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Instagram Is Where I’m At

I started this blog because I needed an outlet. I was so excited about knitting and yarn. Excited about learning all things fiber. Excited about trying new techniques. My family and friends could only listen to so much. You know, the glazed eyes and all.

So, in 2015, Nyknits began. I posted almost every week. Usually on Sundays. And it was great. I got to share with like minded folks. I shared photos of works in progress, finished objects, trips, knitting guild guests etc.

I had been on Instagram since 2013. I started posted photos of my makes and then decided, again to spare my non fiber friends and family, to start an Instagram account dedicated solely to the fiber arts. And that is where I have been all this time.

The platform is easy to feel at home in. I am fully engaged. I am inspired by all the beautiful projects I see. I mostly follow individuals. Companies, not so much. I just ran into a person I follow this week. She was at my spinning guild meeting. We knew each other by our Instagram handles. Are you on Instagram? Care to share your handle? I’ll be glad to follow.

This week I made a hot process soap. This weekend, I’ll be sharing photos, recipe and resources.

Till next time, Lisa

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Have You Baked Bread?

This bread making trip came out of the clear blue.  I somehow found Elly’s Everyday youtube channel and, you now how that goes. Down the rabbit hole. Elly is from Australia. She makes bread and soap making tutorials.  I followed her instructions to make my sourdough starter and I also intend to make one of her soap recipes.

Sarah Owens, the author of Sourdough has a tutorial with food52. This is the recipe I followed for my first loaf. She is currently based in Queens, NY and holds classes/workshops.

I then came across Mark Bitman’s video with Jim Lahey. He is the author of  My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No Knead Method. This is currently my favorite way to bake bread. I came to the conclusion that the only time I like sourdough is when it’s a soup vessel. I had the best clam chowder in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and it came in a sourdough bread bowl. I loved it! So, for now, I’ll put aside the sourdough.

Here are the ingredients for Jim Lahey’s no knead bread. I included a link for the video and also a link to the best written recipe I found.  It is a good first time bread baking recipe. Tell me if you try it.

You will need:

3 c of bread flour and more for dusting

1/4 tsp yeast

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 c of water

And that is all. Jim uses wheat bran for dusting. I used the same bread flour in the recipe.

I use an old corning ware casserole that can withstand a temperature of 500 f.  I put the dough on parchment paper and drop it in the casserole.

I have made 10 or 11 loaves now, and today I deviated and added a cup of coarsley shredded habanero cheddar cheese. It was a good choice.

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What I Have Been Up To

Hey, everybody. It’s been a while. Where have I been? I have been “staying curious”. So many things have been sparking my curiosity. Bread baking and soap making are the newest things. I have joined the local spinning guild, I bought a teeny tiny electric spinner and a flax wheel from the 1800’s at an auction.

Here are a few photos. I’ll be glad to share what I’ve learned and the resources I found. I hope you’re inspired to try something new or to revisit a craft you’ve tried before.

My sourdough starter
Sourdough bread

Soap making supplies
Turmeric hot process soap

Olive oil melt and pour soap
Olive oil melt and pour soap

Meet John Oliver

John Oliver

Melt and pour soap

Seamless circular yoke

Safety equipment

No knead bread
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What’s Up?

Hey everybody! So listen, my friends, it has been well over a year , 18 months to be exact, since I have written a post.  I honestly only came back because I received a notice about my domain name renewal. Oh yeah, I have a blog! Tell me what’s new with you. What are you working on? What new thing have you learned? Have you been to any of the fiber fairs/conferences/workshops? I have much to share. So much, that I am thinking about changing my blog name. Its not just knitting anymore. I am looking forward to chatting with all of you. See ya on Wednesday.

Lisa

 

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I Made Wool Dryer Balls

cropped-6b1e54f7-6866-4e1c-837f-798496fb829b.jpegWell, hello! It’s been a while since I have posted. Four months to be exact. However, it is a new year and I will be blogging on a more regular basis. I intend to share patterns, yarn reviews, techniques and anything else I come across that I think you may find helpful or useful.

Today, it will be wool dryer balls. Everything I hear about them I like. They cut down on drying time, they are more economical than dryer sheets (they last years), they eliminate static cling and reduce wrinkles. They are also pretty easy to make. There are a few ways to make them. This is how I do them.

Materials  I used:

Patons Classic Wool Yarn (2 or 3 skeins)

Wool roving (about 4 oz)

Nylon knee highs

Scrap cotton or acrylic yarn

Directions:

Begin by winding the yarn into a ball. I made mine about 6 inches in diameter

Next, use the wool roving to cover the yarn ball you created. Go round and round and stop when you reach about 9 inches in diameter

Make as many balls as you want. I made 5

Put the balls into the knee highs. Separate each ball by tying yarn between each one

Put the balls in a hot water wash and then toss in the dryer

When done, check to see that they are felted. You should not be able to pull the roving off the ball

Put them through another wash and dry cycle if necessary

And that’s it!

A few things to keep in mind:

You must use 100 % wool for the yarn and the roving. You need it for absorption and felting

Do not use wool as ties between the balls. If you do, it will felt and make it difficult to remove. Use cotton or acrylic yarn

Scent your balls with pure essential oils

Tell me if you give it a try.

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