December 9: Cozy Up

These cold temperatures sure put me in the holiday mood! There’s nothing better than getting cozy in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa and delicious yarn waiting to be knit or crocheted into something fabulous. Today I can help you out with these delights.

Delicious Yarn
Techno is the coziest, most luxurious, one-of-a-kind yarn. Superfine baby alpaca whipped up and encased in silk, for a quick-knit yarn that is incredibly light.
Blue Sky Fibers has two stunning new designs featuring Techno:
Tamarack Blanket Scarf
The Tamarack Blanket Scarf is the ultimate cozy accessory. Wear it as a scarf, or use it as a blanket – you’ll stay toasty both inside and out! Knit in a simple rib with five shades of Techno.
Nevis Cowl
Simple but stylish, the Nevis Cowl features two shades worked in seed and garter, with three skeins of Techno.
Blue Sky’s outstanding design portfolio proves that classic looks can also be very fashion forward. Check out these favorites from previous seasons featuring Techno:
Sasha WrapMoscow Coat
Cold Spring CocoonShadow CapeletPreston PulloverCallaway Cabled Scarf
Today I’m giving away THREE skeins of Techno to one lucky reader. I have three, 3-skein projects you can make with Techno:
Tri Button CowlNevis CowlShadow Capelet
Simply state in the comments which project you’d like to make, and the color(s) you’d like to win. The choices are:

Sorry, drawing is over!
You can see the color choices here. You have until midnight to get your name in the hat.

Delicious Hot Cocoa
You don’t need to go to the coffee shop to enjoy delicious hot cocoa. Make it at home! I kicked my Swiss Miss to the curb many moons ago, and actually prefer homemade to the overpriced alternatives. After experimenting with several recipes, I came up with my own recipe and will share it with you today.

Hot Cocoa

â…“ cup boiling water
ÂĽ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Âľ cup sugar
pinch of salt
4 cups whole milk

In a large saucepan, add boiling water to the cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Whisk it together until moistened, then add milk and heat until warm, but not boiling.

You can either add a half cup of cream to cool, or top with whipped cream. I prefer whipped cream! Makes 4 cups.

I keep a container of the dry ingredients on hand in the pantry, so all I have to do is scoop it out and add water/milk.

wcrI have a fabulous new tip for whipped cream. First, let me start off by saying that whipped cream does not squirt out of a can, nor is scooped from a tub. That stuff is gross. It only takes a few seconds to whip up fresh whipped cream in your mixer and it is well worth the extra effort.
Now to my new life hack – one of the recipes I made out of the Wool & Wine book added real maple syrup to the whipped cream. I thought it was to add a maple taste to the topping for a spice cake, but I am telling you it was the BEST whipped cream I’ve had yet. I usually add a teaspoon of vanilla sugar to my whipped cream, but the maple syrup was even better. It does not taste like something that belongs on a pancake – I promise.

Even Better Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream
ÂĽ cup real maple syrup

Add both ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer, and whip using the whisk attachment until thick.

Toasty Fire
While it would be really nice if I showed up your house with a rick of firewood, that’s not in my skill set. So you’ll have to settle for this –

Stay cozy and warm everyone!


  • Beth Seeliger

    09.12.2018 at 06:28 Reply

    I have been wanting to knit a capelet. I like the colors: mellow, rogue and fringe.
    Thanks for the maple whipped cream recipe, it sounds yummy. The perfect topper for my maple pecan pie.

  • Bernadette Ray

    09.12.2018 at 07:22 Reply

    I like the Nevis Cowl in colors Smoke and Club Gray.

  • Barbara Kinney

    09.12.2018 at 07:40 Reply

    The hot chocolate sounds delicious. And I love the maple syrup in the whipped cream idea. I am not much of a cook, but I could make the hot chocolate. I like Techno #1971/Metro Silver for the Tri-Button Cowl . The cowl is so different than any other I have seen.

  • Susan Phillips

    09.12.2018 at 08:58 Reply

    I’d like to try the Shadow Capelet in Silver, Smoke, and Club Gray. Maybe while sipping a cup of hot chocolate! Thank you for sharing these cold weather ideas!

  • Barbara Seiver

    09.12.2018 at 09:06 Reply

    I’d knit the Shadow Capelet in Jive, Mood Ring, and Fame. Ooh, I’d LOVE to pet that yarn. Wish I could “teleport” myself from Louisiana to you!

  • Judy

    09.12.2018 at 09:24 Reply

    Tri-button cowl in fringe

  • Stevie

    09.12.2018 at 09:33 Reply

    Nevis cowl in wicked!! I also love the blanket scarf!! That is so cool!

  • Courtney Wilson

    09.12.2018 at 09:33 Reply

    Nevis Cowl with smoke & mood ring unless they look terrible together.

  • Ana Johnson

    09.12.2018 at 09:43 Reply

    I would love to make the Nevis cowl, in club gray and smoke.

    • knorthup

      10.12.2018 at 09:16 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won three skeins of Techno and a Nevis Cowl pattern. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Melissa

    09.12.2018 at 09:47 Reply

    Once again with the difficult choices! I am intrigued with the Shadow Capelet and am conflicted: The Smoke, Metro Silver, Fame combo or the Smoke, Club Gray, Metro Silver. Yikes!
    And oh that coat! lesigh…
    Hot cocoa with grands is absolutely the best warm up. The end.
    Knit on!

  • Jennifer Walker

    09.12.2018 at 09:52 Reply

    Nevis Cowl in Wicked and Mood Ring.

  • Flora

    09.12.2018 at 09:54 Reply

    Tri-button Cowl with Smoke. Lovely pattern and yarn. Thank you

  • Jeannie

    09.12.2018 at 09:59 Reply

    Nevis cowl in mellow and jive

  • Cathy Via

    09.12.2018 at 10:01 Reply

    Shadow capelet in Fringe, Mellow, and Jive…love the names. Thanks for the hot cocoa recipe. I agree on the maple syrup…back when i cooked, i did the same thing. Lol

  • Tammy Adamson

    09.12.2018 at 10:07 Reply

    Ooooooo the Shadow Capelet in Wicked, Serene, and Mood Ring please.

  • Courtnie Vance

    09.12.2018 at 10:07 Reply

    I would love to make the nevis cowl with mood ring and smoke!

  • Laura Haygood

    09.12.2018 at 10:09 Reply

    Ooh, I think I would love the Nevis Cowl in Club Gray and smoke! I definitely need to try your whipped cream suggestion!

  • Ashley L

    09.12.2018 at 10:10 Reply

    The Shadow Capelet, in Mellow, Mood Ring, & Wicked

  • Lisa

    09.12.2018 at 10:13 Reply

    I would love to make the Nevis cowl in mood ring and serene! Such beautiful colors!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    09.12.2018 at 10:16 Reply

    The Nevis cowl in mood ring and smoke

  • Clarissa Coble

    09.12.2018 at 10:29 Reply

    The caplet in smoke,rogue and gray.

  • Sarah Bailey

    09.12.2018 at 10:36 Reply

    I would like to make the Tri-Button Cowl in Metro Silver. Thanks for the recipes; can’t wait to surprise the family with the whipped cream!

  • Jenna

    09.12.2018 at 10:53 Reply

    Capelet in Tranquil, Serene and Fame. I like the tri-button too. So hard to choose only one. Must shop!

  • Diann Riter

    09.12.2018 at 10:56 Reply

    I would make the Shadow Caplet out of Metro. It looks so scrumptious!

  • Carolyn Munholland

    09.12.2018 at 10:59 Reply

    I would love to make the Tri Button Cowl in Wicked. Such a unique pattern

  • Amy

    09.12.2018 at 11:00 Reply

    Mood Ring & Smoke by Techno would stitch up a beautiful Nevis cowl!

  • Katie

    09.12.2018 at 11:02 Reply

    Love all three- especially like the shadow capelet!

  • Sarah Steele

    09.12.2018 at 11:03 Reply

    Love ❤️ the Nevis Cowl. I like Metro Silver and Smoke.

  • Mary B

    09.12.2018 at 11:13 Reply

    Capelet with Fringe, Serene & Tranquil

  • Jennifer Elkhair

    09.12.2018 at 11:15 Reply

    I like the shadow capelet in jive, mood ring, and wicked.

  • Cheri Watson

    09.12.2018 at 11:16 Reply

    Nexus cowl mood ring and wicked silver beautiful

  • Cassie Baugh

    09.12.2018 at 11:40 Reply

    I would love the Nevis Cowl in silver and smoke!

  • Brandie Ferguson

    09.12.2018 at 12:04 Reply

    Mood ring is so pretty!

  • Shawndalynn

    09.12.2018 at 12:08 Reply

    Shadow capelet
    Mood ring
    Metro silver
    I love techno so soft a fluffy without being scratchy or hairy.

  • Carol Powers

    09.12.2018 at 12:13 Reply

    The trip button cowl in serene is calling my name!

  • Jessica Harlow

    09.12.2018 at 12:18 Reply

    Rogue, Fringe, and Mood ring, and I’d alter Nevis to get all 3 colors in there! <3 I really want the long, fitted sweater with buttons though – so pretty!

  • Pattye McAbee

    09.12.2018 at 13:05 Reply

    The Nevis cowl in Smoke and tranquil

  • Liz Hall

    09.12.2018 at 13:09 Reply

    Mood ring
    For the shadow capelet

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    09.12.2018 at 13:14 Reply

    Nevis Cowl in #1971 Metro Silver & #1988 Tranquil

  • Ellen

    09.12.2018 at 13:15 Reply

    Lovely yarn…thx for the recipes!!

  • Renee

    09.12.2018 at 13:37 Reply

    I think the Nevis cowl would look lovely in Serene and Tranquil. Hmmm, would I take a refresher course in knitting, or imitate it in crochet?

  • Machelle

    09.12.2018 at 14:37 Reply

    Metro Silver and Mood Ring for Nevis.

  • Beatrix

    09.12.2018 at 15:49 Reply

    The tri button cowl in smoke would be lovely! Also that hot chocolate recipe looks great with the weather lately.

  • Tammie Hulsey

    09.12.2018 at 16:17 Reply

    Capulet in mellow, jive & fringe!

  • Stacey Sekscienski

    09.12.2018 at 16:28 Reply

    Nevis Cowl in Club Gray and Smoke. Gorgeous yarn!

  • Heidi

    09.12.2018 at 16:34 Reply

    Metro Silver, Smoke, and Club Gray would be my preference to knit the Shadow Capelet. The hot chocolate sounds divine.

  • KathyPlummer

    09.12.2018 at 17:31 Reply

    Sasha Wrap in Mood Ring

  • Betty Beall

    09.12.2018 at 18:58 Reply

    I like the jive and mellow and think it would great for the Nevis Cowl project. Plan to try the hot cocoa when grandkids visit at Christmas.

  • Alison Liebhart

    09.12.2018 at 18:59 Reply

    Mood ring and jive to make the Nevis cowel

  • Edwyna Honderich

    09.12.2018 at 19:16 Reply

    Trio-Button cowl in Fame

  • Stephenia

    09.12.2018 at 20:10 Reply

    Trip button cowl in 1985 mellow. But I really like the Sasha wrap and would splurge for the fourth skein myself! Can’t wait to try the homemade whip cream, I have been on a maple syrup kick this year, such a rich flavor!

  • Patricia Riden

    09.12.2018 at 20:46 Reply

    Shadow capelet in serene, tranquil and metro silver.

  • Amanda Shirley

    09.12.2018 at 21:18 Reply

    I like smoke, mood ring, and serene. I’d make the Nevis cowl with 3 colors.

  • Suzie Hukill

    09.12.2018 at 21:33 Reply

    The Nevis Cowl in metro silver and smoke would be so pretty.

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