16 February 2014

valentine's weekend

It's been a weekend of baking and spinning. Having Valentine's Day on Friday was great - we didn't have to try to squeeze it into a busy work week. We didn't even try to go out for dinner around here, instead we stayed in, made the meal ourselves and avoided the general chaos of this most romantic of holidays. We watched the new Carrie movie on Friday night and then last night we watched the new Romeo and Juliet movie with that actress from True Grit - so I guess there was the general theme of love gone terribly wrong this weekend - but it still felt romantic and fun to us.

Back to the baking and spinning. I got the sugar cookie recipe here. I thought I had some heart-shaped cookie cutters in the cupboard, but didn't so I had to improvise with circles, elephants and diamond shapes. I love the rhubarb jelly sandwich version of these cookies.  Heart-shaped cookies would have been good, but circles get the job done.

Speaking of circles, I've pulled out the spinning wheel along with some very colorful fiber. A few pairs of my hand-spun socks have bit the dust this winter - they just finally wore out.  It's time for a few new pairs. I'm spinning single-ply, fingering weight yarn - a bit heavy on the spin for durability. My last pair of socks didn't hold up very well and I think it was because the yarn wasn't spun tightly enough. We'll just have to see how it goes. I'm looking forward to sharing some hand-spun sock yarn with you soon.

Hope you all had a great weekend.


  1. Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend - looking forward to see the finished product from your spinning.

  2. Beautiful images as always. I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a cookie. Glad your weekend was lovely!

  3. Those cookies look delicious!! I don't think I've ever tasted rhubarb outside the context of a strawberry-rhubarb pie...which mostly just tasted like strawberry. ;) Is rhubarb jelly sweet?

  4. Beautiful pictures Jillian - make me feel warm and cozy! You should be selling your cards - they are so pretty and colorful - love them! Cookies look good - the elephant made me smile! :) I have been meaning to make a batch of cookie like this, maybe today is the day since your look so yummy. No rhubarb though - will have to make icing for the middle, ruining the healthy factor.


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