bsj update

Last weekend I was over in Sisters again, this time with some of the Day Old Pastries for a music retreat. It was really nice to take some time for music. I played more over the weekend than I had in all of September!

While I was there, I finished knitting the body of the Baby Surprise Jacket.


I love this yarn. My friend Kerri spun it up. It’s Blue Faced Leicester, Crayon colorway from Gale’s Art (etsy link).

bfl pdx


Doesn’t look much like a jacket, though, does it? But a quick fold yields this:


Elizabeth Zimmermann was an absolute genius. It’s like knitted origami. I added a collar, according to instructions in the BSJ dvd from Schoolhouse Press. (I highly recommend this dvd and instruction set. My instructions in an old Knitters’ magazine were quite cryptic.) I picked up the stitches for the collar from the inside of the jacket so the pickup would be hidden under the collar turn. You could do it either way.




All in all, a cute knit. Now it just needs some buttons…

While I was in Sisters, I made wonton soup for the Pastries. They wanted a recipe, so here it is.

wonton soup

Wonton Soup

¼ lb peeled deveined shrimp, (frozen thawed is fine, and size doesn’t matter since it will be ground)
¼ lb ground turkey breast
6 medium to large shiitake mushrooms (3 for filling and 3 sliced for soup)
1 can sliced water chestnuts (half for filling and half to go in soup)
1 stalk green onion
3 to 6 stalks bok choy (half goes into filling; other half goes into soup) I like baby or shanghai bok choy. If you use the smaller bok choy, 6 stalks; if you use the really big long stuff, 3 is plenty)
snow pea pods, amount of your choosing

1 egg
¼ tsp five spice powder
½ Tablespoon oyster sauce

1 package wonton wrappers
1 48 oz box reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups water

Start your broth, water, 3 sliced mushrooms in a large soup pot. This can heat while you prepare wontons; when it boils bring it down to a simmer.

I have a small food processor, so I chop things sequentially. This also lets me avoid chopping the vegetables too finely; we want some crunch!

Chop and place into a large bowl: the shrimp, turkey (already ground), 3 mushrooms, ½ can water chestnuts, half the bok choy, green onion. Combine eggs, 5 spice, and oyster sauce and add to bowl, Mix all ingredients well. (does it need a little more 5 spice? give it a sniff; it should smell divine. I tried to measure but had to guess because at first I had too much in my measuring spoon)

Fold wontons! I put a little less than a tablespoon of filling in each wonton. Fold on the diagonal, then use the back of your spoon to put a dab on the fold next to right side of the filling (on the outside), give a little twist and fold to bring the underside of the left side of the filling mound to the dab on the of the right side of the filling mound. Sounds confusing, I know. You can google it, but my way is different than the ones I found there. They all work.

Bring broth back to a boil. Add wontons and remaining water chestnuts. Cook for 4 minutes, reducing heat to medium when soup begins to boil again (don’t want to jostle the wontons too much and have them fall apart!). After 4 minutes, add the remaining bok choy (sliced in 1 inch pieces on the diagonal) and pea pods. If you have extra shrimp, now is the time to put them in the soup, too. Stir occasionally to get the vegetables down into the soup. Soup is ready in about 3 more minutes. Don’t overcook; it gets sloppy!

If this is more food than you need, you can store the extra filling in the fridge for a couple days, and make fresh wontons again.

15 responses to “bsj update

  1. The wonton soup looks great!

  2. Great job knitting! The sweater is perfect! Can’t wait to see what Bernard picks for buttons! I’ll be sure to take pics!

  3. Your wonton soup looks delicious! Won ton is my favorite soup!

    The baby surprise jacket is adorable!

  4. So cute! I didn’t notice collar instructions on paper pattern. I’ll have to double check. It’s really a nice touch.

  5. How fun and the handspun/hand-dyed BSJ is absolutely gorgeous. It brings smile to my heart in this rainy day 😀

    My kids have been asking for more Chinese food rather than my typical fried rice. Thanks for the reminder…Wonton is always good and somewhat easy to prepare.

  6. peacefulknitter

    That yarn and soup both look delicious!

  7. That yarn is amazing. It’s almost enough to convince me that I do want to learn to spin!

    The jacket is adorable. Thanks for the tip about the dvd. I’ve been afraid to try the pattern because some people do find it perplexing.

  8. Simply gorgeous!

  9. Love the BSJ with the collar. I knit one of these, without the collar, and found it easy to do but I need line by line directions so I don’t think I’ll be making one again.

  10. The jacket’s looking great. Love the collar!

  11. EZ is godmother to us all!

  12. The little sweater is so darling, when the baby outgrows it, it would make a great little sweater for a doll or teddy bear. The soup looks especially yummy as I am so fond of wontons.

  13. I love the BSJ! I love the colorful yarn, what fun!

  14. I love the Baby Surprise Jacket! I haven’t made one yet — actually, kind of a lack of babies in the family/friend circle at the moment — but the construction just floors me. The mind that came up with that…! It boggles me.

    Very, very sweet in the candy striped handspun. 🙂 You’ll post pictures of the little one wearing it, right? 😀

  15. Catching up on the blog – I’m making this soup tomorrow!!