the Knitting Monthly: good friends, good food

A little background…

zucchini brownies recipe


It occurred to me that I should give you a little background on how the Knitting Monthly has come about. Last year, we offered the “Knit Happy Club” through the shop and it was a lot of fun. We met once a month and each month the folks at Knit Happy (they have lots of cool fun knitting products) sent me the newsletter with a special technique featured, a recipe to prepare for the meeting and a project featuring that technique. Everyone seemed to enjoy learning new techniques and meeting new people. It was a great introduction to a knit club and because the wonderful folks at Knit Happy did all the work; it was easy. If you happen to be in an area with a knit shop that is participating in their program, I would encourage you to join them!

So, you might ask, if it was so easy, why aren’t “we” doing it again?

There are several reasons, but the biggest reason is that more than just a few people asked me to take it on myself with my own designs and yarn choices. I loved the idea, because this way everyone has a say in what is offered. I see this first year as somewhat of a beta. Everyone who chooses to join will have a voice in what evolves. I will not only listen to suggestions; I will embrace them!

I asked some of the knit happy participants from last year to send me their thoughts.
This is what Judy had to say:
“Lots of fun, information, good food and friends—actually completed some really nice projects and learned some new techniques.” 
-Judy Hedman

Oh yes, good food! I haven’t said much about that. Each month a recipe will be included with the other materials. I’ll prepare it for the monthly meet-up here in the shop, but you’ll also have the recipe to make at home. And who knows, we might even throw in a short video or two to show you how!

Here’s a sample of treats to come:

Zucchini Brownies

Mix together:

  • 2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • 2 cups flour,
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp soda
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional- I don’t usually put this in because my son is not so fond of cinnamon. I think he overdid it with cinnamon rolls at an early age).

Batter will be thick. Spread in greased 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minute.

Frosting (optional- I like it without, but most like it with!)

Bring to a boil:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2  1/2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Beat in:

  • 1 tsp vanilla and enough powdered sugar to desired consistency.

Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.

Remember, because the Knitting Monthly is brand new, YOU will have a chance to help form it and make it YOURS!

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Until next time,

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