Double FOs, and Raspberry Pear Pie (Warning: Tons O’ Pics)

A double whammy of FOs today. First up, Lady Eleanor, in all her unblocked glory.Pattern: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole by Kathleen Power Johnson (Scarf Style)

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, colour way #243, ten skeins

Needles: 5 mm

Modifications: The standard one: dropped the needles size down to 5 mm (pattern calls for 6.5 mm) And then I just knit until I ran out of yarn, basically.

Notes: it’s still pretty big for my small-ish frame. I think it would be a great size for someone a bit bigger than me, or I could have not cast on for as many blocks, but I still love it to no end. I may have spent most of the evening cuddled up in it. My apologies for the blurry photos, for some reason, my camera is not fond of taking photos in the mirror. I probably should’ve asked for a new camera for Christmas. Oh well. Next year.
Next up: Quoddy Scarf. This is going to be a Christmas gift for my Dad.
Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Yarn: Briggs & Little Regal, in Quoddy Blue. 2 skeins.

Needles: 6 mm

Modifications: What’s to modify? it’s four stitches, over and over and over again. If you need a mod, you probably are knitting a different scarf.

Notes: This is now my go-to scarf stitch pattern. It’s simple, completely reversable, and utter perfection. Love it. I do not, however, love this yarn. It’s super itchy, and I usually have a really high tolerance for itchy yarns. I’m going to block this in a lovely conditioner-filled bath, to soften it up. And since I infinitely prefer modelled shots of FOs, here are a couple of me wearing my Dad’s future scarf:

And if you are looking for a delicious new pie that you probably haven’t tried before, look no further. I give you… Raspberry Pear Pie.
I don’t know where I got the idea, but I was hell bent on making a raspberry and pear pie for Sunday dinner (some friends and I have a regular Sunday home cooked dinner gathering. It’s a feast, and feels so homey and comforting, especially in winter. I usually bring pie or wine.). I kind of made up the recipe as I went, so here are the notes for it, so you can make your own raspberry pear pie. It would likely also make an excellent crumble, for those who think making pie crust is dreadful business.

Ingredients:
– Pie pastry of your choice (I use the one on the back of the Tenderflake box, and it’s great)
– 2 pints of raspberries (500 g)
– about 9-12 pears (I used Bosc pears)
– quarter cup of orange juice
– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
– half cup of white sugar (you’ll need 2 quarter cups in each step, plus more for dusting)
– a pinch of salt
– 3 table spoons of flour

Preheat your oven to 350(f) degrees.
Peel and core the pears, and cut into chunks. In a large saucepan, simmer the orange juice, pear chunks, pinch of salt,and a quarter cup of the white sugar. Stir reguarly, and let them simmer until nice and tender, about 20 minutes, depending on the ripeness of your pears. This is necessary because pears do not behave like apples in pie- they won’t get soft if you skip this step.

When the pear chunks are tender, transfer to a strainer and let cool. The strainer is to let any excess juice drain off (and to avoid watery pie syndrome). While the pears are cooling, wash the raspberries, and pat them dry (again, to avoid watery pie syndrome). Now sort out your pastry- roll it out, throw a pre-fab pie shell together, whatever you please. Now throw the pears in a bowl, although the raspberries, cinnamon, flour, brown sugar, and the remaining quarter cup of white sugar. Toss together lightly. Dump into pie crust.

Now for the top: The star top is something I did before I perfected my pastry making skills. I was making an apple pie for a Christmas party, and my dough was refusing to stay together and be lifted on top of the apple pie. So, I grabbed a cookie cutter, cut out a bunch of stars, threw them on top, and baked it like that. That was 5 years ago, and I’m still getting requests for ‘Star Pie’. Lightly dust the top with some white sugar and bake for 1 hour, although you may wish to put foil around the edges of your pie crust to prevent burning, if your oven is prone to that kind of acting out.

Sorry there are no photos of the interior- in our fervour to eat the pie, we didn’t pause for photographs. And the whole thing is gone now. For a pie that no one had ever tried before, it certianly was popular.

Montego Bay Scarf – IV

Mongtego Bay Scarf IV

I realized this morning that I also haven’t posted my final montego. TADA! I love it’s squishyness and the smell of the silk is so refreshing. And the color, god the color! I had a hard time parting with this one. I’ll tell you, whhut.


Mongtego Bay Scarf IV

Like the others I used 6mm needles instead of the patterns smaller size.
Also, the fringe is made up of 5 strands folded.

Mongtego Bay Scarf IV

Love, Love, LOVE this final one!@

Jen’s Jambalaya

Let me tell ya’ll bout the time when I first decided that after watching many hours of back to back food network, I was a truly great chef. That this night I was going to make for my family a huge pot of Jambalaya. True, I completely ignored the fact that I didn’t know what the dish was but forged ahead regardless…. whatevs. Three smoke alarms and tons of rice later I had what I thought was Jambalaya. Let me tell you I was not even close! I had an overly cayenned dry rice pilaf that’s what I had. Lord love the look on my brother’s face when I tried to serve him up that. Poor kid,the things I tried to feed him that year while I was hooked on the food network… before I gave up my dream of having my own food show… cookware line… designer aprons…

anyhoo where was i?

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Right. I made Jambalaya again tonight, and it was sensational!!!! While cooking I realized one thing. Bangs and cooking don’t mix. I couldn’t find a headband but I remembered I made a Calorimetry on the flight home from Tobago(more about the trip another time). So I busted out the freshly made calorimetry and secured with a sweet pin my girlfriend Kenzie gave me a while back.


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specs:
Shine sport orchid held double, 4.5mm straights, CO 88 instead, repeated row 5 until there were 6 holes on either side, spray blocked,
70% of a 50g skein used.


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nice stitch deff dontcha think?

and p.s.
I hate saying Calorimetry. It bugs me to say it so much!

knitting a mile a minute…


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Lauren Porter, an art student, knitted a life-size Ferrari 355 for her honors degree. She spent 10 months, 12 miles of yarn, and 250 squares on top of a steel frame in order to make the car”

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Check out this video from youtube for more on the design piece.

The Ugly Sweater Party

There are not enough theme parties, in my opinion. Enter: The Ugly Sweater Party. Jen mentioned her friend Adam somewhere in an earlier post (she is knitting him a hat, which I believe is forthcoming to the Teamknit blog any day now!) and he is the one who throws the annual Ugly Sweater Party. The concept is simple: Wear an ugly sweater. Come to a party. Let the good times roll!
Men decked out in sweaters that only Bill Cosby could love, and the women looked like their mothers and grandmothers, circa 1981. Ah, ugly sweaters.

Jen wore a barbie pink shapeless 80’s sweater with black sequin stripes, and I wore a gold and black sparkly ‘mom’ sweater with flying-squirrel sleeves (because sweater should give you a wing span), shapeless enough to instantly give you that I’ve-had-4-kids kind of figure. We went shopping (with Rebecca, see below) at Value Village for our stunning finds.
The funny thing was, the idea of an ugly sweater is so subjective. And there was a lot of lively debating with strangers at the party over whether or not a sweater was truly ‘ugly’. And we were never really sure if our friend Rebecca’s sweater was ugly, or just way too big: espeically not when we realized it was an Adrienne Vittadini. What a find!
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Facebook is now littered with a billion photos of that night. Several photos I do not exactly remember being taken, and Jen and I spent waay too much time having a drunken conversation about how we should knit an entire chess set, and how we would go about knitting the different peices. I sloshed around a lot of wine during that conversation.

That’s my kind of party.

A bunch more ugly sweaters here: http://www.kineticform.com/