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Saving the blanket

October 19, 2008

A few years ago, I started this baby blanket for a friend, but ran into trouble so I never gave it to her.

I ran out of yarn (it is knit from the edging up). So it’s a long, skinny baby blanket. (I probably shouldn’t have made it so wide). It is a really annoying stitch pattern, so it was a lot of work, and I’d hate to rip it out. So here are my choices:
Finish it off as-is and have a long, skinny baby blanket (probably not a very good choice)

Make another piece in the same stitch pattern, different colour yarn (I don’t love that choice because this stitch pattern involves knitting 3 stitches together, but so far I think it’s the best option)

Make another piece in a different stitch pattern, different yarn

Any other creative ideas on how to save this baby blanket? I don’t think finding the same colour yarn will work, since it was a closeout so I am sure that dye lot is long since gone.

Yesterday, we went to Rhinebeck. Once again, it was a mad dash through to see everything, because once again, it is soccer season and B didn’t have an early game. Also, I really need clothes now that it is getting cold, so we made a detour on the way to a used clothing store that has maternity clothes. I keep thinking one year we will go and stay over and have a leisurely trip through the fair, and actually be able to see people that I know there.

The only yarn I bought was for baby projects. I bought some nice DK-weight Icelandic sheep yarn from Frelsi Farm. We got chatting with the owner and she is very nice, she said they have Icelandic chickens so we are really excited about buying some chickens from her at some point. I bought some other yarn in different colours for a baby bunting, which I can’t wait to start. (I had wanted to buy yarn for it in Maine, but the yarn shop that used to be in the town we stayed was no longer there).

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.