Posts Tagged ‘cast iron’


Sometimes I Make Mistakes

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, WIP, yarn

Sometimes. Not often. But every once in a while, I screw up. I’m just kidding. If you know anything about me, you’d know that I’m kind of a disaster but I don’t like to focus on my faults and, when it comes to knitting, I’m pretty good at making a stumble look like a dance. Usually, I don’t screw up in a big way so I can gloss over it. Nobody has to know. But sometimes I just get myself into a mess and I make mistakes.

Coming off of a knitting high of some recent knit-related ass kicking, I dove right into the BT Men’s lookbook, ready for a new challenge. Like I said, I was immediately itching to make a Timberline for Jon before the release day was over, I’d ordered a box full of Shelter. Since the sweater was for Jon, I asked him to help me pick out a color. I want to make sure he wears this damn thing. He liked the color of the Slade cardigan so I ordered Cast Iron. (I really thought he’d want a cream colored cardigan but he wasn’t excited about that anymore. Boys, always changing their minds!)

The yarn came in two days! I never order just one skein and swatch until I like the yarn and then get the rest later. I am all about instant gratification. I want to swatch for a maximum of 15 minutes and then I want to GET KNITTING. I can’t wait. I am not patient. Knitting is not for the patient! So I ordered 15 skeins.

I started getting into the pattern. It’s 24 pages long (a full page of construction notes, three pages of charts, two pages of cast on instructions, etc). To say the very least, it’s intimidating. I’m not sure why but looking over the charts made me feel dizzy and tired and then laugh maniacally.

But I’m very confident. I can knit anything. I’ve never doubted myself when it comes to following a pattern. I’ve certainly ripped out and messed up before but I can’t remember the last time I looked at a pattern and thought, “I can’t do this.” So I dove right in.

Timberline swatch

I swatched a little bit and I started working up the sleeve and then my worst fears came true. Two things happened: I screwed up some of the cables and I hated the color. I was prepared to frog the piece. It’s not like I haven’t ripped out two days of work before. (We’ve all been there, right?)

So I decided I’d go back and do a bigger swatch to really get a good feeling of the cables. I was really breaking a sweat doing these cables. It was certainly a knitting work out. But the whole time I was looking at the piece thinking that I just wasn’t happy. I know this feeling. I can’t knit a whole sweater with this feeling. The yarn was just too dark to show off the details. It was nice but it wasn’t stunning. I don’t want to put in days and days of work and not get stunning as a result. I won’t even be motivated to finish it.

Last week I decided to exchange the yarn. I’m impatient so it’s super frustrating to have to wait even longer to begin but I think it’s for the best. I’m going to go with Long Johns. I think it would be a better color way, still masculine but bright enough for the cables to really shine. I think it’s the right thing to do.

I made a mistake. Luckily, it’s easy to fix but it’s still a bummer that I have to wait longer before I can get started on this sweater. It’s probably for the best. I have a few projects with loose ends that need tying up (pun intended) before I jump into a big commitment. And, besides, maybe next time I’ll be more careful before I jump in, do more research and really get a feel for the yarn before making a big purchase. And, as always, I need to trust my gut. Jon really liked the dark grey but I knew deep down that it wouldn’t be what I wanted. I’ve got to trust myself!

Do you like to admit your knitting mistakes?

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Chili Pie

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, cooking

Last week I made my favorite recipe for a cold winter’s night. Chili pie!

It warms you from the inside out. And sometimes it keeps the whole apartment warm, if you know what I mean.

This recipe is perfect for a cast iron skillet. Jon is obsessed with the one my mom gave him for his birthday. It’s totally possible to make this dish without a cast iron but it’ll take a couple of pans to do it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 large onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 green pepper
1/2 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
15oz can of black beans
16oz medium salsa
juice of 1 lime
shredded cheese (monterey jack? cheddar?)
2 boxes of corn bread mix (plus ingredients needed)

Start cooking the onion, garlic, and pepper in the cast iron with some olive oil. Add  and cook until the veggies are nice and soft and the beef is browned. Degrease your skillet with a paper towel.

Add the spices, beans, and salsa. Let this simmer on medium for about 15 minutes.

While the ingredients simmer, mix the corn bread mix with the ingredients listed on the box. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Add some salt to taste and the juice of a lime.

Turn the heat to low and add the cheese. Let the cheese melt for a minute and turn off the heat. Pour the corn bread batter over the chili.

Carefully put the skillet into the oven. Let the corn bread bake (see your mix’s instructions for baking).

Take cornbread out of the oven and serve! The bread should already be soaking up the delicious chili spices!

Mine has some avocado. Delicious!

Don’t forget, the leftovers!

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