Attempts at Rhinebeck Artichoke French duplication – Part 1




Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m working on approximating the lovely Artichokes French I wait on line 30 minutes for every year at Rhinebeck. 

According to less than 2 minutes of googling, Artichokes French seem to be a regional dish, specific to central NY, mainly Rochester (like Wegmans!). I started my saga using this recipe and ended up with this:



Photos taken with lovely potato camera. Camera, made from potato, brings my cooking to you. 



It turned out DELICIOUS, but not quite there. I realized too late that there wasn’t any garlic included in the recipe. Oh well, I still ate the whole thing.


Changes to be made to part two:

  • replacing the 2nd egg with water. The egg wash was too thick and eggy. 
  • Tossing panko breadcrumbs with the artichokes before transferring to plate. 
  • Add crushed garlic to the butter – maybe one or two cloves
  • slightly more lemon juice



Twenty Twelve

so blue!

Why did I only buy one skein of Madeline Tosh Merino Light? What I am going to do with one ball?!

Last year’s goals were admirable, but mostly a flop (shock of shocks!)

  1. Get back to size 6 or drop 20 lbs. HAHA
  2. Cut half of sugar out of diet. Actual sugar? Mostly cut out. Juice/soda? About the same. 
  3. Use up at least 10 balls of stash. Probably added twice that amount last year in yarn.
  4. Complete the 11 shawls in 2011 challenge Got through about 3 and got bored of shawls.
  5. Upload llama and cat pdfs to Ravelry. I should really start on these…
  6. Knit a sweater with sleeves Did it! Aidez 
  7. Get married (*gulp!*) Did it! 
  8. Find a full time job Did it!
  9. Start filling out applications to go back to school Still not sure what I want to study. 
  10. Get a Driver’s Licence *grumbles*
  11. The most important: MOVE Moved, sick of current apt.
This year should be less eventful, I hope. No babies or new pets in my near future unless something horrible (or amazing) happens. I joined a weekly knitting group in my neighborhood, which has really helped me get a lot of knitting done. Not so much photographing it for the blog though. =\
This years goals:
  1. Either lose some weight or be able to do 10 real push-ups.
  2. Use up fiber or yarn in stash to make room for new yarn.
  3. Knit a sweater or two, and a ton of mittens and hats. Continue to hate winter.
  4. Upload llama pdf. (Maybe make it first)
  5. Learn to drive or sell car.
  6. Move to a better apt, like one with heat.
  7. Get through stack of paperwork on desk at work (its a real yearlong goal!)
  8. Have a year where the cats don’t eat my knitting.

I’d say lets check back in 6-7 months, but I’m probably not going to do that.


I hate being angry. I really do. So when someone tries to sell my work, work that I am giving away for free, I got incredibly angry, and then felt hurt and then pity for the person stealing my work. How unoriginal and lazy to sell someone else’s designs (not even the finished items!) it’s like selling the bibles those Gideon’s people give away: why?

Selling knitting, crochet, or sewing patterns without the permission of the original author is against the law. Full stop. Even if they are free. When you buy or receive a pattern, you are not the new copyright holder. Saying that the pattern was passed down through the generations is not a way of circumventing copyright. You are paying for the ability to use the pattern.

People are going to steal my work. I have now come to grips with that. Going forward, I will have to watermark all my photos before they reach the Internet. I didn’t particularly want to, but there it is. It will at least, require the thieves to put in a bit of effort. Any future patens, of which I have one or two in the works, will end up being sold through Ravelry. I would like to see some of this money that others are getting for my work.


Book Review: The Intentional Spinner

Book Review: The Intentional Spinner
By Judith MacKenzie McCuin
ISBN 9781596680807 (paperback)
Interweave Press
151 pages

For nearly the entire first half of this book, Judith provides fairly in depth background information on fiber before you get any information on how to spin. However, if you’re actually interested in making a yarn for a project, it’s important to understand where your fiber comes from and what it can do. The first three chapters go over the three different sources: animal, plant, and factory. The last chapter goes over fiber characteristics in depth, and even includes a chart to identifying fibers using a burn test (an excellent way to find out what the mystery yarn a well meaning person gave you actually is).

The second part of the book goes into actually spinning giving fairly good explantions for worsted and woolen draws, though I found myself wishing she had gone into more depth on that topic. There is also a brief explanation to preparing the fiber using hand carders and combs.

Judith provides great information on plying, and what the plys can mean for future completed objects. The book is fairly in depth, and it’s an excellent reference when learning what to do. However, I found there was too much information of novelty plying as opposed to absolutely no information on chain or andean plying methods. So, these are methods you have to learn from other sources.

I did find it odd that she didn’t include any information on wraps per inch (wpi), at all. Also, while twists per inch were alluded to, she didn’t really cover that information. It’s information I could have used when I was starting out on my wheel, and its basically absent from the book.

Can I just say that while I understand the aesthetic appeal of novelty yarns in and of themselves, I still kind of hate them? I don’t see the point, aside from putting them on a shelf and looking at them. Am I ever going to use a fingering to superbulky thick and thin yarn with skull beads woven in? No. I am not. I do not care for them, and I refuse to make them. Hell, I have issues even using wildly variegated yarns. *sigh*

The last portion of the book is dedicated to a handful of patterns. They weren’t anything special, in my opinion, and I would have found more use in a section of swatches showing how the same fiber spun in different ways makes entirely different fabrics. That would have been cool.

The appendix includes care information, which is actually incredibly useful. (Although I could have used a section on protecting fiber from kittens, augh!) It has great information on preventing insects getting into your fiber (worth a pound of cure) and some good information on storing and displaying fibers.

The point: I would totally buy this book. While I found it lacking in spinning information, the background information necessary to understand your fiber is top notch. I would actually combine owning this book along with Spin Control (which I will get to, next week, hopefully) to really get the most information possible. Together, these books fill each other’s gaps and make a super great reference.