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Winter knitting workshop in the Village Hall!

This weekend might have been wet and windy and rather cold, but we have found a lovely venue for our winter workshops in the Barton Village Hall! Lovely and warm, all decorated for the festive season complete with a tree, and for one cold December Saturday; full of alpaca knitwear and lovely knitters!
We had a fabulous group of 10 enthusiastic knitters join us and we started by trying on samples and deciding what to make. We had quite a few different choices for this workshop including Allegro, Olivia, Grace and Iago. We went through techniques such as magic loop, spit splicing and provisional cast on and everyone felt confident in their chosen project. 
Lunch was a selection of warming soups with home made bread followed by an apple custard tart with a constant supply of tea, coffee and mulled apple juice. The star of the day seemed to be Kari-Helene’s home made Peppernøtter, a classic Norwegian Christmas cookie. The recipe follows underneath, but should you wish to make them exactly like Kari-Helene did you have to make a small adjustment (this was not intentional, but the result was pretty tasty). Halve all the ingredients and keep the 2 eggs! No such thing as a mistake, it’s just a happy accident (as Kari-Helene’s art tutor used to say…). 

Thank you again to everyone who helped make our last workshop of 2015 such a special one! Should you wish to book a spot for 2016 the dates can be found here!


500g plain flour
500g brown sugar
250g butter
25g baking powder
1ts ground ginger
1ts cinnamon
1ts ground cloves
1ts black pepper
2 egg

Oven to 200 C

Mix all the dry ingredients. Crumble butter into the dry ingredients. Add egg and work into a dough. Chill in fridge overnight.  Shape into small balls and place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 8 min or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Tracy & Kari-Helene xxx

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