Monthly Archives: November 2017

If It Ain’t Broke…

What should be more celebrated than the human spirit of invention? It is, indeed, a wondrous thing. We certainly covet and appreciate creativity and innovation. However, one must not reject a past creation, with its perfection, in the name of improvement. Some things simply do not require improvement. And, in the attempt to make it “better,” some inventors miss the entire point of what made the thing great to begin with. There are some things that just need to stay the way they are. They just end up being pretentious and wrong. Here are some examples:

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a perfect sandwich. The bread lightly grilled, the cheese (good old American cheese) gooey and warm, and served beside a steaming bowl of soup (tomato is our preference). This is a good thing right here. So, who’s idea was it to make a brie grilled cheese sandwich? Or goat cheese? Even the three cheese thing is overkill. We will, at this point, allow bacon to be added. But the line must be drawn here. No cod fish. No wild boar. Settle down right now.

The Tunafish Sandwich

This is a sacred sandwich. We don’t mind if you change the bread to a roll. You can even put tomato or cheese on it. That’s fine. But seared ahi tuna is an abomination. It needs to stay on the sushi menu or in a stir fry. Whoever came up with this idea needs a time out. He needs to look within himself closely and come to grips with some of the issues that he’s been carrying around. Did his mother not hold him enough? Is he afraid of something like heights or inclosed places? Whatever his issues may be, he needs to work some heavy stuff out. Try to find his soul again. Geez

Pizza

Here is the recipe:

Tomato Sauce, Cheese and Dough.

Okay. We get it that people like to add things on their pizzas.

Pepperoni, sausage, onions, ground beef, olives, etc. So let’s just mention what shouldn’t go on a pizza. Or, better still, let’s list some that have wicked combinations:

Tropical Veggie Delight (yes, this is a real thing) has zuchini and pineapple on it. Are you kidding? Zuchini shouldn’t be within ten feet of a pizza.

Asian Fusion Pizza. Chicken, peanuts, and snap peas. No comment.

Mexican Fiesta Pizza. Refried beans, chorizo, and beef. Sounds good if you are at Taco Bell.

At this point, we are willing to renegotiate. Let’s just call all the above flatbreads and we are good. Leave pizza alone, though. It is an icon. They got it right the first time./span>

Cheesecake

Again, this is a perfect thing. Cream cheese, vanilla, butter, sugar, on a graham cracker crust. Here come the wicked combinations:

Pistachio Coconut Cheesecake, Macadamia Mango Cheesecake, Walnut Lemon Cheesecake. Who are these people with their nuts and fruit? If they have to add all this stuff, put it on top so we can scrape it off.

Ice Cream

This might be the worst one. Ice cream has always had a great range of flavors. We have no problem with that. But, today, the attempt to create the most pretentious ice cream flavor in an attempt to modernize it, has reached a feverish level. Here are some examples:

Lavender, hibiscus, and green tea ice cream. This is not ice cream. It is potpourri.

Cillantro, watermelon, cucumber ice cream. Not in a million years.

Cayenne, sage, vanilla ice cream. We like the vanilla part.

We could go on, but what are we trying to say here? The best way to say it is that, sometimes, simplicity is a beautiful thing. Like a great cup of coffee. (Let’s not go into what they have done to coffee. Adding all that whipped cream and syrups. That’s not coffee anymore. It’s a sundae. Who can drink that first thing in the morning without going into insulin shock?)

Or a great, clean lined, simple sweater. A sweater that requires no extra design. It simply highlights the incredible yarn with which it is made. It allows the yarn to do all the work. And it fits and looks great.

We have been making one sweater after the other from the Cocoknits Sweater Workbook. This is such a great book, and you can make simple, clean sweaters out of any yarn you want. The pattern is easy and fun. If you get the book, the worksheet book, and the color coded stitch markers, you are set. You can use your stash yarn up making great sweaters. If you can’t get to our store, here are the links to order the books and markers from our website:

http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/patterns-and-books/

http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/notions/

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There is a great event at our store on July 15th and 16th this month. It is The Great Habu Event! Everything Habu will be 30% Off! Now is the time to load up on all the Habu projects you have wanted to make. It should be a fun weekend.

Our store is open this weekend before the Fourth of July. If we don’t see you this weekend, have a great holiday!

We have already started to get the orders we placed at the convention last month. Appalachian Organic Cotton has new natural beiges that just came in. They are great. Shibui Reed has arrived. It is their new linen, and it is soft and wonderful. Rain has also arrived in some new colors. This is Shibui’s pure cotton yarn. It is what the dark gray sweater above is made out of. Really beautiful stuff.

We are about to get in Big Bad Wool. All of it. You are going to love this yarn. Madeline Tosh, Loopy Mango, more Shibui, Freia, and a brand new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas are also coming, plus tons more. We will keep you posted as they arrive. This Fall is going to rock.

So, stop by and see us. Think about a new project you want to make, and we will help you put something awesome together. We have lots of ideas and are here to help you through your project. So, get yourself an audiobook and sit by the pool, knit and listen. That’s our tip of the day.

We are here to help and welcome you. We’ve got a lot of time. After all, how long does it take to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

See you soon!

Diane and Christin