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From Ctrl+Alt+Del by Tim Buckley

From Ctrl+Alt+Del by Tim Buckley

Hello, crafty and sundry!

Now, I’ve been using the same banana bread recipe for years. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, because hey, it’s a great recipe and I highly recommend it to everyone. I’m not doing anything particularly different in making it, outside of leaving out the nuts because Smallhausen doesn’t like them (fair enough, kiddo). And yet, I’ve noticed that my recent loaves are somehow a lot better than previous loaves. As said, I’m not doing anything differently, but still, it’s coming out nicer. I guess I must have levelled up my banana bread skill or something, ha ha. I had to make sure it wasn’t just me being hungry though, and asked my husband. He’d confirmed what I felt — he also thought that my banana bread was getting nicer. Courage and wit have served me well, ha ha.

To some, it might seem silly to compare the development of real-life skills to video games, but then, it’s still apt. It requires a lot of practice and effort to get better at something; it requires a lot of effort to level up in a video game. You’ve got to start at the beginning, and you can’t be the best until you’ve put a lot of time into it. I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty good baker,¬† so it pleases me to know that I am becoming an even better baker. I probably won’t ever be doing silly things like people do on shows such as The Great British Bake-Off (which I don’t watch because I am not a fan of talentless/reality shows), but then, that’s not my goal in baking either. Certainly, I would like for my efforts to look nice, but the main thing is that it is delicious.


IMG_2595I finished the top for Smallhausen this week. I’m very happy with my efforts, and while the sewing of the snap and button might not have felt like the prettiest, the worst of it is hidden under the button. And really, the main thing to me was to make sure it was properly secure. Having said that, I was amused every time I tested the snap because I was handling it as if I expected it to start unweaving on the spot! Hopefully I can pin her down and get her to model it; she has, so far, politely and repeatedly refused. As four year olds are stubborn, I’m not going to try to out-stubborn her over it. That’s time I could be spent doing other things, hee hee.

As for my next knitting thing, I’m thinking to do a small project to clear the palate while I decide what sort of cardigan/thing to make for myself. I’m knitting a small gauge square right now, which will help me determine what sort of size I need to pattern out to make baby arms. I’ve found -a- pattern; there’s oodles of leg warmers, but nothing for the arms. It seems strange to me, but then, I have tonnes of arm warmers because it’s a saner way for me to personally handle layers. It’s not like arms are a hard thing to make — make a tube of the correct diameter and length, and job done. I plan on being slightly fancier in my patterning and at least include ribbed ends, but not so fancy as to be discouraging. Having said that, once I get the hang of basic, I will probably try to do something with a cable on it. The question then becomes whether I pattern it for lefties specifically and let the righties deal with living on the other side of the looking glass, or opt for something that comes out the same either way. That shouldn’t be a problem for a slightly ribbed tube, but I will probably want to do a cabled pair after that. We shall see!


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