December 4th, 2009

Firefly: Holidays

Things I have learned....

Let's see, if you are making pancakes, and don't have quite enough of the mix (I use King Arthur Flour's Buttermilk mix's FANTASTIC), you *can* substitute flour to make up the diffence (at least 1.5 cups worth). It doesn't change the flavor or the texture or the cooking of the pancakes. (Do use FRESH eggs, though - makes 'em better. :nods:)

Likewise, if you need 3 cups of milk for the batter, and have 4 cups, you can either substitute powdered milk (no taste change reported!) OR Half-n-Half. The H-n-H will make for thicker, cake-y-er pancakes that will be devoured as quickly as you pull them off the griddle. I subbed the H-n-H at at 1:1 time (should there *be* a next time :lol:) I will try a 2:1 ratio, with water as the 1.

Cold goats won't try to knock the horse feed out of your hands if you feed said goats in the barn - they won't leave the barn to see what you're doing. They'll still attack the bucket the goat feed is in, though. :lol:

Green mittens, when dropped in the grass in the goat pen, will be impossible to find with the lantern. Next time, don't take 'em off to open the gate - go thru the goat door. (Or, when knitting the next pair of fingerless mitts, add a mitten top (a la the "pop-up paws" that were so popular a few years ago. Only I won't be knitting partial fingers - my left hand tends to swell. :shrug:)

(Oh, and for those getting into knitting/crochet - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE :lol: - working in the round is easy-peasey. When you cast on/make the initial chain, you generally turn the work around and work the next stitch into the last stitch, right? IOW, if you CO/Chain 20, you would work stitch 21 INTO stitch 20, right? OK, so, to knit/crochet a tube, instead of working stitch 20, you would pull the CO/chain around (if knitting, you HAVE to be using double-points or a circular needle - it won't work on straights), and work #21 into stitch #*1*. Seriously, it's that easy. From that point, you just work each stitch, spiraling around the tube, until it's long enough. For the thumb slot, you would work to the last stitch (#20), and instead of working #21 next, you would turn the work and work #19 - back around to #1, where you'd turn *again* and work #2. Keep doing that until the thumb slot/hole is big enough, then go back to working around and around. If you knit, this means you'd be purling every other big deal. I don't know how that would affect crocheting - does that have a "back" and a "front" like knitting?'s seriously that simple to work a tube. No need to be afraid of it! :grin:

For the mitten top I mentioned above, what I will do is knit the mitt, ending it right at the knuckle at the center of my fingers. I will then pick up stitches (you could knit it separate and sew it on, but I hate/suck at sewing.) a little below the knuckle at my palm, knit a row or 2 back and forth (so it's a flat thing), then CO enough stitches to go around the hand (Let me write it out: My mitts will be made on 36 stitches. For the top, I'll pick up 18 (the entire top of the mitt), knit back to the first stitch, then knit back to the last one, and CO 18 more (to make a circle again, like the rest of the mitt). I'll knit a standard mitten top (knit it till it's long enough, then decrease (work 2 stitches together on each side, every other row) like for a toe on a sock). Graft the remaing few stitches, and it's done. I might put a loop on the end, and a small button on the wrist....I dunno. We'll see. I can pop the top on when I don't need fingers, then pop it off to open gate latches and stuff. See how easy that is? I don't crochet, but I don't see why this wouldn't work in that art form, either.)

Ignoring the naughty dog that GOT INTO MY ROVING *AGAIN* seems to make her think. I don't know that it'll make her NOT get into my wool (and, an aside - yes, I *could* move it someplace inaccessible. I don't see that I should - she KNOWS she's not allowed to touch it; the other dogs leave it alone, and she HAS toys that are hers. She *can* control what she gets into....she is choosing not to. I *am* working on that...), but there is hope. :fingers crossed:

Teaching one's children to knit is a glorious thing....but it also provides a dilemma: do I share my stash, or no? I'm leaning towards starting a stash for each of them, provided they keep up with it.....why should I let them use my very special, can't be replaced yarn for a scarf, when I want to make a.....erm......well, SOMETHING with it at a later date? :lol: (And I'm only half-joking. Herself has definate color preferences, which do NOT equal my choices. Himself likes Blue. I don't have a whole lotta blue yarn. So, there ya go...:lol:)

I'm sure there's more...but that's all I got for today.