October 13, 2019

Week-end DIY project with Japanese quince

Last Autumn it was the first time for me to work with quinces in form of the big pear quinces, which I turned into quince jam. It is pretty difficult to work these big quinces into smaller pieces prior to the boiling process. However, but the flavour of the raw quinces as well as during the cooking is fantastic and naturally the taste of the final jam is just great.

This time I have a cardboard box full of Japanese quinces from a colleagues garden. And on the way from work I had the most fantastic smell of quinces in the car.

As the Japanese quinces are much smaller in size compared to the bigger pear quinces, I decided to turn these Japanese quinces into quince jelly as well as quinces cordial, so I did not have to peel all these small quinces. However, I did decide to remove all of the seeds from the core, as I really dislike the bitterness from these type of seeds.

I will share the recipes on both quince jelly and quinces cordial in the upcoming week.

October 09, 2019

Mosegenser part 2

The knitting process on my coming Mosegenser sweater is progressing fast. I have now been knitting the two sleeves, which now have been added to the lower part of the sweater, so now I am knitting up towards to the upper and neck part of the sweater.

October 08, 2019

Knitting festival in Horsens October 2019

Two days ago I participated in Horsens Strikkefestival together with an old friend from high school. We had signed up for two knit workshops.

As mentioned previously we participated in two knitting workhops

The first workshop was on Neverkont, which is knitting small squares, which afterwards will look like braided knit. Here you knit forward and backwards on smaller sections adding as well as reducing the amount of knit masks. And this knitting style gives smaller squares in a pattern.

I will try to knit a bigger sample as a another test, so I/you can see a bigger version.

The second workshop was double knitting, so the pattern on the back side is the negative side of the pattern on the front side. Here the yarn colours for test knit was quiet close to each other, so it is difficult to see the actual pattern.

This way of knitting requires a lot of attention, as the yarn is either behind or in front of the knit mask. Again, here I try it again on my with two yarn colours with bigger colour variation.

After the work shops we had a look around the exhibition area with the many yarn companies. And here I found yarn for three new knitting projects in form of a shawl in Autumn colours, a poncho in green colours and finally a sweater in the colour of orange. But first I have finish with the knitting of the Mosegenser sweater.

October 07, 2019

Pickled gherkins a la Lønnestræde

In connection with, that I got a bunch of gherkins, I have been testing out various recipes on pickled gherkins like these pickled cornichons as well as these pickled gherkins a la Rigeligt Smør. I also decided to make my own version of pickled gherkins.

After the pickling process the gherkins needs to mature for 3-4 weeks, before you can enjoy them.

Pickled gherkins a la Lønnestræde:
  • 750 g gherkins
  • 1 l water
  • 50 g salt
Pickling liquid:
  • dill crown
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10-20 black pepper corns
  • 4-6 bay leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic - cut into smaller pieces
  • fennels seeds
  • 4 dl vinegar
  • 200 g sugar
  1. Bring the water to the boil, add salt into the water. Let the water-salt liquid cool down.
  2. While the water-salt solution cools down, clean the gherkins. I used a sponge to clean the entire surface. Afterwards prickle the gherkins.
  3. Place the pickled gherkins in the cold water-salt solution for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Remove the gherkins from the water-salt solution.
  5. Add all the spices for the pickling liquid in a empty glass or pickling jar. Afterwards add in the gherkins
  6. Bring the vinegar and salt to the boil.
  7. Pour the boiling vinegar liquid over the gherkins in the pickling glass/jar.
  8. Fill the pickling glass/jar to the top, until the gherkins are covered by the pickling liquid.
  9. Let the gherkins rest in the pickling liquid for around 3-4 weeks, before you start using the picked gherkins.

October 05, 2019

Prepared for the knitting festival in Horsens

I am prepared to participate in Horsens Strikkefestival tomorrow Sunday. I have buying some cotton yarn as well as finding some yarn leftovers. I need these yarns, as I have signed up for the two knit workshops. I am planning to use the cotton yarn afterwards to knit dish cloth, as I have used been buying a knitting book with dish cloth as theme.

The first workshop is Neverkont, which is knitting small squares, which afterwards will look like braided knit.

The second workshop is double knitting, so the pattern on the back side is the negative side of the pattern on the front side.

Naturally I will share my impression from the knit festival later on.

October 04, 2019

Mosegenser part 1

The beauty about knitting on circular knitting needle is, that you keep knitting straight all the time. So fare, it has been very easy to read and understand the knitting pattern for this knit sweater called "Mosegenser" even though it is in Norwegian. A little bit later it become a bite more complicate to read/understand. Next step is for me knit the arms, which afterward is added into the knitted blouse.

October 01, 2019

October - what´s up

October - what´s up

It is the second month of the Autumn season, and the season of pumpkin is right here and now. And they bring a wonderful bright orange colour. 

As recipe with pumpkin as main ingredient you could take at these suggestions: 


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