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Red Photos, Red Socks, and Frosted Brownies

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, October 13th, 2006 in Sheri's Recipes

DSCF2912.JPG pb2912 This is why I have Wonder Photographer (aka Wonder Husband) taking all of the great photos that appear on The Loopy Ewe website. I figure he has enough photo-taking responsibilities with the website and so don’t go to him to color correct my little blog photos. However, he saw the ones I put in there on Wednesday and said, “You need to let me take all of that red out of those photos.” Red? Where is it red?

I don’t see red. However – you must agree that his corrected ones look SO much better! (And I can tell you, much truer to the actual yarn colors.) So I replaced them. This is one of the benefits to having a husband in the graphic design business. He can look at something and say, “need to take down the blue” or “looks like a tinge too much green” or “you need to let me take all of that red out of those photos.” I’m pretty clueless. All I know is that these yarns all look great. However – now YOU can see them in their true colors, too! Yes, I’m thankful for his skills with our photos. :-)

Well you need to keep guessing on Wednesday’s blog contest, because so far no one has come up with the right answer – and I love that. That means that maybe I’ll be bringing in a NEW yarn to you. That will be fun! I have loved reading your answers and am working on a couple of them for future possible lines. So ……. stay tuned. (You can go back and post another guess, if you can come up with another one. I really DO want to give away the yarn.) I also talked to the very nice Koigu lady today, because I know we all love Koigu. It will be a year (a year!), but we’ll get it eventually.

Lynne in the comments section asked if I had a favorite sport weight yarn pattern. Actually, I really like Peaks and Valleys out of the Knit Socks book (it’s the one that looks like a kids cardboard cutout book in the shape of a sock). I also like Lisa’s Wildhorse Farm Stillwater pattern, which is written for both fingering and sport weight. As I haven’t knitted too much sport weight (because until recently, I was too addicted to fingering weight), I haven’t experimented with many patterns for that yarn. Does anyone else have some good recommendations for us?

DSCF2924.JPG I was put to death by my Sock Wars assassin. It was expected. I knew that she was hunting me down and would show me no mercy. I knew that her fingers were flying and the socks were rolling off the ends of her needles. I knew that the package of beautiful red socks would show up in my mailbox before I had a chance to finish my socks for my intended victim. sigh. So I’m out. Sending my in-progress socks to the next person. Really, the way this all works is a bit confusing, but I think I’m doing it right. If not, someone is going to get some lovely Schaefer Lola with a 2/3′s done sock attached. What I’d really like to know is how do I continue with this system? The system where I get to turn in my half-finished socks and in return, I get a pair of beautifully knit finished socks? I like it.

DSCF2922.JPG It’s Friday – time for baking. Today I’m sharing the easiest brownie recipe in the world, but I promise you that people will bribe you for the recipe. Truly. It has been around in our family since I was a toddler and I make it often for guests. (Just add Breyer’s Vanilla Bean ice cream and it’s a great company dessert.) I seem to have shared an imbalance of sweet recipes on my Friday Recipe Days, so next week I’ll share one of my favorite salad recipes.

Double Frosting Brownies

1 (9×13) Brownie Mix (your favorite kind. I like Duncan Hines.)
Make as directed, bake and cool (see – I told you this was going to be an easy recipe)

The Frosting Part That Makes This So Special

Bottom Layer:

1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tbl. cream (or milk, but cream really does make it taste way better)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Spread on brownies.

Top Layer:

1 square semi-sweet chocolate
1 Tbl. butter

Melt together for 1 min. in the microwave. Drizzle on top of white frosting. Swirl into marble-y pattern with a knife.

Put in refrigerator until set.

Yummmm. Try them on your family and let me know what you think. (And remember – any time you make a special meal or dessert, it buys you knitting time that evening. It’s a rule. I consider it part of my job as a responsible knitting blogger to help you earn get more knitting time.)

Sheri brrrr29degreesthismorningandIlovethatkindofweather!

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