To welcome our teachers back to school, I knitted each of them a reusable coffee cup sleeve, a quick knit pattern out of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. Well, each one was quick, but twelve of them took a little while! The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica Naturals in colors 701 and 702 – the natural look and texture of the wool reminded me of coffee. The pattern says that you can get at least four sleeves, but I managed to get six sleeves out of each skein, knit of US 6 DPNs. These are great gifts for teachers, housewarmings, hostess gifts, etc.
Because we have lots of blackberries growing right now, I tried a new recipe for blackberry scones – it was quick, easy, and delicious!
Ingredients: 3 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch nutmeg
Mix dry ingredients together – cut in 3/4 cup butter with a pastry cutter – add 1 cup buttermilk. Gently stir in 1 cup fresh blackberries. Form 3-inch balls – flatten slightly and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes one dozen.
For my daughters’ back-to-school gifts, I bought charms from Mountain Girl Silver in each of their “secret” flower names (I tell them that, if I could re-name them now, knowing that I have three girls and knowing each of their personalities, I would name them Violet, Poppy, and Daisy, from oldest to youngest, so these are their secret flower names). Each of the charms has a symbol that matches the flower name, and I made the friendship bracelets in colors to correspond with each flower (green, yellow and white for daisy – reds and orange for poppy – and purples for violet).
Then I tucked the bracelets into colored mesh bags, and put them on the girls’ dinner plates so that they could open them while we went around the table and listened to each one tell stories about her first day of school.
There’s info on making friendship bracelets on my blog page here.