Tangerine Quark Slices

Imagine a cheesecake, that is actually good for you… Well, enter quark, the star of today´s bake! This cake is a Czech classic, but every family makes it a little differently. This version uses beaten egg whites to lighten up the quark layer, almond slivers for a bit of crunch and fruit on top for another bit of flavour.

tangerine quark slices

I spoke about the benefits of quark before but I cannot stress it´s goodness enough. If you can get it where you live, make sure to give it a try and get a load. If you can´t, you could replace it with some soft cheese, but try something not too runny. Add fresh or tinned fruit, or make it without, and make sure to have enough, as everybody will be coming for more 🙂

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Sourpatch modified!

Oh how I love my new cardigan 🙂

Sourpatch

I am really pleased with how this mod turned out, and it did give me a boost of confidence. I love the patterned yoke (which I used to think would give me even bigger shoulders than I have), I love the colours (I used to think that red was just not for me), I love the cuffed sleeves (certainly will wear it with bracelets) and the buttons! I love how it fits over my back as well.

sourpatch

I will wear it this autumn with tops and trousers and certainly next spring over sundresses 🙂

If you are interested, I kept fairly detailed project notes over on Ravelry.

sourpatch

I knitted this as part of Very Shannon´s super busy and super fun Summer Sweater Knit Along, and as there is a lot of time left, I have already joined it with another project 🙂 More on that later, now let me show you one more pic, taken by my husband´s super kind colleague.

sourpatch

Liebster Award

liebster-award-elephants-picturebookMuch, much to my surprise, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award a few days ago, by the lovely Shanice from City of Creative Dreams! It took me a few days and a lot of thinking to prepare this post as I am so honored, and I certainly did not take it lightly 🙂 So, according to Shanice´s article, the rules are as follows:

  1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you.
  2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
  3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them so that they can learn about the nomination.

Sounds easy? Well, maybe not, really, but it certainly sounds like fun 🙂

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Modifying Sourpatch – Sleevin´ Away

Yes, I am aware I have been quiet for a week. Thing is, we were busy in a non-bloggable way, you know 🙂 However, one thing I may have to review in my Year of Stashbusting project is the goal of having an FO every Monday. Unless I can call a granny square a FO, I won´t be able to keep it up 🙂 However, I will still try to have an FO on Mondays as much as possible.

Now, the Sourpatch is progressing very smoothly. When the sleeves are done, it is just the button band and off we go 🙂 I try to keep detailed project notes on Ravelry, but really, the construction could not be simpler. I am also hoping fro decent pictures when this is finished!

sourpatch

Modifying Sourpatch, row by row

I don´t think I have words to describe how much I love the knit so far! I mean, it is fun to make, pleasure to look at and it is growing like crazy! I mean, look at it! 🙂 Yesterday morning, I was just under the bust darts.

sourpatch

I am a bit further today, but will take more pictures when I am at the waist level. However, it is progressing smoothly so far. A little snug, but that is more than OK, as all my cotton knits always stretch a bit. I don´t know whether it is the material or my knitting and it´s tension, however, I tend to go for negative ease in the making. You can find details on my Ravelry project page.

The KAL forum on Ravelry is really busy and fun. All the talented knitters, all the lovely sweaters and cardigans, so many patterns, yarns and so much progress! Everybody is super helpful and I cannot recommend participating strongly enough 🙂

Anyhoo, back to the knit for a moment. I also have a detail of the yoke.

sourpatch

I am soooo in love with the colours, I decided to use the tiny remnants of the pinks and red for this:

Rosie Posie

It is the oh-so-pretty Rosie Posie Granny Square by Sandra from Cherry Heart, who provided us with the great tutorial over here. Depending on how many squares I can get out of this, it might turn into a bag. Stay tuned for more 🙂

rosie posie

Now if you excuse me, I have some knitting to do 😉