Taking part in the Blog tour for Knit Bake Sew by Evin Bail O'Keeffe, a recipe and craft project annual. In the interests of full disclosure Evin and I follow each other on Twitter and I knit her an Owls once, discovering that we are approximately the same size. Also in the interest of full disclosure, this being the first time that this has arisen, I am Gluten Intolerant, so I will be glossing over recipes that would be poorly adaptable.
First impressions are good, beautiful pictures.
First recipe is for pastry crust, the idea of incorporating spices into a crust sounds interesting and I should try it sometime.
The Long-tail cast on is detailed in some very clear photographs, that I might use for reference if I was to use it (it's not my default cast-on, but it does have it's uses. Then there's the Icelandic Bindoff, which looks like something interesting to try and to add to my cast-off repertoire.
Cleverly she has some basic terms and conventions used in the book. And some sewing conventions and a clear how-to on Blanket stitch, that's one that I always have to check on how to start it, and this is clear.
The first section is Winter
Mugwump Oatmeal pie looks interesting, but not one for me.
The Keating Hat is an interesting slightly loose hat, knit in DK.
The White Chocolate Cheesecake looks good and should be easily substituted (Aldi's Gluten Free Range has some nice digestives by the way)
Cupid's Arrow Cowl is a pretty, loose cowl that would use up a ball or two of treat-me Aran Yarn.
Next section is spring.
Starting with Lime Poppy-seed scones, that looks sadly lovely.
I have been tempted recently to make myself some boot toppers to hold my jeans down during the chillier weather (trust me you start to understand the use when you ride the back of a motorbike in the cooler weather) and the Cobblestone ones tempt me.
The Strawberry Mascarpone tart tempts me too.
The Falling Petals Shawl is another deceptively simple but beautiful pattern.
Next recipe is Snickerdoodles.
Smudge's Handspun Headband is a lovely showcase for a small amount of DK yarn, possibly a use for a first handspun or some beautiful dk leftovers.
And it's into Summer with Aunt Nell's Blondies.
Mary's Hostess Apron is a half-apron copied form an old favourite. Classic apron.
Buttery Cheddar Biscuits look delicious.
Another sewn pattern with the On the Green Picnic Mat. An oilcloth backed pattern, very practical for a knit in public day!
Lemon Drizzle Cake makes me want it, on-screen photographs are so clear you can almost smell the lemons. (I did resist licking the screen, just)
Princes Street market tote is lovely, and very practical here in Ireland where we are charged for plastic bags.
Autumn again teases with some Orange and Honey Loaf cake.
Love the Honeycomb Tea Cozy, the colours are perfect for it too, warm and autumnal.
Monster cookies look lush.
Festive bunting is a sewn pattern here.
Grandma's Pumpkin Pie sounds delicious and doesn't start with a tin of pumpkin but with a whole pumpkin... starts to plot possibilities, it's been simply ages since I had a decent pumpkin pie, shush, I had it, in the 80s courtesy of an American neighbour, in Galway.
The Sugar Maple Vest would not be my kind of top, but a very useful, versatile top it would be for many people.
Chocolate Cardamon Tart sounds intriguing.
Upcycled Felt mittens sound like a good use for those jumpers that have had a laundry incident.
Thanks and an index round things out.
It's beautiful, well produced and with something for nearly everyone. I'm just sad I can't just use some of the recipes straight from the tin but some of them have me plotting and heading for my gluten-free recipe books. Well done Evin.
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