Archive for December, 2010

While in California , on a trip to help out the folks, I had an opportunity to spend many evenings knitting with my brother.  While he was worked on his “Tabi’s”, I was dinking around with shortrow heel swatches.  And….since I am always looking for improvements for each new design, I worked out the following closure to link the instep stitches and the heels stitches without any holes or need to put in extra stitches.

Interestly, it was my brother who pointed out that the reason that area is a problem, is that the sock is being pulled in opposite directions, and as a result, this stress often has a tendency to cause gaps.   Hummmmm……

So, one little mini sock after the other came flying off the needles until I finally came up with my offering for tonight.

Neat and Sweet Short Row Heel Practice

I hope you will find  my Neat and Sweet Short Row Heel Practice useful.


Read Full Post »

Merry Christmas to All

I believe Christmas is the season for joy, not because of any of the worldly pleasures associated with this time of year, but because an ALL MIGHTY GOD chose to save any of us.  That has to be the miracle of all miracles.   That said, the next blessing on the agenda has to be loved ones and dear friends, some of whom I have met since starting this website.   So… setting aside the knitting, I have chosen to share a family recipe that I hope will be used to put a smile on many faces.

My cinnamon rolls have been shared from California to Idaho, and if you like them, pass it on.

Knit-tweaker’s Cinnamon Rolls

Fresh out of the oven!

Ready to eat!!!!

Ingredients for roll mixture: 6 1/4 cups flour, plus bench flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tbsps (or 3 packages) dry yeast, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, 1 cube melted butter, 1 jumbo egg (or 2 medium eggs), 1 Tbsp salt.

Ingredients for filling:  1 cube softened butter, brown sugar, raisins ( that have been softened in warm water, then dried on a paper towel), cinnamon, and thinly sliced apples (cooked till tender, I use our wild apples, but Granny Smith’s work great).

Ingredients for glazePowdered sugar, Melted butter, and vanilla, and milk ( enough milk to form a glaze consistency).  I make it up early then warm it in the microwave a few seconds before spreading on rolls.

* I actually use almost 3 cubes of butter for this recipe( yes, the REAL THING)

In large bowl of mixer, combine- 2 cups of all purpose flour, the dry yeast (either 2 Tbsps dry or 3 packets), 1/2 cup sugar.  Stir together with fork.  Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk to about 110-115(very warm) degrees.  Pour into flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at med. speed.  Stir in 1 cube of melted butter.  Beat 1 min.  Add the 1 jumbo or 2 medium eggs &  beat at high speed 1 min.  Remove bowl from mixer.  In separate bowl, stir together 4 1/4 cup flour, and 1 Tbsp of salt, add to flour mix in mixer bowl, stirring with spoon until just combined (Don’t over mix).  Dough should be soft and slightly sticky.  Cover and let rise until double in size.

Roll dough out on floured board to rectangle shape, about 1/2 inch thick.  Next spread 1 cube softened butter (NOT MELTED) on entire surface.  Sprinkle generously with brown sugar, cinnamon,  raisins and thin cooked apple slices.  Roll up.  With both hands cupped around roll, begin to work it out to a 21 inch long tube(for 3 pans) or 28 inch( 4 pans).  *I actually lay a yarn stick on the edge of my board to get the right size.

Put on the goodies!

Sprinkle on the Cinnamon

Roll it up, then shape the roll to size.

Ready to cut!

This roll is 28 inches long.  You will notice that I squared the ends.

Cut rolls in 1 inch slices, and place 7 rolls in each of  round foil cake pans that have been buttered.  Cover and let rise in a warm place about 25 minutes or until they fill the pans nicely.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until  browned.  Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter.   Let your rolls partially cool. Make Powdered sugar glaze, and drizzle on rolls, while they are still a bit warm.

These rolls freeze nicely, but be sure to wrap them well.  Of course, if your family is like mine they won’t have a chance of staying around that lone. 🙂

Enjoy and sing “Joy to the World”

Read Full Post »