Foodie for a Change

I don’t normally do foodie posts (I’ve done one. I think.), but since there is not much knitting news I decided I’d share a recipe I found a la google with you.

Yesterday was a hot day. Summer was trying one more time to get the band back together. Heat and humidity and all that jazz. When I got home I was grumpy and hot. I had a bit of time before supper so I decided to make some bread. I googled ‘bread recipes’ and came up with a list of the top ten favorite breads of a blogger.

After perusing the list I decided to make the Honey-Oatmeal Sandwich Bread. I was sorely tempted by the Chocolate Babka and the Soft Cheese and Pepperoni Bread. I probably would have made the Pepperoni bread but I didn’t have any pepperonis. I whipped up the dough and while I let it rise I worked a few rounds on E String.

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After supper I came in to check on it and it had exploded upwards and, even though it still had another half an hour to rise, I threw it in the oven. Crisis averted I continued to knit on E String.

At 8:06 voila! I had a loaf of bread. It was a little misshapen due to it starting to fall but it smelled delicious.

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This morning I had a slice with my coffee and it was very yummy. Not quite as sweet as I thought but that’s propably due to me having to add extra flour to make up for my extremely stupid decision to not subtract the water I was using to prep the yeast (which was then dumped into the dough) from the total amout of water needed. Extra water = extra flour.

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As I was corralling the pictures for this post I found a cute picture of Rosie’s new toy.

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She couldn’t squeeze the body hard enough to make the eyes pop like it was supposed to so she’d just pull them out one at a time. Thought you might enjoy that.

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Continuum

This past week has been nothing but a continuum of last week. Not that that’s really a bad thing. I’m still working on my slouchy beanie. I reworked the beginning and am chugging along nicely.

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This above is the outside. As I was working along I started to realize that I like the inside more than the outside. Last night I asked the recipient and he agreed. So when I finish it this will be the  outside.

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The knit single purl stitches (they were knitted on the other side) disappear into the knitted stitches.

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I seem to be loosing motivation to finish the ssp. I’m at a tricky part design-wise and I’m not sure how to proceed. I am almost done which makes it rather frustrating. I’m also procrastinating when it comes to writing up two patterns, one of which is Kumpel.

Last night my step sister came over for supper and she brought me a gift. A yarny gift. (Aren’t they just the best?) She brought me a skein of 65% Wool, 35% Mohair skein of yarn. 125 yards at a DK weight. The best part of this skein is that it has all of the names of the contributing critters on it; Billy, Luigi, Lois, Molly, Maury, Dora, Madaline, Crystal, and Susan.

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And on a completely random other note, I forgot to post about a yarnbomb I did at an amusement park a while back.

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His name is Willis and he looks like he is up to something. I tied him to a leg of a picnic table where we were eating.

 

Blog Hop (Part I)

I joined a Blog Hop on Ravelry.

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The goal is to finish a UFO in thirty days. I’m going to try and go from  start to finish on a hat for my friend, Taylor. I bought a skein of Cascade 128 Superwash in the colorway ‘Jet’ (It looked grey on the computer). The hope is, that with a circular US 10, I’ll be able to knit a slouchy beanie.

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The ribbing is finished and I’ll be continuing some of it up the entire hat.

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Right now I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the edging, might go back and change it up a little.

Back to the hop, at the end of our thirty days KnitsByErin will be posting a list of all the others who participated. A list which I hope to copy here. When the list come out feel free to check out all the other blogs.

 

Branching out

I’ve been busy on the SSP (super secret project) lately. I’ve had a couple of doctor’s appointments and it has been worked on in the waiting room and while I was having my appointment. I was flying, this is, until I ran out of yarn. {Gasp} The knitter taboo. Having to order more while a wip is well.. in progress. You run the risk of getting a different dye lot. Anyway today, while the surplus yarn was in transit somewhere, I put the work on a lifeline and tried it on for the first time. It fits great. This is why I love gauge. I knitted up some swatches and now I am making a whole project from that data and it is the right size!

In February I promised my oldest friend Mia a scarf. I finally started knitting with the Berroco but I hated the way it was turning out. It needed to be pretty on both sides but I didn’t want to do a tube scarf. So, I picked up  my hook and started crocheting. It’s working great and crocheting it in the round makes it into an infinity scarf without any seaming. Yay!

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Close up.

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Further away!

It has grown a little since I took this picture yesterday but since the blog wouldn’t let me upload pictures so I’m finishing it today… If I’m feeling brave I might even create a pattern for it!

Not anything else to say other than I’m awaiting a skein to start a slouchy hat for a friend of mine.

Since I did Persephone spam last time I thought I might do a little puppy spam this time. We went swimming on Sunday (before it got all rainy and yucky) with Wilbur and Coal.

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Wilbur

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Coal

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The brothers together! (Coal did not want to looks at the camera at all.)

If you’re looking for something funny, yet spot on, to read click here. It’s a post about the obstinate skein, a post I stumbled across via a reblog by the wonderful Caityrosie.

Pinky (And blueish) Success

I, as I told you, was dying yarn with some red cabbage. After it soaked for the allotted time (30 minutes) it was this color.

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A very light pink.

Using salt to create a darker pink and vinegar to create a darker blue, I soaked each half in a cool dyebath.

 

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Suddenly the vinegar dye soaked up the yarn and traveled into the salt dye.

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This greatly diminished the blue section of the yarn. I didn’t mind though and I even knit a square with it and I’m planning another one.

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Can you see the blue pooling? (The blue is the leftovers from Podster 2.0) I finished my first big square with the Patons Kroy sock yarn I bought a while back. The decreases are a little crooked  but, once I pick up the stitches on the sides, it should straighten out.

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Persephone is interested in the Blanket.