Makers Market

On Saturday, one of my local yarn stores was having a Makers Market featuring local artists. I meet M.K. (Malabrigo K) for lunch and shopping. There was hand dyed fabric, jewelry, buttons, pottery and much more. M.K. found some really amazing wooden buttons that were finished with bees wax. They looked amazing and even smelled great. I acquired a new hand thrown mug. Each mug was so neat, I had a hard time deciding. Even the insides are neat!

M.K. and I had a good chat over lunch about our wips and what makes us uninterested in a project. Why am I still excited about some projects after months of hibernation while  others are just sort of blah? From now on I’m going to be more critical about my wips. Our chat inspired me to frog some wips I no longer love. Here are liberated Orphans three and four for July. Bittersweet and On the Lamb were both made out of Malabrigo. The pattern and yarn are still perfectly lovely. I just wasn’t excited to finish them.

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While I was frogging Orphans in the craft room, I was starting new endeavors in the kitchen. Introducing Sandra D the Sourdough Starter. Bread was one of the first items the British Hubby commented on when he moved to the States. Commercial bread here is very sweet and it can be difficult to find good quality fresh bread. I enjoy baking so the natural solution was to make our own bread. Admittedly, now our bread machine does most of the work.

 

I purchased Sourdough Starter on a whim one day. A few days later, the British Hubby confessed he doesn’t really like sourdough bread. This is going to be an interesting experiment. First, I had to feed Sandra D. Then I had to divide it several times to get the pH level correct.

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I used the first divide to make sourdough pancakes. While, they certainly don’t look as pretty as the professional photos from the King Arthur website, they tasted just fine. Sourdough pancakes have a tangy after taste. The British Hubby ate his with lemon juice and sugar.

Update on other wips:

  • Shark Bait Socks: I’m about half way with the leg chart on sock one. You can see the start of sharks! Here’s a photo. Should I be worried about the swimmers?

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  • Earth & Sky: No news on this one.
  • Charity Malt: The stockinette section is going to need 80 – 100 rows. I’m on row 27.
  • Washington Mist: I’ve started the bind off. This is the slowest bind off I’ve done so far, but I think I made the right choice. I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.

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Ernie’s new sleep spot is by my stage four Tour de Sock. You can’t really tell in the photo, but I’m on the heel flap.

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Four wips down and at least four more to go!

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