More Pink Knitting

I actually got a comment today asking where the hell I was. She worded it a little more nicely, but that was the gist of it. I really didn’t pack up the yarn stash and move to Siberia to knit in peace and quiet for the remainder of my days. Though I’d consider it if they’d let me take the yarn.

I’ve been here, knitting away, though once again I have little to show for it.

There are a few more inches on a lace shawl that looks like one of those crocheted market bags at the moment. It wasn’t worth taking a photo. Look at this one (scroll down), it has a couple more rows than that now. And no, I really don’t need a reminder of how slow I knit. There’s been a little project creep around this house (meaning more than the usual three projects going at once), and that means nothing ever gets finished.

I spent most of last week working on this:


Yes, that would be Shedir, from Knitty. You can find the pattern here. I got this far, then compared it with the pattern photo, as something just didn’t look right.


See the nice little crossed cables over there, marked by the little purple arrow, by the teddy bear*? Click on it to make it bigger so you can see the arrows. Now look at the non-crossed cables, over there on the left, by the red marker. I crossed the first two sets, then didn’t cross them again all the way around the hat. Frak.

I looked at that for quite awhile. I even stupidly kept knitting, even after I noticed it. Then I realized that I would hate this project forevermore, and probably never finish it with those frakking uncrossed cables. You can probably guess what comes next.


I did try to just rip it back to the ribbing, but because this yarn has a good bit of stretch to it, I couldn’t get it back on the needles without a lot of yarn splitting and bad words, so out it came. I’ve started over, and am partway back to where I was up there in that first photo.

More pink stuff:


That would be the Mystery Riley project (for my soon-to-be-born niece, Riley, not the dog Riley). That’s one sleeve, and the beginning of the second sleeve. The good thing about baby sweaters is that Sleeve Island is a much smaller, more intimate vacation destination. I finished the first one in an evening, and the other one will hopefully get done tonight. Last night’s episode of Robin Hood is Tivo’d, and tonight there will be a new episode of Battlestar Galactica to satisfy my sci-fi jones. And we have three whole discs worth of the first season of Rome from Netflicks at the ready, in case we need any more television.

Last but not least, here’s this week’s bread recipe. The first photo is before it went in the oven.


And after:


Here’s the recipe, or rather, the ingredient list. Look at any general cookbook, or a bread machine recipe book, or my prior bread post, for how to put it together.

Lorette’s Thursday Rye Bread

1 Tbl butter

1 Tbl sugar

1 Tsp salt

1 1/2 cup unbleached bread machine flour

1 1/2 cup rye flour

2 1/2 tsp yeast

1 cup water

1 Tbl Ground caraway seeds

1 1/2 Tbl gluten flour**

After the second rise, top with whole caraway seeds and salt, then slash and bake. I use a gourmet flake sea salt for the topping, and crush it a bit. Bake it at about 375 degrees, use an instant-read thermometer to tell when it’s done (190-200 degrees in the center).

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*Yes, I have teddy bear stitch markers. You have a problem with that?

**Makes it rise better with less effort. If you want to knead the hell out of your bread, then leave it out. I like less guesswork with my cooking.


More Pink Knitting — 14 Comments

  1. Sometimes, you just have to rip. Everything looks good, though, especially the bread. (I’m all about the bread!)

  2. looks like ripping that cute hat out was the best idea. I’ve tried to re-work stitches in uncrossed cables (ugh)
    Nice lookin’ bread! yumm.

  3. That bread looks like it’s ready for the cover of Gourmet Lorette!
    I’m gonna knit Shedir soon too, I’ll have to keep my eyes peel for any mishaps 🙂
    Good to “see” ya btw!

  4. I made that hat a couple of years ago, and I really liked it. I was happy with the way it turned out. Yours is looking very pretty.

  5. All that work… It looks like it will be a lovely pink sweater when it’s finished. I had to re-start my Rogue Hooded Pullover and it is now stalled… Did you add the front pocket to yours?

  6. I feel your pain with the Shedir. But you know it will work the next time around. And the Riley project is going to look fabulous!
    All I can say about the bread is, if computers had the capability to transmit smells, I’d be in real trouble now. That looks heavenly …

  7. I hate that – you see the mistake, you look at it, you keep knitting as you try to decide if it will bother you as much as you think it will bother you… and then you rip. Argh!

  8. (Been quietly following your knitting life for several years – back before you hurt your hand!)
    I love my Shedir…Yours will be worth the ripping and reknitting!
    Your springy pinks remind me that I need to move on to spring colors.

  9. Oh yum, the bread smells soooo good! So sorry about those uncrossed cables! Yes, starting over is good for the character!! I’ve been wanting to make Shedir. But, this semester I need less challenging projects–my course projects take all available creativity and thought. I graduate in May!!! There is nothing wrong with multiple unfinished projects that don’t progress quickly. It’s life!!

  10. I feel your pain. I just ripped my Shedir and started over. Ugh! I did cast on again, though.
    I love your bread posts. You make it so pretty. I’m a sucker for pretty bread. 🙂 My favorite to make is a French bread braid. Mmmm. But it doesn’t go well with my low-carb lifestyle. Ugh, again!

  11. Yum! Another great bread recipe to copy down!
    I’m working on Shedir too and find it is a very slow knit. Mine is burgundy and is for my daughter. I love yours in pink!

  12. Glad you’re posting again. I stand in awe of your industriousness — I’m still plugging my slow way through the same damn pair of socks. I’ve vowed not to start anything new until my three stalled projects are done. Could be persuaded to make a loaf of bread, though. What a beautiful thing. Mmmm…