. I thought I lost my kitchen mojo only to learn the next day the oven died--it wasn't me! When my new oven arrives I'll try out your recipe and start fresh!

yoli said...

nice blog

Happily Knit said...

Toast = Classic! Great gift idea :)

peaknits said...

I love, love the toast(s) - that tweed is fabulous! Christmas is really fast approaching, yikes!

house on hill road said...

go-to gifts are the best. i have a pair of toast waiting for me to finish them!

Cathy said...

i love your mitts pattern!! i made a pair for myself using pattons wool--so comfortable. :)

Alison said...

I've never bought cinnamon chips, but ever since the scrumptious scone my husband brought home from Dunn Bros last week, they are on the grocery list!

Maryse said...

That Classic Elite yarn looks awesome! I'll check that out! Happy knitting!

Sandy said...

I need all the ideas I can get. And any dessert with pumpkin grabs me! I think we need these cookies around here.

MadMad said...

It's funny how much kids seem to love pumpkin cookies, isn't it? I have a recipe that has cream cheese frosting... they go in a flash. Even by those who claim they don't like pumpkin!

Julia said...

I really REALLY need to try out those Toast.

Right up my alley for sure.

Those cookies look so yummy too.

tiennie said...

Those are the best gifts to knit!! :)

Poshyarns said...

I need to crank out some pairs of Toast as well, I think you invented the perfect speedy knit gift Leslie.

stitching under oaks said...

toast, toasty and those mitts all make great gifts...I just recently pulled out my Christmas list to start thinking through my gift ideas...thanks for this reminder! Have a great week! (enjoy those yummy cookies)

TD wool design said...

libby has made herself a chunky beanie and now is starting one for a friend. the sister may get one as a gift as well!

kim said...

I wore my Toasts to DEATH! They are finally starting to look worn. My beautiful cream-colored, cashmere ones are still looking great. I love the thumblessness of them as well. Cinnamon chips! Never heard of them. Must get!!!!

TLCknits said...

My 3 favorite gift ideas! and I'm stopping after work to pickup the cinn. chips!

katieleigh said...

I'm making those mitts for my husband for Christmas. And I love the toast I made for myself last year.

We're seriously into pumpkin around here...I'll have to try those cookies!

nova said...

I am not sure why I have been pain-stakingly trying to come up with quick and easy things to make for people for the holidays...obviously toasts and toasties are the answer... I have always loved this pattern...perhaps there will be some ad nauseum knitting of toast(ies) in my home soon?!

Seanna Lea said...

I love pumpkin cookies, but I am still reeling from the giant chocolate cookie I made on Saturday. An entire pizza pan's worth. It's a good thing we had friends over or I would be rolling to the train each morning.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

It's cool that your kids are so into them! They're gorgeous. I love grey.

Happy autumn, girl!

Yummy Lavender said...

Great idea to use pumpkin. i've ended up making soup again, what a bore!

Hilary said...

Toast and Toasty are FABULOUS gifts! I like the thumbless-ness of Toast as well...it's like having long, snuggly sleeves that you can easily yank back when your hands warm up. Thank you again for making those patterns available!

I made some cakey pumpkin cookies last week...YUM. I brought most of them into the office because it was too dangerous having them around the house and they were devoured in no time. Now I'm craving them again!

Journeying Five said...

i could have toast and toasty with my pumpkin cookies! All look great!

Suzanne said...

Just the knitting inspiration I needed. I made the toast and toasty patterns earlier this year and LOVED them both. I personally really love the thumb! I've also made a few pairs for my little girls and their friends. Thank you again for sharing those patterns.

mikancat said...

Very cute mitts, and those cookies look delicious!! I've got to try out that recipe. :) Thanks for sharing!

sarah said...

I just tried the cookies and they didn't turn out cakey at all - Is it really 1 cup of butter? That seems like a lot - mine spread out all over the pan and were pretty mushy :(
They do sound delicious though...I hope to try them again, maybe with less butter?!

rosemary said...

those cookies look great, we will be making those for sure.
thanks for the great ideas. i've made "toasty" for me and my girls , we love them and so does everyone else!
got to get knitting!

The Mighty RandR said...

Thanks for the recipe! This weekend I happened to both pick up some cinnamon chips from the store on a whim and preserve some pumpkin butter. Yesterday I realized I had all the ingredients on hand for the pumpkin cookies. I made them and they were a great big hit!

J Leona said...

Those cookies look soo yummy! I miss my kids being little. :(

Jan said...

I love both toast and toasty - unfortunately - I'm afraid I'll be working on the hats and mittens advent calendar well into December - aaahhhh! Also, love the subway tiles!

gretchen said...

yeah! so excited to try those cookies... love your blog.

GinSF said...

Mitts do make the perfect gift--my husband could definitely use another pair (as could I)!

KnitPastis said...

They do look good but so do all of your cookies you make!

Your mittens always look so elegant and even more so with this yarn. I think I would want the one's with the thumb. Very nice!

lil songbird mama said...

ummm yumo!

Karen said...

I LOVE my Toastys. Whenever I wear them, I get compliments, but more than that, they are warm and comfy! LOVE LOVE LOVE. And I made some for gifts this year, like three pairs. And I could easily make more. Thanks for Toastys!!!

Melissa! said...

I can think of 2 or 3 people on my list who'd like thorpe! I really enjoy one skien projects!

amandajean said...

i have a few friends that have toasty mitts, thanks to you! i so appreciate the pattern. i have a few more pairs on my to knit list.

Linda said...

Toast hass been on my knit list for far too long! My sister will be a lucky recipient of some this year.

Krystal said...

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the delicious cookie recipe! I made them for Thanksgiving and they were a HUGE hit! I will be making another batch for myself and my husband very shortly. THANKS!!

She's Gone A-Wall said...

I have been following your blog for some time and I want to thank you for the beautiful inspiration you share each time you post. Thank you for generously sharing your patterns, recipes and eye for beauty. I wish you a swift return of your camera!
Warm wishes for the beginning of December!

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