Purls and Knit

Musings from an Environmental Engineer who tends to be full of knit.

Real Simple October Food Experiment October 15, 2009

Filed under: Food — knitbee @ 10:39 pm

The boys (Alex and Josh) and I have been a little bad about cooking dinner and eating together this semester, so we decided to cook through the Real Simple magazine menu for October.  I absolutely love this magazine and we thought that by having to cook every week night we will eat better and eat out less.

Week 1

Monday: Tilapia with Peppers and Olives

We really like this meal and it was a good way to start off our month of cooking at home.  We do not often eat fish, mostly out of cost and laziness.  I did a stint of pescitarianism a year or so ago and loved it so it was really nice to have  a fish dish to start off. The fish was yummy and we decided to add some rice because we are pretty hungry people and wanted a little extra. The onion and pepper mix was perfect to go with the fish, we omitted the olives because we are lame and don’t like them.

Tuesday: Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

I had never tried bok choy before and I really enjoyed trying it.  The bok choy is pretty tangy and went really well with the salty of the steak in soy sauce glaze. This was one of my favorite meals of the week and Alex was the chef this night.

Wednesday: Spicy Orange-Glazed Drumsticks with Green Beans

I really really looked forward to this meal all week. I love spicy and orange so this was right up my alley. The green beans were super yum and it was great with the compliment of corn bread. I loved the sauce, chicken kind of weirds me out for strange reasons but I think this would be really good in other recipes.

Thursday: Roasted Pork with Brussels Sprouts and Apricots

This meal was a little bit of a stretch for us because green vegetables generally are not welcome with the boys (Alex is a better sport than Josh, he will want that noted).  I love Brussels sprouts and this was a really great recipe for them. The pork was yummy as all tenderloin is but the sprouts were the star of the show for me.  The tangy of the sprouts with the sweetness of the apricots and almonds definitely did it for me.

Friday: Spaghetti with Sweet Potatoes and Ricotta

All I have to say about this is WOW. I never would have thought that sweet potatoes and spaghetti could rock my world the way that this did.  I am not a huge fan of ricotta cheese but I gave it a chance with this and oh it was so good.  The nutty sharpness of parmesan cheese with the sweet softness of sweet potatoes and then you throw pasta into the mix, it is hard to go wrong really.  I will definitely be making this dish again. It was super easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

The food experiment is going well thus far. We have not been taking pictures of all of our meals this week but I will still do a review of  our favorites at the end of the month and I will do my best to have Alex do another guest post 🙂

For all these recipes please visit www.realsimple.com.


Hybrid Mittens Take 2 October 14, 2009

Filed under: Fiber Working,Knitting Patterns — knitbee @ 6:15 pm

Hybrid Mittens in the Round

I have had requests for the Hybrid Mittens pattern in the round.

I have decided to make Alex a pair of mittens to go with his hat that I made for him. These are knit on larger needles and slightly larger since they are for men and I plan to felt these.

Using Worsted weight yarn and US size 9 needles

Cast on 36 st. Place marker to show beginning.

Join in the round and work desired Cuff length ( I did 2.5″ in a 1×1 ribbing)

Work Mitten Body

Knit two rows

Knit 14, KFB, Knit 4, KFB, Knit 14(38st)

Knit 1 Row

Knit15, KFB, Knit4, KFB, Knit 15 (40)

Knit 3 Rows

Knit 16, KFB Knit 4, KFB , Knit 16 (42)

Knit 3 Rows

Knit 17, KFB, Knit 4, KFB, Knit 17 (44)

Knit 2 Rows

Knit 26 st, place 8 st (the 8 you just knitted) on stitch holder, knit 18

Knit 18 st, CO 2,  Join with other section and Knit 18 (38)

Work in stockinette stitch until the stockinette section measures 5″

Work Opening (first hand)

Knit 1, BO 17, Knit to end of row.

Knit1, CO 17, Knit to end of row.

Now you have the opening for the fingers.

Continue to work in Stockinette st  until desired length minus 1 in.

Decrease for Shaping:

  1. K2tog,K17,K2tog,K2tog,K17,K2tog (34st)
  2. K
  3. K2tog,K15,K2tog,K2tog,K15,K2tog (30st)
  4. K
  5. K2tog,K13,K2tog,K2tog,K13,K2tog (26 st)
  6. K
  7. K2tog,K11,K2tog,K2tog,K11, K2tog (22st)
  8. K2tog,K9,K2tog,K2tog,K9, K2tog (18st)
  9. K2tog,K7,K2tog,K2tog,K7, K2tog (14st)
  10. K2tog,K5,K2tog,K2tog,K5, K2tog (10st)

Cut a 5″ tail and pull through remaining stitches to close top of mitten.

Finish Opening:

  1. Pick up 17 of the bottom st.
  2. Work in 1x ribbing for 17 st.

Work in pattern for ½ in, BO in pattern

Work top portion in the same manner.

This will create an opening that will have a slight overlap.


  1. from inside center of thumb, PU 3, K8,PU3
  2. P
  3. K

Work in Stockinette St for 2 in

Decrease for Thumb

  1. K2tog,K2tog,K to last 4 st, K2tog,K2tog
  2. P
  3. K2tog x4

Please remember to knit the second mitten for the opposite hand. All you will need to do is follow the pattern except use this for the second hand. Everything else stays the same.

Work Opening (second hand)

Knit 18, BO 17, Knit 1

Knit18, CO 17, Knit 1.

Now you have the opening for the fingers.

Continue to work in Stockinette st  until desired length minus 1 in.