Sunday, August 28, 2011

Come Blog Along Pattern 02 Post 05

Knitting on the Road: Canada Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby

Here in the GTA we're not expecting to be affected by Hurricane Irene - we're too far inland for that. An overcast, breezy day is likely to be the extent of it.

With cooler temps this morning was ideal for baking bread. We bought this book and we've had good success making really delicious crusty bread. Too delicious really ... the fresh baked bread rarely lasts more than a half hour around here.

With gusty winds, we also thought it wise to harvest the last three pears on our tree. There were lots of pears but the raccoons got most of them. Since my photo was taken, I've moved them to nestle in amongst the bananas on my counter. Google says that's a good way to ripen them. Poor sad little pears.

And with the morning spent around the house, I've finally cast on my final Canal du Midi sock. All week long I told myself that I really needed to find a chunk of time to sit down in front of YouTube demonstrations to master the Double Start cast-on. In fact, I watched this tutorial twice and I think I've nailed it. I did briefly consider just doing a regular old long tail cast on, but I'm glad now to have learned the Double Start cast-on properly. It really does give the cuff a much nicer edge; so much so that it may be my go-to cast on for cuff down socks from now on. That's one real plus for these Nancy Bush patterns - there's always something new and different to try!

12 comments:

Dee said...

That bread looks yummy!

A rainy day is a great excuse to stay inside and eat toast.

goodpurlgonebad said...

Looking forward to seeing your last sock!

I hope your pears ripen nicely. Google is right - bananas give off a gas that ripens anything nearby. Still, they must have been good for the raccoons to have quite so many of them. I hope Irene gives you no grief.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Just grey and windy here (well it was - nice and sunny now). I was hoping for another rain storm.
Those pears look yummy!

Tonya said...

I love baking bread too... But with the heat all summer I refused to. It never lasts long at my place either.

RugbyMad said...

There is nothing like the smell of bread cooking and then warm fresh bread! Might have to get the mixer out this week.

Amy said...

Good tip on the tutuorial - bread looks lovely! I hope this WIP Wednesday helps me finish something - will check in soon!! Amy

Just-in said...

Can't wait to see the sock, too:) And the bread must have been delicious!

Kim said...

Your bread looks delish! Soon rain and windy days will be here too, and that will be just perfect for knitting. I have to say that I have been amazed recently at how many different types of cast ons there are! Yay you for learning something new. :)
*smiles*

WildflowerWool said...

Thanks for the tip on the cast on. I have not tried this one - yet!

Adri said...

Oooh... I am addicted to bread. Will never be able to follow Atkins...

Sara said...

Thank you for the link to the cast on method! Glad you didn't get affected too badly by Irene.

thewoolymammoth said...

I got out my bread machine after reading your post and made beer bread and the resulting 5 lb weight gain I'm laying at your door ;p.