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February, 2012

Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

About a month ago I mentioned I was cooking a lot more since I’ve been back in Minneapolis, and showed off some bagels I had made. Well, that was only the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been making a million bagels and perfecting my recipe, and with the help of my friend Stefanie and her bagel recipe recommendation, I’ve finally got a cinnamon raisin bagel recipe I’m ready to show off.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Adapted from Sophisticated Gormet’s New York Style Bagels recipe

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels!

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
1 ½ + 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups of warm water
3 ½ cups (500g) of bread flour or high gluten flour, and more for kneading
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins

Follow the directions for New York-Style Bagels:

1. Use only 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar in the water and yeast mixture.

2. Add cinnamon and remaining sugar to flour and salt mixture.

3. As directed.

4. Kneed the dough for 8 minutes as directed, then start working in raisins, sprinkling about 1/4 cup raisins on counter top and kneading them into the dough until all of the raisins are worked in.

Follow the rest of the recipe like normal. I have been letting my dough rise for 2 hours instead of 1 because that has been how long it takes for it to double in size, and I also let my bagels rise before boiling on top of the warming oven so they grow a bit, too.

Ready to EAT!

They are so good we can imagine a morning without them! I know you will love them, too.

KAL Week 4: Finish the Body!

Roll through week 3 with no problem? Perfect! Because week 4 is a mirror image of week 3. Ready to finish the body of your Delancey Cardigan? Sweet! Let’s do this!

This Week’s Delancey Cardigan Goal: Finish the back and Left Front sections of Delancey, and thus finish the entire body of the cardigan!

Picking up right where you left off last week, finish the Center Back section of the pattern. When you’ve bound off the back, the only sts you’ve got left on your needles are the left front! Easy, right? Finish working the Left Front section, bind off, seam in your shoulders, and celebrate! The body of your Delancey Cardigan is finished.

A little behind? No worries! After this week we are at the half way point in our KAL, and you deserve a week to catch up. There will be no additional instructions until Monday March 12th, so take your time, get the body of your Delancey right, and we’ll be tackling sleeves in 2 weeks.

I’m out of town this week so if you’ve got questions about Delancey be sure to ask questions on the forum for immediate help from other knit alongers. Email me pics or share them on the forum! I’ll be compiling all the pictures for a big update post when I get back next week!

Delancey Cardigan Right Front and a Little Back

As you are reading this I’m kicking it in Spain! Probably jet lagged and a little out of my mind, but IN SPAIN! By the magic of the internet, though, I’m able to bring you my Delancey Cardigan knit along progress for week 3.

RIGHT SIDE!

By this time you should be finishing up with the right side of your sweater, and be about halfway done with the back. As you can see, I’ve just left all of my sts on my long circular needle instead of putting them on scrap yarn. It was a little hard to photograph with the sts for my left side hanging on there, but we made it happen.

Right Side Finished, and a Little Back

I love how the striping worked out for the right side. I’m following the shortened instructions, and just finished another set of stripes before binding off for the top of the right side.

And my back is coming along, too! Is this sweater fun to knit or what?

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m thinking of you while I’m gallivanting around Madrid!

Spain, Here We Come!

It’s not like I’ve been talking about it constantly for the past month or anything, but TODAY PT and I are off to SPAIN! SPAIN! hehehe

First up? A Megabus trip from Minneapolis to Chicago, where flights to Spain were much cheaper. We’ll be hanging out with Chicago friends for the evening then leaving for Spain from Ohare tomorrow afternoon. We’ll be spending two nights in Madrid before traveling north to spend next week with my friend Kirsten, who is spending the entire winter in Spain.

Next Friday we’re headed back to Chicago. And from there I’m headed to Michigan for a week with my family before heading back to Minneapolis on the 8th.

Got all that? Me either. All I know is that is a LOT of traveling! Like 50 hours of traveling over the course of 15 days means a ton of knitting time. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it!

So I’ll be pretty MIA until March 9th. I’ve got blog posts scheduled, and I’ll be keeping up with the KAL instructions, and even blogging like mad over at Holla Knits! And you can be sure to be knocked in the face with pictures of Spain when I’m back.

Take care of yourselves, and I can’t wait to catch up with you in two weeks!

KAL Week 3: Right Front and Half of the Back

I hope you are ready to separate for the sleeves of your Delancey Cardigan, because somehow at only week three of our knit along, that is where we find ourselves! And just when we started getting use to the pattern.

Laura's Delancey

This Week’s Delancey Cardigan Goal: Finish the Right Front section, and get about half way through the Back.

Jessica's Delancey

This is pretty much universal for all sizes and variations. You’ll be picking up at the Divide for Armholes section that has you working the right front of your sweater first. Feel free to slide the rest of your sweater on to a long piece of scrap yarn if that makes it easier for you, or leave those sts on your circular needles and work the right front on straight needles. I always just leave all the sts on my needles because they don’t bother me, but make it easy for yourself in whatever way you’d like.

Jillian's Delancey

Once you are finished with the right front, you’ll want to continue to the Center Back section, and get about half way done with the back this week, or somewhere in the row 135-145 range, depending on what size you are working.

Amy's Delancey

Remember to keep track of your rows and striping! There really is no other way to figure out where you are in the pattern if you get lost.

Courtney's Delancey

After this week your sweater is going to start actually looking like a sweater. Exciting! Email me pics or share them on the forum. Questions? You can email me those, too, or ask them on the forum.

And I’ve got a ton of pictures to show off! Here are even more:

Jamie's Delancey

My Mom's Delancey!

Emily's Delancey

Stefanie's Delancey