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Sour beginnings

To preface this, I have yet to bake a loaf of sourdough bread with my new starter. I didn't have any commercial yeast, but I did have some unbleached all purpose flour. So last week, I started a wild yeast starter. Gosh, I forget how fascinating it is to home ferment things! That said, after a few days of feeding my starter, I wanted to selvedge some of the large amount of discard I generated with each (twice daily) feed...

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Make bars instead

I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors...

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Vertices unite shawl, finished

Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing. I so enjoyed going through partial skeins of fingering weight yarn in my stash, mulling over color combinations and trying to figure out how certain colors would look striped together...

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Creativity check & finished projects, summer 2019

I thought it was time I wrote about my recent reative pursuits, since I haven't done a "Creativity check" since February! In the interim, I didn't work on as many projects as I usually do, in part because moving and transitioning took precedence. That said, I haven't been totally idle and I have been knitting, but I haven't gotten around to sharing those projects and I wanted to get caught up!KnittingFinishedQuadri hatThis pattern has been on my short "to-knit" list for a long time. So, when I finished a few other projects (see below) and wanted a short, "instant gratification" knit, it was a suitable choice. Plus, I was really looking forward to using this gorgeous yarn...

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February self-care

It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts...

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