Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Gingerbread and Lace

The scent of freshly baked ginger cookies is surely up there in the "Best Smells Ever" list. These aren't really "gingerbread", but ginger crinkle cookies. No rolling required, plus they have a very slightly crunchy exterior combined with a soft and chewy interior. Truly, it doesn't get any better. I found the recipe in the Globe and Mail a couple of weeks ago. It's a keeper.

Such a relief not to be doing any last minute gift knitting this year. Because of my fears of mailing delays, I completed all my knitting obligations by early November. Now it's just fun stuff to knit at my own pace (not very fast, I rarely spend even an hour a day knitting). My test of Victoria is done and ready to wear while I wait for the other testers to finish.

Wheatsheaves, the shawl, is inching its way into the fun lace charts. My knitting philosophy, as you probably know, is to get as much bang for my knitting time with as little effort as possible. As with Victoria, the Wheatsheaves lace charts are easy to memorize and require only casual attention. Perfect for audiobooks and/or CBC Radio or NPR (which, amazingly, is broadcast loud and clear from Cape Vincent just across the lake) or Netflix.

I generally try to keep favourite Calendars going for more than one year by printing off pages for the incoming year and taping them over the original pages. It now seems quite prescient of me to have chosen this little gem a year ago while on a trip to Picton during Isabel's visit here.

The illustrations made me smile when I first saw them and still do now, when a little daily smile goes a long way.

P.S. The best recipe for real old-fashioned gingerbread, the type that used to be served with butter before it morphed into cake in the late 20thC, is from the late James Beard's "Beard on Bread". A copy of it can be found here.