Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The posting here is a tribute to the now defunct (and already missed) magazine. Gourmet Unbound organized this tribute in which fans can choose a recipe from a Gourmet issue that was published during the same month, any year.
The interesting thing about this recipe is that the ingredients aren't listed at the top of the recipe, but written into the cooking instructions.
Lists are definitely easier. Other than that, the cooking instructions were pretty straightforward. And delicious.
Sautee onion, carrot, and garlic in 1/4 cup of bacon fat. Tranfer to bowl. Season, dredge in flour, brown the shortribs, add veggies back, some red wine and beef broth. Braise at 300 degrees for two hours. I served them with roasted rosemary potatoes and spinach sauteed with garlic.
Knit Siblings, this will still be a knitting blog, but I hope to post a Gourmet recipe once a month! I'm happy to share recipes, just shoot me a message.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Sunday session began with a guided tour of Japanese textiles developed by Nuno, a Tokyo-based corporation. It included fabrics created with stainless steel thread, some felted pieces, and some that were hand-embroidered.
ETA: You can click on any of the images for a larger view.
Nuno Stainless Steel FabricThen Ms. Baskett conducted a guided of her garments. I know it’s lame to scan the exhibit pamphlet as I have below (and I hope the Textile Museum doesn’t mind, I’m not affiliated with them), but I took few photos and they’re not great. I dutifully left my camera in my handbag as we were not supposed to take photos, but when Ms. Baskett posed for a few shots, everyone whipped out camera phones. It was like we all had our hands on our photographic equipment just waiting for a chance…
I won’t go into detail; the pamphlet covers it all. Most of the garments were designs by Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, and Rei Kawakubo, designer and owner of Comme des Garcons. It’s an entrancing collection that really showed the genius of these designers.
Ms. Basket is amazing too. She is a Japanese art historian, who was a curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, then opened the Mary Baskett Gallery in 1977, which features contemporary Japanese artists. The pieces in the collection are part of her wardrobe; she wears them everyday.
You can view larger images here.
Mary Baskett in front of Rei Kawakubo exhibit
evening lectures early next year.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Kinokuniya is cool Japanese bookstore in Seattle's International District. It appears to have every book and magazine published in Japan including a healthy selection of knitting and other craft books.
I picked up Vivian Hoxbro's Advanced Domino-Knitting and Three Crochet Plants by Knot.
I haven't been able to find an English-language version of Advanced Domino-Knitting, but it has enough English in it to decipher the patterns, and like other Japanese craft books, it has excellent charts. I've posted photos of a few projects I haven't seen on Ravelry.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I do like my new Bluetooth enabled Jawbone, one of those wireless earpieces that allows me to talk on my cell handsfree. (I have a new cell phone too, a Samsung Omnia, a touch-screen mobile device on which I actually spend more time texting, e-mailing, surfing the web, and taking photos, than talking.) I spun tonight while talking, I spun while watching Keith Obermann. After getting past the dreds in the locks - corny, but true - the fibers easily slide against themselves as I pull them into the spin. It is possible to achieve small moments of flow in a way impossible for me while knitting. While it's possible to achieve flow in any activity one does, I think spinning is the ultimate. I can imagine it's more intense on a wheel, because you don't have to stop and wind.
I bought it at Nancy's shop, but I want to be able to spin with some consistency before I touch it.
If I can get past the technology blocks to get an airline ticket, I will take spinning as my travel project. Maybe a sock to knit on the plane because I don't have the courage to spin in public yet, but I will definitely spin for at least a few minutes at night will I watch the news. I think the public has gotten used to seeing knitters in public now. I get smiles in airports now, rather than those "what the hell are you doing?" looks.
Back to sliding fibers, the locks make spinning silk seem easy. On a spindle at least.
No, I have not given up knitting though I haven't done since the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
And, no, you cannot have my yarn.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I barely pre-draft now. I tug at an inch or two, then start spinning right away. Almost all of the curly bits disappeared. I'm learning how to retain some of them when I attach a new piece. They will probably disappear in the final knitted project.
Felting's going to be a factor in the knitting project I choose because these locks are not superwash. I'll probably knit socks. Who cares if they'll wear like Russian felted boots?
How will I keep it from felting when I wash the plied hanks? A question for the experts.
I just learned that it's possible to freeze whole citrus fruits and tomatoes, and lots of other food too. Read Mark Bittman's article in last Wednesday's New York Times.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Before Deb, Debbie, and I left for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Sunday morning, I told Deb that I absolutely did not need any more sock yarn since I have plenty, and my sock knitting mojo seems to have left. What did I buy? Sock Yarn! What was I thinking? It was predictable, I guess.
Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn (purple and red, how could resist?); STR Lightweight "Scum Bubbles;" more Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn; STR Lightweight "Pond Scum;" Creatively Dyed Yarn "Ocean;" Sock Hop by Dancing Leaf Farm, no colorway specified.
Here's Dianne, owner of Creatively Dyed Yarn, doing a brisk business. We had to wade through lots of mud to get to her tent. I guess I haven't mentioned that it never stopped raining the whole time we were there.
The Fold. I can't believe I actually got into the booth!
I bought more roving too.
Corriedale, by Grafton Fibers
Though I love what I bought, I thought the roving selection was small, and few of the colors appealed to me (maybe it was all sold Saturday?) So I bought this too:
Finally, a new spindle was at the top of wish list. Here's my new Bosworth drop spindle.