December 4: Cake!

cakeI just came for the cake….
I love cake. I mean, how do you not love cake? When FloRida starts rapping about cake, visions of cake slices and yarn cakes swirl around my head, although I don’t think that’s what he means.
Cake yarns are hot this season, and we have several colorful options for you.

From Lang Yarns of Switzerland, this vibrantly colored merino blend is soft and luscious! Lang has a little pattern booklet filled with accessories to knit with Dipinto:

We recently knit the short rowed Dragon Shawl in Dipinto and it turned out really nice!

From the Queensland Collection, this merino blend works in soft gradient striping shades. These three patterns featuring Cassowary are included in one leaflet, free with purchase of the yarn.
cassowary-wrapcassowary-sock cassowary-cowl

From Berroco, this single-spun sport weight yarn features long-color repeats that create gorgeous variegated fabrics.  Berroco has several 1-2 skeins designs to knit and crochet featuring Nebula:
nebula1 nebula2 nebula3 nebula4
And I have two free patterns to share with you, also featuring Nebula! Simply click on the photos below to get your free pattern.

But wait, there’s more! Today I have two prizes to give away.
One lucky person will win a skein of Cassowary, along with a one skein socks/cowl pattern to knit.
Another lucky person will win a skein of Nebula, along with the one skein Trelawny shawl pattern.
Will you be one of the lucky winners? Simply comment with which yarn & color you’d like to win. You can see the Cassowary colors here, Nebula colors here.

And if all of this talk about cake has made you hungry, I have a couple of easy and tasty cake recipes to share with you today.
Easy Pineapple Cake (a family favorite)

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Grease and flour a 13 x 9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 325º. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle batter with brown sugar and pecans.
Note on recipe from my mother: I never measure either of these. After all, is there such a thing as too much brown sugar and pecans? If I had to guess on the brown sugar, I’d say maybe 1/3 C packed – maybe more but probably not as much as 1/2 C. Sheesh! I don’t know. Lots is good.

Bake 45 minutes at 325º


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 small can of milnot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring to boil. Boil 5 minutes only. Pour over warm cake. Eat! It is also good served warm with whipped cream.

Easiest Cake Ever!

  • 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix -or- Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling -or- Apple Pie Filling

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Preheat oven to 350º. Combine the cake mix only (no other ingredients) with the can of pie filling, stirring by hand until cake mix is moistened. Pour into bundt pan and make for 45-50 minutes.

For chocloate/cherry cake, make a chocolate drizzle as follows:

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 5-6 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients together and drizzle on warm cake.

For spice/apple cake, dust with powdered sugar when cool.



  • Shawndalynn Wilkinson

    04.12.2017 at 00:14

    Oh that Nebula is lovely!
    Answers Cake yay!

  • Bernadette

    04.12.2017 at 06:14

    I learned something new! I didn’t know it was called cake yarn.

  • Jennifer Walker

    04.12.2017 at 08:20

    Cassowary in Plum!!

  • Susan Phillips

    04.12.2017 at 08:34

    Cassowary, Malachite. So happy to see these little cakes!

  • Clarissa coble

    04.12.2017 at 09:03

    Cassowary Coral sea would be nice

  • Stacy fudickar

    04.12.2017 at 09:04

    I want them all!!! Plus I’m hungry for cake. Cassowary plum is so pretty.

  • Jennifer Dodd

    04.12.2017 at 09:07

    Best calorie free cake ever! Thank you for the yummy cake recipes and patterns. I’ve had my eye on the Cassowary Malachite and I like the Nebula in Aquarius. Honestly loving 24 Days of SWAK!

  • Anita

    04.12.2017 at 09:11

    Cassowary, Coral Sea. Thanks for the cake recipes.

    • knorthup

      05.12.2017 at 08:26

      Congratulations Anita! You’re the winner. I have your prize aside for you. Please pick it up by January 31, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Pattye McAbee

    04.12.2017 at 09:11

    Red oxide in cassowary. Scorpio in nebula. Would love to win!!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    04.12.2017 at 09:22

    Nebula in Sagittarius is my first choice, and cassowary in graphite would be my next choice.

  • Tammy Adamson

    04.12.2017 at 09:32

    Wow! I’d love to win either!!!! Nebula Aquarius has caught my eye (but Cassowary Plum is an eye catcher too)!

  • Mary

    04.12.2017 at 09:41

    Calorie free cake!
    Nebula Scorpio looks awesome.

  • LeAnn Peterson

    04.12.2017 at 09:54

    Nebula Gemini is my favorite cake!

  • Edwyna Honderich

    04.12.2017 at 10:27

    Nebula Aquarius. Hard to choose!

  • Bryn Brown

    04.12.2017 at 11:43

    Nebula Gemini!

  • Linda W.

    04.12.2017 at 11:50

    At some point — maybe — I am going to reach overload on that yellowish green I love so much. Cassowary in Avocado, please! And thank you for the recipes; can’t wait to try them!
    (P.S. I know what “cake” refers to. Young people are ruining the English language for the rest of us, LOL.)

  • Ellen

    04.12.2017 at 12:06

    Thanks for the recipes!!

  • Lisa Harper

    04.12.2017 at 12:17

    Nebula in Aquarius would be lovely!

  • Ana Johnson

    04.12.2017 at 12:25

    Both are gorgeous, but I love Nebuls Sagittarius ❤️

  • Beatrix H

    04.12.2017 at 12:33

    I like the Nebula in Scorpio.

  • Courtney Wilson

    04.12.2017 at 12:37

    Crimson & Scorpio.

  • Patricia Riden

    04.12.2017 at 13:36

    Cassowary: Avocado
    Nebula: Gemini

  • Jenna

    04.12.2017 at 13:47

    Cassowary in Graphite please. Thank you.

  • Machelle

    04.12.2017 at 14:25

    Cassowary in Malachite please! And I am definitely making that pineapple cake. It sounds delicious . Thanks for the recipe Keely!

  • Stephanie Miller

    04.12.2017 at 15:52

    Rainforest or Avocado… I can’t decide!! I’m really into greens right now !!

  • Carolyn Munholland

    04.12.2017 at 16:18

    Cassaway in Plum. Thank you so much for the free patterns. you are awesome 🙂

  • Pam Harris

    04.12.2017 at 17:06

    Today you had me at chocolate cherry cake!! Yummy! Thanks for the patterns! And you’re offering yarn, too?!? Whoo hoo, ill just sit here and sing, Aquarius…. Aquarius ….

  • Jeannie

    04.12.2017 at 17:37

    Nebula in Sagittarius

  • Nicole Acuna

    04.12.2017 at 18:00

    Crimson or Scorpio (I’m also a Scorpio lol) are absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for the chance!!

  • Judy

    04.12.2017 at 18:00

    I would like nebula in scorpio

    • knorthup

      05.12.2017 at 08:25

      Congratulations Judy! You’re the winner. I have your prize aside for you. Please pick it up by January 31, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Renee

    04.12.2017 at 19:02

    My favorite is Cassowary in Coral Sea.

  • Sarah Bailey

    04.12.2017 at 20:21

    I’d like the Cassowary in Plum.

  • Heidi Y

    04.12.2017 at 20:34

    My choice would be Nebula in Scorpio or Cassowary in Rainforest. Thank you for the patterns and the recipes. Love Lang’s Dipinto! Will be adding it to my wish list.

  • Cheryl

    04.12.2017 at 21:07

    Cassowary in Mandarin
    Nebula in Gemini

  • Debra Crow

    04.12.2017 at 21:11

    Love Scorpio by Nebula!!

  • Betty

    04.12.2017 at 21:16

    Nebula in Scorpio is my choice!

  • Paula Jones

    05.12.2017 at 04:23

    Nebula Aquarius is beautiful.