Archive for February, 2012

28
Feb

FO: Hamburger Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, DIY, knits, new york city, photos, style, sweater

It’s done! I’m a little baffled by the fact that I finished Jon’s hamburger sweater in 21 days. That’s less than a month, people. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since the Blue Sky Techno is pretty chunky and I was working on size 8s and it was all stockinette. But I don’t think I’ve ever knit anything that quickly besides maybe a little hat.

Come on. This is a record, ladies and gents.

Alright, I admit, I didn’t block the sweater before we took these pictures. I’ve since done that and it really loosened things up. I think it looks a little snug in the photos and the neck sits weird and the back ribbing kept flipping up. But after the blocking, it looks fantastic. It fits him really well and it’s big and comfy and so so soft.

 

I hope this sweater has broken my curse with boyfriend sweaters. Now I just have to put that other one back together…

I’m most excited about the fact that he looks like a big hamburger! Couldn’t you just eat him up!?

 

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17
Feb

WIP: EZ Seamless Raglan

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, photos, sweater, yarn

Remember that sweater that I knit Jon? It was his birthday present and it had special stripes for the date of our anniversary? Well, I realized he wasn’t wearing it because somehow (and I’m pretty sure I did a gauge swatch and all of that good stuff) it ended up being gigantic.

(I’ll chalk it up to being a secret surprise knitted gift. These things should be avoided at all cost. You cannot gift anything that has not been fitted properly. You will spend a majority of the time holding up the piece and thinking “Is this too big?” and having restless knitmares that ask”Is this too short?” and worrying yourself to pieces and then it either fits amazingly and you wasted all that time worrying or – 99% of the time – it doesn’t fit at all and you end up in this scenario. I know we’ve all done it before so don’t even pretend like you haven’t! Let’s promise not to engage in this behavior until Christmas. Then it will be the least of our worries.)

Also, the sleeves are a different dye lot than the body which drives me out of my mind. I suppose it’s some kind boyfriend sweater karma…if we’re still together, the sweater must die! Long story short, I ripped out all of the seams and promised him I’d take it in as much as I could so that it would at least fit okay. (I’m not steeking it, that’s for sure!) That was the biggest mistake EVER and with every stitch I made towards putting that humpdy dumpdy back together, I heard a voice louder and louder saying “I’m just going to make you a whole new sweater.”

And here we are…

I’m in the midst of my first EZ sweater. I attempted the percentage system a few years ago but I was really intimidated by how loose and abstract it seemed. I guess I just wasn’t prepared to do any math. Right now, though, I can’t believe I ever let it phase me. It’s so brilliant and yet so unbelievably simple. It feels as though Elizabeth Zimmerman reinvented the sweater.

Oh haven’t you heard? My boyfriend is obsessed with hamburgers! I wanted to do a single stripe across the chest with color changes that represent the parts of a hamburger. I didn’t want anything too obvious but the colors had to read well and then when someone says “I love your sweater. Did your girlfriend knit it for you? She’s great!” and he replies “Yeah! She is great. It’s a hamburger!” I want them to reply, “It IS a hamburger! That’s so cool! I didn’t notice it but now that you brought it up it’s SO COOL!”

So, you know, subtle.

The problem is, I didn’t take that many photos. I mean, 70% of the sweater was just boring stockinette in this lame tan color. It was pretty underwhelming and not something that merited much reporting. I believe, in the whole body, I knit about 20″ in stockinette. Luckily, with size 8 needles and Blue Sky Alpaca Techno, it went rather quickly.

By the way, Blue Sky Alpaca is CRAZY soft and fluffy and just so light and warm and yummy. I am going to have to make a hat or something with whatever is left over. It’s definitely going on my list of favorites.

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmerman Seamless Raglan Sweater
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Techno
Needle: 8

My secret plan is finish this sweater over the long weekend. I think I can do it! What are your yarny plans for the holiday?

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08
Feb

Banana Bread

Written by Sarah. Posted in food

Guess who is silly enough to leave a bunch of bananas on the counter in our hyper-heated pre-war apartment while she went away for the weekend? This lady. I suppose I was just subconsciously trying to let them get brown and mushy so I could make banana bread.

Yo, bananas, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but banana bread is the best breakfast snack of all time.

 

Banana Cranberry Bread
adapted from Joy the Baker

4 ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda (or 3 teaspoons baking powder if you realize halfway through that you don’t have any baking soda and the grocery store is closed!)
1 1/2 cup flour

optional (but delicious) ingredients:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mash bananas and add melted butter. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla, and spices. Next add baking soda and salt. Mix in the flour. Add dried cranberries and nuts until just combined. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.

Yum!

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