Knitting

Maybe next week...

Just 6 rows left. Really. Six rows. And then the great bind-off. I might even finish it by this time next week!

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Masses of pink and beads. And the end is in sight.

Meanwhile, green has arrived in mid-coast Maine -

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Hindrances

Just 10 rows left on the pink thing now. The rows take forever -- I am afraid to count how many stitches. It is enough for me to know that it is more than 1100 stitches per row. And more beads than I like to think about. It's hard enough to get a row done but I also have these guys who like to help -- last night both Roscoe and Spike decided that they wanted to share my lap while I was knitting. Granted my lap is ample, but not ample enough!



And the pink goes on!

I am feeling the excitement of the end in sight of Snowflake Peacock -- just 15 rows left. 


Someone asked me why I call it the pink thing. As those of you who knit lace know the magic and beauty of lace is pretty well hidden until the piece is blocked. Until then, it is a shapeless mass. Like this -- Snowflake Peacock as I work a wrong side row:

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Like I said, pink thing.

It's really here!

Remember just a week ago when just the first hints of green were showing? What a difference a week makes. 

Though it is pretty dreary outside this morning, the air is just full of the smells of life. The tide is out so that wonderful salty smell is mixing with smells of earth and new growing things. And look at all the green now!

Inside, one of my amaryllises is opening -- I wasn't sure they would bloom this year but here is the gorgeous red.

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Just 18 rows left in the pink thing, AKA Snowflake Peacock. That is all I am working on just now. The relentless startitis is driving me to stick with it so I can play with something new. Just a little while now...


Cardamom Easter Bread

I used to make this bread every year because I like cardamom, though one of my kids does not. I made it anyway as it is a lovely rich bread which toasts well.


Cardamom Easter Bread

From Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Breads

• ¼ cup warm water

• 1  package active dry yeast

• 1/3 cup sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• ½ cup milk, hot

• 2 teaspoons cardamom

• ¼ cup butter

• 1 egg, room temp

• 3 1/2 cups flour

1. In a small  bowl or cup, dissolve yeast in water.

2. In a large mixing bowl put sugar, butter and salt and over it pour the hot milk. Stir until butter is sift and milk has cooled to lukewarm. Add cardamom.

3. Blend in 1 cup of flour for 2 minutes with the mixer flat beater or wooden spoon. 

4. Stir in the egg and yeast.

5. Add remaining flour, a half cup at a time until a rough ball is formed and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

6. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. With a strong push turn fold action, knead till the dough is smooth and elastic or knead with the mixer under the dough hook for 6 minutes.

GREEN!

If you look really carefully at this picture taken through my living room window, you can see a little bit of green. The green is back!

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I am being good and I continue to chug along on the pink thing -- I may even finish it this month! But startitis got to me this week when  the gorgeous red silk laceweight arrived from Colourmart.So I cast on for the Fan shawl. It is a fun knit -- modular really and an easily memorized pattern. Here's an early look at it --


With the kids grown up and no grandchildren, we don't do much to celebrate Easter. Though we did each get a small chocolate bunny -- some traditions must be honored after all. Tomorrow we will roast the last of the lamb we got last fall. And today I will be making a cardamom bread -- I will post the recipe and pictures tomorrow.

But look, the green has returned!


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