Archive for June, 2008

Yarn Shopping

June 8, 2008

We went for a drive today for Ingi’s birthday, and went to a park called Devil’s Hopyard.

On the way back, we saw a yarn shop and stopped in. They were having a sale on their locally raised and dyed yarn where if you bought a certain amount of regular-priced yarn, you could fill a bag with sale yarn. So… I ended up with a whole lot of nice sale yarn.


Massachusetts Sheep & Wool

June 2, 2008

I have actually been knitting, but I haven’t been blogging because I have been working in the garden, working at work, and my Safari browser keeps crashing when I try to post. So now I am trying Firefox.

Last weekend we went to Massachusetts Sheep & Wool. I was hoping to find a bunny, because last year I noticed that some of the bunnies for sale at festivals already have a really friendly personality. No such luck, although one breeder had tiny babies so I may go visit her when they are bigger. We did see a very cute black Shetland sheep for sale, but somehow I couldn’t talk K into riding with it in the back seat. ­čśë I bought lots of gifts for people in my birthday game, but I bought no fiber-related anything for myself (since I don’t need anymore yarn), I just bought some really nice handmade soap. And then we stopped at a gift store in Northampton on the way home and I found a Moomin kitchen towel.

I have been reading about Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day on Amy Karol’s blog, and I finally borrowed it from the library. This is The Best Bread Cookbook Ever, if you are a working mom. I used to make sourdough bread every week (I don’t even know how I found the time), and I have made all kinds of various fancy breads, some of which take 2 days of prep time. I just don’t have time for that. And I have been less than thrilled with supermarket bakery bread lately (and especially their prices). The way this cookbook works is you make a big batch of bread dough (I made mine this morning) without even needing to knead it. You let it rise 2 hours, and then put it (covered) in the refrigerator. In 3 hours (or longer, but I was impatient to try it), you cut off a piece of dough and shape it and leave it out to rise for about an hour. Then you bake it for a half hour. You can keep doing this rise/baking thing throughout the week (if your husband doesn’t eat almost the entire first loaf of bread on you. ;)). And the getting the dough ready part is really easy too. So as long as you plan ahead, you get REALLY NICE bread in a very short time frame (sure, a little longer than 5 minutes, but an hour and a half is totally doable on a weeknight). I have been using a breadmachine that my mom gave me 6 years ago for my birthday, but we don’t really like the texture of breadmachine bread.

Some of the Amazon reviews of this book have less than favourable things to say about the quality of the bread, but it must have been the ingredients the person was using or something. Our bread was wonderful. I can’t wait to try some of the other bread recipes in the book.