Wee Mittens and a Seasonal Post Concerning Seasonal Topics
Finally, a Finished Object!
HA! I bet you were fooled into thinking that these were tree-stump sized mittens. But alas, they are mere mini mittens. Mere in size only mind you, mega in personality. Katy knitted a pair of these for her Secret Santa giftee at the Spiders' holiday party (a smashing event - thanks to hosts Jess Yarnmonster and Veronique!), and they inspired me with their cuteitude and their brevity.
Here they are serving their true purpose:
Believe me, I did consider trying to get one of the cats to model these for you - well, Moses I guess since Catty is one paw short! But in the interest of not being mauled, the wee stump from our Christmas tree graciously modeled instead.
There are a number of patterns for wee mitts out there, but I used this one. Thanks, Andrea! I'll be making a few of these as knitted flourishes for an otherwise knitted-gift-free holiday season.
Apparently this is now a seasonal blog. I guess only posting on or around major holidays is better than not posting at all. Partly it's so danged difficult to take decent photos in our new apartment, so there are fewer pretty pictures of hydrangeas to fill dead air. Partly I am working a ton and struggling against personality atrophy. It sounds extreme, but this is what I have come to think happens to some people who work in jobs like mine - long hours, relatively solitary, little of what we think of as traditional creativity. With what little free time I have had, social interaction has come before knitting. Except, of course, with the Spiders, who allow for both!
This was the first weekend for a long time that was work-free for me. We socialized a bit here and there, but the arrival of a sleety Nor'easter kept us indoors today. Thankfully we got our little tree before the sleet sleeted yesterday, and have just about finished decorating.
The weather also gave us an excuse to do some much needed drilling and mounting around the apartment, e.g.,
O Ikea Grundtal, we would be lost without you!
Also we baked a bunch of these fabulous Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies to bring to a party (throw in some ginger, too!) and I made some pan-roasted brussels sprouts for lunch as part of my Mission to Start Liking Brussels Sprouts.
This has been much more successful than the Mission to Start Liking Beets and the now-defunct Mission to Start Liking Dill. Brussels sprouts are actually pretty good if they are small and cooked correctly, but when overcooked they can go HORRIBLY HORRIBLY WRONG. Sorry Mom.
And now, to close, let's all take a moment to give thanks for clementines*:
BONUS: For clementine lovers: How to make a clementine candle (via Apartment Therapy)
* and let's me take a moment to thank Ms. Virginia a/k/a Auntie Craptina for the extra lovely bowl! I'd show you the amazing inside, but as it is in use. . . thanks AC!
Posted by jess at December 16, 2007 4:00 PM
nice work with the grundtal!
Yep, same pattern I used--but I forgot to take a picture, doh! Growing up, I too thought sprouts had to taste like wads of wet toilet paper. Au contraire! Love them caramelized like that...
Those tiny mittens are just too cute! Can you be smitten with a mitten? ;)
I was never much of a fan of my mum's brussels sprouts either. Here's a hint - shred them and stir fry them on their own or with other veggies. I suppose you could cook them any way you would cook cabbage. Shredded you can totally forget that they are brussels sprouts!
Beets are beetroot right? As opposed to silverbeet. Beetroot is so yummy I can't understand why anyone doesn't like it! Again, shredded in a salad is good, but sliced and served in malt vinegar is the traditional summer bbq food I grew up with in NZ. And don't get me started on beetroot soup....
One of my favorite ways to cook brussel sprouts is to cut off the ends and peel the leaves off. Then you can do anything you want with them and they're much more palatable--sort of like a wilted green instead of a pungent little cabbage head. I like to give them a quick stir fry in olive oil before adding to cooked pasta. One of my favorite combos is oriechette (ear shaped pasta) salmon, some kind of stinky cheese, and brussel sprout leaves! It's a little more work but totally worth it. (ps. I got this idea from the Chez Panisse vegetables cookbook--it's nice because the pasta has the same shape as the brussel sprout leaves--and somehow, it helps!
Your tree is so cute and those little mitts are the perfect ornament! Good luck on your mission- I've never liked Brussels Sprouts. Let me know if you come across a recipe that tips the scales for you!
That's funny, Katy's mitts inspired me too - adorable aren't they? I'm surprised to hear that brussels can ever taste good, but I'm gonna take your word for it ;)
Oh man, I love roasted brussels sprouts, and we were such good beet customers this year at the Farmer's Market that the beet man delivers us his remaining beets at home! I love the taste of molasses cookies, but unfortunately the smell reminds me of all the milk-and-molasses enemas (yeah, that's right) I had to give at my first job out of nursing school. You had to heat them up in the microwave...
Mmm...clementines! I could eat 'em by the fistful!!
After reading your post I went ahead and whipped up a batch of those Molasses cookies last night. Man were they good! I had to bring them in to work today because I knew if I left them at home I would eat every last one of them by tomorrow. Thanks for linking to the recipe!
Your missions crack me up, and I admire your efforts! If you find success with the Mission to Start Liking Beets, clue me in will ya- I can't handle those. Pretty color, but no thanks. I do love Brussels Sprouts, though, if they are cooked right. Oh, and I love those mini mitts- too cute!
If you're looking to make yourself fall in love with Brussels sprouts, I'd suggest making this:
It's so ridiculously delicious that I actually have cravings for Brussels sprouts now.
Oh, I was just looking for a chewy molasses cookie recipe! And those clementine candles are cool :)
those little mittens are so cute! i personally LOVE brussel sprouts. KP cooks them up in veggie stock and then adds them to pasta in a oil and garlic with veggies type pasta. delicious!
Brussels sproutrs are amazing if you crisply cool up some bacon, remove it from the pan, add sliced shallots and saute in the bacon fat and then add the Brussels sprouts and maybe a bit of pepper to taste. Add the bacon back (of course) and serve. Yummy bac...I mean Brussels sprouts!
Clementines are my most favorite food EVER! Happy Holidays!
Oh, Jess. I have been so terribly out of touch, but reading your post here made me go all nostalgic for my blogreads. So much fun tucked into one post. Dang. Thank you. And yay for liking the brussel sprouts. I still haven't succeeded at liking them, but yay for you. And those mittens. Oh, they make me all melty.
Thanks for the shout out mama, really glad you likey the bowl :) The mittens are cute, will you try one a mini sweater?
Try brussel sprouts tossed in the pan with bacon bits and almond slivers YUM! Love those gloves
I'm also on the Brussel Sprout Mission...I made Giada Di Laurentiis's recipe for Thanksgiving and even my veggie-hating dad ate them...so strange that those tiny little cabbages can be so flavorful...ummm yeah.
PS love the clementine candle too!
Happy Holidays :)
Your mini mittens look so cute on your tree. I didn't have a Christmas tree this year so it's fun to live vicariously through other people. Also, I've never seen brussels spouts look so good before. Mmmmmm.
Love the little mittens. Reminds me of a former co-worker's tradition, where they would look for elves clothing outside - or would they leave it for the elves?
Anyway, the kids would do this in conjunction with Santa's cookies...so i guess you could leave a pair for the "helper elf".
Love the mittens... not sold on the brussels sprouts.
the tiny mittens are so cool on the tree. thats such a great ornament.
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