Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sock Update

Last week I finished the first of my Basic Socks but I still haven't gotten a picture of it. I started the second sock but put it aside. I decided the simple stockinette stitch would be good hospital knitting. The second sock is now packed in my hospital bag, waiting just like the rest of us.

In the meantime, I cast on another pair of Thuja-Walker socks for Greg. I used yarn that I've had stashed for a long time but never got a photo of (hmmm, that sounds familiar). It is Sunshine Yarns superwash sock yarn in Blacksmith.

I don't really care for the striping. But Greg saw them and said he liked them. That's all that matters.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A permanent record

This afternoon I had a belly cast made. It all started a couple of weeks ago. I was having a prenatal massage and the masseuse told me that she taken a class in belly casts. She needed to do one practice before she could start charging. She asked if I'd be interested in being her guinea pig. All I'd have to pay for is the materials.

At first I wasn't so sure. Then she mentioned the massage I'd get while the cast was drying. I said sign me up! I'm surprised and pleased with how it turned out. I haven't decided on how or if I'm going to decorate it.

Of course, now I have a permanent record of how big I am.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


The Boy is really into pairs and symmetry. As evidenced by this still life that he created this morning.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Of knitting and yard work

It was a beautiful weekend here. I spent as much time as The Boy would let me outside. I'd alternate between a bit of yard work and knitting a round on my socks. I was worried about the pooling at the ankle but the stripes are coming back. They're not exactly the same but hopefully no one will be looking that closely.

On Friday my good friend Kylie came over. She came over to give me some tips on weaving in ends and ended up weaving in all the ends of Little Misses sweater! Thanks Kylie!!! I can now start up on the trim again. I want to get a little further on this sock and then I'll start on the sweater again.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Second times the charm

My second attempt at making No-Knead Bread was a success! I didn't even bother trying to bake my first attempt. After the first fermentation (rising) my "dough" was a liquid. I watched this great video and tried again.

I think the key is to hand mixed the dough. I used 2 cups of white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour and dusted with wheat bran. It turned out pretty well. My most important critic, The Boy, liked it a lot.

I want to start experimenting! There's all sorts of variations on this recipe available on line. I borrowed a pan from my sister-in-law. First I need to get a dutch oven or smaller pan. I'd like the bread to be a little less flat.

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