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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Knitting and Lutefisk

Saturday, our knitting guild had a "Blanket Piecing Party" to put together blankets for Project Linus. Throughout the year, we knit 12"x12" squares and then get together to knit, sew, or crochet them together into blankets of various colors and sizes to donate to Project Linus. The last time we had a party, we created 7 blankets - we're well on our way to several more.

We had a fairly light turn-out for the party - Lisa, Virginia, Brenda and me. We had a great time none the less. Brenda had graciously offered to host the event as she had a nice sized family room where we could spread out the blanket "parts" and determine the best color "lay out".

Lisa twisted her ankle on the steps right after lunch, but that didn't slow her down at all - she found a comfortable seat and continued on with our project. What a trooper! One of Brenda's cats even gave the "stamp of approval" on one of the blankets we'd laid out.

I had to leave the party a bit early as I was attending the Sons of Norway Lutefisk Dinner. Lutefisk is a Norwegian tradition as the holidays approach. We sat with two other couples and had a wonderful time! The food was fabulous!

For the uninitiated, Lutefisk is cod soaked in lye to preserve and dry it. It's later reconstituted and cooked. It's somewhat gelatinous in consistency rather than flaky and we top it with melted butter, meat juice, or white sauce. Sound appetizing? It's really not as bad as it sounds....and it does give us the catalyst for numerous jokes and stories.

In addition to the main course, we typically have potatoes, flat bread, rolls, pickled herring, dried peas, ham, Swedish meatballs, cucumber salad, and mashed rutabegas.

All of that is finished with a fabulous dessert spread consisting of numerous Norwegian delights - rice pudding, rice cream, almond bars, sour cream cookies, krumkakes, and kuechen....just to name a few.


  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger ContinentalCat said…

    Thanks for the pics, now I finally knows what lutefisk looks like - I only know it from the Lake Wobegon novels ;-)

  • At 8:54 AM, Blogger Javajem said…

    Wow - Lutefisk - that's not something you see everyday!

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Jinann said…

    It's definitely and "acquired taste"...

  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger Kai said…

    Your blankies look great! And Lutefisk... :) Mind you, where there's dessert.. there's normally Kai. :D

  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger Mia said…

    Pretty blankets! Kudos for not skipping the lutefisk and heading straight for those desserts :)

    Not sure if you're a "King of the Hill" fan, but they had an episode called "Revenge of the Lutefisk." Very funny stuff!

  • At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    KITTY. Adorable one, too.

    YAY for the blankies... too cute.

  • At 5:07 AM, Blogger Mini said…

    I *heart* lutefisk. :) Growing up 1/2 Norweigan, we ate it as kids, especially on St. Lucia.

    Did you have Kringla? I make the yummiest kringla and potato pancakes.

  • At 5:46 AM, Blogger Jinann said…

    No...there wasn't any Kringla....but I'm hoping that there will be some at our Norwegian Bazaar at Union Station in Washington, DC next month!


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