Author Archives: sweatyknitter

About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.

More Baking Memories

A few weeks ago I blogged about my desire to have mormor’s havrekjeks – oat crackers – that had thrilled me as a child.  Now that there’s a tin filled with havrekjeks on my kitchen counter, I decided to make … Continue reading

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Review: “Making Life More Beautiful: A Maker’s Handbook”

For several years I’ve been following Kate Davies’s blog, “Fabrickated.”  London-based Kate has a “real” job, but among other talents, she is a skilled and creative clothing designer/maker with a keen eye for assessing fashion.  Kate’s mission always seemed to … Continue reading

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Summer Knitting

We have short but glorious summers here in southwest Washington state.  Granted, the temperature where my daughter lives in California is expected to reach 106F (41.1), this weekend while our high temp is supposed to be 76F (24.4C) … and … Continue reading

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Oats and Hart

Ever have those days where a childhood taste or smell memory sweeps through your body, bringing you thoughts of a sweet, warm time?  I had one recently. I remembered sitting in my mormor’s (grandmother’s) kitchen, where, over freshly made havrekjeks … Continue reading

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Cowls Galore

A cowl in the 21st century has changed markedly from its origin.  From Latin cuculla meaning “hood,”a cowl was originally large loose garment with a hood.  Interestingly, we learn from Wikipedia that: “Developed during the early Middle Ages in Northern … Continue reading

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Hamansbrød (Haman’s Bread)

While there is no Norwegian treat called Hamansbrød (at least that I’ve ever heard of), that’s the name I gave to a sweet bread I came up with that’s a meld of three dessert traditions:  The dough is adapted from … Continue reading

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Aprons

It’s official: I’ve become my grandmother.  My mormor, a farm-raised woman who lived her whole life outside a little town in southern Norway, wore aprons every day.  So do I.  At any time I can be found puttering around the … Continue reading

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