FO Friday: My Daily Bread

Today’s finished objects are a little different than usual. I have made bread!!!  I followed the Master Recipe in The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and I actually had some success!  I promise I won’t be so detailed in later posts, but I’m rather excited. So, here are my “project notes.”

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Bread. Such a simple thing, really. Flour, water, salt, and yeast. Four simple ingredients combine in some sort of elusive alchemy to create that wondrous, heavenly staple that has fed the world for millennia.

Well, the alchemy isn’t so elusive. This book demystifies the process and turns even a non-baker like me into a successful bread maker…or moderately successful anyway. 😉

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All the players

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First, I combined the ingredients in an 8-quart bowl.

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Allowed it to rise for two hours. It really rose!

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After resting in the fridge overnight. The dough shrank as the authors said it would.

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Shaped and resting on the peel.

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And the finished loaf! Tada!!

It turned out kind of wonky and heart-shaped, but it’s bread! Unfortunately, it also turned out a little gummy in the middle. Not underdone, just gummy instead of moist. It made yummy toast!

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The next loaf I made looked a lot better. I remembered to dust the top with flour and made my slashes a little deeper. However, it also turned out gummy.

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According to the book, my dough is probably too moist. I’ll add a little more flour to my next batch. In the mean time, I decided to burn (unfortunately literally) the rest of this batch of dough making naan. I love naan and was excited to find instructions for making it in the book.

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A mason jar for a rolling pin

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12 in cast iron skillet

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It took three times to get a piece that resembled the pictures in the book. The extremely burned one on the bottom is the one I made when I followed the directions exactly. My apartment still smells like smoke! I know now that “high heat” too high on my stove! It was a good learning experience. I’ll be making naan again, I’m sure.

Time to start my next batch of dough. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

~Janet

FO Friday: Lurleen

Over my hiatus, I also finished a Christmas gift for my brother, John.

Behold Lurleen the Laundry Monster!

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My brother is the Laundry King in his household. He often uses the laundry room to commiserate after one of his favorite teams loses…like our Seahawks’ heartbreaking, last-second Super Bowl loss two weeks ago. Anyway, I picked Lurleen out for him as soon as I got The Big Book of Knitted Monsters.

I chose UW Husky colors (John’s team) due to their year-round athletic program. The only modification I made was to do two-row stripes on Lurleen’s arms. The scarf was a last minute addition. It’s just garter stitch done lengthwise, and actually came out a bit too long.

The Knitty Gritty

Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in “Purple” and “Sungold”

Needles: US-5 (3.75 mm)

Eyes: 9 mm safety eyes

Finished Size: I totally forgot to measure, but that’s a regular-sized bottle of laundry detergent next to her.

John sent me this the other day:

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I think he likes her.  😉

~Janet

FO Friday: A Bit Of Catching Up To Do

I was busy during my Advent/Christmas hiatus. Before I get to that, though, I want to pretend it’s WIP Wednesday and post part of what I was going to post then. For some reason, my tablet (I’m computerless) would not load the draft page, and I was unable unable to post or link up to the Yarn Along. No matter. I shall do that now.

So, here’s what I’m knitting and reading:

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The Book: I was still reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. In fact, I finished it last night at work. Auri is a fascinating character. Enigmatic and sweet. Broken and wise…of what and by what I still do not understand, even after spending 159 pages seeing through her eyes. I may need to dive deeper into her beloved world for a second time.

The NeedlesI’m knitting my second Beyond Puerperium cardigan in two months. I love this pattern. The buttons along the raglan increase line are a fun and lovely detail. The recipient of this cardigan hasn’t made his or her grand entrance yet, thus the green yarn. I suppose I could have picked a different color, but I already had this one in my stash. I’m not sure, but I think I want to do shell or wooden buttons.

Okay, on to the finished things!

I alluded to having knit a first Beyond Puerperium cardigan, and indeed I did. A friend of mine had a baby boy in December, and I knit him this cardigan.

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My friend lives in SoCal, so I made this one short sleeved. I finished it in early January, just in time to deliver it in person.  🙂

Of course, I had to knit a blanket, too. I turned to my favorite blanket pattern and knocked out this pinwheel blanket. I knit it on the plane and all the way through the Hobbit, but I got it done. The color is more accurate in the second photo.

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The Knitty Gritty

Cardigan

Pattern: Beyond Puerperium

Yarn: Bernat Softee in “Baby Denim Marl”

Size: 3-6 months

Blanket

Pattern: Round or Pinwheel Baby Blanket

Yarn: James Brett Marble Chunky in “MC 10”

Size: About 34½ inches across