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Inspiration: Knitted Food

This post is inspired by a friend of mine, Wendy.  Wendy is a fantastic knitter, but she has a little quirk.  She almost exclusively knits toy food.

I know!  How fantastic is that?

She makes big picnic baskets of food, cornucopias of food, full Thanksgiving dinners, and an array of “fresh” fruits and vegetables that would make a greengrocer (ahem) green with envy.

Let’s spend today talking about knit food, in Wendy’s honor.  (And because knit food is ridiculously cute!)

You could always go the healthy route, and knit up some lovely produce:


Pear-fecto! by Susan B. Anderson5334391790_5a3c048656_z[1]Mushrooms…

Knitted ‘Shrooms by Abby Kroken


Heirloom Carrot by Sara Hills

carrots3_medium2[1]And peas.

Peas in a Pod by Hansi Singh3937321083_af8cc2990c_z[1]But sometimes you’re in the mood for something a little fancier.  A nice plate of sushi perhaps?

Sushi by Joanna Rankin

group1_medium2[1]And, of course, there’s always room for milk and cookies after a delicious (knit) meal.

Milk and Cookie by Raynor Gellatly

2668565040_c301b7640c_z[1]Have you ever knit food?  Are you going to now?  (I might- these projects are just too cute to ignore.)

On the Noodles

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m done with that whole knitting thing.  I guess it was just a fad after all.  Ah well.

Now I’m onto bigger and better things!  Things that I can eat!  Welcome to my new blog- On the Noodles!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the Noodles is your one-stop-shop for everything related to pasta, and the sauces you put on top of it.

And without further ado, let’s get to the first-ever On the Noodles Recipe!

Allison’s Super-Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce


2 Tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 C chopped onion

2 cloves minced garlic

1 large can diced tomatoes (with juice)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPour the oil into a large pot and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent and the garlic smells yummy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd the can of tomatoes (juice and all).  Stir to combine.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.  If you want your sauce slightly spicy, add a half-teaspoon of red pepper flakes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReduce heat to low and simmer until you get hungry (at least 15 minutes). If too much liquid cooks off, add a little water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAServe over noodles, with grated Parmesan cheese.


(And happy April Fool’s!  Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled knitting on Friday.)

Inspiration: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!  (And Happy Thursday, everyone else!)

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is one of my all-time favorite things to do.  There’s something about spending hours planning, shopping and scheduling that makes the run-up to Thanksgiving especially great.  And, nothing beats spending the day chopping vegetables, stirring pots, and smelling all those wonderful Thanksgiving kitchen smells with your friends and family.  I’m drooling in anticipation already (which is a gross image, so sorry!)

When I think of Thanksgiving food, I think of home-y, cozy dishes, made with a special twist.  Food that is comforting (and comfortable), but fancied-up a little bit.  Which, incidentally, is exactly how I like my knitting, too.  Simple, comfy, and just a little fancy.

Let’s share a buffet of Thanksgiving-inspired knitwear, all worked in my favorite comfy, yet fancy fiber, alpaca.

This hat has a gorgeous, squishy texture, but is simple enough for even the pickiest of hat-wearers.

Graham by Jennifer Adams

IMG_8516_medium2[1]I just love patterns with great big swathes of interesting texture.

Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho

herringbone-cowl-flat-425_medium[1]The cables, openwork, and shaping on this sweater make it seem challenging and modern, yet I think it would become an instant classic in any wardrobe.

Aurys by Svetlana Volkova