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A Different Sort of WIP

Well, Spanish Dancer looks pretty much the same, only wider, and although I’ve finished sleeve #1 on Cherie Amour, I kinda want to keep it under wraps until it’s done, because I ended up doing something totally different with the sleeves, and I want you to get the full effect, rather than seeing it part way. Clearly, I’m hoping for praise and adulation on this. I hope y’all won’t disappoint when I do reveal it. 😉 And yes, I am aware that it is a little sad that I did the entire body of the sweater in a day and a half, and it took me a week to do one sleeve, but I had to let it marinate for a while as I decided for sure what I wanted to do.

(Oh, and when I did decide what I wanted, I also realized that I screwed up the lace repeat on the bottom of the sweater. Somehow, I missed the K1 at the beginning of every chart row, so my lace looks a little off. I like it, though, so I’m not going to worry about it. The weird thing? The size I am making is the ONLY one where I could have done that without catching it, because it’s a 12-stitch repeat, done 11 times. I did an 11-stitch repeat, 12 times. Any other size, and it wouldn’t have worked out – I’d have caught the mistake. D’oh!)

Anyway, since I’m not showing you knitting WIP’s today, you are getting one of the things I worked on to take to my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

What do you get when you…

Melt together 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 8 oz. of unsweetened chocolate:

Chocolate and Butter

Mix 6 eggs, 3 tablespoons of instant espresso, 2 tablespoons of vanilla, and 2-1/4 cups of sugar:

Egg mixture

Add the chocolate to the eggs, and sift in 1 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt:

Adding flour

Stir in 3 cups of chopped walnuts and 12 oz. of chocolate chips which have been tossed with an additional 1/4 cup of flour:

Nuts and chips

Pour it into a greased half-sheet pan:


And bake it for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F?


The best brownies ever.


Specifically, the Barefoot Contessa’s Outrageous Brownies. I adore them. They are really quite easy to make, freeze beautifully, and are to-die-for yummy. Although I don’t think I ever want to calculate the calories in them…In addition to these, I made a 4-pound batch of Firecrackers (spicy pickled carrots) for our poker party next Saturday night (they need a week to marinate and get good and hot), my Dad’s favorite stuffing (or dressing, technically, since this isn’t going in the bird), and sweet potatoes with buttered pecans on top. It was a good cooking day. 🙂

So, to all of you in the US, I say have a happy Thanksgiving. For anyone not celebrating, just have a good Thursday, and I’ll see you for Yarn Pr0n Friday!

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