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Rattie Ruffles

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 3:39 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

Is this not the most beautiful pizza?

Bread Machine Pizza

The dough was made in the bread machine, with this recipe: Eazy Peezy Pizza Dough (bread machine pizza dough). I put the ingredients in and set the programming on the machine for the Dough cycle. When it was done, Gryphon, who several decades ago worked in the comissary for a small chain of pizza shops in New Jersey, took over and formed the final pie.

Our toppings are basic pizza sauce (one of the bottled types from the supermarket), packaged shredded pizza cheese, pineapple chunks, chunks of ham (purchased as deli-ends), and green pepper.

Tastiest pizza I ever ate! I am positive I’ve never had as good from the best pizzeria, even.

We also baked a utilitarian loaf of the Honey Oatmeal Bread on Saturday, just to keep our supplies up.

The Bread Machine CookbookFor future baking, sometime this week I’m expecting Donna German’s Bread Machine Cookbook to arrive in the mail. This is one of the classics, and I own a copy – somewhere in the depths of the storage locker. But mine would be a couple of decades old, and according to the reviews at Amazon, the recipes in the latest edition have been revised and updated significantly. Which makes it worth buying again.


The Adult Surprise Jacket is getting back on track. The re-do on the portions I ripped out is still short of complete, but I’m making good progress. And the areas I had issues with before are much better now.

ASJ - 3/24/08

Hyperbolic Rat’s Nest

Knitting such a large object can wear on the hands, so I’ve picked up a new, small project. Today at Craftzine there was a story about a knitter who has taken the concept of hyperbolic crochet, and converted it to knitting. You can read about it here – it includes a picture of two hyperbolic pieces he created.

Whether crochet or knitting, the concept is simple – you work in the round, and you make regular increases at regular intervals. The closer those increases are, the more ruffled your piece will be.

I looked at the very ruffled piece in the back of the photo on the article, and my immediate thought was that the Ratties would really love digging in it. And that’s why I’m now knitting a Hyperbolic Rat’s Nest.

Hyperbolic Rat's Nest

I started with an experimental rat nest bag that I was already knitting. Looked a bit like the toe of a very large sock. The yarn is Twilley’s Freedom Spirit left over from the Noragi jacket – the Ratties have already shown how much they love that by spending lots of time nesting in my sleeves. I’m working on size 7 needles – dpns at first, but now I’m onto a 24″ cable with my size 7 Harmony tips from KnitPicks.

It doesn’t look much ruffled yet, but that will get easier to see the more I do. I’m eagerly anticipating the end result here – I can just imagine the Ratties poking through a pile of ruffled nooks and crannies in their favorite yarn!*

*Yes, I will make sure there are pictures!


Comment by Carol

March 24, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

There is nothing like making your own pizza and putting exactly the right toppings and quantities on it. Not to mention eating it right out of the oven! Did y ou know you can freeze the dough? Just remember that you have to take it out of the freezer 24 hours ahead of time and thaw in the fridge. Then let it warm up to room temp (about an hour) on the counter before you stretch it out. That way you can make double batches…

And I think the hyperbolic ruffle thing would make a great Rattie hidey hole nest!

Comment by Christina

March 24, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

That pizza looks so good. I love pizza…I could eat pizza every single day and never get sick of it. Luckily, my hubby agrees, LOL.

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