Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zuma Giveaway

What's better than buying a new knitting bag? Getting one for free!! Click here to get the details on the Zuma Giveaway.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Isn't he just the cutest. I made him for my Cocoa Swap Pal Becca. One of the swap requirements is a "Buddy Buster." She said that tree frogs were one of her favorite animals. He's not exactly a tree frog but I put him in my apricot tree.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Cocoa Swap Weekly Topic #3

This is my weekly question:

Marshmallows/Whipped Cream - The big debate.
How do you prefer you top your cocoa? If you like marshmallows, do they need to be the big ones, little ones, homemade, gourmet, flavored? If it’s whipped cream, is it fresh, the kind in the can, flavored? Or are you a fluff gal? Or… do you like your cocoa naked? Tell us about how you top off your favorite cup of chocolate!

Marshmallows win it for me hands down. Marshmallows are a perfect food. Melted in hot chocolate, toasted over a fire, fluff in a sandwich with peanut butter, in chocolate, out of chocolate, in hot cocoa. Yep, marshmallows are just wonderful.

Hmmmm, gourmet marshmallows....... never tried one.......... bet I'd love them.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Marlene's scarves

Over the years I've blogged about a scarf or two that I've made for Marlene. I asked her to line them up in color order and take a picture of them. She says that there are 17 of them. I don't see any yellow in there. Maybe next Christmas. :-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cocoa Swap Weekly Topic #2

This week's assignment for the Cocoa Swap is to post our favorite homemade cocoa recipe. I've never made homemade cocoa (I'm a pre-packaged gal) except warmed up milk and Hershey's powdered mix. I do garnish with marshmallows. Since I don't really consider that a homemade recipe I searched on the internet and found this one. You can't go wrong with Hershey's.

Hot Cocoa

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups (1 qt.) milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream(optional)
1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2 Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.

MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.

CITRUS COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

SWISS MOCHA: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.

COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.

SLIM-TRIM COCOA: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.

CANADIAN COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cocoa Swap Scavenger Hunt

This was fun. I had to search the participant list and find the answers to the following questions. At least I knew my answer already. I'm sure there are several answers to each question but I picked the first one I found.

1. Who wants to try plant fibers? Emily
2. Who wants to learn to crochet? Jenn
3. Who collects yarn? Mary Lynn Ruth
4. Who loves yellow? Alicia
5. Who doesn’t like fruit flavors? Jenn
6. Who loves Malabrigo (who doesn’t??? hahaha) ? Alicia
7. Who has one mitt to go to finish her Endpaper Mitts? Elizabeth
8. Who’s favorite animal is a dog? Channon
9. Who likes to paint? Penny
10. Who has too many stitch markers? Michelle
11. Who likes Bailey’s in their cocoa? Sarah Becca
12. Who likes Starbucks salted caramel cocoa? Darcy
13. Who can’t stand vanilla flavored cocoa? Channon
14. Who’s favorite animal is a hedgehog? Ariel
15. Who might stab themselves over Neon Yarn? Laurie
16. Who’s oldest UFO is at least 15 years old? Kate
17. Who likes crystallized ginger? Chelle
18. Who likes whipped cream in their cocoa? Monica
19. Who likes marshmallow fluff in their cocoa? Becca. I've never considered it, bet it's yummy.
20. Who needs stitch holders? Laurie

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cocoa Swap Questionnaire can be found here.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas knitting for Mona

I just found this in my drafts.......... oops.

Mona is my swap partner in my Christmas Swap with my Knotty Friends Yahoo Group.

I made this scarf in September but couldn't post it until now that she's received it. The pattern came from December 18 - Little Shell Pattern - 365 Knitting Stitches A Year. I used Knit Picks Swish in the color Bubblegum.

Since pink is her favorite color I couldn't very well let a gift box go out without a bag. This is the first one I added charms to. She likes a bit of "bling" and I was hoping she'd like these. ETA - she did. :-)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First FO of 2009

I was messing around and made a long hat with danglies on the end. It was a lot of fun to make and made me smile when it was finished.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Last two FO's for 2008

Since I was in a hat knitting mode I made these two chemo caps. I'll knit up a few more and send them out.