Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday YOP update..........

I can't believe it's Sunday again..........already!  But I have lots to show you.   It's been a fun and productive week except for my blogging responsibilities.  I just can't seem to do it all...something always suffers but I keep aiming for balance in all I do...the intention is there.
So, without further bath mat is not done but almost!  It's so bunched up on the circular cable I can't even really see if I've made mistakes but maybe that's good else I would have frogged it by now!  LOL!
Also, I am in love with the Rowan cotton....gorgeous, doesn't split, in fact you wouldn't even know it was 100% cotton as compared with the "less expensive" variety which I used on my potholders.  It's marvelous to work with.

I cast on the sock (1 of 2) again after frogging the last one.  I need to watch the video again though before I start knitting.  I guess it's hardly worth the photo?  LOL!
I did crochet 2 yellow potholders.  The pattern I used is a little harder on my hands but it's worth it because you end up with a nice double thick potholder.  I was thinking this pattern might make nice place mats and/or trivets.  I was able to get 2 potholders out of one of those Peaches and Cream cotton yarn they have at Wal-mart although they didn't end up exactly square.   I'll definitely be making more of these.  You should use cotton if there's heat involved as the acrylics will "melt" if they get near a flame or element. 

I made 2 of these but like the potholders, one went to a friend as a gift.  These weren't on my YOP list but they were on my FAF (fast and fun) list! LOL!  They're supposed to be bookmarks in the shape of book worms but you're also supposed to have little "googly" eyes to glue on which I did not have.  So, until I get some eyes this is how they will look.  I made a red one too but it was sent off in the mail.  These would make great stocking stuffers or grab bag gifts and they do look lots cuter with the eyes! LOL!  I also discovered the tail "button" will slip into the slit on the other end and you could actually use it as a bracelet. 
  I also finally pinned my applique block so I can start stitching on that any time now....
 For those of you who only check in with me on Sunday's here's a great knitting mystery series book that I finished this week and blogged about.....if anyone would like it I would be more than willing to mail it to you and if there is more than one person then when you're done just pass it on to the next person that would like to read it....we could call it "The Traveling Unraveling"!  I will send overseas too so all you wonderfully inspiring friends across the pond and beyond.... it is not an issue.  It's the least I can do for all the inspiration and lovelies I glean from all of you!

Also, for my regular blogging buddies, I promised you the recipe for the Apple Kuchen yesterday and then didn't blog at all!  Shame on me! Here's another picture for my YOP friends that don't read me during the week.............
This was an old Betty Crocker recipe popular back in the 60's...I told you I was old.....but the 60's were great both then and now! LOL!

Apple Kuchen
1/2 C butter softened
1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 C flaked coconut
1 20 oz can pie sliced apples, well drained or 2 1/2 C sliced and pared baking apples
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 C dairy sour cream
2 egg yolks or 1 egg

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut butter into dry cake mix until crumbly.  Mix in coconut.  Pat mixture lightly into ungreased baking pan 9 x 13 x 2 inches building up slight edges.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Arrange apple slices on warm crust.  Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples.  Mix the sour cream and the egg or egg yolks and drizzle over the apples.  The topping will not completely cover the apples.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are light brown.  Do not overbake!
You can also try these variations:
Pear Kuchen: substitute 2 (16 oz) cans sliced pears , drained on paper towels, for the apples and a package of devils food cake mix or German Chocolate cake mix for the yellow cake mix.
Peach Kuchen: Substitute 1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches, drained on paper towels, for the apples and 1 package of white cake mix or sour cream white cake mix for the yellow cake mix.

What I like about this recipe is that I can keep these things on hand and the dairy and eggs I always have.  I want to try substituting my own homemade cake mix and also yogurt for the sour cream but haven't done it yet.
Well, I'm off to see what my Ravelry bloggers have been up to this's very inspiring and humbling at the same time! LOL!  Have a great week ahead and a peaceful happy Sunday!


  1. You have a lot of progress to show for this week - yarn and otherwise!!!! I had never thought of knitting up a bathmat but I might give it a whirl in the near future. I have been toying with the idea of rugs... so why not start with a bathmat!

  2. My fingers ache just thinking about holding dishcloth cotton doubled :) Even the slightest start of a sock is worth showing off as far as I'm concerned.

    Thanks for the tip about the book; I'll look for the eBook version. I'm afraid paperbooks are too "old-fashioned" for me now LOL!

    No thanks for the recipe. I do not need ANY MORE TEMPTATION to stray from my diet!!!

  3. You sure are keeping busy over there. Knitting is beyond me. I went back to work today and came home with a major headache then spent several hours cleaning here. Ugh! I can already tell that time is gonna get away from me each and every day now that school is gonna be back in full swing. The kids start next Tuesday (the 4th). Yesterday I made blueberry muffins and sugar cookies to take to school but was so busy that I didn't even crack open the muffin tin and share until about 1:40 pm. Of course by that time, everyone was extra happy to get something. Ha! Have a good one. I'm off to bed now. :) Tammy

  4. I have never used the rowan cotton but will give it a try once I've finished my current stash..

    I have read that book series and double your recommendation to everyone..they are fun! also on your sidebar I see the Fluke series..another great series..

  5. Just love all the progress you made, yayyyyy. Love Rowan of any kind, it happens to be a yarn eaily obtained this side of the pond. I love cotton itself anyway to knit with and your potholders just look so lovely.Cute little worm and can just picture it with google eyes on it. Some weeks I have the intention of getting round to everyone but I just don't manage it but like you I do have great intentions. Would love to read the book but I just don't have as much time as I'd like for reading..a hobby that has been slipping this year and which makes me sad.

  6. Great progress this week :) The bathmat is making great progress and the potholders are fab too - never made them so maybe thats something else for the list (the evergrowing list!)

    The cake looks delicious too!

  7. Adorable bathmat colours! I'll look out for that Rowan.

    The book looks fab!

  8. You are really moving along with your YOP's. Wish I could say the same for my little bit I've got going on. But I'm not letting it bother me, just doing as I can. Love the bath mat and I'll have to see if there's a Kindle version of that series. Looks and sounds great.

    Have a great week!!


  9. Loving your applique work, your other projects are just as beautiful as your blog page...and I will definitely have to come back to this post to try the Kuchen...have no printer at the moment...Have a great week!

  10. Hi Sam..
    You've been so busy!
    It always makes me feel like a slug, when I read everything that you've been doing~~~LOL!
    I need to get up even earlier!

    Love your handiwork projects, and that recipe sounds and looks delicious.
    Perfect for Fall.

    Hope you enjoy this week too, and I know that you'll get a ton of projects done :)

    Smiles :)

  11. The pretty colors of your bathmat are so soft and pretty--can't wait to see if off the needles. You are a busy, busy lady--I only wish I had more time at home to be just as busy. I am definitely trying the Kuchen recipe--it looks yum and seems pretty easy.

  12. Can't wait to see the finished bath mat when its off the needles, and the bookmark is very cute! I may have to check out that book, it looks really interesting!

  13. Loved your yellow potholder..I have two of those..they are aqua..and I don't remember who gave them to me. They work great! You are a busy lady:)

  14. Hi Sam,
    Boy I sure do have to try that apple stuff, yum. Just my kind of dessert, or you know breakfast and whenever.
    You sure are handy with your crafts. Wish I could knit as nice as you. I can only make a few things, and those aren't anything great.
    Cooler here this week. nice breeze and in the 70's.
    So as usual looking at all the things you do makes me feel like I better step on it, I'm way behind. Always fun to see what you are up to.
    Nancy Jo

  15. You have been very busy! I love the pot holder. Thanks for sharing the looks delicious! Wishing you a very happy weekend!
    Helen x

  16. Hey Sam, what's happening over there? You haven't posted in a week. Hope all is well. Hugs, Tammy

  17. Looks like those hands of yours have been busy! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  18. Hope you are okay..just stopping in to check on you:)


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