Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eatin' in the Coziverse (Subtitle: Cinco de Mayo Part Uno)

Food in the Coziverse often revolves around tortillas.
This is logical, because tortillas are round.
Here, we have a corn tortilla. 
It's cold and lonely.
It wants to become stacked enchiladas con huevos.
So the first thing we need to do is find it 3 more tortilla friends.

Before we proceed further, we will open a can of red enchilada sauce.  Our personal fave is Hatch, but Old El Paso does nicely.  Pour the sauce into a lidded bowl you can store in the fridge, cuz unless you're making 3 or 4 stacks, you won't be using it all.  We're just making 1 stack today, so we'll need to refrigerate the leftover sauce.

Next, get the 4 corn tortillas stacked nicely and and wrap them loosely in a paper towel - which is laid upon a nukable plate - and nuke them for about 10 to 15 seconds on high.  And quickly remove them from the micro and open the towel to let the steam escape.

Next step:  find a grody old beat up pan, because you'll be taking photos and want the world to know you have this well loved old pan.  Ladle a bit of sauce on both sides of the tortilla.

And put some shredded cheese on it - a couple tablespoons will do.
And repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
When you've sauced and layered the tortillas, find the nearest oven, which has been preheated to 350, and bake your nicely stacked enchilada about 10 minutes.

If you're a good blogger, you've cleaned the oven first.

While the enchilada bakes, you'll fry an egg or two.  Sunny side up is the favored method.

It is rumored that the yoke cools the heat of the chili.

Here is a second photo of the skillet.  It's a nice skillet.  See?  Nicer than the baking pan.   

Purty, huh.

So now, remove the enchilada from the oven and plate it nicely.
Try not to get sauce all over so Gordon Ramsey doesn't show up and cuss at you.

Slip the fried egg(s) atop the stack of enchildas.

And there you are.   Nom.  Let's eat.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hold your breath - it's a pattern!!!

You know how some bloggers just pop off free patterns here, there and straight down the middle?  Well, grab the edge of your seat because it's about to happen here.   It's an amazingly cool super easy faux cable, done without a cable needle. 

What you're getting here is the Baby Cable stitch pattern, which is worked over a multipule of 8 stitches.  You will be plugging this into your favorite basic knitting pattern for whatever - hat, socks, scarf, dishcloth... 

Baby Cable pattern:

Round 1: Baby Cable 3 times, purl 2

Round 2: K 6, p 2

Round 3: K 2, Baby Cable, K 2, p 2

Round 4: K 6, p 2

To work the Baby Cable Stitch:  Knit 2 Together, but do not remove from left hand needle. Insert the right needle between the 2 stitches and knit the first stitch again. Slip both stitches from the needle.

And there you are.  It's that easy.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Starting a Forethought Heel

Looky - something that vaguely resemblesl a how-to.  It's about a heel technique that involves no short rows and looks amazing in self-patterning yarns.  It's a Forethought Heel, and it makes a nice bull's eye looking sock heel.  The Pepto pink waste yarn represents the forethought setup.  This is the Rice Crispy Snack Bar of heels.  Looks like you slaved for hours...but it's soooo simple.

You just knit along until you reach the point where you wish to start the heel.  Knit half of the stitches using a string of waste yarn.  The bigger the contrast to the color of your sock yarn, the happier you will be later.  In this case, I have a cast on of 48, so I knit 24 sitches.  Now, return to the point where you let go of your working yarn to knit in the waste yarn.  Resume knitting.  (This is what is happening in the photo.)

You can make the heel at any point after you've knit about an inch down from the waste yarn.  I like to do forethought heels fairly soon thereafter, so I can try the sock on to get the foot size correct.  What you do is carefully unzip the waste yarn and gather the resulting stitches on 2 to 4 spare dpns, or a circ.  You'll have - in this case - a count of 24 stitches for the upper edge and 23 for the lower edge.  (You can cheat that missing stitch in easily when you start the decreases, so not to worry about it at all.)  Now make a standard toe.  Yup.  Proceed exactly as if you were knitting the toe for this sock.  Exactly.  Work a decrease at each end of the upper and lower sections every other round until you are at half your original amount.  (In this case, 12)  Then work decreases at each end of both segments until you're at 8 sts per needle.  Graft 'em like you do a toe.  You'll want to tighen up the join area - you may have little holes on either side, a common occurance with an easy fix.

And do I have a photo of the finished heel?  Oh, please.  Why are you even asking?