Knitting Daughter and I have snuck away for a couple of days of knitting and movies and hanging out. Yay! We used to do this on long weekends pre-Loopy, and I promised her we’d make a point to still do it. So while the Loopy Elves are hard at work getting your orders out, we’re slacking. And having a great time! Actually, I pre-wrote this because we’re not taking the computer with us, so I hope we’re having a good time. I suppose that I also need to admit that I will be out of town next weekend, too. (I know, I know. Two weekends in a row. Slacker, slacker, slacker.) Next weekend is my Girlfriend Weekend in Colorado. You might remember that I went in March for my annual trip. We’re hoping the husbands are overlooking the fact that we did this twice this year. We used the excuse that we wanted to move the timing for the trip to Fall. Of course it made much more sense to schedule two this year than to wait 18 months in between them. You know how that goes. So next week I’ll blog Monday and Wednesday and then will be gone until Sunday. I’m leaving Loopy in very capable hands, so your orders will still go out – I just won’t be emailing or blogging!
I had a hard time deciding what to take and knit this weekend. We have so many fun new lines coming in and there is so much knitting to be done. (It’s a difficult problem to have.) Our next Sneak Up will be the second week in October (after I return from my
second Slacker Girlfriends Weekend), and we will have Yarn Love, 15 colors of the new Heather Sock Yarn from Schaefer (it came in today – so pretty. 55% Merino, 30% Silk and 15% Nylon), more Schaefer Anne and Lola, more Trekking, and …. the things that are on their way as I type. An update on Wollmeise – I had a very fun phone call with Claudia from Germany this week (Hi Claudia!) and our next order will ship in 3 weeks and will include Lace AND Sock yarn. Apparently it’s the rainy season in Germany, and the yarn doesn’t dry as fast as she can dye. At any rate, we’ll keep getting that in and I know you will love the lace as much as you have loved the sock yarn. I have one skein of it and keep trying to find “the perfect” pattern for it. Or maybe I’m scared to use something that nice until I have more lace experience.
Today’s recipe is a quick and easy dessert for your family or friends.
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding (3 oz)
5 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1/4 cup poppy seeds
Mix well. Bake in greased and floured bundt pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven slightly before done – it will finish baking in the pan. Cool a little and invert on plate to finish cooling before adding glaze.
1/2 tsp. butter extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
Heat until sugar dissolves. Cool until thickened and drizzle over cake.