Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bread and the Beauty of Ripping

I made a whole-wheat sandwich loaf today. Yesterday got away from me, and I didn't get dough made so it's not sourdough-based because I don't have the time for a rise.

The dough recipe is based on this one. I didn't have potato flakes or flour so substituted oats. I used about two tablespoons of honey in place of the sugar. Since I did that on a whim after the liquid was added, I needed about a tablespoon of bread flour to get a soft, but substantial dough. It's a little too soft, I think, but it tastes good.

I am back to work on this:

I took it with me to a nightclub and was working on it in the dark while listening to loud music. My wallet fell out of my knitting bag that night and I was pretty disturbed about that so the whole bag was in time-out for a while. When I did look, I realized that I had misplaced a yarnover (which I couldn't live with) and dropped a stitch which I split in my attempt to pick it up on the dark (I might have lived with that). So the poor neglected sock hung out waiting for me to repair it. Yesterday, when I was going shopping, I packed it up and brought it along.

When I stopped for gas, I pulled it out to start the dreaded repair process. And then boldly (for me, anyway) pulled out the needles and ripped. I picked the stitches back up in the parking lot of the Tar-jay and knit my way through the store. I've reknit the inch of knitting I was trying to save already. And it was much more enjoyable. I like to knit. I don't really like to repair mistakes. This should be a lesson.

I think the problem is that when I was six or so and first learned to knit, my mother explained to me that you really couldn't rip knitting out. It would ruin the yarn. The yarn would be all kinked and wouldn't reknit the same. I now know that this is largely not true: kinks are correctable and wool is forgiving. But somewhere in the back of brain, that still stands true.

May I always have the courage to rip and reknit.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

No-Knead Round Two

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This one was much wetter than the first one and consequently didn't rise as high. I used one pound of flour (5 ounces KA whole wheat, the remainder KA bread, 4 ounces of sourdough starter dissolved and enough water to make up 12 1/4 ounces total liquid weight and salt.

The bread has a nice sour flavor, but is a bit too squat. The next round, I'm going to cut back to about 10 ounces of liquid and see how that works.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A is for ...

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African Grey.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bird in Hand (Actually two!)

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I'm so proud of these. They are warm and beautiful, and I'm amazed that I knit them. There was a little bit of gauge denial so they're tight, but once it gets above freezing, I'll block them out a bit. For the time being, I just want to wear them.

The thing about them that I'm most proud of is that I stuck it out. When I made a mistake, I ripped and fixed it. I didn't think good enough was good enough or toss them in the corner to think about later. Thanks to Margene's thoughtful post about UFO's, they didn't become one.