Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Knitted Summer Top

July 28--I know it's way late in the summer to be knitting a summer top but I felt the urge to knit.  I really like Drops Design's 73-6 lace top pattern.  The version that I'm making is shown in their photos as a crop top.  No way I'm wearing a crop top.

I've already knitted 10 inches and figure I have another two to three inches before I start decreasing for underarms.  I've made mine in Rowan's linen cotton yarn.  I've made a few mistakes.  I'm having a hard time following the pattern the way it's written.

July 29--I got in a few more inches of knitting.  Started decreasing the underarm and neck area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Baking Bread with a Machine

I have three bread machines; a Panasonic, an Oster and a Toastmaster.  I've bought each of them at the thrift store.  The most I've spent has been $7.99.  Each one works fairly well while the Toastmaster does a better job than the others.

Yesterday I came across some machine bread recipes on Pinterest so I cleaned off the Toastmaster and made a simple loaf of grain bread.  The only changes that I made were to add 2 tsp sugar and 2 tsp of salt before I put in the flour.

I made the loaf above on Tuesday and the one below I made today (Thursday).

I made a blueberry lemon bread on Wednesday using blueberries I froze last summer.  It smelled good but there's a reason it called for dried blueberries and not fresh/frozen.  Too much extra liquid.  I should have reduced the milk to 1/4 cup.  I will try again!

What prompted this bread making is the fact that we buy bread once a week at The Country Pie Shoppe in Donegal.  They have fantastic bread, donuts and pies there but I know I can create something equally as tasty using my machine without spending extra money given that the ingredients are something I always have on hand.