Monthly Archives: June 2015

Watercolor Rainbow

Dee:  Did anyone get out for World Wide Knit in Public Day?  I did, and here I am knitting by one of my favorite places in Naperville, the Dandelion Fountain.  I had brought along my traveling project to commemorate the occasion, it’s a second Colorful Day Cowl in some of Sophie’s Toes yarn in one of her newly packaged gradient yarn sets.  I haven’t finished the cowl yet however I am on the final color.

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I know I have said this before…and I am going to say it again and again…I am completely smitten with Knitcircus’ Lap of Luxury yarn.  I love the combination of merino wool and silk and isn’t this hat just the best project to highlight the yarn?!

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It’s the Poplar Leaf Beret from the new Noro Lace book.  Wait…here are more views.

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So pretty, right? This completes my June entry for my hat of the 2015 month challenge.  I loved knitting this pattern and I will be knitting a second item from the Noro Lace book in the near future, the Veil Stitch Cowl.  There were plenty of great designs between this book’s covers as is usually the case with many Noro books.  Their yarn just makes you want to knit everything.  Although…I didn’t use a Noro yarn for this hat so I guess it’s not written in stone that you should.  I will be knitting the Veil Stitch Cowl in Noro’s Taiyo sock yarn.

Next up on the needles is a Meg Swansen design, in fact, I cast on this very afternoon.  I am knitting her Jumper-Weight Tam in two colors only using the Blackberry Ridge fingering weight yarn I bought at knitting camp.  I figured that this would be a great entry for July since everything about it is basically American…the designer and the yarn were both made right here in the good old USA.   Knit on!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Dee: Last fall I was gifted a few small rhubarb plants by a lovely co-worker.  Replanting so late in the fall can be tricky, what with the winter kill and all.  However three beautiful ruby red stemmed plants emerged this spring making my husband a very happy man.  This weekend I was able to harvest a few stems for a scrumptious Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble.

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Here is the recipe I created for this husband pleasing dessert.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Fruit filling

  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 T flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Crumb topping (basically a delicious oatmeal cookie)

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In your baking pan, combine fruit filling ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a bowl, combine crumb topping ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands until crumbly.  Sprinkle evenly over the fruit filling and bake for 45 minutes.