Saturday, February 1, 2014

Knit Socks On Straight Needles and a Crusty Bread Recipe

 I posted last week about finding an easy pattern to knit socks on double pointed needles.  After making several pairs, I popped over to the Barnes & Noble book store to browse sock pattern books.  Can you believe I only found one book!  But what a book it is!  Knit Your Socks on Straight by Alice Curtis!  Brilliant!  I have seen this book online and in book stores for quite some time, but never picked it up to flip through.  Big mistake!
 Beautifully written, easy to understand and tons of photos.  This is the first pattern in the book using worsted weight yarn you can find in your local Hobby Lobby, Michaels, WalMart or fabric store that sells yarn.  Alice shows you pics every step of the way.
 How cute are these little gingerbread people and snowmen?
 I adore these moccasocks house boots made with chunky yarn!
 Flip flop socks....whoduthunkit?  Use your sock or fingering yarn for these.
 I love these for St. Patricks Day!  A pair for you and a pair for your little leprechaun! 
Now, on to the bread.  This is the most awesome artisan bread I have ever made!  No kneading, no rising, no bread machine.  Crusty outside a with a chewy center.  If you follow Lucy at Attic24, you may have tried this already.  The only draw back is it must rest for 12 hours or more.  I put the dough together about 3:00 in the afternoon.  The next day at 3 in was in the oven.  The recipe states 12-18 hours but the 24 hours was just fine.  If you put up the dough in the evening, you can be baking the next morning.  The recipe is in American terms, but if you pop over to visit Lucy, she has the English terms for you.

Have a great week,
Sheila
Yarn tip:
Not sure which size to knit from a pattern?  Compare pattern measurements from your favorite sweater.

Bread baking tip:
You'll know when you bread is baked fully when the inside reads 195 degrees fahrenheit  (90.55 celsius) with a food thermometer.
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18 comments:

  1. I love that blue/brown sock yarn. Great colors! I made that bread last night and it was so delicious. I can't wait to make some more over the weekend.

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    1. Donna, thank you! I made the bread, doubling the recipe, and it came out great!

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  2. I have never heard of that book. It looks fantastic. I'm going to have to search it out just for the gingerbread socks! Thanks for sharing...oh, and your bread looks delicious too.

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Aren't those gingerbread socks The cutest?

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  3. Oh my goodness...flip flop socks? I need to find that book! And the bread sounds divine. Thanks for sharing...Aloha, Lori

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  4. Yikes! Socks on straights. I am too uncoordinated for DPN's so I always use two circs

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  5. Looks like a great book. I haven't seen it before.

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  6. Not only do I enjoy your creative needlepoint talent each time I visit but also a tip I didn't know about bread baking. Using a thermometer to check for done-ness. I will use that tip! Thank you :)

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  7. Hungry because of the bread, wallet possibly about to be hungry because of the book. Thanks for this, great tips!

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  8. Thanks for the review, now I MUST find this book! Oh, and thank you for the bread recipe, I'm sure my boys will love this.

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  9. Ordered the book (optimistically, as I am a beginner!) thanks for the review!

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  10. Lovely socks that's something I haven't quite mastered yet, thanks for your visit and lovely comments.:)

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  11. I love the moccasocks house boots! And I also made the bread. I was so excited about it. And it was YUMMY! Here's my bread post. http://mami-dearest.blogspot.com/2014/01/i-baked-bread-artisan-bread.html

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  12. I've made this bread several times by now. It is delicious. My family loves it. So easy and quick!

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  13. Nice socks using the multicolored wool they look great! I love your colorful work on the side panels as well they are so pleasing to the eye :)
    Lisa
    www.needlesandwool.blogspot.com

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  14. That bread looks wonderful. Might give it a whirl. Love the green socks!

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  15. How fun! I've never knit a pair of socks on straights, will add it to the knitting bucket list

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