Home again, home again

All things considered, I believe the past week was a successful vacation.

Well, mostly.

I chased after birds…

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Squished my toes in the sand…

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Walked the beach…

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…a lot…

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Enjoyed the sounds of the surf…

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And stalked the elusive sunrise.

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(No really, it is elusive. It took five days before we had one without clouds at the horizon.)

However, I did very little knitting—just a few rows on Evenstar. I’m not really surprised—we were at the beach after all. Although, I would have expected to have done more knitting while I was watching TV in the evenings, but I was simply too tired. Vacationing is hard work!

In other knitting news, I finished the third chart of Crocus before we left. I’m still enjoying this pattern, and would have taken it with me, except for one small little detail: I’m running out of yarn.


This is my own fault, of course: I failed to check my gauge. Not that the gauge really matters in lace, and I do like the fabric my present gauge produces, but in this instance a failure to look at gauge more closely at the start of the project (I just kind of eyeballed it as I knit the first few repeats), means I’m going to be short on yarn, I’m guessing by 16 rows or so. Ouch.

I have a few ideas of what I can do to remedy this. The easiest is to get more yarn—if I can find any that matches. Fortunately, this coming weekend is the Great Lakes Fiber Show, which is where I purchased the yarn a year ago. The same vendor (Knitting Notions) is supposed to be there, so I’m planning on taking the shawl with me to see if I can find a match. If not, I have a few other ideas, but I’m hoping this works. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to the weekend, even if my stash doesn’t need the enhancement…


back soon

It’s not even officially summer yet, but I’m heading off on vacation tomorrow! I’m not excited or anything; I’ve only had a countdown on for, oh, nine weeks or so. The only down side is that I’m pretty sure I will be without Internet access for a week, but, honestly, other than the nightmarish backlog of blog entries to read when I get back, I don’t really think that’s a problem. After all, I’ll be at the beach! I’ll have knitting! And reading! I won’t have to think about work at all! No, not really seeing anything to be upset about.

I don’t know how much knitting I’ll actually get finished – it’s the beach after all (although, given my habit of turning bright red if I so much as look at midday sun, I won’t exactly be sunbathing), but I’m taking two projects with me anyway. Or maybe three. I haven’t completely made up my mind yet. Crocus is staying at home for sure, and Evenstar and Lewrick Lace are going for sure. Aeolian, however, might make a reappearance. I’ll have to see if it fits in my suitcase. Hopefully I’ll have some new progress to share when I get back.

Have a great weekend!

not much going on

I’ve been knitting, really I have, but it’s just not happening that quickly. Everything seems to be a bit in the “blob” stage. I do like the way the purple and silver complement each other in the knitting basket, however.


One slightly more productive venture I’ve been on lately is bread baking. I’ve always enjoyed baking bread. A year or two ago I started baking bread for breakfast. It got less fun—the feeling of obligation, that I had to bake bread now if I wanted it for breakfast. That is, it was less fun until I received a copy of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I won’t say that it’s actually all that much faster in total to make the breads in this book (the recipe I was using before mixed up pretty fast, didn’t require kneading and made multiple loaves), but the ability to spread out the mixing from the baking over multiple days tricks my mind into thinking it’s less of a chore. Then of course, there’s the variety. Almost all (maybe all, I haven’t read every recipe) of the breads use whole wheat, but there’s so many variations: whole wheat loaf, rye bread, challah, strudel. And my personal favorite: cinnamon-raisin. Actually, I found that on the web site, here. It’s actually easier to make than I expected.

After the bread has been mixed up, allowed to rise and then chilled overnight (optional, but so much easier to work with), I roll out a piece to a nice rectangle and cover it with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins.


Next, it gets all rolled up and set in a bread pan.


After a second rising, it gets baked and comes out in a nice cinnamony-raisiny loaf.


Here I have to confess my inability to quite perfectly follow baking directions: there’s supposed to be an egg wash on top before it bakes (to give a nice crust). I don’t bother. Regardless, it’s quite yummy toasted with a little bit of butter. It’s always nice to have a little homemade start to the day!