Forget all these people and their Socks that Rock – I’ll show you a sock that rocks right here (Jingle Bell Rock, that is). Finished with hours to spare on Saturday, the stocking was a big hit with all parties concerned, including yours truly. I have no illusions that it’s perfect, but I’m not ashamed to give it as a gift, you know? In fact, for all the other projects that stall out or become “the item I like in spite of its flaws”, I liked this project for itself, and for the doors it opened for me. Apparently, my head is turned by all knitting things Norwegian (all those patterns are just so, so organized and tidy!) and two-color knitting is no longer a huge mystery, just a skill to master. Without even knowing it, I gave myself something for Christmas (all together now, “Aww!”). Plus, I do not think anything has impressed Knit One Purl Too’s Expert Christmas Cookie Making Staff (aka my husband) as much as two-color knitting. His exact words? “This is so much better than self-patterning sock yarn – you’re making your own patterns!” If that isn’t incentive to make the Water Garden Fair Isle from IK Summer 00 (I love your work, Ron Schweitzer, call me!) or the Mossbank Pullover from Jaimeson’s Book 3, for him, I don’t know what is.
And now, we bring you a brief cookie interlude, courtesy of Lovely Lemon Cookies:
1 cup butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups flour
1 t. lemon extract
Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the butter until creamy, then add the lemon extract, sugar and flour. Form the dough into little balls that fit in the palm of your hand and press to flatten into little disks. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until just brown around the edges. Cool.
For the frosting:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 T butter at room temperature
1 T lemon juice
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cookes and store between layers of wax paper, or begin eating immediately. Theoretically makes 5 dozen.
This is for Tiffany, who was nice enough to ask me to participate in a recipe swap – I was in the middle of Stocking Frenzy at the time; some things fell by the wayside. These are The Official Christmas Cookie of Knit One, Purl Too (though we also think The Barefoot Contessa’s Jam Thumbprints are fabulous).
And with that, off I go through the woods and on the Turnpike to Mom and Dad’s (the Official Parents of Knit One Purl Too) – the post-holiday knitting report will include much Banff progress and photos of my new favorite FO, the Tote-Around. To all a knitting good night!