Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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No Fighting, You Two*

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Daily Life,Knitting — folkcat at 1:36 pm on Friday, March 21, 2008

Baking News:

Wednesday, Gryphon and I assessed the bread supply, and determined the next loaf would be needed for Friday’s (today’s) sandwiches.

Thursday is a big errand day, and of course, there’s knitting at Panera on Thursday night. When would I have time to run the bread machine?

The answer was: Wednesday night!

I got to try the 15-hour timer on the bread machine. I loaded the ingredients on Wednesday night about 10:30 p.m. By the time Gryphon and I got home from errands on Thursday afternoon, the bread was ready to remove from the machine.

Hooray for technology!

The recipe this time was, once again, the Honey Oatmeal Bread from Recipezaar.com. The one change I made – I reduced the yeast called for down to 2 teaspoons. This resulted in a perfect, fluffy loaf, yet one that didn’t rise so much it baked to the dome lid. The new yeast quantity will be a permanent change in the recipe for me.

Anticipated baking: Gryphon and I plan to use the DOUGH cycle on the machine this weekend to make pizza dough! I’ve also made promises to a friend to bake her a loaf of the Honey Oatmeal Bread (without sunflowers) for her birthday, and to another friend to bring a loaf of bread for a shared lunch at her home.

Wilton, We Have a Problem

Folks, you’ll be glad to know that my Adult Surprise Jacket looks different enough today to justify a photograph.

As a reminder, here’s what it looked like on Monday:

ASJ - 3-17-08

And here’s today’s photo:

ASJ - 3-21-08

What’s that you say? The brown is missing?

Yeah, you’d be right about that. After knitting the variegated brown section for, oh, 6 inches or more, I found a problem that required massive frogging.

The Hole In The Browns

I suddenly noticed that hole about 5 inches down from where I was working. It’s along one of the lines of increases in this section of the jacket. I studied it carefully, and determined that what happened was I worked an increase properly, but then dropped it before knitting the next row. As a result, the excess yarn from the dropped stitch simply sat there, making a big hole.

This isn’t something that you can just grab a crochet hook and run back up to the needle. There isn’t enough slack in subsequent rows to make that work. So frog I did.

And as long as I had to go that far back, I decided to fix something I had let slide, but didn’t like.

Loosey-Goosey in the Purple

This is the purple yarn I had worked at the point where the decrease section transitioned to an increase section. If you look carefully up the center of the photo, that’s where the decrease/increase line is. Towards the top, you’ll see my stitches got a little loosey-goosey. I think the problem was the yarn used here – it’s a softer acrylic than some of the other yarns in the jacket so far, and didn’t hold as good a stitch definition in the increases as I’d have liked.

I didn’t like the look, but it wasn’t a deal killer. That part would be in the underarm area of the jacket when it was finished, not very visible, and the holes weren’t large enough to really be a problem.

If I was ripping all the brown back, though, I figured I might as well rip out this purple. So I did.

That was Wednesday night. Last night, I started re-doing all I’d undone. I changed out the purple yarn that hadn’t held the increases well for a slightly stiffer one. Then I got as far as working one row of the brown variegated before knitting time was done.

I know a lot of people would be upset at having to rip that much. I’m not. I want this to be a wearable jacket, something that will be on my body a lot. I don’t want to be looking at it thinking, “gee, I wish that hadn’t come out so sloppy” or “darn, that hole drives me nuts!”

Far better to expend a little extra effort, and have a garment I’d be much happier with. The return on investment here is incalculable.

Final Notes:

To those who celebrate it – have a Happy Easter on Sunday! To my Jewish friends – a very Joyous Purim to you! To everyone else – may you find the joy and blessings in the season, appropriate to your respective beliefs.

To Mother Nature: Now that spring is here, you might want to supervise your boys in the transition phase.

Snow has had a good run, and shouldn’t be allowed to continue hogging the world beyond his due.

Snow Miser

It’s Heat’s turn, and he deserves his fair share.

Heat Miser

Just don’t let him go overboard in his zeal, please? KTHXBAI!

*Mrs. Claus to the two Misers in the 1974 Rankin-Bass production of The Year Without a Santa Claus.


Comment by Carrie K

March 21, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

I don’t mind ripping if I don’t like the way it looks. Why settle?

The bread looks yummy!

I liked the Northanger Abbey new presentation but Mansfield Park and Persuasion were far too 21st century adaptions.

Comment by Carol

March 21, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

Has the bread consumption slowed down, now that it is no longer quite a novelty?

And yeah, frogging is annoying, but ot as annoying as having a problem with the finished knit that drives you bonkers! I totally agree. Like, completely. it would be totally tubular otherwise…

(sorry, valley girl slipped in somehow…)

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