I woke up yesterday morning with a yearning. I need to get some knitting projects started for the upcoming season. Getting a knitting project started is a day long activity that requires my full attention. I used to be so impatient during this process. Once I decide on the project and the yarn it takes me all day to swatch the yarn and get the gauge correct along with deciphering the pattern. In this case it is a yarn I acquired a couple years ago at a "going our of business' yarn shop. The yarn is the most beautiful shade of ethereal pink. When I saw it I immediately thought of my granddaughter, Claire. At the time I thought it would make the most cuddly blanket...and it would! However, she is almost 5 years old and I imagined a cute little sweater for the fall to wear to Kindergarten. I found a great pattern from Pure and Simple. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these patterns and the company. There is no second guessing, no trying to interpret. Thank you for making my life easier! The sweater I am making is a girls cap sleeve cardi-vest.
The yarn is discontinued, but it is wonderful and a bulky and oh so soft cotton yarn called
|Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day....gorgeous!|
Three weeks ago I ventured into more homemade bread baking. I really wanted to try to emulate some good airy "custardy" type of artisan bread. I bought the book "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day"....which is a misnomer, but true in some respects. I haven't stopped making homemade bread since. I bought my first store bread today only because we were away on vacation and I came home to an empty breadbox. I'll be back to making this again tomorrow. Easy and delicious. Look at those nice airy holes and tender texture! I also made boule' breads and it is so fun to make the size you want. As a point, I didn't go out and buy all of the gadgets they say in the book. I made due with what I have. I do have an oven stone and a 5 quart plastic container, which held the dough just fine. I don't have a pizza paddle or peel so I just put the dough on a piece of parchment and 'floated' it onto the hot oven stone when the time was right. I am going to get myself a nice baker's blade or lame to slice the tops. I also own the