Monday, December 16, 2013

Some Christmas Knitting

There is just something magical about baking cookies that sets in around Christmas time. I don't care if you are young or old; everyone enjoys whipping up a fresh batch of holiday goodies especially when taste testing is involved. Here is a great recipe for some dark chocolate almond cookies that I adore.
dark chocolate almond cookies
Dark Chocolate Almond Cookies
makes 2 dozen
1 cup oat flour
64 grams of whole almonds, finely chopped
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
40 grams of pitted dates
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 banana
1 tbsp melted coconut oil

Soak the dates in very hot water for 10 minutes. Drain off the excess water. Blend the banana, vanilla, dates, and oil together. In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, oat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring until everything is all mixed up. Mix in the chopped chocolate and almonds. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time onto a baking stone or oiled cookie sheet. Press the cookies flat. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to sit for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

 

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I have been busy the past couple of days knitting some little clothes for Harper's dolls as a Christmas gift. Inspired by the little sweater I knitted for her on my knitting loom last year, I decided to go for a matching sweater and vest combo. Now both her dolls will be able to match and bundle up against the frigid weather we have been having. I hope she enjoys them!
 

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To make the sweater, just follow these instructions. The sleeves turned out a bit long this time, so I just rolled them up. I think they are cute this way.

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I used a similar method to make the vest as I did the sweater, just leaving off the sleeves.

1. Make the back: Cast on 17 "e" loops onto a small loom. Purl back along the row. Knit 33 more rows of "e" loops, and end in a purled row. Finish off by threading yarn through the loops and tying a knot on the end.

2. Make the front: Cast on 9 "e" loops onto a small loom. Purl back along the row. Knit 33 more rows of "e" loops, and end in a purled row. (This is the same method you used for the back.) Finish off by threading yarn through the loops and tying a knot on the end. Do this two times so you have 2 front panels.

3. Sew the tops of the front panels on to the top of back panel with yarn. Make sure you leave space for the neck. (I put it on the doll as I worked to make sure the head had enough room.

4. Sew up the sides of the vest, stopping about 3/4 the way up to allow for arm holes. There you have it, your vest is complete.
 

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