Friday, March 30, 2012

Recipe- Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Here's a tweaked version of my tangy chicken salad recipe. I started putting curry powder in my chicken salad just because I recently bought some from Penzeys, then just a day or two later I found curry sauerkraut from Farmhouse Culture (my favorite!) at the Ferry Building farmer's market! So I feel it's evolved into something that deserves its own post.

Seasonings from Penzeys

Curry Kraut!!!
Farmhouse Culture is only available in California or a couple spots in Nevada. Diane from Balanced Bites came up with this recipe for making your own fermented raw sauerkraut after she moved away from the Bay Area.

For every 2 cups of cooked chicken-
4tbsp homemade mayo from the previous recipe, with or without the additional spices and lemon. I originally used an olive oil/avocado oil blend, but then I couldn't find avocado oil and used macadamia oil for half the total oil instead. Either one is great.
1/2 cup broccoli slaw (easier and more interesting than celery!)
2 tbsp curry raisin sauerkraut (Farmhouse Culture)
1 tsp Penzeys Tandoori Seasoning
1 tsp Penzeys Sweet Curry Seasoning (there's no sugar in it- it's just called that for some reason)
1 tbsp raisins
a few pecans or walnuts
chopped wedge of tart apple

Monday, March 19, 2012

WIP Roundup- Spectra Scarf, Mondo Cable Cardi, Tardis Socks

Spectra Scarf WIP

I'd been toying with the idea of starting a Spectra scarf of my own for a long time, and even dreamt about it once, but never quite decided on the right yarn and colorway. After pouring over other people's Ravelry projects, I really fell in love with this one color of Zauberball. Then I realized we had that color on the shelf, the shop started carrying solid colors of Kauni, and we got in an awesome shawl pin that matched the colorway perfectly! Everything fell into place and I started on this very addictive pattern about a week ago.

Mondo Cable Cardi
So technically I finished this Mondo Cable Cardi last night and wore it today, but here's a still kinda in progress photo. I am thrilled that we're having another cold spell so I can wear it a lot. I made it in Dream in Color Classy in Gothic Rose. I alternated 3 skeins at a time, 1 row each. That was a little weird at the front neck cast on area, but I managed it with minimal weird floats. It wasn't an issue to keep things from tangling on the body, but I was getting a little impatient having to untangle the yarn balls every so often on the sleeves. I'd still always recommend alternating skeins.

Tardis Sock #1
I'll probably be finished with these Tardis socks later tonight. The first one looks funny here because they are sized for Bryan but I only have an Amy-sized sock blocker. I think the pattern was for 72 stitches but I bumped it up to 81 (80 for the ribbing and foot) by spacing out the words a little and adding an extra 9-stitch repeat of the window colorwork and texture. The yarn is my Merino/cashmere/nylon sock that I dyed just for this.

Friday, March 16, 2012

FO Roundup: 3rd BSJ, Hemp Market Bag


Here's a Baby Surprise Jacket I made for a high school friend's baby. It's my 3rd one, all in Claudia Hand Painted Sport. This colorway is Eat Your Veggies.

Knitted Market Bag

I also recently finished a Shop 'til You Drop bag from Lanaknits Designs in Allhemp6. I love it so much! I made the medium size and had to get a 3rd skein of yarn to finish the second handle. The official site says there are 2 sizes, but I swear the pattern I bought at Yarndogs had 3! I need to get an action shot because it stretches out super huge and holds a ton of stuff!

Creatively Dyed Woven Scarf

Here's the only (kinda crummy) photo I have of the woven scarf I made from Creatively Dyed Steele in Cumin. I'm always shocked at how little yarn weaving takes! It's a good stashbuster, but it creates lots of leftovers. This is the project you can see me starting at the last spin in I made it to.