Friday, March 19, 2010

Baking of Bread

For a gal who can char even ready-to-bake cookies, the idea of making bread from scratch was meet with much hesitation and finger crossing. Luckily, I found a site called Cooking Bread which offers tons of simple recipes that require minimal ingredients. Surprisingly enough I even found a recipe that only used items I had on hand (woohoo!).

Flour, lard (yeppers, in stock for tortilla and biscuit making), yeast, water, salt, butter, sugar and eggs. The instructions are straight forward, but I make extra copies so I can cross out each step as I go. This kinda helps the brain remember where it's been already. The site also offers pic-tutorial with some of the recipes.

Plus there is no soy in the Farmhous Bread if you use animal lard and butter vs. vegetable shortening and margarine, that means no nappy time for kat. Gluten-free recipes are also available on the Cooking Bread website.

Only change to the recipe I found was to divide the dough into 4 smaller loafs instead of two. The smaller loafs are easier to store/gift. Bake away!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Quarterly Update: knitterly intentions 2010

To help keep myself on track/honest, here is an update of knitterly goals for the year.

1 holiday gift from 2009
completed after holiday and delivered in late Jan. Pattern is Pretty Thing by yarn harlot. I love this pattern. It's very well written but I had to struggle to finish, guess lace knitting is not my thing.

1 hat for kat: oh lookie, yes, I actually finished an item for myself. The very cozy hat was much appreciated for all the cold weather and walks to campus from the parking lot. I'll be knitting this pattern for hubs hat too but will add about 1.5" to the length for a better fit.

Only two items check off the list so far, had a minor case of cast-on-itis so I'm way behind in the finished goods department :p

the rest of the Things to do and a few change-a-roos:
1 hat for chi:
was hoping for a trilobite hat but just wasn't feeling it so now I'm back to plain 6x2 ribbing a la' watchmen cap.

1 hat for boo:
Changed to one small Shalom.

1 vest for tre:
little bugger grew so it's time to rip out 6 inches of sweater vest and try again, maybe with different needles, acrylic and bamboo are not friends.

1 socks for chi:
these babies are over half finished, to the gusset on one and several inches into the other.

1 MIL cloggles:
poor yarn has been sitting in stash for almost two years :( needles are free again and yarn is balled so there is some hope to this being done by next winter... hopefully.

1 socks for kat:
not even close, these have been hibernating since last summer :p

5 random holiday gifts before December:
will probably be started in Nov. 2010 cause' that's how I roll, yo.

3 baby sweaters:
plus at least 2 more... geez, gals seriously?

1 Pretty Thing:
I think this project is getting removed from the list, more lace knitting isn't going to be happening.

1 grandpa socks:
yarn + pattern = lack of motivation

1 josh hat:
another last minute holiday rush is probably in this patterns future.

1 lapghan (knitted):
basket weave pattern started with double-held softy chunky on size 15's. A true test of will-power is going to be required to finally finish an afghan. Sock = doable, afghans = not so much :(

1 sedona socks:
thinking of switching to the Manhattan pattern for its no-brainer pattern and sweet texture.

1 aunt socks:
kill two birds with one stone? Manhattan's for auntie?

3 mini sweaters:
waiting for some good dk weight yarn to fall into my lap before starting these.

lots of little hearts:
slackerhood totally missed V-day so these are going off the list too.

several scarves:
one started, about half finished.

So what's on your needles?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Well Hello there March

I think this year went from Jan. straight to March gah!

The first couple months of the year are always transitional months for me. It's kinda like the quiet before the storm, can feel it in my bones that all kinds of crazy are about to break loose... hank agrees but he's excited to go along for the ride.

(labels by Sara of

paper and yarn is gearing up for the Portland Indiana Fiberfest which is next week (Thursday - Saturday). We will be there on Friday with demos on paper making and spinning. PnY will also be heading up the inaugural year for Kid Classes. Classes include: Fiber dyeing, reclaimed accessories and cardboard loom weaving. Check the fiberfest website for more details.

A Free Pysanky Egg Class at St. Henry Library in St. Henry, OH will be March 24th. Arts Place Collective Center is handling registration. There will only be 10-ish spots available so if you're local and interested be sure to call 419.394.0707 or email me for details.

Speaking of Arts Place, I'm back with Arts in the Park this year. We have some fun family days planned for local farmers' markets in St. Marys (Ohio), Berne and Portland, Indiana. Dates will be scheduled through-out June and July. Check in the next few weeks for additional details.

Schedule purging complete, I'm calling it a night/morning ;)