I think I need to find some things to blog about. I’ve left the whole reviewing thing behind for a time… I found it left me reviewing everything in my mind – and I enjoyed things a lot less. So now I’m concentrating on learning new things. I spend my week with the Littles (the only ones still doing school at home) trying to inspire them to try new things and be creative. And as not to appear a hypocrite, I’ve decided that Mom needs to learn new stuff too. Last week I learned how to make a battenberg cake from Titli’s Busy Kitchen’s YouTube video – it was delicious!
Pinterest is awesome for learning new things. Anyone who is already a member just said, “ahhh, yes.” in FULL understanding of what I’m talking about. However, if you are of those unfortunate few that still hasn’t been sucked into the vast universe called Pinterest – let me forewarn you. It is HIGHLY addictive. Think of your bookmarks folder (or favourites – depending on the browser you use)… add photo memory-joggers… and now sort it all out into handy little folders. And NOW… (just because that isn’t handy enough) find thousands upon thousands of MORE “bookmarks” (called Pins) from thousands and thousands of other people interested in the same stuff… what did THEY pin? And you can FOLLOW them… kind of like following on Twitter or Instagram, only this time you are following what they’ve pinned. And you can be picky too… don’t want to follow your friend Maddy’s board about twiggy fashions? No problem, “UNfollow” that board…. but you love her board about cake decorating? Great, click “follow” and her finds will be added to your newsfeed! It’s just about the most fun ever.
SEE… there I go again, REVIEWING! Ugh. Sorry about that… but you see what I mean? *ahem*
ANYHOW… what I was trying to get to was that I’ve been surfin’ out Pinterest (btw, if you want to follow one of my boards, I’m at /myangelsmom) and found a few new things. So I decided to try some. Now, I tend to “trend” myself… so for a while I’ll be pinning sewing links, then I’ll shift into knitting, then into cake decorating… depends on my mood.
This week I’ve been trying to get knitting. I have a TON of Christmas prezzies to get done, and we do a homemade Christmas around here… and as of today there are only 40 days to Christmas!!! I know! So, that’s been me.
What new things have I learned this week? Well, I’ve made sourdough starter – inspired by the rockin’ Paul Hollywood. That’s going, well, I guess we’ll see how that’s going. My awesome friend Lia gave me a BIG mason jar to keep my new pet in. I have named my new pet Paul. I am not sure I’m feeding him correctly, he had a bit of a gunky soup stuff on top this morning, so I poured it off and fed him a bit more bread flour (strong flour as Mr. Hollywood likes to say). I hope that makes him happy. That’s another thing I learned this week. I always thought that the “bread flour” and “cake flour” was a scam by the flour mills to charge more for the same thing. Apparently I was wrong! Bread (or strong) flour has more gluten in it, and cake/pastry flour has less. Who knew? (prolly you.)
I also learned how to CABLE… you know, in knitting… I cabled! Yep. ME! Now, I kind of messed it up, so I’m going to start over, but I was so proud of me last night that I woke up my 8 year old to impress her. I know, bad mommy moment. But she told me she’s proud of me. My hunny was less impressed when I showed him, but then maybe putting it two inches from his nose and then waking him up to look at it might have been an error in judgement. *grin* Ah well, I’m still proud of me. I always thought they were SO HARD to do … and they aren’t! Try them!
Another cool thing I learned… don’t be afraid of tiny needles. They actually knit up faster in someways than fat needles. With fat needles you go from a small point to a fat girth – with tiny needles, they just slide in and our like nothing. There’s no stretching the stitch, it just pokes through, which I found made the knitting go much faster on the muffatee pattern I was knitting. What’s a muffatee? I learned that TOO this week. Here’s a tutorial for a pair of muffatees NOT knit in the round (and you’d never know from the finished product – take my word for it!):
That’s it for me – what did YOU learn this week?