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.
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:
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.
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:
Today I’m giving away THREE skeins of Techno to one lucky reader. I have three, 3-skein projects you can make with Techno:
Simply state in the comments which project you’d like to make, and the color(s) you’d like to win. The choices are:
- Tri-Button Cowl – 1 color of Techno
- Nevis Cowl – 2 colors of Techno
- Shadow Capelet – 3 colors of Techno….psst this is a free pattern, you can download it here
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.
⅓ cup boiling water
¼ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
¾ 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.
I 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
¼ cup real maple syrup
Add both ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer, and whip using the whisk attachment until thick.
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!