Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I would like to introduce you all to my new spindle (yet to be named, though I'm pretty sure she'll be called Maggie). This spindle was made just for me from beautiful walnut wood. I ordered it from a man in Grand Junction, Colorado who runs a shop called Magpie WoodWorks and he does beautiful work.
I also ordered this super cute yarn gauge. I realize I didn't really need it, but it was under $10 and just so darn useful and adorable I had to get one. This is made from mahogany. For those of you who don't know what a yarn gauge is... the space on the gauge is 1 inch and when you spin yarn you wrap your yarn around the inch space. Then how ever many wraps you have per inch (WPI) is the weight of your yarn - i.e. worsted, DK, sport, bulky, and so on.
Tomorrow is the birthday of a fellow volunteer and instead of cake she requested pie, which if fine by me. So I thought I'd share with you the recipe I made last night.
Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel. I mostly stuck to the recipe but I did change a couple things... substituted pecans for walnuts (personal preference), doubled the streusel topping (because streusel is amazing), and I used a 9.5 inch pie plate instead of making it in a cast iron skillet. We are having it with supper tonight so I'll have to let you know how it tastes!