Archive for May, 2012
If you’re eating bad food in New York, it’s your own fault. I truly believe that. There is no shortage of delicious food for every budget. Googa Mooga was the epitome of that idea. It was actually kind of a big food orgy of all of the best chefs in NYC. If this is the beginning of summer, the rest of it will be great.
Jon and I went straight for the Spotted Pig for a burger. April Bloomfield is our hero. And what a perfect burger! We drank the fantastic Brooklyn Brewery Googa Doc Pomus which was brewed specially for the festival. Amazing. We had a chicken sandwich from Simply Chicken by Jean Georges. Brilliant. I’ve neve had a basic chicken sandwich with so much flavor in it. And it had potato chips inside.
I think we’d had grander expectations for ourselves. We were salivating over the line up and circling our favorite restaurants on the map. But the portions were no joke and after the hamburger, we had to take a break. So we didn’t end up eating as much as we’d expected but everything that we had was absolutely delicious.
It was hot and we didn’t stay for any of the bands but we ate ourselves silly, drank to excess, and laid in the shade basking in a food coma.
Thank you, Googa gods. Let’s do this again next year.
Obviously when I was being all snarky and telling you “I know how knitting works”, I didn’t actually know. Meghan, who has an awesome quarterly out now, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, was nice enough to shoot me a message on Ravelry and share this amazing tip with me for doing intarsia in the round. And I’d love to share it with you. Even though now I’m embarassed and I’m starting to think this is something everyone might know about…
Well if you’re like me, listen up!
When knitting intarsia in the round, turn your work, purl and slip the stitches. Here’s a video that is a little more complicated but it explains the concept pretty well:
It’s so simple yet so brilliant and such a game-changer. I hope I’m not the only one that didn’t know this existed. Though, if I’d put my mind to it, maybe I would’ve figured it out myself. (Probably not.) I guess this is one of the things that keeps me loving this craft. Although I’ve been knitting for years and I like to consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, there is always something new to learn, some little surprise is out there to make life easier.
Thank you for actually explaining to me how knitting works, Meghan. You are free to judge me now.
I’m going to go re-knit those socks!
Guess what we did last week! If you guessed that we took a knife skills class, well, you cheated because it’s the title of this post.
Well, we took a knife skills class at The Brooklyn Kitchen. It’s my favorite kitchen store out there and their classes are just fantastic. A lot of passionate people are going there! I’d tried to sign Jon and I up for this class as an anniversary present in February. (I know, romantic.) When I called to inquire about the next class that wasn’t sold out the girl told me this, “Oh, there aren’t any.”
So when they tweeted that they had just posted new classes for May and one of them was this illusive class, I jumped on it. And I can see why this class sells out so quickly! Brendan McDermott, the instructor, is really great. He knows his stuff and is really entertaining. And, obviously, learning how to use a knife properly is essential. It’s more neccessary than you might think in making your food taste better (while remaining severed-body-part-free).
While we were researching some videos as a refresher, Jon came across this great video from Hungry Nation’s Working Class Foodies featuring Brendan and a little bit of what we learned.
I was doing very well working one project at a time. And then everything went wrong. I got second sock syndrome on my loft socks so I made a hamburger sweater. I’d still had these socks on the needles that I was working on for my dad since December. I dove into the Pomme de Pin but when it came to starting the collar, I got the urge to make these crazy socks.
So I ordered some Quince and Co Finch since I’ve never worked with their yarns before. I was hoping I’d have them in the mail by the time I was finished with my Pomme de Pin. When it came in just a few days later, I thought, I’ll just swatch and block and my swatch will be all finished by the time I finish my Pomme de Pin. But then I thought, well I’ll just test out the intarsia pattern to see if it looks odd. And when that swatch is done, I’ll be ready to start the socks when I’m finished with my Pomme de Pin.
Long story short, I knit a whole sock before I picked up my Pomme de Pin again. I was so ashamed, I didn’t want to tell anyone and I didn’t post about it here. (Though there is evidence on my instagram.) I feel less guilty about it now that my cardigan is all finished. But I had a hard time pulling myself away to set in the sleeves.
Oh but it was so worth it.
These socks look just like my original sketch so I’m really psyched. It’s an odd design that I hadn’t seen before so I had a really strong urge to make them.
Here’s the thing. I’m going to tell you straight up. Because I’m open like that.
I know you can’t do proper intarsia like this in the round. I know how knitting works, guys. But listen up. I don’t care. I did it anyway. Well, I did some ghetto non-intarsia which involved just bringing the red yarn back to the right needle the way I did when I knit my first scarf and I didn’t know how to carry yarn behind. I made sure to keep it as loose as possible so it didn’t ruin everything. I think I did a pretty good job considering it was a less-than-perfect measure. (I should take a picture of the wrong side. It’s a little embarrassing. But I guess the cat’s out of the bag now!)
Listen, you can judge me all you want. I’d probably do the same.
But my socks look dope. You’re just jealous.
Now that I’ve gone over my ghetto intarsia and multiple WIPs, I kind of feel like these socks are the bastard step-children of my recent knitting. But they rebelled by being pretty awesome. They do what they want.
Pattern: my own toe-up sock pattern
Yarn: Quince and Co Finch in Egret and Peak’s Ferry
Needle: size 0
As promised, some real photos of my latest sweater! I’m very happy with how it turned out!
I basically haven’t taken it off since I finished it! My only complaints are that the sleeves are too long (oops!) and I did a bad job setting in the right shoulder. I should really pull the sleeve off and do it again because it sits all wonky on my arm but I probably won’t for a while.
I was complaining that the dark olive color made it difficult to see the lace but I think it’s great. I love the color. I was lying before. I’m a liar.
Buttons. I did buy these really great buttons that are gold and black but they’re a bit bigger than I wanted. I’m actually quite happy with how the sweater looks sans buttons and the button holes are pretty hidden (read: I definitely made them too small but it was my first button hole experience, too! Oops!) so it doesn’t look obvious. Although I am pleased with the placement of the button holes. I didn’t follow the pattern here (Sorry, Amy!) I’m just so bad at picking up stitches evenly. I admit it! I got as close to the number as I could and then I faked it.
I’m happy without buttons. What do you think? I figure I can always add them later. But I’ve been wearing this like a fool so it’s a-okay right now!
It was so fun participating in the KAL! I’m so excited for the other knitters to see my FO! And all of their sweaters are beautiful. It’s really motivational when you’re comparing your work like this. And lots so fun being part of a group that is so talented! Thanks, ladies!