10.10.2019

Artichoke French... What is it? (And a 2019 Rhinebeck BRUNCH!)

I just found out many of you don't know that Artichoke French is a food I name knitwear after! I was first introduced to Artichoke French at New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in 2006, their booth was POPULAR, so I got in line to see what all the fuss was about!

In a nutshell Artichoke French is Artichoke Hearts made Francese style!


I'm not convinced that the Artichoke French booth will make it to Rhinebeck next weekend (they aren't always there)... so I thought a recipe was in order!

Lola's Homemade Artichoke French
(adapted from The Rhinebeck Sweater)


Ingredients
1 Can Whole Artichokes (approx. 14 ounces)
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour (I use unbleached white)
Salt, Pepper, and Paprika
1 large Eggs
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Toppings
(optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Chopped Fresh Parsley
Hot Pepper or Hot Sauce

Directions
1. Drain the artichokes well, slice in half, and pat dry.
2. In one shallow bowl mix the flour with salt, pepper, and a little paprika (I had smoked paprika to everything).
3. In a separate shallow bowl beat eggs with lemon juice.
4. One heart at a time, place the in the flour and coat, shake off excess flour, then dredge on both sides in the egg mixture.
5. Meanwhile have 1 Tablespoon of butter and the olive oil heating in a heavy frying pan.
6. When oil is hot, place artichokes in pan.  When they are browned on one side flip over and delicately squash with the backside of your spatula. 
7. When the artichokes are browned on both sides, remove to drain oil on plate lined with paper towel.
8. Place artichokes in serving dish and garnish with liberal amounts of grated Parmesan and parsley. 

Artichoke French are also SUPER yummy on beans and greens, or with a white wine sauce if you want a "richer" experience!  And if you are a hot pepper or hot sauce lover (like I am) sprinkle some on before eating!

RHINEBECK 2019 BRUNCH PARTY!

Sunday- 9:30 am- BRUNCH PARTY! (we did this in 2017 and it was SO FUN!)
 I've discovered that the best time to get Artichoke French or any other food is first thing in the morning on Sunday! The lines are short and most of the food there makes an excellent breakfast! Get to the fest before 10:30 to get some brunch and then meet us at the picnic tables at the corner of building A! Wear one of your Nelkin Designs to the party... we can try for a group photo!!!

Here's a map of the fairgrounds with our Brunch spot marked in a big red circle:

Any questions? I've set up a thread in my Ravelry group so we can all connect with each other. I'll be around the  festival most of the weekend so PLEASE do stop me and say hi... I promise I don't bite! Also, can I just say that I am great at faces, and SUCK at remembering names, so go easy on me... I will never make a good politician (which isn't a bad thing!) but I am a good hugger!

10.07.2019

Installing a Zipper in your Artichoke French (or other knit sweater!)

I had this great idea last spring that I should knit a zip-up hoodie version of my Artichoke French Sweater... the only scary part? Installing a zipper! It ended up being NO WHERE as hard as I thought it would be! Here's why installing zippers is hard: you are sewing something stiff (the zipper tape) to a flexible edge (your knit). The tips below are going to make you an expert in this technique and take the fear right out of it!


First up, and MOST IMPORTANTLY The length of your zipper should be determined AFTER blocking. So, knit your Artichoke French Hoodie (or other sweater that needs a hood!) block it and THEN measure the length of the center front (laid flat without stretching) from the neckline to the bottom.This is the length you want to order! I actually knit up to the hood, blocked, then measured, and then knit my hood while waiting for my zipper. I then steam blocked my hood once that was done and didn't re-block the rest of the sweater (I know someone was going to ask that!).

I SPLURGED and ordered a custom length M6 one-way Riri Zipper from Pacific Trimming.
It was expensive, but it was TOTALLY worth it and I would do it again! If I'm going to spend that much time knitting a sweater I'm not going to have a zipper I don't love! There are definitely other zipper resources, but I was really happy with my Riri Zipper and would do it again!

My friend (and tester) Andrea ordered a two-way zipper and I'm a little jealous of that action.... so that's a choice too (and one I would make!).
Then I read all these GREAT tutorials on installing zippers into knitwear...
Finally one of my testers took a "no-sew" zipper install class from Ann Weaver and explained the process to me... it uses fingering weight yarn of a similar color and a knitpicker... in a nutshell you pick up sts along the tape with lighter weight yarn and the tool and then use a three needle bind off to join the tape to your knitting. This creates an elastic edge on the tape and is brilliant! Clearly it is what I am doing on my next Artichoke French!

With further research I learned that in 2010 Tech Knitter wrote an article for Interweave Knits about the technique, and Eunny Jang shot a video about it!



Then I searched a tiny bit more and found AN INCREDIBLY detailed article from Tech Knitter about the technique..
So, now you are armed with more than you knew you needed to know about sewing your zipper into your knits and are no longer SCARED! Amiright? Or scary?


xoxo