Thursday, September 16, 2010

comfy and crisp

I cast on for a new project earlier in the week. (The big girl version.)
I must say I am loving the color which seems to fluctuate between brown and deep plum depending on the light, as well as working with this yarn on size 8 needles. There is something about the needles sizes 6-8. They just seem to be super comfortable in my hand. Sort of like I am hanging with an old friend. I like that.
We also made these cookies, twice to be exact. I knew they were a must after seeing Alicia's. They may be the most delicious crisp and airy cookie I have ever eaten. A couple of things to be noted about the recipe. It calls for a good quality white chocolate bar. Not the white chocolate chips. Well, the only thing I had was a bag (I used half) of the white chocolate chips. I can't believe that these cookies can actually get any better.
I also found out (simply by forgetting) that there is no need to flatten each ball. They turn out exactly the same either way. I did find that they came off the cookie sheet easier if left to cool for a few minutes first.
Do you see that? That silver thing up there?! My new favorite kitchen tool. A mini ice cream scoop made just for cookies! How (and why?!) in the world did I live without it?

I'll be back tomorrow... I have a book to tell you about.

48 comments:

Ally Johnston said...

Looks like a gorgeous knit. I need one of those scoops how totally perfect.

stringsofpurls said...

What beautiful yarn! It's always fun to find some new yummy thing to bake. I have one of those scoops and don't know how I lived without it!

seemommysew said...

Those look yummy. I feel the same way about my cookie scoop. And I'm missing my big one that I used for muffins...I broke it and haven't broke down and replaced it yet.

Suzanne said...

I can envision you with a long sleeve shirt on under that sweater. It's going to be great.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love Debbie Bliss designs. The color is gorgeous and perfect for a fall cardi.

Alicia A. said...

Oh no. Now I want to make more cookies tomorrow!

Denise said...

I had a small cookie scoop like that and it worked great the first time but after that the cookie dough wouldn't scoop out so easily? I think it was a pretty cheap one, so I'd love to invest in a better one, I loved how all my cookies were the same size.
Love that pattern, I'm knitting a similar style right now but with a lace bottom :)

~RaenWa~ said...

I love that color of that yarn very nice. I have a small & big scoop I love using them makes measuring things like cookies & muffins so easy.

knithound brooklyn said...

I love the look of that yarn, and oh man the color. Is it new?

Clare B said...

Mini-ice cream scoop for cookies - genius.

Siga said...

Yummy, cookies. I recently tried a salty chocolate cookie recipe - was delicious. I think I'll try this one as well. They look yummy.

Estella said...

I used to sell Pampered Chef and they have 2 sizes of mini scoop which I love! Can't imagine making cookies without them.

Look forward to seeing your sweater as it develops!

Jane said...

love my ice cream scoop too! and a new sweater on the needles...you're killing me leslie! happy weekend!

Rebecca said...

i use a pampered chef scoop very similar to that one, i have two sizes for wee cookies and average size cookies. those two things are on my top 15 things i would not be able to live without in my kitchen.

house on hill road said...

i like that color too - the plum-y brown. i bet it's going to look great with a white tissue tee.

penelope10 said...

Such a great day to make those fab cookies! It's rainy and drab but cheery in here!
Also I love that new project!

Pomegranategrl said...

Oh that yarn is SO yummy! It is going to be beautiful in that cardi! I just started a new project with cables too. Tis the season. :) Happy Knitting!

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From All Stitched Up said...

I love your new sweter and the book that it's in has some nice knits too. This is pushing me closer to the tea leaves cardigan. I want a cookie scoop - I could never figure how cookies would work with an ice cream scoop.

Kristyn Knits said...

it's just so good to find tools that help out in the kitchen! and look at you...another sweater coming soon. I love the color of yarn you chose!! and size 7 needles are my favorite.

MadMad said...

I ALMOST did not even finish reading in my haste to go make those cookies! I'll probably have to come back later to make sure I didn't miss anything - I skimmed because I WANT THOSE COOKIES!!!!

The WoodLand School said...

That yarn looks absolutely luscious! I can imagine how wonderful it feels to knit. Can't wait to see the final project :-)

Julie said...

gorgeous plummy yarn AND cookies?! heaven in a blog post!!

TD wool design said...

i'm with jane. a new sweater?
;) the cookies look great but i'm still on the cinnamon scones. can't get enough! have a great weekend! xx

Martha said...

I love those cookies. I make them once a month, it seems. The white chocolate in the bar form is less sweet.... Oh, and I love that yarn color. :)

Andrea said...

What kind of camera do you use for your photos? They're great!

Seanna Lea said...

I have a cookie scoop too, though I haven't used it for cookies yet. I decided I needed one when I was running an ice cream party this summer and wanted to make it easy for people to get a taste of something. It was a good idea, because then people could taste more flavors without feeling over sugared and sick.

MadMad said...

Phew. They are in the oven, as we speak, so I can relax and enjoy your post. I must have been hungry. LOVE the new sweater choice, too. The color looks and sounds great, too!

stitching under oaks said...

love the new knit. that yarn looks so comfy and cozy. and the color is delicious. size seven needles do feel just right in my hands too. have a great weekend my friend.

Fiona said...

Love the pattern and the colour - and looks like my daughter thinks so too!

kim said...

I must get a scoop! Reading your blog is like having my own, personal Martha who I can email and ask questions of. So great!

sula said...

Mmm, these cookies look yummy! I have a feeling tomorrow I'll be blessing you for posting this. And beautiful yarn, too!

ColorSlut said...

What a rich plum color!

Hilary said...

I LOVE an ambiguous color, especially if it involves purple. (Light purple that almost looks like grey is my favorite). That's going to be one stunning sweater!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I love the plum color of this yarn. I clicked on the link and must be imagining things. Does this yarn contain 20% Milk?

Nantucket Dreams said...

LOVE the sweater!!! it is so you leslie! and the color is to die for! and the cookies look so good, i need to make them!

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