The Hubby Hat

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When you ask your husband to model his new hat…

…He is bound to do something silly.  

Now to the real story.

Last spring, hubby left his toboggan (here in Montana a toboggan is a sled, but those silly North Carolina folks apply the word to winter headgear) laying on a table at the library.  It was never seen again.

So, I offered to knit him a new one.  Maybe not my smartest move, as he hassled me continually about when it would be finished.  I should have just made it incognito and then handed it to him when it came off the needles.  It would have been a much more peaceful knit.  

This was one of my ninja knits, but I was smart this go around and took notes so I can duplicate it.  I knit with Paton’s Classic Wool in worsted, holding two strands together as one.  Since I am notoriously cheap, I only bought one skein of yarn (on sale, with a coupon, of course) and seperated it into two equal balls.  It wasn’t quite enough, so even the not so decerning eye can see that the hat came up a bit short.  However, he says it is warm and we both like the style.  I plan to start a second version soon with the left over grey from Mr. Man’s hat (blog post to come) and an additional, matching skein I’ll pick up at JoAnn’s.  

In the Nursing Student gang, this sign means, “Oh, crap! I should have studied last night.”

The band and the crown are knit separately, with a tiny amount of crochet tossed into the mix. Maybe there is an official word for combining these techniques, but I usually refer to them as “fusion projects.”    

Memory Muffins

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Back when I was a little girl, somebody gave my mom a recipie for Weight Watchers Apple Sauce Muffins.  They were horrible things: gummy, with a dreadful soda aftertaste.  However, my mom loved the idea of an apple sauce muffin and made it her mission to create one that was as amazing.  Being an excellent baker, she was highly successful and created a recipie that quickly became a family favorite.  

My mother’s version of the muffin is far from Weight Watcher approved, but we don’t mind.  These breakfast miracles are wonderfully sweet and spicy with a crunchy outside and an interior of moist deliciousness.  While I make mine a bit different than even mom did, both versions are amazing and I’ll let you in on a few secrets and options.  

Apple Sauce Muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 cup apple sauce

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (mom’s recipie only calls for 1 tsp)

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (mom used allspice)

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 cup chopped almonds (mom used walnuts)


No mater which version you are using, start by preheating your oven.  I use a large, double size, muffin tin and heat my oven up to 335 degrees.  Mom used a standard sized tin and heated the oven to 350.

 Cream together butter, sugar, and egg.  Add apple sauce.  It doesn’t look really tasty at this point, but believe me, it gets better.  

 In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Mix well.

Incorporate the dry ingrediens into the wet then fold in the nuts.

Scoop into unlined muffin tin that has been prepped with non-stick cooking spray.  The recipie makes 12 standard sized muffins or 6 large muffins. Bake the smaller muffins at 350 for 20 minutes or the larger muffins at 335 for 30 minutes.

 Once muffins are baked through  and pass the toothpick test, remove from oven.  Transfer to cooling rack immediately and let stand for atleast 5 minutes.  Eat as is.  No butter or jam required.  

My mom says these store well, but I really don’t know.  I can remember eating them at room temperature as a kid, but at my house they never survive past breakfast time.  

Snow Day Tunic

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Nothing beats the comfort of a nice cozy sweatshirt, but that’s just not my style.  In my life, sweatshirts (hoodies) are for hiking or working outdoors.  For everyday, I want something cozy with a bit more cute factor.  

My fabric was two yards of a 60 wide poly/cotton blend double knit.  I knew from the moment I saw it on the bolt that I had to turn it into a winter tunic.  It sat in my stash for a few months while I found time to make garments for everyone else, but this past week I finally decided that with Halloween and Christmas finally out of the way I was sewing for me.  So I started drafting.

For a hint of causal sweatshirt appeal, I had planned to leave all my hems unfinished so they would roll.  However, once I started working I discovered that the fabric wasn’t going to hold up to that as I expected.  So I stitched the collar over, leaving a hint of roughness where the asymmetrical split falls open.  I did proper finishing on the cuffs and hem.  Looking at the collar now, I wish I had just gone and made a self binding. The seams were all serged, so it came together very quickly.  

The back has an arched yoke and a cute pleat detail, but I since I had to photograph myself again I was unable to get a good image of the back.   

I wore it to run some errands yesterday and since it was a bit chilly, I tossed my favorite cardi over top.  I was really happy with how the two layered.  My next project for me is going to be a black and grey skirt that I think will round out this look really well.  I’ve been wearing jeans for more than usual lately and it’s time to get back to skirts and dresses.