Lemon-Lavender: Wedding Cake and Sweaters

Kara and Collin had a scrumptious lemon-lavender cake at the wedding three-and-a-half years ago.

Here's the recipe:

1 c. cream cheese
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. white sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 T. lemon juice
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 T. lavender, finely chopped
1 T. grated lemon peel

1 c. icing sugar, sifted
1/4 lemon juice

Beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in sugar; add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice. In another bowl combine 2 c. flour with baking powder. Stir into butter mixture. Mix 1/4 c. flour with lavender and lemon peel, and then stir this into batter also. Pour batter into a 9" buttered springform pan. Bale 50-60 minutes or until firm when gently pressed in the center. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pan. Make glaze and drizzle over cake when completely cool.

Perhaps inspired by memories of Kara and Collin's wedding, I recently knit two lemon and lavender sweaters for their sweet babies, Annie and Laurel.

Annie's sweater pattern is called "Diamond and Bobble" and is available free from Ravelry. The yoke design made for little seaming (hurrah!) And because most of the sweater is primarily done in stockinette stitch, it's a great one for doing while reading aloud or helping children with their math.

Annie enjoys playing with her uncles' Legos.

Laurel's sweater is a kimono wrap style, and I found the pattern here.

Since I still had plenty of purple yarn left, and needing to keep my anxious fingers busy, I also made Laurel a pair of leggings. The pattern was very long, and even though Laurel is running in the 97% in height, I cut out a few rows. These leggings are designed to flare over the baby's feet or shoes, giving a feminine touch.


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