Garlic knitting
Tuesday March 23rd 2010, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Food,Knit

An hors-d’ouvre.  An amuse-bouche. Perhaps not so much for a main course, truth be told.

(Everything sounds more impressive if you throw French words at it, right?)

There’s a lace pattern I’d never knit because it just… hmm…  Some of those rows put together were, to my eye, like the time my daughter, working at a small makes-their-own shop one summer, handed me a sample of the locally famous Gilroy Festival-inspired garlic ice cream and said, Here: you have to try this at least once.

I did row 1. I did row 3.  None of any of the rest I did bore any relation whatsoever to what was printed on the page, and I had the delight of watching a whole new lace pattern coming to be.   Cool.  (Many rows were unfortunately harmed in this scientific lace testing, making sure it’s safe for the cone-sumed knitter, but I can assure you they were put out of my misery gently.)

It came out kind of the equivalent of Computer Chip ice cream at that Silicon Valley shop, chocolate oddball shapes in orange. Good–but it’s sure not basic vanilla to which you can add all kinds of toppings.  But ooh, does it go well with chocolate sauce.

It has enough character to stand alone. I’m scarfing it down.

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Giggle. I’m an ice cream purist. Natural vanilla is my favorite, and I like a resting row in my lace patterns.

Comment by Channon 03.24.10 @ 7:00 am

Lovely! Scrumptious! Delightful! I got them all on the first read this time. hihihi

I love it when my husband uses the French he knows. It DOES have a lovely ring to it.

Thank you for sharing some of the plaisir you’re having with your new pattern. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 03.24.10 @ 7:11 am

My ex when he wasn’t my ex went to that festival one time when he had a gig out in California. He brought back a garlic cookbook (I collect cookbooks you know). I would get on fits of cooking from one cookbook or the other and when I got to that cookbook, everything was just “peachy” (without garlic). However, when I started to eye the garlic ice cream receipe, the book “mysteriously” vanished. NOONE had ANY idea where it had gone. Hummmmmmmmmmmm.

Comment by afton 03.24.10 @ 8:30 am

yes, with garlic ice cream, once was enough — bring on the chocolate!!

Comment by Bev 03.24.10 @ 8:37 am

Was this something to eat or to wear?

Humor – (With no reference to anyone I know named Lynn)

There once was a lady named Lynn
Who was so uncommonly thin
That when she assayed
To drink lemonade,
She slipped through the straw and fell in.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.24.10 @ 9:38 am

A lot of things have a certain je ne sais quoi.

Comment by StellaMM 03.24.10 @ 2:35 pm

Mmmm. Sounds. . . memorable. I’ve never been to the Gilroy garlic festival, but I did have the unforgettable experience of attending the Knoblauchfest (garlic festival) in Weimar, Germany, in 1990, just after reunification. German cuisine, it’s well known, does not generally show much enthusiasm for garlic, so maybe this festival was a sort of Return of the Repressed. It featured, among other things, glasses of “Garlic Schnapps” brought around on trays by the Knoblauchmaedchen (garlic maidens), who were dressed in bulbous white dresses that purported to make them look like–yes–heads of garlic. Wish I had a picture. You might be able to google it. I had to try the garlic schnapps, but I had the same reaction you apparently had to garlic knitting. Sort of. . .not really.

Comment by Amy S. 03.24.10 @ 2:40 pm

That reminds me of the classic line: “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it”. Like Mustard Custard, a delicacy churned up for the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum’s Mustard Day. It was surprisingly delicious!
Anticipating photos of this mysterious garlic knitting you write about. Whatever shall you name the shawl – Anne of Cloves?

Comment by Linda L. in WI 03.24.10 @ 8:38 pm

Trying new things is always a growth experience. Not always fun, but always an experience!

Comment by twinsetellen 03.25.10 @ 5:26 am

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