Wendy's Modified Dress for Bear

For a stuffed animal like this one 


light worsted or sport

Cast on 22 stitches 
Join and knit one round. 
(Use stockinette stitch through out this pattern.) 
Divide your stitches on four needles as: 3, 8, 3, 8 
Row 1: increase 1 stitch at each end of each needle by Kf&b 
Row 2: knit 
Repeat these two rows until your needles have 15, 20, 15, 20 stitches on them 
On next round, bind off the two sets of 15 for the sleeves. Join body stitches and knit four rounds. Your needles will have 10 stitches each. 
next round: 
Increase 1 in every stitch of next round by Kf&b so that you have 20 stitches on each needle 
Knit until desired lenght. I did 2”. Then do a picot edging by: 
round 1: k2tog YO 
round 2: knit 
round 3:bind off


Wendy's Vegan Bannock ratios


According to Merriam-Webster dictionary bannocks are, " an unleavened flat bread or biscuit made with oatmeal or barley meal," and wikipedia states, "The Bannock or Banate are a Native American people who traditionally lived in the northern Great Basin in what is now southeastern Oregon and Southern Idaho."
Let's stick with the first explanation for this recipe.

I've been experimenting and I came up with this recipe that uses ratios so you can make as much of it as you want and in any flavor too.

The ingredients you'll need are:

Flour -any kind you want but remember that you need at least one to have some gluten to hold everything together or learn to enjoy crumbling bannocks...It's up to you.

baking powder- 1 teaspoon to every cup of flour you use.

salt- a dash for every cup of flour you use.

oil/fat- 1 tablespoon to every cup of flour you use.

water/liquid- enough to bring together as a dough that doesn't stick to your hands and you can form into little patties.

extras- dried fruit, nuts, spices, teas, or sweeteners. A low figure is 1 tablespoon for every cup of flour you use but you can put in more.

Mix everything together for several minutes to get a nice behaved dough.

Make little patties that are about 1/2 inch thick.

Here you can see I made them all ahead of time. I no longer do this as they always seemed to stick to each other...grumble, grumble.

Cook on a dry flat surface. 6 minutes for each side. Make sure that the surface is preheated so your bannocks don't stick and wiggle them around a bit after the first few minutes just to make sure they can and to give yourself something to do. Also make sure to keep the temperature right so that they don't burn.

Then eat and enjoy!


Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmermann

The other day someone asked me about baby sweaters and it made me realize that I hadn't blogged about my favorite sweater pattern I knitted the heck out of this spring.

It's the Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
This pattern is so easy but it doesn't look it.
You gotta love patterns like that.
Someday I'll make her BSJ. But I'm guessing it wouldn't be just one.lol Anyway, here is one I made just as the pattern was written up except that I knitted the sleeves in the round. I made it out of easy washable worsted acrylic yarn and pearl like buttons so Norah could do her worst and still look like an angel.

Then I made one for Norah's sister, Sarah, with the same yarn and buttons.

You know how it can be with siblings.

Luckily, I have a good young man who is willing to model it here for you.

Now for this one...

I went up 2 needle sizes. Made the yoke longer by knitting 4 ridges after the last increase row. Knitted the body until I had 12 patterned repeat rows. 9”(Measuring from the armpit down) Then I knitted the sleeves in the round and with 13 patterned repeat rows. 9”(Measuring from the armpit down) and it fits a 3/4 toddler very well.

Of course, I just had to make one for my good little model only without the lace. You can only push a young man only so far.

I used the same mods I had for Sarah's sweater but with different yarn and buttons and it worked out great.

Then I decided to make one for Emily in an adult size.

For this one I held the worsted acrylic yarn double and knitted with a size 13 needle. The yoke I knitted as written. For the body I knitted only 10 pattern repeats for two reasons. First, I was running out of yarn that I was using for the body and second, I would have had to add enough pattern repeats so the next button hole looked right. I have 5 button holes. The last row of the lace pattern I decreased 10% then I knitted 4 ridges for a garter cuff in the yoke colored yarn and BO. Then for the sleeves I knitted in the round with 14 pattern repeats. The last row of the lace pattern I decreased 10% then I knitted 4 ridges for a garter cuff and BO.


Wendy's Popcorn Flavor Mania

Being the forth of July and with things exploding I thought it was a perfect time to post my popcorn flavors.

We use a Presto popcorn machine that uses 1/2 cup of popcorn at a time.
I hope you enjoy.

It's green but hopefully not mean.
2 T butter
1 T parsley
1/2 t salt
Fred Sauce-
In memory of Fred Weasley and Frank's Hot Sauce Wings.
3 T butter
3 dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce
No movie can be good without it.
2 T butter
1/2 t salt
Smokey Island-
Tabasco Hot Sauce is made on Avery Island off the coast of Louisiana where I'm sure at some point there must have been a fire or maybe it's just the smoked peppers I'm talking about...
3 T butter
5 dashes of Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce
Minoan frescoes show men and women participating in a sport of bull-leaping leading some archaeologists to believe that men and women held equal social status.
3 T butter
2 T Bulls Eye Original BBQ Sauce
Yogi Yummies-
Curry sauce is like ketchup...it's good on everything.
2 T butter
1 t curry powder
3 dashes Cholula Garlic Hot Sauce
1/2 t nutritional yeast
1/4 t salt
I doubt many Americans have had the real wasabi root but I love how its hotness is more akin to hot mustard than a hot chili pepper. It produces vapors that irritate the nasal passages more than the tongue or throat. The plant grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan or in very dedicated gardener's gardens.
2 T butter
1 t wasabi powder or paste
1/4 t salt
My favorite dill pickles are Kosher Garlic Dills. How about you?
2 T butter
1 T vinegar
1 t dried dill
1/2 t salt
1/8 t garlic
*can add of few dashes of hot sauce if you like hot kosher garlic dill pickles ;)
Kung Who-
A classic dish in Szechuan cuisine, right?
2 T butter
1/2 t peanut butter
1/2 t Braggs or soy sauce
1/8 t smoked paprika
1/8 t powdered garlic
1/8 t powdered onion
*can add of few dashes of hot sauce for a spicier version
Old Timer-
Sorry to all those youth challenged folks out there.
2 T butter
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
A traditional Mexican dish, right?
2 T butter
1 t taco seasonings
Yeasty Beasty-
So cheesy...
3 T butter
3 T nutritional yeast
1/2 t salt
1/4 t yellow mustard
Hi 5-
The five basic flavors of Chinese cooking — sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and salty.
2 T butter
1 t chinese five spice
Ya Pop-
If the flavor is good enough for a Canadian potato chip then they're good enough for popcorn, but I still say eat at your own risk unless you're a kid.
2 T butter
1T ketchup
If your salad can take it than so can your popcorn.
3 T butter
1 T italian seasonings
1/8 t salt
Sweet goodness.
2 T butter
1 t sugar
1/2 t powdred cinnamon
Aren't we all?
2 T butter
2 t fruit syrup of any flavor you have on hand
Pan Pop-
Pancakes are always a hit. They hit the ceilings, wall, and sometimes even a plate.
3 T butter
1 T maple syrup
1/2 t nutmeg
dash of vanilla extract
Cookie Pop-
Chocolate chip cookies are a Mama'a best tool.
2 T butter
1 t maple syrup
1/2 t molasses
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon
sprinkling of smashed up chocolate chips
Minty Pop-
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, mint chocolate chip ice cream is the tenth most popular ice cream.
2 T butter
1 t chocolate syrup
1/8 t mint extract
Bumpy Lane Pop-
We may never know who created rocky road ice cream, but at least we have it.
2 T butter
2 t chocolate syrup
1/2 t almond butter
sprinkling of cut up marshmallows
Choco- Pops-
Chocolate...we need not say more.
2 T butter
2 t chocolate syrup
Pie Pop-
An American classic...okay,they originally appeared in England, but they're still good.
2 T butter
1 T fruit butter of any flavor you have on hand
Gingerbread Pop-
Look out for witches especially if you're a hungry lost child in the woods.
2 T butter
1 t sugar
1/2 t molasses
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t clove


Tuesday mornings...lalala

I'm making my third Sweet Baby Cap. I love this pattern. It's so quick, a wee bit of interesting shaping, and great fitting. The first one I morphed into a newborn size which was about a 14" cap by CO 109 and using 16 sts. between the <> and only using 8 pattern repeats. The second one I knitted was the 2 year size on the pattern and it turned out great. Now this one I'm working on this day I hope will fit an adult. I tried finding one on Ravelry so I didn't have to keep ripping out but I couldn't so I been ripping out but not as much as I thought I would which is making me extremely happy.lol. I'm following the 2 year pattern but using 3.5mm and 4mm needles so far so good.
In other news, Emily has been adventuring into the wide world web with her new blog http://www.emilysmagicthreads.blogspot.com/ and getting on Ravelry (emismagicthreads) and boy is she having fun. She even started a pre-teen group. Of course, that means more work for me because I proof read everything just to be safe but it's been worth it. If you get a chance please comment over there I'm sure she would enjoy that.lol.


Wendy's Vegan Morning Cake

Wendy's Vegan Morning Cake

makes 2-9x9 pans of yummies

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Whiles that's heating up mix

6 cups of flour

(I grind my own flours. For this I use white winter wheat. I know I should use soft, but I have more hard in the pantry so I'm using it. If you use other flours expect a larger rise out of your cake.)

1/2 cup oil

(I use canola)

1 tablespoon Nutmeg

3 tablespoons Baking Powder

(Please use Non-Aluminum for your good health)

Now remove 1 cup of your mixture and set aside for your crumb topping

Stir in about 4 cups of soy eggnog milk or so to get a good batter.

Divide batter into 2 9x9 pans.

(I use silicone ones. If you don't have this you'll need to grease your pans.)

Sprinkle crumb topping on top of batter.

(You might want to add some chopped nuts like almonds too)

Pop into the oven and cook for about 40 minutes or until the sides start to pull away from the pan.

While letting them cool down you can mix up some icing or

as Max's says snail slim by mixing

1 tablespoon of soy eggnog milk or so with

1 cup of powdered sugar

Drizzle on top of cooled cakes

and then the most important part


I've made two other flavors with the same basic concept which are (Drum roll please...)

Ginger Bread Cake Option:


6 cups flour

1/3 cup Molasses

1 teaspoon clove, nutmeg, ginger, allspice

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

3 tablespoons Baking Powder

Don't forget to take out a cup right here before you add the soymilk for your topping.

3 1/2 soymilk (or whatever milk you like)


Don't forget the icing only this time use soymilk (or whatever milk you like)

Pumpkin Cake Option:

Same as Ginger Bread Cake but add one can of pumkin puree (about two cups) and use less soymilk (or whatever milk you like).


Sometimes the crumb topping needs a bit more oil to form lumps.


Birthday sweater. He's a tiger bear. I made short row heels for ears which worked out really well. They are staying nice and perky. I used the Kangaroo pattern, size 4, from the book Kids to Grown Ups Seamless Sweaters by Mary Rich Goodwin (Found here.) I only used one and a half skien of Red Heart white and black yarn @300 yds skiens. I'll be using this pattern again real soon for a teddy bear. I love that it's such a fast knit.

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