New To You Knit Along

As I’ve shared before, Eat, Sleep, Knit has 12 Knit Alongs for us to do in 2015, along with about a million “badge” challenges. Of course, I want to get them all done, and earn the maximum yardage for all the Knit Alongs.

For most Knit Alongs, I’ve not had any trouble coming up with a plan but for the “New to You” KAL, I have truly struggled. I’ve emailed the ESK girls so many times about my questions, I’m sure they say bad words when they see an email from me.

We can do multiple projects to reach the maximum yardage. For the New to You KAL, if we make something over 650 yards, we get 1000 yards. Also, all yarn has to be from ESK.

My first plan was to do Joker and the Thief. There’s a stitch in there I’ve never done. I think it’s called Indian Cross Stitch. I ordered the yarns but the lightest one was just too tan for the other colors. I had the perfect yarn but it came from Madelinetosh and ESK doesn’t carry that color . . because it’s a discontinued color. I ordered Natural, thinking I could dye the yarn but then talked myself out of that.

Next plan was to make Sugar Plum Cardi for Addie.  It’s knitted in the round and then “steeked”. I’ve never done that. I have the yarn and it came from ESK.   Then I talked myself out of that.

There were other things that I was going to do and then decided against. Here’s what I decided to do:

Project #1:  Entrelac – I’ve never done that. My plan was to make this Entrelac Satchel. Then, being the crazy girl that I am, I decided to make it a bit wider. Then I liked it so much I decided to make it a scarf and then I realized I would have to have more yarn so I went back to the satchel idea.  This is a fun project and I love the entrelac.

Entrelac

Entrelac

I’m going to make another panel, sew them together, add a lining and a zipper . . that’s the plan and it should use about 250 to 300 yards.

Project #2:  Anemone Hat – Even if you aren’t a knitter, take a look at this hat! It is adorable. New to me will be those little squiggly things. I want to make one for Nicole, Addie, me and maybe Nicole’s mom. One adult had should use 250 to 300 yards.

Project #3: Cadeautje – These slippers use thrums  . . which I’ve never done! These should use about 250 yards.

If I get all three of those projects done, that will give me the maximum yardage for the New to  You KAL.

So much to do . . so little time!

 

Cabbage Rolls

Some days I feel like I should be a spokeswoman for Pressure Cooking Today! I love everything on that website. When I was at Chad and Nicole’s, Nicole and I wanted to make cabbage rolls but Chad threatened us with having to sleep with the dog if we cooked cabbage rolls. I kept telling him . . unwrap the cabbage, eat the filling and you’ll never know cabbage was involved but I think he remembers all the times growing up when I said: just eat it . . you’ll never taste . . whatever it is he was sure would kill him. He always swore he could taste the onion, or the celery, or the mush room.

So, no cabbage rolls were made last week but I made them yesterday in my kitchen. All I have to say is:  Chad has no idea what he’s missing!

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

They were seriously delicious . . so delicious that I wouldn’t mind having them again tonight!

Let’s first talk about the pot. I used the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. I really love that pot and I highly recommend it. But, if you don’t have one and don’t want one, you can make this recipe and simply bake the cabbage rolls.

My entire life I’ve made and loved cabbage rolls but I have never known how to successfully get the cabbage leaves off the head, get them soft enough to roll up without cracking or being too soft. It’s probably something so basic that everyone but me knew how to do it! The instructions in the recipe produced perfectly cooked, not hard, not too soft . . . cabbage leaves. I’ll use this method over and over again for the rest of my cooking  years! 

For the cabbage rolls, I followed the recipe except:

  1. My favorite cabbage roll recipe calls for crushed ginger snaps in the filling so I added some grated ginger to the filling.
  2. For us, the filling and the sauce would have been way too bland so I used plenty of Slap Ya Mama, plus a bit extra salt and black pepper.
Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

Knowing that I would be making several meals for the freezer, I put two scoops (overflowing tablespoons) in some rolls for me, and three scoops in some rolls for Vince.

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

I ended up with 21 cabbage rolls so I put three per container – 2 for Vince and 1 for me. Six dishes for the freezer and dinner last night.

Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals

This is a recipe I’ll be making often!