No, really. Tell me again how gray is super boring and how I’m going to hate having an entire book of gray projects and how everyone else will hate it too. Because maybe this time I’ll believe you.
Or maybe I won’t. Because I swear I love every single one of these (and that’s before they’ve been blocked and primped and swirled into place and carefully photographed). And I’m pretty sure you guys will too.
That’s the first five projects from the second Curl book. Projects six, seven, and eight are out with intrepid sample knitters as I type, with projects nine and ten about to make a similar excursion. There will be more (probably 14 or 15 total), but it’s an awfully good start, don’t you think?
And no, no I am not bored with gray yet!
- June 25, 2015
- tags: chez violence
The grocery store had fresh figs. The grocery store very rarely has fresh figs (they seem to have a shelf life of about 47 seconds, so I understand), so I felt I had to take advantage. Of course, there is a limit to how many you can just eat out of the bag, but you really can’t let the others go to waste. So I made fig syrup. Fig, rosemary, pepper simple syrup to be precise.
I used two figs, four biggish sprigs of fresh rosemary, and two tablespoons of peppercorns, plus one mason jar of white sugar and the same amount of water. (When I’m making syrup, I just use whatever container I want to store it in to scoop out the sugar and measure out the water…perhaps inelegant, but it works. In this case it’s a one pint mason jar.)
Slice the figs, tear up the rosemary, and give the peppercorns a bit of a pound to crack them a little. Dump it all (including the sugar and water) in a pan and boil. I take a fairly unorthodox approach to my syrups and boil them for a longish time (10 minutes or so). It reduces the syrup a bit and gives it a nice caramel flavor. Just don’t walk away, because it does sometimes foam up.
Kill the heat and let it stand for an hour or two (both to cool off and to let the flavor get a bit stronger). Strain it into a jar (this is the hardest part, I used a tea strainer, but a fine mesh sieve would work too). Taking a moment to bask in the pretty color and possibly nibble on the stray rosemary needle is optional but encouraged. It will keep in the fridge for weeks and the freezer for months, though I don’t imagine it lasting that long.
As for what to do with it? Well, I’ll go into that more some other time, but I recommend drinks. Fizzy, frothy, happy drinks.
Ready for an oldie? Slant were one of the very first sock patterns I ever put out (looks like my third one if I’m counting correctly). They’ve been on hiatus while the pattern was totally revamped (new photos, new charts, new layout, loads more sizes), and now they’re ready for their comeback!
I loved these when I first made them (they’re still in heavy rotation in my sock basket), and I love them now. The rib ensures they’ll fit beautifully. The pattern is mirrored (because when you have lines like that you just have to do it that way, there’s no other choice). And the long loops used in the cables help coerce yarn that might like to pool into behaving for you.
My first pair were in a heavier yarn, and these are in a classic fingering weight (Stroll Tonal by Knit Picks). The pattern works beautifully with either (and there are sizing notes in the pattern to work at either 8.25 or 7.25 stitches per inch as you prefer).
The good folks at Knit Picks want to help one of you make a pair for yourself. Just take a look at the Stroll Tonal page and leave a comment letting me know which color you’d like (I confess a fondness for Pansy, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them).
And I can’t quite manage yarn for all of you, but I can give everyone a bit of a deal on the pattern. Just use the code SLIDE to get a dollar off the price of the pattern between now and Friday. Just put Slant in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SLIDE. You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.
Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, June 26, 2015 will be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way. Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner). If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.
We regret to inform you that the blog has been canceled for the day due to emergency kitten cuteness. I had a choice. I could either do something productive and diligent and businesslike. Or I could entertain this kitten. The kitten won. I’m sure you understand.