Author Archives: Melanie

Breadmaking

I’ve been making a lot of bread. And they haven’t been turning out well. Actually, they were good enough and I wanted to make them better.  I was using a bread machine and I do not think it was mixing the ingredients properly. Then I switched to hand and using recipes that didn’t require too much kneading. They came out better but I was missing something. Last week I decided to delve into sourdough breads. They are my favorite. So I went on theperfectloaf.com which was recommended by a knitting buddy and spent last week feeding my starter. I didn’t know if it was working or not but by this last Saturday I was going to make bread to hell or high water. (Is that the right saying?) Anyway, I did it and I love it… So now I’m setting aside some of my starter each day to give away to friends who want it.

Finished product
4/19/2020

 

Sourdough Bread
after baking for 20 minutes covered
4/19/2020

 

Sourdough Bread
after proofing for a few hours just before baking
4/19/20

Gratitude

A long time ago I started writing about 3 things I’m grateful for in a gratitude journal. And it’s helped my mental and emotional well being a lot over the years.  Here are the 3 items on my list today –

  1. dad came out of the hospital after another incident of fluid in his lungs. They tested him for covid-19 and he is negative!
  2. my sourdough bread is so scrumptious
  3. I had the ability to support my LQS and I’m thankful to be in a position to do that.

Melanie

Mugrugs, Coasters and orphan blocks…

 

 

I finally bound these little mats. They were orphan blocks made for one reason or another. The top one was for a paper piecing workshop offered through my guild. I used these mats to practice on my Q20 (among others) and finally got around to binding it.  Don’t tell anyone but I forgot to take the paperwork out of the top one so it’s crinkly.  I don’t care.  They will Most likely be used as coasters or mugrugs.  I love them and plan to give them away to friends.  Since the quarantine we’ve been passing along various items to each other – oranges from the trees, yeast, sourdough starters, chili, cookies, bread, etc.  So I’ll slip these and the others I’ve finally finished up.

~ Happy Monday,

btw, I’m feeling better this week and have high hopes in accomplishing a lot…

Melanie

 

Cross Stitch: A Stitch in Time, an update 04/2020

So I have a rotation of cross stitch projects and in general, I work on a project for a week then on Sunday switch to a new project. I have 4 projects in rotation.

  • Gamer
  • Snowman
  • A Stitch in Time
  • Mirabilia – Titania

Gamer is my priority project so when I am working on Snowman which is a small 6″x6″ I also have Gamer on the frame for me to put a few stitches in each day.  That way I’m able to work on Gamer for 2 weeks and hopefully get this finished faster. This last week I was working on A Stitch in Time, by Aimee Stewart and is a Heaven and Earth Design.

Before:

 

 

A Stitch in Time
2/23/2020

And how it looks now after I’ve worked on it a week before I put it away…

A Stitch in Time
4/19/2020

I must have forgotten to take a picture and update you on my March progress but it’s coming along and I’ve gotten it on the frame that Mama’s Bukid used to be on.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

Harriets Hat, another finish. kind of.

Hariett’s Hat
04/2020

 

Harriet’s Hat
04/2020

At Stitches Socal 2019, my friend Liz and I went halfsies on a colorwork project called Harriet’s Hat. Really, we wanted to try the yarn Jamieson and Smith but didn’t want to invest too much money on something we possibly would hate. So we decided a hat would be a good trial project. Liz started on hers way before me but something happened and she put it in timeout. I got through most of the hat when I ran out of the white yarn. Liz popped over with the remaining bit of white from her project and I was able to finish knitting this dreamy project.  I still have to weave in ends and block it but all the knitting is done and it’s beautiful.

 Next Stitches SoCal we plan to get a sweaters quantity of this yarn to make a colorwork sweater. We have a bunch lined up.

 

A UFO finished

Nesting Basket
04/2020

 

I believe I started this project sometime in 2017. I was taking all the bag making classes at my LQS and this was one of a series…

I love the fabric but I’m not too thrilled with the finish. I made the medium size and the lid is way too big for the basket which is why it’s underneath. The problem was entirely my fault and due to the long length of time between when I started it and when I finished it. There were things I forgot and just did and that caused my basket to get sewn up smaller than it should have been. It’s ok. I am not planning on making this again.

 

day 31

First I have so much to be grateful for. I don’t want to complain when there are so many people that have real things to complain about.  But I’m struggling right now.

That’s all.

If only the sun would come out.

It will get better in an hour. I’m about to zoom with my quilt guildees and they are always an uplifting group.

hugs,

Melanie