the beginning

Friday, February 15, 2008

It is the beginning of my new project, which takes a lot of yarn
Twenty balls, to be exact.  I am using color 24, green, same as the pattern calls for.   
Debbie Bliss's Ruby. I started last night, haven't made much progress, but am just so happy to be working on size 8 needles.   The only other person I have seen out there making this is Rebecca over at poshyarns.  Ravelry only has Rebecca listed, also.  Anyone seen it?


This weeks cookie:  Mexican Wedding Cookies.
The recipe comes from a bakery in Florida that shared the recipe and is no longer in business. 
1 cup butter :: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling :: 2 tsp water :: 2 tsp vanilla :: 1/4 tsp salt :: 2 cups flour :: 1 cup chopped pecans (do not chop too fine,  lean on the larger side) Makes 12 cookies.  Only,12!
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes.  Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar.
**Hide from kids, so there are more for you. Pull out dough from the freezer and bake those for them.**
My mother, sisters and I would have these in the morning with coffee and knitting.  It really makes for a beautiful morning.
Enjoy  your weekend!

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67 comments

  1. Oh WOW that project looks awesome, Leslie, and the color - wow eee! Enjoy your weekend...and those cookies :)

    Tanya

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  2. Oh I am so excited that you are making this now and I am having green envy too, the colour is going to be gorgeous.

    There is one in progress here, http://www.schenk.duebi.ch/2008/01/einige-gute-vorstze-fr-das-neue-jahr.html , Flurina emailed me, she has finished the main and is on the sleeves, I think.

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  3. MMMMMMMM, both the pattern and the recipe.

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  4. beautiful! hope you'll keep us updated on your progress. happy, happy, knitting :)

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  5. It is going to be so much fun to watch that sweater grow!
    Those cookies look delicious!

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  6. That is going to be brilliant! The colour is lovely and the cashmerino will be so cuddly to wear.

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  7. love that photo of libby with the yarn. we have those same tights!

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  8. My goodness! That is one ambitious project. I can understand your desire to work on bigger needles after the Tangled Yoke. :)

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  9. Wow! that looks like a task and a half - the Ruby, not the cookies (they look pretty simple and very yummy):-) Can't wait to see your progress on this.
    I've just completed my first 'Evangeline', so I will post a quick pic. It's hard taking pics of your own hand!
    Have a lovely weekend, wish I could join you for knitting and cookies ;-)

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  10. That is one of the prettiest sweaters I've ever seen next to the silver Belle. I may even prefer this one. I love that yarn and the color you picked is heavenly. I wonder which is more challenging to knit, Leslie? What do you think? I sure wish I lived next door. I would gladly bring the cookies and coffee just to sit and chat and watch you knit. You are my hero.

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  11. yahaira2/15/2008

    that's going to be such a fun project to knit. and those cookies look so yummy, I'll have to make a batch this weekend

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  12. wow! That is going to be GORGEOUS!

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  13. Oh it's going to be so much fun to watch two of my most favorite bloggers work on this sweater! It's such a beautiful pattern too.

    Those cookies are very similar to the Russian Tea Cookies we make at Christmas. Although, I think we get a few more than twelve. Definitely delish! Have a great weekend!

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  14. I love that first color! It's oddly inspiring.

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  15. yum.... another must try recipe .... thanx...
    wow.... what a gorgeous cardi/jacket.... and that wool... beautiful... how exciting...
    luv Abby

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  16. I love it!!! The edging it beautiful.

    I'm excited about the cookies too. yumm

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  17. wow that is one arm full of yarn!! but I am sure it will be worth it!

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  18. it is so funny you mentioned eating these with coffee, because when i have them around (they do not last long) i love having them as breakfast.
    rebecca is a stunning project, and i know yours will be amazing!

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  19. i hadn't seen this pattern period. Gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see it done.

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  20. Wow... that is going to be a beautiful sweater! I can't wait to see your progress.

    We make a similar cookie in my family, but we call it Pecan Fingers. My fave cookie of all time... I can never eat just one:)

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  21. How long do you anticipate that taking? it would take me 10 yrs!

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  22. Such a beautiful color, Leslie! You will look absolutely fabulous in the finished product, too.

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  23. Ooooh,I might have to go out for some peacans.. I love Mexican Wedding cookies!

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  24. I love your new project! such a pretty color green.

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  25. yummy: yarn and cookies both!
    i'm sure you'll be modeling ruby by this time next month, and that it will be BEAUTIFUL.

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  26. I am sooooooooo envious. I totally love this pattern, and the colour you chose is the BEST. I can't wait to see it grow. It's going to be mighty hard to stay on my yarn diet though...

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  27. thinking about your ruby makes me want to knit rachel.

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  28. I can't wait to see your sweater -- I've always thought it is gorgeous!

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  29. That looks like a great jacket! Can't wait to see it progress. :)

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  30. Thanks for sharing that cookie recipe. I just made the Lemony Snickets and they are sooooo good. Oh boy. Can't wait to try this one.

    Ruby looks great!

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  31. That sweater jacket looks so difficult . . I give you lots of credit for attempting it, but I know you will be able to do it. Me? I'd never try! *LOL*

    I've made Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes for years. Usually you roll them a teeny bit into balls (not packed too tightly). My Grammy used to make them the best. They're my favorite cookies!

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  32. Yummy to both the sweater and the cookies! I can't wait to see the sweater grow - it will be gorgeous! Love your color choice! And my mouth is watering for some of those little sweet cookies!

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  33. OH! That is absolutely divine!! I wish I had more time to knit - I would absolutely LOVE to have a go at that but it would probably take me about 5 years to complete. I shall enjoy it vicariously through you!

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  34. That project is going to be awesome!

    Love the yarn photo! :o)

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  35. You are so intrepid and you dream BIG, that's what we love about you!

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  36. love that sweater pattern! wow. what a great color you picked.

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  37. That sweater will be gorgeous!

    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cookies!

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  38. Beautiful sweater!! Can't wait to see it!

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  39. Ruby is gorgeous! I haven't seen it yet but I may put that on my list. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. You choose a very pretty color.

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  40. That's going to be another beautiful project by you!

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  41. wow! 20 balls should be big project and the pattern is really nice. Can't wait to see you finished it.

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  42. Anonymous2/17/2008

    gorgeous!

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  43. That is going to be great. I like the colour you have chosen. I was watching out for Poshyarns too!

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  44. Talk about a beautiful pattern! These are the kind of projects that if I still lived in PA, I wished we were in a coffee shop sitting around a fire with our feet kicked up on the cofeee table knitting this together.Ok, I can dream.LOL Love when you whip these kind of projects out. It's inspiring!

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  45. Love that sweater! I can't wait to see your progress!!

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  46. Oh My Gosh! That sweater is gorgeous! Oh it's going to be so wonderful and in Cashmernio! Wow! Can't wait to see your progress.

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  47. Hi Leslie - I really enjoy your blog, your photos & your knitting. A small group of us are meeting this week to knit - it will be our first "meeting" and I am really looking forward to it. Your sweaters are really beautiful; I can't wait to try something similar at some point!
    Sam

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  48. Anonymous2/18/2008

    What beautiful yarn. I love Debbie Bliss. Keep us posted on your progress. We're cheering you on!
    Yomamaknits

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  49. that is a beautiful pattern, and the most lovely color on earth. Truly. I hadn't seen it before.

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  50. Beautiful project Leslie. I'll be watching your progress with interest...

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  51. Love the pattern !!! I've had Mexican Wedding cookies, luv em'. Gotta go, I'm suffering from yarn envy (smile) !!!

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  52. Aaaaa! I am squealing in delight and am excited to find out if this knits up quicker than expected. I guess size 8 needles should do the trick. Ruby is wonderful. Looks 3/4 length? I eagerly await more photos.

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  53. that is going to be beautiful! it looks like it has some interesting construction!

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  54. What an ambitious project, well for me, maye not for you so much. I think it's going to be pretty spectacular. I think Wedding cookies are probably one of my favorite cookies. Actually, I will shove anything covered with powdered sugar in my mouth and be pleased.

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  55. Mmm. That looks yummy. The yarn AND the cookies.

    I love that green... reminds me of the ocean when it's all churned up.

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  56. So. Just two left, huh?

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  57. I am jealous! I just bought the book and want RUBY too! I have KILCAR from Donegal Tweeds on the needle-I just started a blog-http://tdoeswool.blogspot.com-no pictures yet-as I am still in progress-I have you linked-I am awaiting more RUBY

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  58. Oh that jacket will be absolutely beautiful! And that color on you too! Mmmexican wedding cookies are one of my favorites!

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  59. Ooh boy that sweater is going to be so yummy and decadent!

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  60. I love love love the color of that yarn. I can't wait to see your FO!

    Andrea

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  61. I don't know what to say today (I know I'm late on commenting anyway) except, I love your blog. It just makes me so *happy* to visit. And I love that your children are just enough older than mine that I can picture how things will be around here when mine start to get bigger. That doesn't make sense. What I mean is, I admire you as a mother AND as a knitter and fellow blogger and photographer. (It's almost my birthday and I'm feeling all lovey-dovey to the world.) :D

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  62. Tag! I challenge you to post seven interesting/unusual/random/weird things about yourself. See my latest post for details!

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  63. My mom makes those same cookies for Xmas! (Only she calls them Snowballs.)

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  64. Wow, that's going to be an amazing project!

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  65. oh this is going to be fantastic on you! great color too. so cables and cables though - glad it's you doing this and not me.

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  66. I have this book also and this pattern caught my eye as well. I still have to make Silverbelle (aka Romy) as I have had the yarn for months now after being inspired by your version. I'm working on Ana as well from the Alpaca Silk book and that called for a.ton.of.Debbie.Bli$$. I feel ya.

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  67. Oh I love that pattern and look at in my pattern book too. I cant believe only one other person is making it. I love the green yarn too. I cant wait to see progress shots of it.

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