Sock-omplishments…

I’ve documented my knitting WIP’s before, [Maude: hiding in the large sheep project bag; Improv gift sweater: stalled as I determine pattern; Wrist Warmers:began pre-magic loop] but my completed pile includes only socks and one top, Togue Pond.

I began my first pair of socks in the April or May and have since completed  four pairs, and am working on the fifth. Funny that Texas is not an ideal place to have an affinity for wool socks. What’s a gal to do?

The joy of sock knitting, IMHO, is the portability, repeatability and forgiveness. Seriously, if I make a mistake on a sock does it even matter? It’s unlikely to ruin the knitting. And I mainly have time to knit while my kids are at their activities. I make progress on something I want to do while they enjoy what they want to do. Win-win! I am happiest when I fulfill my creative side, so knit on!

 

 
I may have enough sock yarn from my Moonrover splurges to make two more pairs including what I have on the needles right now. Then I will have to figure out where in the merging decreases/increases/sleeves I left off on Maude. Or I will figure out where my improv gift-sweater pattern goes next. Or I will make a hat from the lovely handspan skein a darling friend gifted to me.

Oh, the endless lists! Finish things before beginning new things.

Is your pile of projects out of hand too? Do you lose sleep to tackle your knitting or just haphazardly begin on a whim?

Playing with Sourdough

A few weeks ago I pulled out a cookbook that I have never used and flipped through. What caught my eye??? Why a recipe for Sourdough Starter! I have been wanting to try it for years, but the effort always made me balk. Feeding a jar of living flour and water??? Sounds more like a science experiment that my kids will inevitably add food coloring into.

As easy as pie crust and without much effort I combined the ingredients and gently covered the bowl with cheesecloth. Left unattended I found a dough explosion an hour or two later. At least that gave it credibility. I kept it on the counter overnight and moved it into the fridge the next day. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make anything with it until the weekend.

The companion recipe in the aforementioned cookbook was Sourdough English muffins. So when I had a few free minutes I combined the sourdough starter with the other ingredients. This also had to rest overnight on the counter. Apparently nothing happens quickly with sourdough. More waiting!

Finally, after some improvisation for a griddle and waiting for a rise I found a worthy end-product.

   
 
A few more weeks of feeding the starter and I tried another recipe tonight for rolls. (Sourdough dinner rolls on Food.com)

These are heavenly on the inside! Probably the best texture for bread that I’ve ever made. 

   
 
Sublime with butter and honey! I fed my starter tonight and with a bit more practice, breads like these will become a staple in my home.
Do you keep a sourdough starter? What are your best tips and recipes?