I made a book! [Cozy Christmas Knits]

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Christmas isn’t just a time of year

it’s a feeling of warmth and friendship to carry with you always

I’m so excited to share with you the project that I’ve been working on for months! I’ve poured a lot of myself into this book and I think you can see it in the final product. It’s not that the patterns are very complex or involved, they are the kinds of things to make for gifts or to wear everyday.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Join three friends as they spend a crisp afternoon visiting a family Christmas tree farm to pick out the perfect tree for the holidays. There will even be a hot cocoa break!

Here are 3 mini pattern collections included in the book, each contain a cowl, mittens or fingerless mitts, and a hat. The designs work up quickly with luxurious yarn, and worsted weight or larger gauges. It is possible to squeeze just a few more hand knit presents with style.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof


Special on Ravelry.com: Through the end of December, buy 2 or more Cozy Christmas Knits patterns or eBooks and receive 25% off! Great for buying one for you and one for a friend. Use coupon code B2G25%OFF at checkout to receive the discount.


Photos are by the talented Brenna Frederick. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Click on any of the above images to see more of the photos and the pattern details.

Happy knitting,

Jessica

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Small Business Saturday Weekend Sale

Thanks Weekend SaleHi friends!

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you make or attend a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings? Bake a pizza instead?

We had a lovely gluten, dairy, and corn free turkey dinner with some of my family. I was elated to find a soft dinner roll recipe that we all could eat! The biggest hits were the chicken apple sausage stuffing made with some easy artisan bread, and green bean casserole with a roasted garlic cashew cream sauce studded with sauteed mushrooms and topped with caramelized onions.

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In honor of being thankful and Small Business Saturday I’ve put together a sale. There’s no need to fight the crowds on this one, and you can participate anywhere. What can be better than shopping in PJ’s at home for patterns?

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[New Pattern] Amity Hat

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

 

I finally have a new pattern to show off!

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

[talking to goats]

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 It comes in DK and worsted weight brims.

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

Matchy matchy

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 [feeding goats]

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 Cute slouchy gathers.

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This brim is made in Simplicity Metallic. Double sparkle!

 

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This brim is in Simplinatural and this hat makes me feel like a storybook character!

Amity Hat by Jessica Bolof - Photo by Matthew Richey

 

This shoot was a blast! We played with goats (they were even trying to lick the camera!), picked flowers with the neighbor kids, and did mini dance parties in between shots. The hat is just as fun to knit!

The Kid-Paillettes that is shown for the hat body has darling little sequins strung in with the mohair and silk to give your days and nights a bit of glimmer.

 

::Finished Measurements::

DK Weight Brim Hat
Hat Depth:
7 (7.25, 8, 8.5”/18 (18.5, 20, 21.5) cm
Brim Circumference:
12.75 (13.5, 14.25, 15)”/32.5 (35, 36, 38) cm
Body Circumference:
20.5 (21.5, 22.75, 24)”/52 (54.5, 57.75, 61) cm

Worsted Weight Brim Hat
Hat Depth:
7 (7.25, 8, 8.5”/18 (18.5, 20, 21.5) cm
Brim Circumference:
12.5 (13.75, 14.25, 15.5)”/ 31.75 (34.92, 36.19, 39.37) cm
Body Circumference:
20.5 (21.5, 22.75, 24)”/52 (54.5, 57.75, 61) cm

Materials
Yarn A:
DK Weight Brim Hat: 1 hank of Simplicity by Hikoo
Or
or 40 (45, 45, 50) yds / 36.5 (41, 41, 46) m of DK weight yarn

Worsted Weight Brim Hat: 1 hank Simplinatural
Or
26 (28, 30, 32) yds/ 23.75 (25.5, 27.5, 29.25) m worsted weight yarn

Yarn B (both hats): 1 ball of Kid-Paillettes
Or
1 ball of Kid-Seta by Schulana
Or
60 (65, 80, 90) yds/55 (59.5, 73, 82) m of Mohair Silk laceweight yarn

Needles:
DK Weight Brim Hat:
US 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle for ribbing
US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular and DPNs for hat body
Worsted Weight Brim Hat:
US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle for ribbing
US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular and DPNs for hat body
Or size needed to obtain gauge

::Gauge::
DK Weight Brim Hat
32 sts & 28 rows using smaller needles and Yarn A in 2×2 rib per 4”/10 cm

Worsted Weight Brim Hat
28 sts & 24 rows using smaller needles and Yarn A in 2×2 rib per 4”/10 cm

Both Hats
20 sts & 18 rows using larger needles and Yarn B in st st per 4”/10 cm

1 stitch marker & yarn needle

 

$5.50 

Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

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Mouthwatering. Savory. Sweet. Rich. Awesome. These are some of the things you will be saying after eating this pork! Serve on some soft bread and with a drizzle off BBQ sauce, with coleslaw on the side. Double for a crowd 🙂

 

4 strips of diced bacon
1 chopped onion
1 chopped apple
1.5 pounds of pork loin
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons each of molasses, raw sugar, and basalmic vinegar
2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

 

1.  Brown bacon in a skillet. Add apple and onion. Once onion softens brown pork loin. Tip into slow cooker. Place on low.

2. Add tomato sauce, vinegars, molasses, sugar, and spices to skillet. Simmer until slightly thickened. Pour into slow cooker.

3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove pork, shred with 2 forks, return to slow cooker and toss with cooking liquid. Enjoy!

Curried Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

I am bananas crazy for butternut squash soup! I love it American style, Thai Style (recipe is coming this fall!), and now Indian Style. This hearty soup is comforting and full of flavor! A very good warm-me-up and cheer-me-up dish. I hope you enjoy good soup, if not we can no longer be friends. I take it back, we can still be friends even if you don’t like soup. Just not best friends! Ha! 😉

For the spiced yogurt (can be made the day before):

  •  1 cup of greek (strained) yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Stir chili powder & salt into the yogurt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

For the chutney (can be made the day before):

  • 1 pinch celery seeds
  • 1 tsp gram masala
  • 6 grinds of pepper from a pepper mill
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chile pepper (I used a Thai red and removed the seeds, it wasn’t very spicy)
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 T of raw sugar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat saucepan to medium, add spices to saucepot and toast until fragrant, add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. 
  2. Add all other ingredients. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

 

For the soup:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut squash into 4 pieces, remove seeds, rinse and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper cut-side down. Bake until softened, about 35 minutes.
  3. In a large stockpot toast the curry powder until fragrant. Add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. Add chicken broth, carrots, and garlic. Simmer until carrots are soft. 
  4. Blend soup in batches in blender. Return to a simmer. Season with salt to taste.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, carefully top soup with the chutney and yogurt close to the surface so they don’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Serve with gluten free naan or toast. Enjoy!