Frozen Mocha Maple Pops Recipe

Warning: non-knitting post ahead. But a delicious one instead. These frozen mocha maple pops are the perfect treat for cooling off this summer.

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Frozen Mocha Maple Pops

So I could eat about a hundred of these a day. I don’t suppose they’re the healthiest food in the world, but that’s why I don’t eat a hundred a day.

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It’s been hot here in the Seattle area lately. I by hot, I mean hot for here. Although it got a little insane here a few weeks ago. These frozen mocha maple pops are perfect for the summer and hot weather. But whatever. I’m going to be snacking on these during Christmas break.

As you know, I’m no food blogger. So I don’t have post full of pretty magazine-worthy pictures (I do love me a blog post full of gorgeous food pictures). But I promise the taste of these will more than make up for my lack of shiny pics.

You’ll only need a few ingredients and some molds to freeze the pops in:

Frozen mocha maple pops ingredients

I always add a little gelatin to all of my frozen pops; it makes them a bit less melt-y and drippy. It’s optional, but I like the texture it adds.

Also, I make my chocolate syrup.  There are about a thousand recipes on the internet for it; I use this one. But any store syrup will work too.

After mixing your ingredients, you’ll need some molds to freeze the pops in. Paper cups works well, or Amazon carries an unlimited selection of different styles. As a fan of stainless steel, I use these:

Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

I also like these (the recipe makes about 8 or 9 popsicles, so I use these for overflow. They also make good frozen yogurt push pops).

Mirenlife Silicone Ice Pop Molds

BUT. If I ever need to order popsicle molds again, I’m totally getting these:

Tovolo Zombies Ice Pop Molds

Are these not the best thing you’ve ever seen?

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

Method

  1. Mix gelatin with water and let sit for a couple of minutes until the consistency of applesauce.
  2. Place hot coffee in a saucepan on medium low heat. Whisk in gelatin mixture until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Slowly whisk in rest of ingredients.
  4. Cool briefly, then pour into molds and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Enjoy!

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Frozen mocha maple pops

Arctic Trellis Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Hey , I’ve got another Spring pattern for you. It’s called Arctic Trellis, and it sounds way Spring-ish, right? No? Well, I had to call it that since I’m working on it while there are several inches of snow here on the ground here in the Seattle area. (But sending prayers to those of you in Texas right now who are persevering against much crazier winter madness.)

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Arctic Shawl knitting

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Check out this super-easy lace stitch:

Arctic Shawl knitting
…and my snowy backyard.

Arctic Trellis is one of those simple one-skein patterns to show off that cake of sock yarn that really needs to be showcased on your shoulders rather than keeping your feet toasty.  (Not that I have anything against socks; they’re my favorite thing to knit in the whole world.)

 

 

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I used this skein of Darjeeling Sock (Ravelry link) from Earl Grey Fiber Company. This delightful color is called Autumn Skies. Of course it is.

Arctic Trellis is a simple triangle shawl worked from one corner to the opposite edge. It is made up of a garter section with a simple, easy-to-memorize lace pattern. Gauge is not essential, but use a larger needle for a nice drape and an open lace section. My finished measurements were about 70 inches across and 20 inches deep, with a size 4 needle.

Other materials that you’ll need are a tapestry needle for weaving in ends and blocking supplies like a mat and wires. You’re gonna want to do some heavy duty blocking to get that lace to submit.

Arctic Shawl knitting

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I hope you enjoy this quick and easy knit. You’re going to want to sport that beautiful skein of sock wool when the weather warms up a tad bit.

Arctic Trellis has only been tested by me. Please contact me (Ravelry link) with any questions, comments, or errors.

Download here: ArcticTrellis

Stay cool (but warm!),

Brumous – Free Sweater Knitting Tutorial

Brumous (adj.) – Of grey skies and winter days; filled with heavy clouds or fog: relating to winter or  cold, sunless weather.

Brumous knitting sweater

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Man, what a crazy start to the new year, huh?

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LOL. Hard pass, thanks. I may already be over 2021.

Instead, I’ve been (at least trying to be) in the Zen Zone, knitting away.

Knitting GIFs | Tenor

Anyway, onward, to my next sweater recipe.

I never knew there was a word that describes my perfect weather day until I came across brumous.  Good thing I like it, as it’s this way most of the year here in the Pacific Northwest. And I thought this sweater conjured up sentiments of clouds, rain, and all my favorite meteorological events.

This isn’t really a pattern…

It’s a tutorial. Make this sucker any size you want. I provide estimates on the amount of wool you’ll need, but you may have to wing it if you’re making a smaller or larger size , or using a different gauge.

Brumous is a sideways sweater that is constructed in a way so that you can try it on (or try it on your recipient) as you go. The front is worked in two rectangles that are grafted together in the center. The back is worked the same way. Once the shoulders are seamed, you can determine how deep you want the armholes. Finally, stitches are picked up for the neck, sleeves, and bottom band. Easy-peasy.

Brumous knitting sweater

My sample was made with Dream in Color City (Ravelry link) at a gauge of 4 stitches/inch and a finished bust circumference of 37 inches. I kind of cropped it as well. You can make it in any gauge or  size you want; again, wool amounts will need to be adjusted. Just take a couple of measurements and knit a swatch, and you’re ready to go.

When everything else in the world seems complicated, knitting a sweater should be easy and bring joy, amirite?

 

 

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Download here: Brumous1

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With abundant blessings,

Marram Tee Knitting Pattern

Is it too early to think about Spring knitting? I don’t think so, but I’m generally not a rule follower. Don’t get me wrong though; I will always be an Autumn girl at heart all year long.

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marram tee knitting pattern

If you like to knit out of season, check out Marram Tee. Pattern is a simple, lightweight top that is worked top down with minimal shaping. The front is first cast on and worked flat to the underarm with some short row shaping for the shoulders and neck. The back is then cast on and worked similarly with short row shoulder shaping. The front and back are joined at the underarms and tee is worked in the round with a bit of waist shaping to the bottom. Finally, the shoulders are seamed, and stitches are picked up for the sleeves.

marram tee knitting pattern

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Recommended ease for Marram Tee is 5-6 inches at the bust. Sizing is as follows:

Sizes Finished Chest Circumference (inches) Sizes Finished Chest Circumference (inches)
A 34 F 43.5
B 35.5 G 46
C 38 H 47.5
D 39.5 I 50
E 42 J 51.5

marram tee knitting pattern back detail

Materials Required

DK weight wool/linen blend in following amounts. I used Plymouth Yarn Tussah Kissed in Color Natural

Size A B C D E F G H I J
Yarn Amt. (yards) 500 530 550 575 600 625 650 675 730 735

 

US5 Circular needle, 29 inches, OR Two US5 circular needles, 16 or 24 inches

US4 Circular needle, 29 inches

US4 Double pointed needles OR long US4 circular needle for Magic Loop

Waste Yarn or stitch holder

Two stitch markers

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

marram tee knitting pattern shoulder

Pattern is available for US$5.00. Down load here.

Pattern has been tested, but please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or errors.

With abundance and blessings,

 

 

Pebble Socks Knitting Pattern

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For most knitters, it’s  currently sweater-knitting weather. But for me, it’s sock-knitting weather. But that’s pretty much anytime. Or all the time. Socks are a blank canvas waiting to be filled with whatever stitch pattern your imagination can produce. And the constructions methods are endless. Socks never bore me.

Knit Pebbles Socks

Construction

Pebble socks were created  using a modified costruction method from Cat Bordhi’s book New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Sadly, Cat passed away from  cancer in September 2020. I never got to meet her in person, but she helped fuel my love of sock knitting. I hope these socks can be my small tribute to her creative and ingenious spirit that will continue to inspire all knitters for all time.

Knit Pebbles Socks Left

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Construction of Pebble socks begins at the toe, and includes plenty of fun details like wrapped stitches, a reinforced heel AND heel turn, and a twisted rib guesset that sits off center from the top of the foot. The “pebbles” form a gently curving path from the toe to the top of the leg. Despite the off-center gusset, each sock hugs the foot beatifully and comfortably.

Knit Pebbles Socks Right

Pattern

The 10-page pattern contains written instructions, and charts for the “pebbles.” It is written for 4 different sizes (foot circumferences of 7, 8, 9 and 10 inches). Video links to techniqes are included. The pattern has been tested, but please contact me (Ravelry link) with any questions or problems. I’m happy to help.

Knit Pebbles Socks Gusset

Pebbles is available here for US $3.00.