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New Winter Knitcircus & giveaway; Thanksgiving pattern sale; and other miscellaneous topics

First off:  have you guys seen the new Knitcircus yet?  I swear, each issue is better than the last, and it’s not just because I work on them.  I especially love the Komeeta mitts, the Confection hat (great holiday gift idea I think), French Roast, and the Verona cardi.  But all the patterns are fabulous.

Second, I promised on twitter to post the recipe for the maple buttermilk bread.  I’m thoroughly embarrassed to realize that I did so on the 4th of November, and it’s taken me this long.  Regardless,  I’ve adapted this recipe from The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger.

  • 1 cup plus 1 tbs buttermilk (original calls for water)
  • 1 1/2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbs maple syrup (I use grade B organic from Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 cups bread flour (I’ve been known to sub in some wheat, rye, other)
  • (I omit the 1/3 cup dry buttermilk powder, which would otherwise come next)
  • 1 tbs gluten
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp SAF yeast

Dump it all into the bread machine (liquids first) & let the machine do its thing!

I’ve also been known to add in oatmeal, nuts, etc.


Thanks so much to Wendy for her mention of the Wrought Cardi on her podcast, Knit 1, ❤ Too.  She’s doing a test of it in gorgeous green Dream in Color Classy.

Do you have plans to knit over Thanksgiving?  If so, or if you need some ideas, head on over to Ravelry & use the code THANKS to get 25% off my patterns in my Rav store.  The code will work beginning today through Monday midnight PST.  Support small businesses, buy indie, and so on!

Finally…I’m giving away (2) Winter Knitcircus pattern collections.  Leave a comment on this blog with your favorite design from the issue by Tuesday night, midnight PST.  I’ll post the winners the next day.  Good luck!

26 comments… add one
  • Lilie November 23, 2011, 12:47 pm

    My favorite pattern from the new winter issue is Ripen. 🙂

  • Corinne November 23, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Tough to choose but I think my fave is Priscilla Vintage Capelet, it’s a lovely design!

  • Veronica November 23, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I like Sophie’s Mittens

  • Louise November 23, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I love komeeta! But they’re all lovely!

  • villiputti November 23, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Here in Finland we make similar type of bread seasoned with some ground seville orange peel and it is called ‘setsuuri’ or ‘sötsur’ which means ‘sweet sour’ bread.
    And of course my favorite pattern is definitely the Komeeta mittens!

  • Sheila November 23, 2011, 2:04 pm

    I love the Valle di Susa wrap. I have a soft spot for cables

  • Aimee November 23, 2011, 2:08 pm

    I must agree – this issue is simply amazing! Narrowing it down, I’d knit:
    Priscilla Vintage Capelet

    However, I MUST KNIT Speleology! Cables & lace in the same pattern make an amazing combo. Put it in a sick pattern, and I swoon!


  • lori shafer November 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I love several of the patterns but my favorite one is french roast…i think a nice chocolate brown would like great

  • Bridie November 23, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I love Ripen – it’s beautiful!

  • Angie S. November 23, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I really like the Rivulet shawl and the Syrinx hat and infinity cowl. I can’t have enough cowls!

  • Robin Y. November 23, 2011, 4:59 pm

    I love French Roast – it is the type of sweater that I would wear over and over again.

  • Knitnana November 23, 2011, 5:02 pm

    This issue is scrumptious!!! There are so many patterns I’d love to make!!!

  • Lotsofhermies on Rav November 23, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I love French Roast. I think I would actually knit that one and wear it.

  • melanie November 23, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Sandrilene! I love that cardigan!

  • Denise November 23, 2011, 7:38 pm

    I love all the designs, natch! But if have I have to choose:

    French roast, closely followed by Verona

  • Emily November 23, 2011, 9:28 pm

    French Roast is delicious! I’d love to make and wear it.

  • Rebecca November 23, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Yes to the French Roast! And Icy Rivulet. Mmmmm

  • Megan November 23, 2011, 11:19 pm

    I love French Roast and Ripen. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • lorraine November 25, 2011, 10:34 am

    Sandrilene for sure! 🙂

  • brenda November 25, 2011, 10:55 am

    I love French Toast. Thanks!

    (goodstuff on Rav)

  • Kristin November 25, 2011, 4:33 pm

    I like lots of the patterns in the issue…love the French Roast cardigan! Would want to make that for sure!

  • stephanie gordon November 26, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Wow – many lovely, lovely projects to choose from! I love the Syrinx set, but also love the Bronze Maple Stole and the Ripen…. would most likely make the Syrinx set first, so it will have to count as my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win! Stephanie

  • Tina November 27, 2011, 10:23 am

    Oh thank you for sharing your recipe ~ can’t wait to try! I love Ripen and the Bronze Maple Stole the best but the whole issue is packed with yummy goodness. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity 🙂

  • jessica November 27, 2011, 11:03 am

    Thanks for the recipe, it sounds yummy! My favorite pattern in that issue would be the French Roast Cardigan.

  • knitmomma November 29, 2011, 12:08 am

    French Roast & Rosebud, I can’t narrow it down more than that, sorry! 🙂

    Off to check out your pattern sale…

    knitmomma on Rav

  • Laurie in Maine November 29, 2011, 1:44 am

    “Dear Santa…I would like a bread machine, pretty please!”
    oops! wrong list…Komeeta are on the top of my wish list of mitten patterns 😉

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