I know I know, it has been too long, but I have a good reason. Well, I think it is.
Knitting for KOGO
I have been knitting up a storm for that charity, KOGO. Winter is coming fast and I wanted to get my box done so they could give out the beanies and scarves to people who needed them. I think I knitted around 20 scarves and probably the same with the beanies. I filled a big box with everything and delivered it this last week. So relieved to get it all done.
No idea whether any of it was any good. I haven’t heard from anyone. It doesn’t really matter. I enjoyed doing it, but am glad I’m done for now. I am going to do more, but not concentrate on them as I have been. I pretty much stopped doing almost everything to get that boxed filled. I am going to aim for another box of knitted goods to be delivered next year before winter. This way I can knit when I feel like it and not feel so rushed with it all.
I did do some other knits as well. I had to knit a couple of blankets for my cats, Ralph and Susie, because they love the final products. I also knitted scarves for my daughters and beanies for Dave. I think I am done for now. My right arm is starting to hurt so I need to give it a break.
It is time to get back to other things.
Changing how I make my sourdough
I’ve told you how I’ve been making sourdough bread now for a couple of years. When I was learning I saw so many different ways of making it. I have always done the way with the multiple stretching and pulling etc. It is a fairly classic way of doing it. Most of the time it worked and it was good.
Recently I saw Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off) making some sourdough and he used his stand mixer. OMG a light went off in my brain. I tried it. It worked. It worked really well.
The dough has to be in the stand mixer for quite a while, around 20 to 25 minutes. I do it until the dough is really smooth. I still do the stretching and pulling, but only a couple of times. Then it is left in the proofing box for about 4 hours.
It is making these perfect loaves of bread. I’m so happy. Less time mucking around with it and great bread when it is done. I think I will continue making it this way from now on.
The photo in the header is of some sourdough bagels I made the other day.
Things are happening there, but I think for this post I will leave it at that. I will do a post on the garden and just the garden soon.
Is that enough for now? I thought we could look at the cats.
I don’t know if I told you that we have a new cat.
This is Ralph.
He is another cat that did belong to my eldest daughter, but she was having trouble with him. More that he was too lonely and really needed another cat. She was also working so much that she didn’t have time for him.
We weren’t sure how our other cat Susie would cope. She has always seemed like a cat that prefers to be the only cat.
Turns out Susie really enjoys Ralph being here.
He came for a week’s holiday six months ago. I think we can safely say he lives here now.
I love him. He has really become my cat. He likes to be around me all the time. Though, he is like Susie in that he doesn’t like being picked up much and won’t sit on my lap. He is such a gentle soul though. He has a lovely and curious personality.
I will leave you today with some images of them. Look at the one of Ralph watching cat tv on YouTube. He often watches the tv with us. I’ve never seen a cat do that before.