Friday, 27 March 2020

Bored of the Blue Top?

Bored of the blue top?  Me too.  Today I will do something different.  I am not sure what, but it will be different.

One of the options is this delicate thing.  This could be a really important part of my future wardrobe, particularly when I travel.  It squishes up to absolute nothing and pops out of storage with nary a crease. I haven't been knitting on it because I have to go back a few rows.  I lost my place with increases and one side of one sleeve, is short two sets of increases.  

The yarn is lovely to work with.  I found my mind straying to the possibility of purchasing more as I worked with it, but it is a hard thing to find here.  I could special order but that would mean I would need a full bag, and 10 balls of it is way too many.  I am kind of looking forward to this pretty little summer sweater.

Or maybe I will work on this.

The lava flows have been done for a couple weeks and I am not sure what to start next.  Or how.  When Marcus was here last he told me I had to get the bubbles of lava just right, so i am not sure of my plan using Shasiko style work is the way to go.  I am starting to think that a mass of french knots
would be the thing but with those, there is no way to show the movement his drawing has.  So I am stalled and thinking on it.  But maybe today.

Or maybe this.

This is probably the best picture I have of the green jacket.  It is plain, but will have a massive ribbed edge that is all the show the jacket will need.  I aimed and utterly failed at getting it done for this past winter.  So next year...  But there might be a few stitches done on it today.  Maybe one day, I will open the box, look at it and magically, it will be done.

Today I will do something different.  I am not sure what, but it will be different. I already started some rye bread this morning and that is different than my usual whole wheat.  So you never know.  Different may be the thing de jour.

Maybe.  I seem to be making a compelling argument in my head that if I tough it out and just keep knitting on the blue top, it will be completed sooner. 

This is just not like me and could be the first sign of dementia.  Or cabin fever.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

No post yesterday.  Sorry about that.  I had a terrible nights sleep and dreamed horrible dreams and just couldn't face up to posting anything, not even to try to cheer myself up.  

But I did by yarn.  That has always been my solace and in these times, I wanted to share what I could to help support the small businesses that I care about, who helped me though all the years good and bad. It took the whole morning and it did make me feel better. So I bought yarn.  I can't wait to show it to you when it arrives.

And then I knit on the blue top.  With all the knitting getting done to that, it is really starting to look like something.  Something nice!

I did have a bit of a hiccup on one lace panel.  I had placed a yarn over incorrectly and tried to drop down to fix it, but ended up going back two rows.  I just couldn't get the stitches to lay properly and ripping back a couple rows proved the quicker fix option.  But I am well underway again.

Work continues on the green top too.

I am about two inches from starting the neckline magic.  One of the things I am going to change on this top is on the back, right at the neckline.  As designed, it has the same v on both front and back.  It makes some peoples projects look as if it won't stay sitting on their shoulders properly.  I would hate that so filling in that back v is the plan.  As I pick up speed knitting towards the shoulder, I am debating if I ought to have any shaping for the back neck or if it should just go straight across.  

I also have to tell you all that this green top is making me nuts.  I can see only one quarter of it, and I have no way of knowing if all my knitting is going to be worth it or if it will be a waste of time.   No way to try on a garment knit in pieces. 

Mid way through my day, I video chatted with Cassie and Marcus.  That cheered me up enormously.  I am going to call Isaac, Carter and Emmett today.  I have to wait till after lunch though.  Both mammas are doing school in the morning, which is just as it should be.

Before I went to bed last night, I spent a couple hours watching clips from Graham Norton's show on youtube.  Such silliness. And then I watched an episode of Queens of Mystery on Acorn TV. Something light and quirky was the perfect end to my day.  I slept the sleep of the well quarantined and woke this morning feeling chipper. Next up, coffee and knitting.  And maybe a bit of a stash dive just for fun.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Not Crying Uncle

I baked bread as I planned.  It didn't quite work out however.  

It is a very very long time since I baked in the bread maker.  Very long.  In fact, recalling it is a pain getting the paddles out of the bread is the only reason that I know that baked in it before.  When I make dough, I make the large recipes because the bread maker is listed to make up to a three pound loaf.   As a dough maker, it delivers two of the nice long loaf pans just perfectly filled with finished bread.

What I found out though, is that being able to make a large dough batch and baking said large dough batch are two different things.  The dough rose to touch the window on the top of the unit and stopped the vital flow of hot air over the loaf.  At ten minutes left, I lifted the lid just a wee bit and the entire top, which should have been set and almost baked, caved in as if it had just been over proofed.  I could tell there was heat there, but I had no idea what I would end up with.  

I guess my bread maker is really only good at three pounds of dough.  It will probably be better with a small loaf if I bake it in the machine.  I ought to also say that it took four hours, so bread maker bread is not the quick way.

I knew the problem immediately.  That didn't require any thought, but I sure did wonder how it would all go.  Still, I wasn't ready to cry uncle yet.  In the end, the top half was cut off and tossed into the garbage and the bottom is actually some pretty good bread.  I did think about making shoe soles out of the top, which is deep fried dough covered with icing sugar, but there was no way to separate the partially baked bits from the gooey utterly unbaked centre.  That idea does give me another way to have bread without baking.  

So, today's work is to try baking in the slow cooker to see if I can come up with a decent loaf.  The plan is the big batch of dough, with half the dough going into the oval slow cooker and half into the small slow cooker as pull apart sticky buns. Because once I got the idea of sticky buns into my head, I couldn't get it out.

Knitting continues apace.  There is a lot of knitting time when a batch of something takes 4 hours.