Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oh Canada, Poutine, Sideways Scarf, Gluten Free Crepes,Pizza & Pasta


This was a great summer,the whole lot of us traveled up to Quebec City and Montreal.  

Fun Yarns a surprisingly fair(not cheap) currency and good eating, We started in Quebec City where we feasted on GLUTEN FREE Steak Frites at Entrecote St Jean. AFter the traditional sightseeing, I did jump on the city bus and travel to the one yarn store near the old city, La Dauphine where I bought one skein of lovely Misti Alpaca Hand Painted worsted for a shawl for work.  Another Gluten free menu at restaurant, Lapin Saute which had a 5foot tall carrot shaped pepper grinder... will track down photo!
 
Next off to our Hurricane Irene lengthened visit to Montreal. Again great gluten free food, Zero8, a pun in french..zerohuit(sounds like zerowheat) a restaurant that has none of 8 allergens including gluten.  We had pasta and poutine and loads of fun.....PizzaPizza is a chain in Canada that serves GF crusts freshly rebaked... call ahead. one time we were happy 2nd visit, no gf crust left....At the Atwater Market they serve GF crepes.... make sure they clean the pan..but seriously YUM! I found this market after a long visit at Mouline, a lovely yarn store in Montreal. Raveler Pleski sent me to the market...quite a treat.. Also found Tanis yarn there, a lovely worsted weight yarn hand dyed....and Voila... A scarf for my son was born.  He wanted one with big blue stripes small gray stripes and red on the ends....





Sideways Scarf with ridges….

Needed: Long Circular needle to get gauge…(not that important) 4.5 sts to inch and 4 garter ridges.
 and 6 bobbins for Accent Color and needle to weave in ends....

Special Cast On… This is a version of a long tail cast on, Take your Contrast Color(CC-gray), and your Main Color(MC-blue)  hold the two strands together and make a slip knot and put that on your needle(this is stitch 1).  The CC will be over your thumb and the  MC will be on your index finger. Cast on 269 more stitches(or your amount) at end cut the CC.

ROW 1: Knit MC then at last stitch which should be BOTH the MC and CC together, knit both (keeping them together)in one stitch.
ROW 2 Knit with MC.
ROW 3 Knit with MC

[Create 6 small bobbins of your Accent Color(AC), I used about 6 ft. for each one.]

ROW 4(rs): *Knit 10 in MC knit 3 in AC* repeat 3 times, knit across until 39 stitches left *k3 in AC k10 in MC*repeat 3 times

ROW 5(ws) : Next row do same, EXCEPT PURL the AC stitches, this scarf is all garter except for the Accent Color..

ROW 6: *Knit 10 in MC SLIP with yarn in back 3 AC stitches* repeat 3x, knit across until 39 stitches *slip 3 AC with yarn in back, knit 10 MC* repeat 3x.

ROW 7: *Knit 10 in MC SLIP with yarn in front 3 AC stitches* repeat 3x, knit across until 39 stitches *slip 3 AC with yarn in front, knit 10 MC* repeat 3x.

You should have 4 garter ridges.  Continue Rows4-7 until you have 8 garter ridges (2m more repeats)

ROW A(rs): *Knit 10 in CC knit 3 in AC* repeat 3 times, knit across until 39 stitches left *k3 in AC k10 in CC*repeat 3 times

ROW B(ws) : Next row do same, EXCEPT PURL the AC stitches, this scarf is all garter except for the Accent Color..

ROW C: *Knit 10 in MC SLIP with yarn in back 3 AC stitches* repeat 3x, knit across until 39 stitches *slip 3 AC with yarn in back, knit 10 MC* repeat 3x.

ROW D: *Knit 10 in MC SLIP with yarn in front 3 AC stitches* repeat 3x, knit across until 39 stitches *slip 3 AC with yarn in front, knit 10 MC* repeat 3x

Knit rows A-D 5 times altogether, 5 CC ridges total!
Knit Rows 4-7 3 more times
Knit Rows 4 and 5

Finishing up, knit 4 rows of MC (NO ACCENT)
BIND Off with CC, Knit 2 tog through back loops and replace on left needle or any very loose cast off is fine…