Monday, August 27, 2018





Hello there!  I’ve been having the most luxurious days, just filled to the brim with sitting cross-legged in a comfy chair with a pile of knitting in my lap, one good page-turner after another propped up in front of me.  There’s been Netflix, and a pizza.  I made a blueberry pie.  You guys, this pie!  Okay, Imma teach you this pie, because you need to know.

Cozy Things’ Blueberry Pie of Dreams
(Serves 1.  I mean, 8)

Your favorite flaky pie crust, 9”, baked
(Mine is 1c + 2T flour, 1/2 t salt, 1/3 c coconut oil + 4 T cold water
3/4 c coconut sugar
3 T cornstarch
1/8 t salt
1/4 c water
4 c blueberries
Zest of one lemon
1 T lemon juice
8 oz cream cheese (we use vegan, this one is good)
1/4 coconut sugar

Bake the pie crust, and let it cool.  Add 3/4 c sugar, salt, cornstarch, and water to a saucepan and stir.  Add 2 c blueberries and lemon zest.  Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until it’s clear and very thick.  Stir in the lemon juice and remove from heat.  Let it cool.  Mix the cream cheese and 1/4 c sugar in a bowl until blended.  Spread in the cooled pie crust.  Add the remaining 2 c berries and press them gently into the cream cheese mixture.  Pour the cooled jammy berry mixture on top.  Chill and devour.

That pie is so good I can not stop thinking about it.  I hope you have an abundance of blueberries where you are.

There’s been a lot of knitting happening.  I finished my Albini cardigan (pattern here) and it is so light and lovely.  It was a lot of plain stockinette, which as you know is something I really love.  I used Holst Supersoft in “Slate Grey” which is beautiful and heathery, making dark gray look really kind of interesting.  I’m so in love with Supersoft right now.  The transformation it makes with washing just keeps me hanging on through the long miles of knitting at a relatively wee gauge; I can hardly wait to get the finished garment into the blocking bath.  It is so tremendously rewarding.

I’ve been at my spinning wheel all week, too.  My dear friend Debbie came over last Friday with a huge trash bag full of an unwashed fleece from her beloved flock of adopted orphans and I spent the next several days transforming that into clean, carded batts, all ready for the wheel.  Having that fleece lying around kind of lit a fire under me about the other unfinished fleeces I already had, so I buckled down and finished spinning the Romney/Blue-faced Leicester I bought two years ago at the Fiber Festival.  Speaking of gorgeous heathery gray, those finished skeins just make me want to cast on a comfy cardigan right now, something for the encroaching cooler weather, something for evenings beside the fire.  Something for apple-picking and cider-sipping and bonfires under the stars.