Monday, January 28, 2019

Forays into sourdough



I've been playing around with bread lately. I'm a carbivore. I love bread. I've never been successful at baking bread, though. Not really. I wish I were the kind of person who could just throw some stuff into a bowl, knead it a bit, watch it rise, bake, and eat.

Let's go back in time, actually. Say... 10 years, maybe?

Around 2007 or '08,  I went to visit friends who were spending a year in Bulgaria.



 I found a cheap ticket and, figuring the opportunities would be few and far between to visit Bulgaria and stay with friends for free. They spent the summer in a village near Tryavna, Bulgaria with another American family. Off I went, and bunked with them.



It was a magical week, really. The gorgeous, old forests towered over us like in a fairy tale wood. It rained every day at about 3pm, keeping the temperatures comfortable and the flora lush and green. Every morning, we'd all wake up, make and have a shared breakfast, and one of the women would just whip up dinner bread of some kind (rolls, a loaf, whatever) so it could rise twice before baking for dinner.

By memory.

And it was always delicious.

I have since tried a million recipes, different kinds of yeast, loaves, boules, etc. Packages of dry yeast from every brand. And I've never been able to get it just right. Is the weather too cool? Too hot? Did I knead too much? Too much flour? Not enough flour? I don't know!

My BFF's dad retired a few years ago and took up sourdough bread. Every week, he makes a couple of loaves of delicious sourdough. We've been out to visit and enjoyed the bread immensely. He LOVES making sourdough, and after a bit of research, it seemed that sourdough might be the thing for me. I love sourdough bread. I liked the idea of starting entirely from scratch, and that a good sourdough starter will make it possible to have consistently leavened bread. I like that the starter can be used for all kinds of different foods.

On January 2nd, I started my starter. I looked at several blog posts, recipes, and websites to get the basics, and I'll link to a few of those below. But the gist of it is that I started with a cup of water and a cup of bread flour. Stirred, waited, fed, discarded, fed, discarded, etc., and waited a week for my starter to do bubbly things.



After a few days, I had enough discarded starter to make a sourdough dutch baby pancake. It was delicious. The recipe is here, though I omitted the butter and the cast iron (6 tbsp of butter? really???? Also, where did our cast iron skillet go? We used to have two...). Instead I sprayed my non-stick, oven safe pan with olive oil spray. It came out beautifully. I used store-bought eggs, pasteurized 1% milk, and splenda instead of sugar. It came out delicious, just the same.



I topped it with cinnamon/brown sugar/apples (2 tbsp butter, a bunch of sliced up apples I'd put up over the winter, some cinnamon, and 2 tbsp of brown sugar) that I cooked up on the stove top while the pancake baked. This past week, after 20ish days, my starter finally proved ready. I started feeding it the last few days with whole wheat, as well as all-purpose flour. It's not clear if it was the timing, or the "food" but the starter popped right into action! I used information from a couple of websites, with these links as my main sources:

1) For a starter-- one source is at Back To Our Roots
2) Also for a starter-- from King Arthur's flour

And then for timing the bread baking and actually baking the bread

3) For outlining the major timing points: The Effortless Chic
4) And for the main source of info from beginning to end: The Kitchn

And voila, here is my bread, isn't it pretty????









Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ep59: It's been a while...

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes and YouTube



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Thanks: 
  • To new and returning listeners.
  • To Bensound.com for music for the podcast

Many thanks to Yarn Geek Fibers for being the last sponsor in the In a sKnit podcast series. 

Giveaways: 
I announce winners for the Yarn Geek Fibers giveaway; the Batter Up KAL, and the 3rd Quarter Goals KAL. 

Knitting
Lots of WIPs, and one FO. You can find them all on my Ravelry page. 

Chatter and Good-byes 

I've been busy with a lot of stuff. After six years of podcasting, I think I've run out of steam. It's been a lot of fun and I appreciate everyone who has participated, listened, contacted me to say thanks, and who supported me through KALs, prizes, sponsorships, and more. I think I may keep up my blog at blogspot.com (rather than an independent website), so when inasknit.com goes away, please follow me over at krisluvswool.blogspot.com 

I look forward to new fibery, crafty, cooking, and other kinds of adventures in the future. Thanks for being awesome!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Ep58: A little progress

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes andYouTube

Don’t forget to join the Ravelry Group. Join in the fun over on Facebook!




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Thanks: 
  • To new and returning viewers.
  • To Bensound.com for music for the podcast

Many thanks to Yarn Geek Fibers, the podcast sponsor for August and September. 

Yarn Geek Fibers dyes up luxurious yarns and spinning fibers in her Spiffy Lab of Colorification located in Keokuk, Iowa. Yarn Geek Fibers takes inspiration from pop culture, science (focusing on women in the STEM feilds of work), and anything else that strikes her fancy, to produce a wide variety of cheerful color combinations.Find them and more at www.yarngeekfibers.com You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook as YarnGeekFibers or stay in touch in her Yarn Geek Fibers Ravelry group.






WIPs


  • Vanilla socks from Into the Whirled Yarn Pakkoku Sock in the Gilmore's Glorious Goods colorway. Project page.  These were my (only!) travel knitting. 
  • Cardinals Socks (Batter Up!). Project page.
  • Granny Stripe blanket (crochet) in fingering weight yarns held double. Project page. 

  • Hearthstone by Ysolda Teague in Sun Valley Fibers SW Worsted in the Bashful colorway. Project page. 

Batter Up KAL 

Batter Up KAL started March 29th and continues through the end of the World Series. Prizes include: Gift certificates from Yarn Geek Fibers Adore Knits, and Sun Valley Fibers, the Tolstoy Collection of patterns from Kino Knits Designs, sock yarn from Dyeabolical Yarns, cute baseball buttons from me, and more to come! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ep57: Click click click

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes andYouTube

Don’t forget to join the Ravelry Group. Join in the fun over on Facebook!

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Many thanks to Yarn Geek Fibers, the podcast sponsor for August and September. 


Yarn Geek Fibers dyes up luxurious yarns and spinning fibers in her Spiffy Lab of Colorification located in Keokuk, Iowa. Yarn Geek Fibers takes inspiration from pop culture, science (focusing on women in the STEM feilds of work), and anything else that strikes her fancy, to produce a wide variety of cheerful color combinations.Find them and more at www.yarngeekfibers.com You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook as YarnGeekFibers or stay in touch in her Yarn Geek Fibers Ravelry group.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Miniskein 6: Travel and Knitting

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes andYouTube

Don’t forget to join the Ravelry Group. Join in the fun over on Facebook!


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ep56: Hola

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes andYouTube

Don’t forget to join the Ravelry Group. Join in the fun over on Facebook!


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Thanks: 

  • To new and returning viewers.
  • To Bensound.com for music for the podcast

Many thanks to Yarn Geek Fibers, the podcast sponsor for August and September. 


Yarn Geek Fibers dyes up luxurious yarns and spinning fibers in her Spiffy Lab of Colorification located in Keokuk, Iowa. Yarn Geek Fibers takes inspiration from pop culture, science (focusing on women in the STEM feilds of work), and anything else that strikes her fancy, to produce a wide variety of cheerful color combinations.Find them and more at www.yarngeekfibers.com You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook as YarnGeekFibersor stay in touch in her Yarn Geek Fibers Ravelry group.





Batter Up KAL 

Batter Up KAL started March 29th and continues through the end of the World Series. Prizes include: Gift certificates from Yarn Geek Fibers Adore Knits, and Sun Valley Fibers, the Tolstoy Collection of patterns from Kino Knits Designs, sock yarn from Dyeabolical Yarns, cute baseball buttons from me, and more to come! 

WIPs


  • Vanilla socks from Into the Whirled Yarn Pakkoku Sock in the Gilmore's Glorious Goods colorway. Project page.  These were my (only!) travel knitting. 

  • Cardinals Socks (Batter Up!). Project page.
  • Mitered Square sock yarn blanket by Shelly Kang. Project page. 
  • Granny Stripe blanket (crochet) in fingering weight yarns held double. Project page. 
  • Hearthstone by Ysolda Teague in Sun Valley Fibers SW Worsted in the Bashful colorway. Project page.  
  • Breathing Space by Veera Valimacki in Manos Del Uruguay Milo, in the Baltico and Lisboa colorways. Project page. 

Spain

  • Real Alcazar, Seville Spain

  • Plaza de Espagna, Seville Spain


  • La Mezquita/ Mosque-Cathedral, Cordoba, Spain


  • Al-Hambra, Granada, Spain



  • Albaycin neighborhood, Granada, Spain
  • Malagueta beach, Malaga, Spain


  • Picasso Museum Malaga, Malaga, Spain




Friday, July 13, 2018

EP55: Gone Fishing

Find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music. Find Kristi on Ravelry and Instagram as krisluvswool, and on Twitter as @inasKnit. Past video episodes are available on iTunes andYouTube

Don’t forget to join the Ravelry Group. Join in the fun over on Facebook!



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Thanks: 

  • To new and returning viewers.
  • To Bensound.com for music for the podcast

WIPs

  • Fredbird Socks. Project page. 
  • Cathay Williams shawl in Bah LaJolla Yarn (Because I'm Happy). Project page. 
  • Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki in Manos del Uruguay Milo. Project page.
  • Hearthstone by Ysolda Teague in Sun Valley Fibers Superwash Worsted in the Bashful colorway. Project page. 

sKnit I love 





KALs

Details and prizes for the KALs are available in the Ravelry group.