Saturday, November 10, 2012

What to Knit Holiday 2012 4 - Food

I've been recovering from surgery for the last week, and while on the major pain pills, I've re-discovered cooking TV.  Since I had abdominal surgery, I didn't feel like eating, which strangely made food look all the more fascinating.  (Or maybe it was the pain pills.  Anyway, food was riveting.)  I started thinking about knitting for the TV chefs and food personalities.  What would they like?  Maybe a stocking full of knitted food?  Woo hoo!

Dad's Blueberry Pie
First we have Dad's Blueberry Pie by Jennifer Tallapaneni.  Kind of like ships are always female, it seems that if there's a man in sight, he has claimed rights to the pie.  (And the cookies, even though he says those are for the kids.)  It's a truly beautiful finished piece, and I'm sure some chef would wish that his/her crust would turn out that well!

Knitted Garlic

Mama G's Big Crafty Blog brings us Knitted Garlic.  They use a lot of garlic on the food shows, though I'm not sure why.  They put it in everything!  Maybe they have a vampire phobia. 
Summer Squash

Summer Squash is a ubiquitous ingredient in the homes of many a gardener, and as if you don't have enough of them in your house, now you can knit them, too.  Naturally you can knit them in green and make them zucchini, too.  These will never spoil at the back of the refrigerator waiting for the next time you make soup.  The pattern comes from the Gerwerken blog.


From Hannah Loveless on Ravelry comes this adorable pattern for a Prawn.  I've discovered that the chefs on TV are unaware that all the rest of us call them "shrimp".  Handily enough, since it's on TV, we get to see what they're talking about, and we figure it out pretty quickly.  If you're knitting for a "Foodie", I suggest knitting at least three of these, as they never seem to use just one at a time. 

Knit Mushroom
Knitted Mushrooms have all the advantages of other knitted food, plus you don't have to scrub off the little beards, because you won't knit them on in the first place.  From the Just Crafty Enough blog, these little darlings can be made by the bunch, and if you vary up the colors of tan and beige, and the size of the caps, you can make a variety of gourmet mushrooms. 

Heirloom Strawberries

"Heirloom" fruits and vegetables are mentioned a lot on TV.  In my slightly drug-induced stupor, I picture food in old-fashioned canning jars being handed down for generations.  Apparently that's not what they mean.  They mean fruits and vegetables grown from "traditional" seeds, not engineered seeds.  I've looked and I've found "heirloom" knitted food.  (I don't know what kind of seeds these come from.)  Heirloom Strawberries are adorable, low in calories, and if you make them out of cotton, hypo-allergenic.  This pattern comes to you from the Schooling From the Heart blog. 

These should get you started making trinkets for your favorite gourmand.  If you have a favorite food pattern, please share it with us!  Thanks.

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