Caution, picture heavy!
Today, I got a snow day! I called off work after finding out that The Ohio State University had canceled classes! Here's a lovely example of what was happening this morning:
The snow died down around noon, but there's over a half foot of the stuff out there now. Crazy!
One of my snow day activities was to try out this 5 Minutes a Day for fresh baked bread. I made the basic Boule recipe, only a smaller amount because I only had one packet of yeast. Lucky you, I was a good blogger and took pictures along the way!
Here's the dough rising:
And in loaf form:
The bread has a really nice, chewy texture and a good crust. As you can probably tell, I did half whole wheat flour, because I'm not a huge fan of plain white bread. I'd highly recommend trying this. There's enough dough for 2 more loaves in my fridge. They'll acquire a nice sour-dough flavor the longer they hang out in the fridge (less than 2 weeks, though). I think this bread will become a part of my weekly routine.
Something else I worked on was the sleeve for my Owl sweater. Yes, I cast on another project. I saw this sweater on SweetP's blog and decided that was what my Cascade ecowool from the Wndowpane Coat wanted to be.
I am, however modifying it so that it will be a zipper cardigan instead of a pullover. I'm also adding owls to the sleeves:
I'm almost done with sleeve #1. I'll cast on #2 tomorrow maybe. The owl is a little hard to see. There's a column of purl stitches on both sides of him that are visible when I'm wearing it but are recessed in the picture.
A few days ago I finished Fidget, and bought some buttons from Heavenly Creations for it. I absolutely love it and have worn it several times.
Yarn: Elisabeth Lavold Silky Flamme', Alpaca/Silk/Merino blend (Fab!)
Pattern: The Fidget by Robin Dodge
Mods: I changed the button and button hole placement. Instead of yarn overs for the button holes, I bound off 3 sts and then cast them on for the next row.
Thoughts: I love the twisted moss stitch! It makes a cushy fabric, and I like the way it looks with the thick/thin of the Silky Flamme'.
I was also planning on sharing the saga of the Chur Relic-Purse with you today (along with a picture), but I'm not particularly in the blogging mood and I have a few other things to attend to, so perhaps tomorrow!