Here is my other recent pattern. This one takes even less time to knit than Balalaika and is certainly more functional. The world probably did not need another cell phone cozy pattern. But when Matt burned his hand on a pot handle hot from the oven, it was clear that Something Must be Done.
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Photographing Prophylaxis was more work than design and knitting combined, but it made for a well-received dinner party. From left to right: goat cheese, leek, and prosciutto frittata; pan-roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes with toasted garlic; and sour cherry cobbler (all recipes adapted from the inimitable Cooks Illustrated franchise).
After designing the pattern for Prophylaxis, it occurred to me to make sure I wasn’t just "unventing" it, as Elizabeth Zimmerman would say. My researches uncovered this charming number, which I will have to make some time for the sake of the clever stitch design. However, it wraps around the pot handle in a way that doesn’t seem very foolproof.
Although the function of Prophylaxis is as wholesome as it gets, the presentation in the written pattern is just a little risque. (I challenge anyone to have resisted the temptation.) Since this would otherwise be a great design for kids to churn out presents for all the family, I will cheerfully Bowdlerize the pattern at the first request.