Texas and then some

I went to La Grange, TX last week to visit my dad:

My dad is a man who knows how to enjoy a cookie!

(a man who knows how to enjoy a cookie!)

I brought him Rose‘s Chocolate Chip cookies, as he was cheated out of his birthday cookies. Can you see any of the cookie under the ice cream and syrup? No? They were good, and I especially liked her use of  browned butter, a technique I plan to steal for my own chocolate chip cookies!

I had a wonderful visit with my dad, had lunch with one of my favorite people, went to Yarnorama (spoiled thing that I am, wait ’til you see what I was gifted there from my generous father! But that’s another post), and even found some weaving time:

(Have Hokett loom, will travel)

Since my return, there’s been some other baking:

Triple Layer Brownies

Triple Layer Brownies

Rose calls these “the perfect expression of chocolate.” Well, I’m not so sure about that claim, but these dense brownies with nuts (pecans instead of walnuts for mine), topped with white chocolate buttercream and finished with a dark chocolate ganache were very, very good. My apologies for the awful picture.

And for anyone who was concerned about my son having one cold foot:

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Ravelry link 

 

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Rhinebeck

A wonderful weekend at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck!

 

Gorgeous Fall Colors

Gorgeous Fall Colors

 

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Wish I’d taken one of these guys home

 

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or this guy!

 

My partner in crime

My partner in crime, Denise, aka Executive Knitter

 

Lovely train ride along the Hudson

Lovely train ride along the Hudson

And for Harrison, the money shot:

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Clockwise from top: Foxhill Farms Cormo DK; Magpie Fibers Swanky DK (L-R: Nightrain, Out of the Blue, Wild Blue Yonder); Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian (Wheat and Blue Drizzle gradient); Just Our Yarns Almaza (skein for weft) Aziza (spools for warp); Neighborhood Dye Company Rustic Fingering (L-R Charles Centre, Station North, Upton); Miss Babs Kunlun (Blackwatch).
Middle (all laceweight): Still River Farms Cameloo; Victory Farm Paco-Vicuna ‘Lily’, Windy Valley Quiviuk, (50% Quiviut/50% Mulberry Silk).

Quarry

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Quarry, in Moonstone

Last week, there was much excitement in the knitting world, as Brooklyn Tweed released a new yarn, Quarry. This is their third yarn, joining Shelter and Loft. BT is a company I feel good about supporting, because (as they say on their site) they “develop and manufacture yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA.” (use that link to read more about BT). Also because they make fabulous yarns, supported by classic, yet fresh designs!

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I’ve followed BT’s founder, Jared Flood, since he began his blog in 2005. Not long after, I was in what I believe was the first class he ever taught, at a weekend of classes put on by Mosaic Yarn Shop, in Blacksburg, VA.

Of course, I ordered some Quarry within hours of its release, from one of my favorite online shops, Churchmouse Yarns & Tea. Six skeins in Moonstone, destined to be (in a KAL with Denise, AKA Executive Knitter) a sweater for my first trip to Rhinebeck!