Yarn Along

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I’ve always been intimidated by Ginny Sheller’s Yarn Along; I don’t have a great excuse. I love knitting, I’m just not great at it. For Christmas Andy bought me a beginner’s knitting book that I had on my list, and his sister bought me her go-to knitting book. So since Christmas, I’ve been knitting as much as I can and loving every minute of it. I may have used the majority of my Christmas money on knitting items so that I could complete some projects in the book. For instance, I finished a toque, which I gave to Andy. Since its stitch was simple, I decided to try out a new stitch in it. This resulted in the finish of the hat not matching the rest of it. Oh well. It was only a few rows at the very top of the toque.

Now I’m working on some fingerless mitts for Kate (she’s wanted them for over a year now and hasn’t bought them, and it’s one of my ‘easy’ projects, so I am attempting), and a tweed-stitch wool skirt for Cassia. I haven’t a pattern for Cassia’s skirt…it’s some leftover wool from another project I knitted last year (leggings for me), and I think it’ll be super cute paired with some leotards she has that don’t really go with anything. After I finish Kate’s mitts, I’ll be attempting a sweater for Spencer. I bought the yarn for it and he has become extremely excited for this sweater. He is asking for it constantly. His enthusiasm is encouraging for me. I hope I make it so that it fits.

The yarn for the mitts is Sirdar Country Style, Double Knitting from Prairie Lily Knitting & Needlework Shop; the wool for Cassia’s skirt is Briggs Little Regal in Fundy Fog colour (I can’t remember where I bought it).

In other news, Spencer helped me make bread yesterday.

IMG_0940IMG_0943 IMG_0944It’s an Oatmeal bread, recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, which has been a great inspiration to me for making bread over the past year or so. I really like this recipe. We might stick with it for awhile.

The view from here

I stitched together a panorama using Hugin. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out. Apparently when it attempted to automatically find common points between the various pictures it, um, failed. The panorama program spent half an hour trying to somehow make those points actually match up before basically turning to me and saying, “um, dude, you’re wrong.” At least it tried.

Second attempt is much better 🙂

Panorama from our apartment.

Crazy Cook Strikes Again

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Two days ago, Andy tried a new hand at bread making.

He found a cool website that gives great instructions on how to make your own bread from scratch and some great tips at making it a great turn or events. So, these were the results of his first attempt. Apparently the bubbles in normal bread are fairly hard to achieve, called The Crumb, and if you see those bubbles, especially if they’re sporadic throughout the bread, it means that the baker really knew what s/he was doing. So, Andy had one major Crumb, and one minor, as you can tell in the second horizontal photo there. Probably not the absolute desired effect, but it was darned funny. It reminded me of high school home economics class when me, Christine, and Jonathan put soap (amongst other things) in the muffins we were supposed to me making. The result were that a few of the muffins had distinct peaks with a baked soap bubble at the top. HOWEVER, Andy did not put soap in his bread. You may notice a flat loaf beside the bubble loaf in the first picture – that was supposed to be bread shaped, but it flopped on the pan. Overall, the bread was really tasty, bubbles or flat. Looking forward to see how his next batch challenges this one…