Hello! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Valentine’s to everybody!
This is the Dotted Rays Shawl by Stephen West. I love it! It’s one of my favorites. It’s an easy and relaxing knit. The first three stitches are a provisional cast on and that’s the hardest part of the pattern. Once you pass that, you are in easy breezy land! It’s garter stitch the rest of the way with a few yarn overs for the “dots”.
I used my own yarn from A Chick That Knitz in the color-way Romantic Robin. I made it a fade. There are many ways you can use yarn color to make it your own. Browse all the beautiful shawls here on Ravelry
I’ve started a YouTube channel for A Chick That Knitz and a friend and follower sent me a huge box of presents to celebrate my new studio. I made this for her. It’s some of the first yarn I’ve dyed and it’s made of Worsted weight Superwash Merino Wool. I will have my shop open this Spring. That’s another plus, you can use worsted weight yarn instead of the fine fingering yarn (you can use that also) so the shawl knits up relatively fast.
I also want to show off some of Amanda’s cookies. Amanda is Lauren’s mother that lives in Texas.
They are so cute!
Look at those on the right with the coconut! Beautiful!
I highly recommend taking some cookie decorating classes on Blueprint (formerly Craftsy). Neither of us could have done this without it. I bet there are some free tutorials on YouTube regarding “Flood icing” . They will teach you how to get this beautiful icing for cookies. It’s powdered sugar, water, and a secret ingredient called meringue powder.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I think I will make some cookies myself. I had to stop making them so much because I was eating them all! They are so good, you can’t have just one cookie.
Have a fantastic week and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Look how pretty!
You all know my daughter–in-law, Lauren. This is her pretty momma, Amanda. Amanda hosted a cookie decorating Christmas party for her daughter’s band mates.
Isn’t this a wonderful idea! I told Amanda about the Craftsy/Blueprint cookie decorating classes and she learned how to do all this from those classes. Before I took the classes, all I knew was to slab some store bought icing on top of the sugar cookies. This is so much better and so fun to do. She said they all had a super fun time!
Anytime I have the cookies and icing out, everybody that comes over dives right in and has a blast decorating them. It’s worth the time to watch the classes.
Thank you Amanda for letting me share pictures of your beautiful cookies!
Happy Knitting and Merry Christmas!
I wanted to share our family’s favorite guacamole recipe. Lindy and I love this!
John’s birthday is July 4th. I made some cookies for him. I’m not perfect yet, but I’m getting better with practice!
I laugh. I’ve graduated from a 1st grader decorating cookies to maybe a 4th grade level now! Lauren helped. It’s fun to get the icing bags out and decorate.
Bailey made some super cute cookies recently. Check hers out!
She is so cute! Love her!
This is Trevor, Bailey’s husband, and Henry’s dad. Such good kids
Happy Knitting and Baking
Henry in my basket of Hexi-puffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.
We’ve just said goodbye to Bailey and Henry. They came down from Wyoming for a visit and we are sure going to miss them. We plan on seeing them in the Fall.
I’m on this new kick of making sugar cookies. Thanks to Craftsy! I signed up for Craftsy Unlimited and started watching some cookie decorating classes. Who knew! There are secrets you need to know to do this right. My experience with icing comes in little short round plastic containers at the grocery store.
I’ve told you Bailey is crafty! My cookies are the plain ones. Bailey gets ahold of them and look what she does! Chickens, cactus, black stripes, colored dots… She picks up an icing bag for the first time and just goes. We discovered black icing turns your teeth black. So FYI, use the black icing sparingly!
Bailey joined me in my cookie frenzy and she is headed home to make up a bunch of her own. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Meanwhile, back here at home, I will be practicing my Royal Icing consistencies and practicing with my many new tips!
I’ve also found a great recipe for sugar cookies that I’m going to share. I’ve tried two recipes so far and I made a mistake in the second recipe which I actually really like! So I’ve written the recipe with my mistake. ( I used butter instead of shortening ). This makes for an incredible sugar cookie! The evening Bailey was here helping me decorate, half the batch of cookies got eaten before we could get our hands on them to decorate them!
If you want the icing recipe, I would suggest Craftsy, Pinterest, or Youtube for instructions. Just type in “Royal Icing” in your search bar.
I’m looking for a new project for our road trip. I’ll let you know what I find!