Saturday, January 10, 2009

Knitting and Baking

There was a pretty big snow storm predicted for today and tomorrow, so we decided to bake Amish Friendship Bread. The way this works is, you have a starter that you let grow for ten days, divide into five parts, parcel out four starters (a cup each, three to give away and one to keep for yourself), and use what's left (about a cup) to make two loaves. We decided that instead we would just bake ten loaves of bread at once (freeze them) and not try to keep the starter going any longer. Here's a picture of all five bowls with about half the ingredients in each:

Of course, it didn't occur to me when dreaming up this plan that I only had two loaf pans. So I baked in stages, and used other pans as well. Here are some of the resulting bread loaves - pistachio pudding, chocolate chips, and almonds, respectively:

Here is one of two sheet cake sized loaves. This has wheat germ mixed in, the other has chocolate pudding:

And we even made some muffin sized ones. These are chocolate chip:

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I also have done a lot of spinning and knitting lately. I'm working on a secret project for my bridesmaids' gifts, which I can't post pictures of, but suffice it to say I have been able to use some really fabulous fibers in this project.

In addition to the secret project, recently I've spun 4 oz of alpaca (from King, an alpaca at a local farm), 4 oz of 50% yak/50% silk, and 4 oz of 50% baby camel/50% silk. I have merino/silk/angora waiting to be spun next. The yak/silk is from A Verb For Keeping Warm. The camel and angora blends are from Spirit Trail Fiberworks, which has amazing colorways and fibers for spinning.

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