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March, 2012

Delancey Sleeves are FINISHED!

Sleeves are always a little painful. That whole knitting two of the same thing thing is always hard. Second sleeve syndrome is real! I think everyone participating in this KAL has been feeling it this week.


I’m very happy to say that my sleeves are finished and looking awesome! It was a lot of sleeve, but now that it’s all over I’m really happy with the way they came out and, naturally, can’t remember how painful they were! It’s pretty important to have short term memory loss as a knitter.


But it’s a little bitter sweet because we are nearing the end of our KAL! This sweater being super cute is getting me through, though. So close, y’all!

The Sweatshop in CraftSanity Magazine!

I couple months ago I got the opportunity to work with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood and CraftSanity Magazine, a handmade focused magazine published near my hometown in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

CraftSanity Magazine

I’m so excited about being a part of this magazine. Small press publications like this are so unique and special, and I’m so proud it is produced in a place I love so much.

Four New Headband Patterns!

I designed four simple summer headband patterns that are in the magazine. They are FUN!

Kiss Lock Coin Purse

And this issue is FULL of amazing projects, everything from knitting to crochet, recipes to needlepoint, loom making to gardening. When I got my copy in the mail I was actually floored by how much is in here! You can’t see a full rundown of all the projects in each issue so this is the first time I’ve gotten a chance to flip through a CraftSanity.

Freakin' Insane Chocolate-Chip Applesauce Quick Bread

I can’t recommend this little magazine enough. Download a copy! Or order the print copy! It’s delightful.

And a huge thank you to Jennifer for including me in the issue!

SOL KAL Week 7: Finish Those Sleeves!

After two weeks of sleeve knitting you are an old pro, right? And I bet you can guess what we are doing this week. That is right! Finishing the final sleeve of out almost totally finished Delancey Cardigan! I know sleeve knitting has slowed because it’s a little mind numbing, but we are in the final stretch! Put on a movie you love and push through!

Lily's Delancey

This Week’s Delancey Cardigan Goal: Finish your second sleeve. Yeah, it’s a little painful, but you can see that the end is near! And next week we get to do something completely different. There is a silver lining!

Nola's Delancey

Email me questions or ask them on the forum! And be sure to share sleeve progress pics!

Courtney's Delancey

Happy knitting!

My Mom's Delancey

Laura's Delancey

A Giant Pudge in the Way

So I finished up this week’s Delancey Cardigan knit along assignment and just as I was setting up to shoot it I encountered an obstacle.

Fat Cat

In the form of my gigantic cat Pudge Rodriguez. It would be rude to move her (since, you know, she doesn’t sleep 22 hours a day or anything) so I just kind of worked around her.

One sleeve finished, and the second sleeve started! Pudge obviously approves.

Second Sleeve Start! ... and Pudge

The short rows for the second sleeve went a lot faster than the first. I might attribute that to Rob Lowe. I just started watching Brothers & Sisters, and despite it being a pretty boring show about a bunch of rich white people, Rob Lowe is SUPER HOT in it, and everything is a little easier when you are watching him being sexy and adorable.

I digress. Wait, I DO NOT DIGRESS!


North African Cauliflower Salad and Heidi Sandwich Recipies

Since I’m just knitting up a storm over at Holla Knits and don’t really have anything fun to report on the Sweatshop front, I figured I’d share a couple recipes instead of double sharing my knitting work across two blogs. Because if there is one thing I love as much as knitting, it’s food.

North African Cauliflower Salad and Heidi Sandwich

For the record, I am not a salad person. When someone orders a salad at a restaurant I want to punch them. But for some reason PT and I stopped into Black Sheep Pizza last summer, and for some reason were reading the salad descriptions, and for some reason we couldn’t say no to ordering their North African Cauliflower Salad. And it was the best salad I’ve ever eaten.

North African Cauliflower Salad

From Jordan Smith, chef/owner of Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

Makes 6 to 8 servings (or like 4 if you are PT and me)

Charmoula dressing:
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground caraway
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 lemons, juiced, or about 1/4 cup of lemon juice, or 1/2 a grapefruit
1/2 cup olive oil

1 small head cauliflower
2 large carrots
1/2 cup raisins
Kosher salt to taste
1 bunch arugula
1 ounce crumbled feta

To make dressing: In medium bowl, combine garlic, cilantro, paprika, coriander, cumin, caraway, cayenne, black pepper and salt. Stir in lemon juice and olive oil. let rest for 30 minutes for flavors to come together. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare vegetables: Remove leaves and core cauliflower. Separate into florets. Starting from stem side of florets, slice 1/4-inch thick. Place in large bowl. Shred or finely julienne carrots. Add carrots to cauliflower.

To assemble salad: Add raisins to bowl. Add 4 ounces dressing. using rubber spatula, mix well, adding more dressing if necessary. Add salt to taste. Add arugula. Toss lightly. Turn salad out onto platter. Sprinkle with feta.

We are lucky to have a coop nearby where we can get spices in bulk, because there is a lot of weird stuff in that dressing! You can sub allspice for the coriander and caraway.

Heidi Sandwich

When PT and I were just in Spain we came across this sandwich in some bar in Bilbao, and that is about as specific I can be. The sandwich was called Heidi, and it is amazing.

Heidi Sandwich

Makes 4 servings

1 small crusty baguette
herbed goat cheese
1 apple, thickly sliced
balsamic vinegar
butter lettuce, or any leafy greens

Cut the baguette in half, and in half to open it, and lightly toast it. Drizzle both sides with balsamic vinaigrette. Spread goat cheese on one side and brie on the other. Layer apples and lettuce leaves. Smash sides together and enjoy!


PT and I will be eating this meal all summer long!

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