I made a robe out of fleece. I didn’t like the fit of the top (pretty standard for me), the fact that it had sleeves, pulled on the back of my neck . . . the usual. So I knit a yoke and it fits great! Uh, except the fabric has some sort of synthetic in it. If I sweat at all I break out in a rash. Ugh. Fail. I’ll pull the yoke and put it on something else.
I really enjoy using older kitchen equipment. I have an old KitchenAid K5-A fixed stand mixer I use often. I bought it used in an inoperable state and repaired it. I use it to mix bread and cookie dough a couple times a week. I have a Universal 2 meat grinder (just got it! Woot!) I use for making pork patties, and that’s just the start of what I’ll use it for. SO exciting, the possibilities! I have an old manual WearEver food processor I use pretty much daily for grating cheese (nachos) and vegetables for soup. I only have two of the five cylinders (fine and coarse grate) but will definitely be hunting down the others.
Having such a nice variety of old tools expands my cooking.
We don’t eat a lot of potatoes. They make Wadly’s joints ache and they’re a bit difficult for me to digest, so they’re eaten just a couple times a month as a treat. That means more frequent meals like chowder, fries and hash have got to have remakes to make them great menu choices. I’ve got the chowder figured out (it’s truly awesome, one of our favorite meals), fries are in the works and hash is now having it’s day in the sun! OMGosh, SO good! I will fix this menu item regularly, it’s that good!
So, this morning I’m having breakfast hash. OMGosh. This is a keeper recipe! No boiling vegetables, not a lot of chopping or dicing! Fast AND easy, my favorite kind of recipe!
In an iron skillet add butter, freshly ground pepper, coarsely grated (not diced, equal amounts of) parsnip, turnip and carrot, chopped green onion (low FODMAP, no white parts), finely chopped red pepper and bacon. Throw all of those in the pan and cook on medium high, stirring often, until tender. OMGosh! SO good! The true challenge with this dish is to not eat it all by yourself! Please note I’m practicing great restraint to leave Wadly some for his breakfast.
I had the best nachos tonight. The recipe makes enough for two and it’s completely low FODMAP.
Brown 1 lb of hamburger. Drain the fat (or not).
- 1/4 tsp Ancho Chili Powder (not mixed chili, make sure it’s just Ancho and nothing else).
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 4 oz tomato paste
- 2/3 cup liquid (I use home made bone broth, you can use water or any broth that suits you)
Simmer until reduced.
While the meat and spices are reducing lay the corn chips out on your plate. Grate cheddar cheese over the top and heat to melt the cheese. I use the microwave but an oven would work as well.
Once the meat has reduced, spread it over the chips. Add sliced olives, green onions and more cheese. Heat to melt the cheese and enjoy!
I’m a process knitter. I don’t work off a written pattern. I create as I go. I figure out what I want to do and start from the top and glory in doing my own thing. It makes me happy. I’m not horribly unusual in the way I do things. I know people who work the same way and I feel I’m in really good company.
In my other life I’m a programmer. I’ve been doing it for years and it’s something I enjoy. I love puzzles and programming in php/mysql is like solving a puzzle. I figure out what I want to come out the other end and off I go.
So here’s how the knitting and the programming mesh.
I wrote a program to give me the calcs for knitting my top down sweaters. It works like this.
I enter my measurements. My measurements pretty much don’t change so this is a one-time thing. Once it’s done, it’s done!
I enter create a record of the project I want to work with using my swatch info for my preferred yarn/needle combo, a record of the yarn I’m using, how much drop I want for the back neck, how much ease I think the garment should have and I’m done. Truly, that’s it.
Then I run the programming. It applies the calcs I have worked out for my conti-something base using my measurements, the SPI/RPI derived from the swatch I knitted on the needle size I prefer and I have sweater calcs! I’m ready to cast on for my sweater in the amount of time it takes me to set my preferences. Yup, it’s really that simple! Organization and automation are truly beautiful things and programming ROCKS!
Here’s what my fun times look like. This isn’t all the projects I’ve done. I’ve got a tunic length henley that’s lovely to wear and other stuff I knit before I did the programming gig. Enjoy!
|4-ply blue WIP|
|Bolero Cardi (WIP)|
|Too Much Sunset (using Sunset on the Farm vneck numbers)|
I finished this a couple days ago and I’ve learned so much knitting it. I’m really pleased with how it came out. The front image is a picture I took of a sunset here on the farm. I’ve used that image for a quilt and now a sweater.
I’m working through a sweater with a sunset image on it and I’m fairly confident I’ve frogged more stitches than the sweater currently has in total. This is the life of a create as you go knitter.
If you’ve got a ladder or a tight spot when working magic loop, try this!