Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Knit and Crochet Now! TV

I watched Knit and Crochet Now! TV, hosted by Brett Bara, for the first time on WBRA while eating lunch today. I have to say it was quite informative. I wasn’t sure how a show about knitting or crocheting could be produced or be any good, but I really liked it.

During the knitting segment, I learned a new pattern technique that I want to try out on a swatch. It involves yarn overs (YO) and dropping stitches. The YO stitch serves as an anchor to stop the stitch that’s dropped seven rows above the YO. This creates  a pattern with flat holes in it. Maggie Pace explained the pattern.

The crocheted pattern was very simple and it was interesting listening to Bara and Robyn Chachula discuss the sweater’s construction. Because of the sweater’s simple stitches and construction, Chachula said it’s an easy pattern for beginners.

I also liked the “Scarf of the Day” segment. It sounds really corny, but it was cool. The day’s scarf was a big, chunky scarf made with a cable stitch. The scarf has an appearance of being braided or twisted together. I want to find some chunky yarn and make a scarf for me — minus the pompoms on the ends.

You can buy and purchase the show, called “Wardrobe Builders” (Season 4, Episode 407) from Knit and Crochet Now’s website.

My first jelly roll

My first jelly roll!

Fox grape jelly roll

This is stuffed with fox grape jelly, a wedding gift from Vera Edmonds, a local woman whom I’ve never met. She knows Chris through his work with the local newspaper. Edmonds’ delicious grape jelly and others have served us for the past few years.

When making a jelly roll, I’d recommend making sure the batter is evenly distributed. You don’t want one part burning while the rest is still baking. I had to trim off one corner because the batter was too thin and it burned.

I’d also stick with aluminum foil or maybe even parchment paper. Though the recipe recommends foil or wax paper, I felt like I needed a smoke mask while the cake baked. Wax paper, apparently, smokes no matter the temperature.

Cranberry-Banana-Walnut Quick Bread

This cranberry-banana-walnut bread may look “ugly as sin,” as Chris put it, but it’s damn good! (Recipe here or a variation here.)

Cranberry Banana Walnut Bread


I made this bread for Aunt Shirley earlier this week and it turned out lovely. The bread didn’t stick anywhere and browned nicely. I did have to cook it an additional 10 minutes, but it slid right out of the pan with no problem.

For this go ’round, I did change the ratio of bread flour to cake/pastry flour from 1.5 cups: 0.5 cups to 1:1. I’m not sure that would have caused the bread to stick more though.

It seems like my Christmas baking has turned out the same for the past couple of years. Some funny disaster will happen and I’ll be left somewhat empty handed. Last year, nothing was turning out. I added too much butter or sugar into sugar cookie dough, so I had to pat it out and cook it into a big lemony mass. Breads fell apart and didn’t hold their shape. Around 8 or 9 p.m., Chris told me to stop with what I had and rushed out the door to Food Lion to buy provisions. So most of what people got last year were store-bought goodies with a surprise from me tucked in here and there.

This year Chris was on cookie duty. They turned out pretty and delicious. I’m 1 for 2 on the bread. I think I’m going to stop now.

Meg Allan Cole’s new DIY Job

Nest: Dream DIY Job Announcement.

Meg Allan Cole of Meg Allan Cole Crafts just announced she’s joining a new HGTV YouTube channel in the new year. I’m very excited for her and the other ladies who will share the task of posting DYI videos to this new channel!

To learn more, hop on over to Meg’s blog and watch her announcement video. She’s also posted a link to HGTV Homemade’s promotional video.

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Rust Baby Cable Socks

Here’s another pair of socks. This marks a third Christmas present off the list!

Baby Cable Socks

Close-up Baby Cable Socks

Here is a close-up of the cable stitching.

Yes, this pattern is also from Cindy Guggemos’ “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks.” This is my first attempt at this pattern — Baby Cable Socks. I have to say I really like it. It’s pretty simple and knits up very nicely.

I’m not sure which pattern I like best — this one or the eyelet chevron pattern. I wrote about the eyelet chevron pattern here and here.

Now I have this on the needles:

Dish Cloth

This will be a dish cloth, and will serve as a last minute gift. I have enough of this yarn to make 2 or even 3. I’ve used this pattern in the past. It’s a simple pattern with knit (k), yarn overs (yo), and knit two together (k2tog) stitches.