Sunday, November 25, 2007

Daring Bakers November

I was able to join the Daring Bakers this month and it was so cool! Tanna of My Kitchen In Half Cups picked Tender Potato Bread from Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour & Tradition Around the World byJeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. It was nice that the first challenge I did was something that I was not afraid of, some of the ones in the past looked a little hard for me.

The recipe starts out with Potatoes. They are to be boiled and them mashed. The potatoes and the water are used in the bread. The potatoes add tenderness to the bread. The bread was to be made by hand. It has been a while since I have made bread that way, I tend to make the dough in the bread machine and then bake it in the oven. So this was different.

Here is the ingredients, this is a savory bread, no sugar involved. It mixed up fairly easy but is a wet bread at this point.

Pre kneed:
Post Kneed:
The next step is to have the dough rise, which when your house is only 58 degrees Fahrenheit is interesting. I had them in the sun and let them rise for longer. We could do anything that we wanted with the dough. I decided to make cobblestone bread and a some rolls. Cobblestone bread is a savory version of monkey bread. I ended up with a little more left over so I rolled up some bread dipping seasonings in the other loaf.

The cobblestone bread was being nibbled on before I could even get a picture. The rest of the bread came out well. The rolls were eaten pretty quickly but the rolled bread was around long enough to get stale. I used it in my stuffing. It come out so well that I am using this for my next batch of stuffing next month.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I am making a pair for my sister-in law for Christmas this year and I have been looking at different ways of doing the mitten part. Right now I am thinking of a knit 2 purl 2 ribbing with a cable thrown in every once in a while for fun. This way it would be interesting to me to knit and the ribbing would tighten it a little. I have to finish some socks first but I am liking the planing stage.

Sock pal swap Questionnaire

The Questionnaire

The Questions
  1. How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced?
A year and 9 months, I think that I am an intermediate knitter.
  1. How long have you been knitting socks?
A year and 7 months, it was the second class I took.
  1. What are your favorite fibers to work with?
Wool, alpaca
  1. What is your favorite color?
Blues, Greens and purples.
  1. What are your current WIPs (works in progress)?
A sock savior sock I am doing for sockapalooza and the mystery stole 3.

  1. Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.).
Socks that rock, alpaca sox, fleece artist, Lorna's Laces, Yarn Nerd, yarn love, sock yarn that is superwash.
  1. What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from.
cotton and plant fibers, they have next to no give when knitting and it makes hands hurt after only 5 minutes of knitting.
  1. What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?)
Single but my younger brother lives with me. No pets at this time.

  1. Name some of your hobbies.
quiltings, knitting, reading
  1. Name some of your favorite movies?
The Princess Bride, Die Harder, I watch many different kinds of movies, most have the popcorn factor. There is not a lot of thought needed.
  1. Do you like to read?
Yes! I tend to read anywhere from 5-20 books a week. They are on all different kinds of things.
  1. Do you collect anything?
Not really, unless books, fabric or yarn count.
  1. Do you own an iPod or mp3 player?
I have an Ipod, I am listening to right now.
  1. What are your favorite type of knitting needles?
Knit Picks Circulars
  1. What knitting notion could you not live without?
the sheep measuring tape or finishing needle. The funny part to this is I am always loosing them. I tend to borrow them for the night at one of the knitting groups I go to.
  1. Who are some of your favorite designers?
Cookie A, Cat Bordhi, Wendy Knits
  1. Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.)
Consumer Reports, I am thinking of getting a subscription to Spin Off.
  1. When is your birthday?
Jan 19
  1. Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)?
Not at this time.
  1. Do you have a Ravelry ID?
  1. If you had a sheep, what would you name it?
George or Fred.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

International Scarf Exchange 5 progress

I finshed, Yaaa!!! It came out a little different than I wanted but it is still cool, or warm in this case. Here it is already to be mailed. I just have a few more things that I want to put into the box to go with.

International Scarf Exchange

I got mine in the mail while my computer was out. Here are the pictures of it. I love the color and the bag is just the right size for socks. The tags out just the cutest.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Well, I will not be around much. I took my computer in for repair, the back light was not working all the time and I had some bad cracks on the hinges. It will be gone for at least 2 weeks.