So close ...
(Yes, I screwed up halfway through the finished mitten. I didn't notice till now)
I'm not really all that worried about getting caught at the end of NaKniMitMo with an unfinished pair ... I just like to tie up loose ends, is all.
What's February? Anyone know? Any National Knitting for February?
In other news, my quests to make good homemade bread continues. I followed someone's excellent advice from last week ... well, modified it, anyway. I cooked soup in my microwave for 7 minutes, then put the dough in the microwave -- now nice and humid -- to rise. It rose wonderfully. And it rose wonderfully, while baking. The problem is my shaping of the bread ... it's too dense and moist in the middle, and the top burns before the middle is done.
In other news, my smoke alarm works.
Here are the before-and-after loaves:
I followed the directions I found online, which instructed me to roll the dough into a rectangle and then fold in thirds. I did that. I didn't pinch the edges down very tightly, though, as you can see. I think the one on the left looks obscene.
I also slashed the top, as instructed, which makes it much easier to cut afterwards, and should have contributed to the loaves rising so high.
So do you all think I just have to shape the loaves into a broader loaf? Do you all think that's what needs to be done to fix the too-dense-in-the-middle issue? I'd welcome any tips!
I leave you with Coraline and Mamma Girl in their favorite spot.