I am pretty much a seasonal knitter. I kind of lose interest over the summer when the idea of touching wool seems so unappealing. However, once the first touch of crispness shows up in the air, I seem to be immediately interested in knitting again. This Tweed Stitch Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is the perfect “bridge” garment between the seasons. It’s a short cowl that hangs like a necklace and is perfect for wearing when the weather is too cool to go out just in a t-shirt, but wearing a long sleeve shirt would be too warm. It’s also a great pattern for fancy, expensive, show-off yarn too, like the Beaded Mohair and Sequins yarn from Artyarns that I used. The beads and sequins really give the cowl a nice weight as well as a sparkle and its comfortable to wear as the yarn also has some silk in it. It would also be a great project for a newbie knitter as the pattern is very simple and knits up pretty quickly.
Note: For those of you who have asked – there isn’t an online link for this pattern as it is a “Shop Pattern” and has not been formally published. You can contact them and they will mail or e-mail you a copy of the pattern. The pattern is free if you purchase yarn and $3 for just the pattern. Their phone number is 206-780-2686 and the pattern name is “Tweed Stitch Cowl”.
Over the holidays last year, I was told about an unusual potluck cornbread that was filled with cranberries. I meant to try it, but never got around to it when cranberries were in the stores. When Sourdough Surprises announced that this month’s challenge would be cornbread, that holiday cornbread popped into mind.
Since cranberries still aren’t in the stores yet, I decided to use some surplus raspberries and lemon thyme from my garden to make Raspberry Thyme Cornbread. I started with a basic sourdough cornbread recipe from The Fresh Loaf as my base. The finished cornbread tastes like a cross between a not-too-sweet corn muffin and cornbread stuffing in flavor and has a finer crumb than normal cornbread. We found that we could easily eat this bread at breakfast or dinner or even as a dessert. This is a pretty decent way of using sourdough starter discard, though the flavor of the sourdough isn’t very strong. Maybe I’ll even get around to trying the cranberry version this fall!