Witchy's Works

A random mess of knitting, family and statements by an eccentric.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Fooooooood!

Woo, ok, so I sit here, still stuffed from the meal the evening before. I got a brainstorm and decided to revamp a favorite recipe of mine, making it a LOT easier. I am terribly pleased with the results.

Spinach Pork Parmesan

1 lb Pork Cutlets
1 pkg Shake & Bake, extra crispy
1 pkg Spinach spaghetti noodles
1 jar Vegetable Marinara Sauce (spaghetti sauce will suffice)
3 T Grated Parmesan

Cut pork cutlets in half to form medallions about the size of a deck of cards, rinse. Follow directions for shake and bake, making sure add 3 T of parmesan to the bag, Coat the pork well and bake it as directed. While it bakes boil water for noodles, salt may be added if desired. Boil noodles as directed on the package. Pour spaghetti sauce into a medium saucepan. Warm the sauce on medium-low heat to prevent splattering. Once done place a bed of noodles onto a plate, place one pork cutlet onto noodles, pour sauce over everything. Sprinkle extra parmesan over all and serve.

It is amazingly simple and with the addition of vegetable marinara and spinach noodles it makes it substantially healthier. I also am not a fan of frying so like using the shake and bake method far better. It is not veal parmesan but hell its good eatin'. I also paired it with a recipe for spinach pinwheel rolls that I got from the latest edition of Quick Cooking Magazine. All you need for those are a bag of well rinsed spinach leaves, garlic and chive cream cheese spread and those roll and bake pilsbury cresent rolls. The recipe called for shaved ham as well but I deleted that simply because there was no need when I was making them as an accompaniment with my pork dinner. One could probably also add parmesan to the rolls as well but I didn't want to make the meal 'too' cheesy.

It still turned out extremely well and I had to really talk myself out of a second helping since I did not need it.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Slow Knitting

Well, I have a few projects going right now, nothing making any substantial progress. Life keeps stealing me away from my knitting, durnit. I started a shrug a while ago, and once its finished I think it will look neat but the problem is that I hate the yarn, Just HATE it. It was some Red Heart Light and Lofty I got when I first started learning how to knit. I didn't know any better then, I suppose. Its the snaggingest, splittingest pain in the ass fibre I have ever dealt with. Live and learn, I suppose. If I can get past my hate for the yarn, I can finish the shrug. It will be pretty thick and fuzzy and I am making larger bell sleeves because I am a bell sleeve fan. I also made it so it will go to just above my fingertips. I like long sleeves and since the pattern I am using is notorious for long sleeves, I think I will be happy. I just need to FINISH it. I am about half done.

The pattern I am using is this one: Magnits Hug Shrug

My next project, one I am far more proud of is a sweater I am making, it will be my second sweater I have ever made. I discovered KnitPics yarn and am very happy with it so am using some Wool of the Andes in... mullberry I think was the color. Oddly, I am not a real fan of pink and I keep making pink sweaters. Call me an idiot. The sweater is based on the Hourglass Sweater pattrern in The Last Minute Gifts book. Its not a sweater I would make normally but I am altering it by using a fishtail lace pattern I learned from this thread: Woolgathered's Love Bite Neckwarmer Its a beautiful lace pattern, and what I like about it, is that it is not 'too' delicate, so snagging isnt such a problem. I am about 8 inches into the sweater. I am adding the lace to the bottom, making the sleeves larger bell sleeves and putting the lace on the edges. I am contemplating changing the neck shape of the sweater and adding a bit more lace there but I haven't quite figured out how I will do that. Perhaps I will be more experienced with pattern alterations by the time I get to that point. Knitting for me is a experiement, and a fun one, so no matter how I do it, I think I will be quite pleased.

Once I quit being so lazy I will take some pics of my progress on both projeccts. The other thing I am going to do is make the Basic Cable Hat from the Stitch & Bitch Nation book. I made one already that I will post on later, but its shorter than I like so I am giving it to my 4 year old niece. I just need to wind my cascade 220 into a ball so I can start on it. Cables are fun actually. Far simpler than I was expecting.

That's it thus far. I will probalby post pics of the hat later today or tomorrow or whever I get past this case of the lazies I have right now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Warm neck, warm heart?

So Valentine's Day is sneaking up on me carrying the sledgehammer of love. Ok, so not quite the reality but it seems to be zooming up too fast for comfort. Not that me and my significant other do much usually. He works all the time and I raise our son so romance tends to be forgotten. Often. Then again, he was never the romantic sort. His idea of romance is for me to fix a good dinner and cap it off with a nice frolick in the sack. Hmm, no flowers? Chocolates? Nah, who needs that if you have sex?

Anyway, enough of the neagtivity and lets focus on my latest project: a neckwarmer. I found the pattern for this project at www.craftster.org. Its an excellent place for knitters, or for crafters of any sort really. I usually hang in the knitting section however, lots of good peoples there. Wow, all sorts of digression once again. Back to the pattern. Woolgathered created the project. I adored it. I knitted it. I frogged it. I knitted it. I frogged it. I knitted it. I grew frustrated, contacted woolgathered. We decided the pattern wasn't correct for the large size, which is what I was making. I frogged it again, I started over and began revamping it so it would work properly. I finished it. Yay! And I have to say I am terribly proud of myself for figuing out just why it was going wrong. I fair accomplishment, I would think, for someone who started knitting only 4 months ago. She is in the process of correcting the website for the large size of the neckwarmer. Excellent pattern really, my first lace project.


This would be the finished project. I used Cascade 220 as the yarn as I rather enjoy the feel of it. I found out, after finishing it, that I misread a section of the pattern directions so the lace is too long, but I still like it and the lady I gave it to loves it. The buttons are a basic heart button I bought at Hancock Fabrics. Nothing exciting but fit the whole 'love' theme. They are antiqued heart buttons, if it is not easy to see.

As far as the problems with the pattern. Woolgathered will be updating the site when she has a chance so I won't go into details but the biggest problem is the fishtail lace is done in groupings of 11 stitches but the rib pattern is a 6 stitch group, the large adds another 11 stitches with adds an awkward amount of extra stitches. In the decrease row after finishing the lace, I did one more decrease to leave me with 80 stitches and that will balance it out, it still does not follow the pattern however due to the extra rib. So just remembering that the first four and last four stitches are seed stitch and the rest is rib makes it easy to adjust as necessary. I didn't understand the buttonhole directions either so just did a usual bind off/cast on buttonhole. The first I have ever made actually and I thought it turned out. Yay.

The pattern for this project is posted here:
Woolgathered's Love Bite Neckwarmer