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Monday, August 24, 2009

delightfully saucy, both metaphorically and literally

I managed to knit, sew on buttons, wash, and block this little baby sweater all in one weekend. That's a record for me, as I usually drag out the finishing and blocking processes as long as possible.

I dug out some "precious" hand-dyed sock yarn that had been marinating in the stash for quite some time. What an unusual and beautiful combination of colors! At least that's what I think... Paul thought they were kind of weird. Then again, he's red-green colorblind.
Pattern: Boheme, by Allegra Wermuth (free!) ~ rav
Yarn: Brooklyn Handspun Instant Gratification
"April Showers," about 2/3 skein (~ 200 yds.)
Needles: US 5 circs
Size: 6 months

Notes:
The pattern's very easy to follow, and I especially loved knitting the garter stitch bodice. Only a few minor modifications:
- moving the buttonholes closer to the edge – just K1, then k2tog, yo, etc.

- instead of decreasing 1 stitch where specified (after the bodice), increasing 3 stitches evenly, then using the extra stitches to do a 2-stitch garter border on the front edges. I think a 3-stitch border would be even better.

- skipping the picot bindoff and did 4 rows of garter stitch and a regular BO knitwise instead.

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
adapted from Jeanne Lemlin's Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures

perfect for pizza!

1/2 lb. roasted red peppers, either roasted yourself (yum!) or from a jar (easy!), patted dry
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1.5 T. olive oil
1.5 tsp basil, chopped (or .5 tsp dried)
dash of cayenne

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree, scraping down as needed.
simplest pizza dough recipe here ~ I use the breadmaker's "dough" setting

topping ideas:
- shredded pepperjack
- cubed fresh mozzarella
- thinly sliced zucchini or yellowsquash
- sliced tomatoes
- pepperoni

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