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Bake Day 2014


I am never so happy to see a Friday as when I've had Monday off and worked four long days in a row -- and it seems to take so long to get here.

But, yay! Here we are!!


I began gathering together ingredients and things last night in preparation for a day of baking with my sisters. We're spending the day tomorrow at a commercial kitchen near Annie's and we all have plans!! I have five recipes on my list -- ginger cookies, shortbread cookies, two kinds of brownies, and some little fudge balls -- at least one is a no-bake option. A fair amount of cocoa/cacao will be used.

I have no idea what Karen & Ann have planned; Annie often makes caramels, brittle, and peanut butter balls, and Karen's on a huge health kick... it could be very interesting. We've never done anything like this before, so it's hard to know how it's all going to work out. If oven logistics turn out to be too complicated, I'm perfectly fine with just visiting and knitting.


I am working on an Entrelac Scarf -- gift knitting. I'm using 2 skeins of Cascade Tangier, a nice blend of silk, acrylic, rayon & cotton, with a long color repeat similar to Noro, but without the WOW of Noro. And maybe a little softer around the neck than some Noro yarns, which the recipient will like. I've used a provisional cast on with the intention of grafting this into a loop -- and I'm thinking that, after blocking, it's going to be the perfect length to wear as a single-loop infinity scarf or doubled for a cowl. It's going pretty quick, considering all the turning (I've not taken the time yet to learn knitting backwards) (not sure what I'm waiting for) and should be an FO next week.

I've done more gift knitting this year than I have since I was a senior in high school, when I knit color-block scarves and hats for EVERYONE. I used Red Heart yarn, which I could buy at the grocery store on my way home from school, along with the fuel for all that knitting -- lots of Coke & Lay's Sour Cream & Onion potato chips! Haha. Good times... and different metabolism.

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend!!




TGIF, indeed! My week is longer as I've worked all 5 days! If oven logistics don't work out your hands won't be covered with chocolate or flour, so more picture will be expected, but even if you bake, I'm looking forward to hearing about this adventure.


I really like your commercial kitchen idea! Our family cookie day last weekend had 8 bakers but only one oven, so we baked for ~9 hours. I LOVE all the shades of blue in your scarf and am off to hunt some down for myself. Happy baking and visiting!


A commercial kitchen sounds like a great idea! you'll have to let us know how it goes (I'm sure you will). I hope you get some knitting time, too - that cowl is going to be gorgeous!


Wow. There is some serious holiday prep going on here!


The knitting backwards is easier than you think! You'll have it down in two rectangles worth of time. Just look at the back of your knitting while you're doing the purl parts, and see where the needle goes, and which way the yarn wraps. Easy peasy!


I plan on making caramels and peanut butter balls today but all alone in my plain ole kitchen. Your day sounds much more festive!

kathy b

Love your entrelac colors. I also love your fuel..
I thought i was the only potato chip lover!!


I hope you had a wonderful day!!!

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