Tuesday, April 12, 2011

clog socks, part II

The second pair of Turkish Bed Socks are off the needles and onto my feet!  The weather has been surprisingly lovely for the past few days, though, so I suspect that not too many wool-sock wearing days are left this spring. Not that that's a problem. ;-)

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, "Bearded Iris," 1/2 skein
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0mm) Harmony 6" DPNs

Great pattern! It's a bit fiddly, but they're quick to knit, and the resulting socks coordinate quite nicely with my Dansko clogs. I was disappointed that the yarn pooled so dramatically, but they're still cozy.

Knitter and blogger extraordinaire Kristi recently published Masala, a gorgeous slipper pattern that looks to have a somewhat similar shape (I think -- this is just judging from the photos, as I haven't purchased the pattern yet). Masala has the most eye-catching colorwork pattern, and she has knit them up in beautiful color combinations that really POP!  Most definitely going to the top of my to-knit list once I've finished up a few more WIPs.
A certain someone always insists on helping me change sheets or make the bed.  Oh cats! I'm still loving my crocheted blanket, btw, and am just dying to start a new crochet project. Must. finish. WIPs. first.
I'm taking a night class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next few weeks, so I'm adjusting my cooking habits -- easy larger batches that result in tasty leftovers. After looking at a few lasagne recipes and deeming them either too much work or too heavy,  I dreamed up my own quick spinach lasagne recipe last night, and it turned out fantastic.

Spinach Lasagne

12 oven-ready (no-bake) lasagne noodles
24 oz (2.5 C.) Barilla Italian Baking Sauce
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
2/3 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded ~ divided
15 oz. whole-milk ricotta cheese
dash nutmeg
1 clove garlic, pressed, or 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 
freshly ground pepper
1 egg
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp. dried parsley
3  oz. baby spinach leaves (or more!)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray (or lightly coat with olive oil).

2. In a medium bowl, mix 1/3 C. Parmesan, ricotta, nutmeg, freshly ground pepper, garlic, and egg. Mix in parsley and spinach.

3. Spread 1/2 C. sauce on bottom of baking dish. Top with 4 lasagne noodles; top with half of the ricotta/spinach mixture, another 1/2 C. sauce, and 3/4 C. mozzarella. Repeat layers one more time. Do another layer of 4 noodles. Pour remaining sauce over lasagne; sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella and 1/3 C. Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven, and let it stand for 10 min. before cutting into it and serving.

Serves 6


Rue said...

Funny, Nayyir likes to help make the bed, too. He certainly makes the process more fun!

I'll have to give that lasagna recipe a try. We're all about the leftover-friendly recipes these days :)

barefootrooster said...

those socks are fantastic. i might need some. and yum, lasagna! what kind of night class?

Chris said...

Funny, Kristi's pattern was the first thing I thought of when I saw the FO pictures in your post! :)

elizabeth said...

Those silly cats! Mack pounces on the sheets like he's a great hunter and I usually end up trapping him between the bottom and top sheet. He doesn't stay trapped for long!

knitseashore said...

Those socks look so nice and warm...it's been unseasonably cold here and the daffodils are taking their sweet time.

I love that your cat loves to model for you. I wish I could talk mine into it; the only thing they are interested in is the crochet blanket my mom made for me.

Katie M. said...

Lovely socks! The lasagne looks like something I just might have to try ...

Anonymous said...

Love your clog socks and LOVE your blog!

Andi said...

I am seriously loving those socks. They are going to be on my must knit Christmas gifts this year.
Good luck on finishing your WIPS.

Sharon said...

I'm liking Madeline Tosh but haven't tried the space-dyed variety. Pooling is a great frustration for me and one of my complaints with Lorna's laces. In spite of pooling, I think your socks will look great in the clogs.

Yeah, what kind of night class? Inquiring minds are inquiring.

Carrie#K said...

The knitted Royals are perfect! Thank heaven I didn't see them earlier. I might have been really truly tempted......and I already have a million WIPs.

Did you finish the border? I'm working on my own brown border - deadly dull but I so want to FINISH and be done with it!!

Your XO vest is really cute! The neckline is fabulous.