Ok - here is my first knitted pumpkin for the 2016 season. Thank you so much Joan Clark for calling them to my attention! I used a much bulkier yarn than called for in the pattern, cast on the same number of stitches, and knit for 4 inches instead of 3. Dang if it isn't cute. I combined some left over green and gray yarns and knit them together into an I-cord for the stem. Very fast and very fun project.
As soon as I finished this, being in an extreme fall frame of mind, I made the Steen Syrup cake this weekend. I actually sifted the dry ingredients twice like the recipe says to do this time. Unfortunately, I used a whole cup of hot water instead of 3/4 cup because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing BUT, happily for me, it came out better this way. Even more moist.
Oh I do love the look of a freshly sifted mound of flour. I sure wish Aunts Ola, Mabel, Lois, Bea, and Pauline were in the kitchen right now to discuss their thoughts on the merits of sifting. Then we could eat cake and have a "swaller" of coffee to go with.
Heck if I am going to wish I'll take his older brothers Elmer and Lee too. They are those two cute boys in overalls in the bottom right corner. I think they would like their cake with a big old dollop of whipped cream. I take mine any way I can get it. Warm right out of the pan is my favorite. One little sliver at a time. I just put this piece on a plate to take a picture and appear civilized. If you like the moist, dense, dark flavor of gingerbread, this recipe is for you.
After I ate a goodly amount of cake I felt fortified for more knitting. I tried my hand at some knitted leaves. I have lots of ideas for these. I think they look so pretty in that malabrigo yarn.
There will of course be solids too. And maybe other shapes. The possibilities are endless.