Socks and Cowls

I have been knitting things—slowly.

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I started these socks (my first pair!) as part of a Black Friday One Week Worsted Sock challenge. They took me almost three months, although to be fair I made three cowls in there, lost the project bag for three weeks, and spent three more weeks stalling over grafting the toe (which I hadn’t ever done before, but which wasn’t as hard as I feared). They are so warm!
And acrylic, so good snow shoveling socks for those of us who can’t have wool.

The three cowls I made actually are wool: my first projects with superwash wool yarn.

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I’m pretty pleased—the yarn is local and hand dyed and so deeply colored, and knit up well for two Christmas presents and a birthday. And the low/no lanolin superwash yarn doesn’t seem to bother my hands!
Two of the cowls are “mistake rib”—a 3×1 ribbing pattern with one too many stitches, so it comes out with diagonal stripes. The other is a drop stitch cowl, which lots of Ravelers seem to love but I found was weirdly tensioned. Maybe just not my style?

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Not Sweet Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

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I found these gorgeous sweet potatoes at the store the other day. They were lovely roasted, and a hit with the kids, but the leftovers didn’t disappear immediately, so I wanted to do something more with them.

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I don’t have a favorite recipe for pumpkin or sweet potato muffins, so I did some web searching. Unsurprisingly, a lot of sweet potato muffin recipes are frosted or glazed or candied, and very sweet in the muffin part too. I wanted to show off the sweetness of the potato, so I took out all the sugar. I might add back the 0.5c brown sugar, but definitely not the 1.5c white. I used canola oil (like many recipes I saw) instead of the coconut that my almost-winning recipe (which I intend to try with canned pumpkin sometime) recommended to make them mostly unsaturated fats. I also found that slightly dry sweet potato needed more liquid than canned pumpkin, so, even though it ruined their dairy-free glory, I added about half a cup of milk. More might even be better, since this was the absolute least liquid I could add and get a batter.

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(We also made crayons today)

Not Sweet Purple Sweet Potato Muffins
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp Penzey’s pumpkin pie spice (this wasn’t enough, next time I also want 1 tsp cinnamon and probably some ginger)
2 eggs
.5c canola oil
2c mashed sweet potato
~ 0.5c milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix dry, mix wet (including potato, mashing if necessary). Add more milk if necessary to get a spoonable batter. Spoon into muffin cups and bake 30m or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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