Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beginning to knit

Once you have mastered the cast on, sometimes you are unsure how to place the yarn to begin knitting. The first picture shows the stitches after being cast on. To work the first row, flip the needle over. The stitches and the yarn you knit with should all be on the same side. Then you are ready to knit the next row. One thing to mention, don't knit too tightly. Make sure your stitches slide easily on the needle. This will take practice and everyone's tension is different. Just try not to pull things too tightly. You will improve with time.

As you continue to knit, rows of bumps will develop. This is called the garter stitch. When using straight needles, the garter stitch is made by knitting every row. It will make a nice scarf. Just decide how wide you want your scarf and knit forever. I like my scarves really long.

I am making headway! Each row of this feather and fan pattern has 536 stitches right now, so things feel like they are slowing down. I'm hoping to bind off during closing ceremonies!

This was dinner last night. It is yummy and very easy and quick. I love balsamic vinegar, but you may want to reduce the amount and add to taste.

Penne Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli
1 lb. whole grain penne pasta
3 c broccoli florets
12 oz. lowfat turkey or chicken sausage
½ c fat-free chicken broth
½ c grated Parmesean cheese
1 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
Ground black pepper
Cook penne in large pot of boiling water for 8 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for 3 more minutes. Drain and place back in pot or large bowl.

Coat a large no-stick skillet with spray and saute 4 cloves of minced garlic for 1 minute, add sausage and break into bits and brown. Pour over pasta . Add broth, Parmsean, oil and vinegar and toss to mix. Can add red-pepper flakes for some kick if you like.

Use rice pasta for GF.

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