Christmas Cookies

Posted by Caroline Hershey

You must have a favorite Christmas cookie that heralds the season and wouldn’t be complete if it were missing on the cookie plate. Ours is the spritz cookie. Thoughts of it conjure up taste bud treats of cinnamon red hots in the center of wreath shapes covered to an inch in depth with sprinkles, thought to be the perfect depth by the grandchildren.

My mother gifted me with hers one year a long time ago and was her look to mean “have fun” or more likely “good luck?” Well, three spritz makers later…each year I pull all of them out and making sure I speak in a soft, gentle voice ask, “which one of you will work for me this year?” They’ve never spoken back except as I twist the knob either forming a perfect cookie or a blob on the end. Perhaps it’s the recipe. Maybe this one will work better. But lo and behold, always returning to the rolled-up scrap of recipes that came with the original spritz maker 50+ years ago. It’s the only one to give that perfect crunch and flavor, that says ah, Christmas is here.

With visions of finished projects and new yarn colors dancing in my head, I wish you a very merry Christmas and an excellent New Year!

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted by Caroline Hershey

How many times have we heard this? I find myself caught in this trap as I many times tell knitters, “make sure you put a lifeline in.” Well, guess who didn’t and paid for it. Knitting a shawl with some slick yarn, paying attention to the TV and not the knitting, dropped a stitch and stared in horror as it zipped down rows before I could move my hand to catch the little bugger.

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The pattern was too complex for me so backed up quite a few rows, knitted one row in pattern and PUT A LIFE LINE IN. Better late than never.

The swans are back on the Refuge. Love to hear them talking. What a sweet sound.

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Swan cove was just about frozen over at that time. Lots of black ducks and buffleheads out there with them.

Feels Like Snow Coming!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Glad I have some mitts made like these because I need them these days. I must say that I tuck my fingers up in the mitten at times, but like being able to use my fingers at a moment notice. I made these out of leftover Silk Garden Lite yarn using a generic fingerless mitten pattern for DK wt yarn from Ravelry.

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After looking this good, we wanted to keep it going as long as possible and Dan tucked away in straw. We’ll see how long it lasts. Good fresh salads for a while!

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It really is cold with ice forming on our waterfall to the garden pool.

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Yarn Bowls Arrived

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Better late than never I guess. These were ordered in June and I completely forgot they were on order only to have them show up. They are handmade in Kentucky. Each measures approximately 4.5″ x 6″ and definitely a lovely addition to your knitting experience. Because these are fragile we don’t ship them. You will need to purchase when you are in the shop on Chincoteague Island.

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The ponies were out when we traveled the northern loop the other weekend. Their coats get so thick over winter.

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Altering A Baby Blanket into a Shawl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

You may have already knitted this shawl because once you see it, ya gotta do it. It uses as its base the circular Curlicue Coverlet baby blanket pattern from Oat Couture. Instead of knitting all the sections, you only knit 1-10, using short rows to make these sections. Couple that with the Mini Mochi yarn and it’s lovely color change, and you have a beauty of a shawl. This is color #116.

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Black ducks have arrived on the Refuge.

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