Pineapple Upside Down Donuts

OH man. This is one recipe I cannot wait to share with you!

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For one, it’s all mine baby. I totally came up with this idea on the fly, and I am so happy I did! So so so happy i did! I was going to try to make pineapple upside down pancakes, but then I thought “pineapple upside down donuts? YEAH”. They are pretty easy too. And delicious. And it only makes 6 so you don’t eat 12 donuts in 1 sitting. Although you could easily double it if you are willing to risk it.

Here we go folks!

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Pineapple upside down donut

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
few sprinkles nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 egg lightly beaten
1/3 – 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, (I used milk with ½ tbsp. lemon juice, let it sit for 5 minutes), egg, and melted butter. Beat until just combined. Set aside.

Spray the pan with oil and then lay pineapple chunks in bottom of donut mold to cover the bottom of each donut. In a small frying pan, melt butter and add ¼ c brown sugar, let it caramelize and then pour evenly on top of pineapple.

Pour batter on top and bake for 20 minutes, or until tops of donuts are set. Place a plate on top and then flip the plate and pan at the same time to release the donuts right side up on the plate! Enjoy these DELICIOUS treats!

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Afterthought minties

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This week it’s all about finishing up projects that I’ve left in the UFO status for way too long. These cute socks are an example of that! I cast these on in APRIL!

I stalled out because in order to finish them I had to undo 1 bind off and re-do it stretchy style. This plus not having done an afterthought heel before left me paralyzed state so to say. I left them so close to completion for months.

Well this week I decided enough is enough. I guess I am doing some ‘fall cleaning’. Either way I hauled these out to get er done. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad.

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The yarn is knit picks felici in minty.. This is my go-to purse sock yarn because I can knit a cool stripe in totally plain colors and they will still look fun! I still have firefighter and hummingbird to knit, and I have a set of tyrian purple socks just waiting to have the ends sewn in later tonight!

These socks were knit by casting on 20 stitches for the toe, doing the standard increases, and doing an afterthought heel. I like how they turned out but I want to try a different style of afterthought heel next! i tagged them as a certain pattern on ravelry for ease, but I really just followed my go-to basic toe up sock pattern that’s in my head now.

I love them and wore them this a.m., but had to take them off as it’s gone up QUITE a lot to a pleasant 31 Celsius today. Now I’ll wave goodbye for now with my latest nails, done today based on this tutorial.

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Delicious Sangria, no Rubbish Mojitos please!

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Hey my lovelies 🙂 Guess what! I have a pretty FO for you! The above photo is to show how I wear it. It can also be worn beanie style but that is not flattering on me, AT ALL (trust me…i don’t even want to share THOSE photos.) Please forgive the processing but i took that photo no makeup at 7:30 am…it was neccessary 😉

I guess I knit this for the ravellenics, although I didn’t enter it or anything. I did cast on and off while watching the olympics though! I think I did anyways 😛 Synchronized swimming, track, and gymnastics REPRESENT! haha.

Delicious Sangria.

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This is my first Woolly Wormhead (Rubbish Mojitos) pattern and I am hooked! I mean, how cute is this? I’m in love with my spiral hat 🙂 It’s knit out of Tanis Fiber Arts too so of course it looks gorgeous. It’s some of the nicest yarn I’ve used. I love that Tanis is from Montreal too! I like supporting local(ish) businesses when I can.

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This was a pretty easy knit and it turned out lovely, so I would definitely recommend it! Now i need to make something matching with all the leftover yarn I have 🙂

FO: Garnet

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It’s done! And I got a bunch of outdoors photographs 🙂 I seriously worked my BUTT off to get these pictures!

First I spent 40 minutes walking to and from the park to realize I had forgotten my memory card at home. URGH. So I walk allll the way back. Then it’s either ridiculously cloudy or ridiculously sunny all the time. Did I mention I don’t have a tripod? I was setting my camera wherever I could think of…benches, trees, on the ground, on old stumps, etc. Then there was the issue of having the camera focus on what I wanted it to while I was not actually in the frame yet. Let me just tell you this whole ordeal took me about 3 hours!!!

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I think it was worth it though. These are a couple of bench set photos.

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This one involved setting my camera on top of my purse on the ground and then wiggling away from it for the shot.

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This top is just awesome though (if i do say so myself). I am in love with it. I love the color, I love the texture of the fabric, I love the fit, the look, everything!!!

I think you all know the pattern by now, it’s Kessa’s Lapis! This is a pattern for a beautiful summer top that you can wear out and about or to the office. I would probably wear it like so:

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Minus the jeans. I love you guys but there was no way I was changing pants along the parkway with cars and busses and bikers and walkers passing me all the time 😉

This is a great pattern because at the beginning it has a lot of interest and a very cool construction but eventually you get to move straight into plain stockinette. The directions are very well written and any questions that came up, the schematic pretty much solved right away! I am NOT a crocheter and had no problem doing the crochet required for this knit. I had a lot of fun knitting this 🙂 It was quick too! Under a month from start to finish.

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back/side views

Let me give you some stats in case you are curious, and also feel free to check out the project page on ravelry:

HERE.
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The Yarn is Elann.com’s Soie Bambou. This is the first yarn I have pruchased from elann and it is really good actually! They have incredibly reasonable prices too. a 227gm cone was 28 bucks!!! It is a 60% silk 40% bamboo blend. So far i have not experienced any unwanted stretching! I used 2 cones…but only 30 of 227gms of the second cone. Needless to say I have TONS left.

The needles were size 000 addi turbos lace needles and size 5 knitpicks harmonies. The seed stitch was a bit difficult at first on such small needles but i got used to it pretty quickly.

The notes can be found on my project page. I hardly altered anything at all!

The buttons are still MIA! Although they have been shipped, and if you are curious, these are them.

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overall, I’m in love! My boyfriend says it looks sexy so i think that’s a good sign. A friend I showed it to (who has “no patience” for knitting) told me she couldn’t even tell it was knit! So I think its a win. This thing is awesome. I’m really proud to have 2 full sized garment under my belt now!

Go check out Kessa’s Lapis Pattern now!

And everyone else’s FO’s at Tami’s too of course. today she is showing off soooo much yarn, jealous! I just ordered a skein from her though…woohoo!

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FO Friday: Cheery Men Mittens

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love to my bloggy friends ❤

Okay it is finally time for me to show off this FO. For some reason(s), like being sick, being away, being lazy, etc. I have never shown a full photo of these! Which is a shame because they are full of happy. In fact, I named them Cheery Men mittens! 1. They are cheery. 2. The yarn is called noro chirimen which I just though was really cute.

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It’s a good thing too, because I was feeling like a major grump before writing this. I have so. much. bus. rage. I know I should just let those things go but…URHGHGHGH have some common decency people! It’s not that hard. Anyways I’m getting way off track, as usual…

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The pattern is Camp Out fingerless mitts. I love this pattern! I could see myself making…hundreds of these. It’s crazy. Although after my second pair (which I’ve been like 5 rows away from finishing for.ev.er.) I’m going to take a wee break from them.

The yarn is Noro Chirimen as I mentioned earlier. It is a silk wool cotton blend, and actually quite soft. I find Chirimen is less scratchy than say…Kureyon. Which I like. I find it weird that Chirimen is MUCH less popular…a whopping 700 projects on ravelry versus 35,000. & 1 online buying option as opposed to 19. It’s weird. and although this is a “dk” i say it knits up like a worsted, and some spots are definitely aran or heavier.

also, as you can see, 1 skein contains a variety of crazy colors. Sometimes I can’t believe these mitts are from the same skein.

but they are.

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POW!

Right?

I knit these puppies up according to pattern on a size 6. I highly highly recommend the pattern to everyone! I get cold hands knitting / typing which causes them to get sore really quickly. These solve that issue for me!

I ❤ them.

& I ❤ all of your projects too, so I’m going over to Tami’s now to check em all out!

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FO: Larch Cardigan

If you’ve read my previous entries on the larch cardigan, then you know it may have been an uphill battle at times. But the fact of the matter is, I won the battle!

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I finished the knitting of the Larch earlier in the week and attached the button last night to call it an official FO. I’m still wearing it right now, I love it 🙂 It’s a totally gloomy day here, raining and everything so this purple alpaca hug is making me happy.

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Apparently some people actually quite like the way my collar worked out, so I thought I would just go over what I did again quickly for anyone who wanted to recreate it. (If this doesn’t make sense to you, I’m hoping that’s only because I tried to make it so only people with the pattern will know what to do)

Basically, i picked up stitches (in the fashion of the pattern) all the way to the two edges of the cardigan instead of stopping at the earlier point. This took me a few extra rows than prescribed in the pattern so the last 4 rows of picking up I actually counted as the first four rows of the prescribed ‘full rows of ribbing’ over the entire collar. 029-1

this meant that when I got to the end of those rows, there was an extra edge to now pick up stitches on. This method definitely makes you work more stitches, that is for sure! The two “horizontal” rows that you can see near the base of the collar are the edges I am talking about. You can look back at this post to see where I circled what I did. This method DOES give you one less seam though! The seam to attach the collar is eliminated.

Overall, I’m totally in love. I realized this is my first finished full sized garment. YEAH! I feel like I’ve already grown so much since i re-picked up knitting about 6 months ago. I’ve done so much more than I ever did before, and it makes me happy! Let’s get to the basics on the cardi though:
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Pattern: Larch By Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Lavender Heather from yarn.com
I would definitely use this yarn again, I really like it. There were no unwanted knots in any of the 8 or 9 skeins I used.
Needles: Size 4 Circulars (Knit picks interchangeables were used)
Notes: See above!!
Knit For: Savory Knitting KAL

Tada!

I have tons of housework to get to but I really want to check out the other pretties at Tami’s Amis. I’m blasting some Duffy and hoping it will motivate me to go fast and do both!

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you should do that as well 😉

FO Friday: The socks are done!

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Wow. Taking pictures of socks is hard. I decided to post some of my fails today to show you that yes, taking photos of your own feet is a challenge. And no, Chris cannot do it, he is never home during daylight!! At least not when I am.

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Exhibit A: Cool. You got the light from the window. But…What kind of a chair cushion IS that? And is that coffee I see in the background? Mmm…Coffee. I mean, socks? what?

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Exhibit B: Random poses. Feet need to longingly look out the window too, you know.

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Exhibit C: Oh, hey chair leg, sup? And you, window curtain, how you liking it here in all my photos? Comfy? oh, good.

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Finally I got so frustrated I threw my legs up into the sky and gave up. But then that looked ridiculous too.

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The Pattern: I just did a plain version with increases up to 64 sts instead of 72 of this pattern. I also decreased to 60 on the leg.
The Yarn: Gray, Golden Yellow, and Pumpkin Self-Striping Superwash Merino Sock Yarn from AlaskanNancy
The Needles: Us size 1 / 2.25mm Chiagoo AMAZINGNESS
The Notes: Obviously I love these socks. I mean, they’ve totally taken over my entire blog for the past week. This yarn is the best. It is sooooo nice on the toes. The striping is amazing. I used pretty  much all of the 110g of yarn I had. I love how I was able to match up the stripes pretty much perfectly. It actually made it easy to replicate two almost identical socks because I could watch the striping around the heel and know exactly what to do next. I highly recommend Nancy’s shop, Fireweed Dyeworks. I knit these puppies up in 6 days!!!

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I’m joining in with Tami for this weeks FO friday. Go check out her cute sweater and everyone else’s stuff! I see a night of blog reading and knitting larch sleeves in my future. The boyfriend ( or should I call him the DJ) is getting a new CDJ (like a turntable that uses CD’s instead of records) on his way home from work tonight so I am going to be left to my own devices. I like it.

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