I started a knitting group (I actually call it a “stitch and bitch”) in my little town last summer (with the help of one of my blog readers and Ravelry) and I’ve been kinda quiet about it because I actually belong to another stitch and bitch that I helped start about 4 years ago, and I didn’t want those girls to think I had turned against them or gotten sick of them. Because it’s not that at all. It’s just that, I love to knit! And I love talking about knitting! And I love an excuse to get together with others and knit. And so while I was at first a little afraid, or I don’t know, worried, to talk about it with my other SNB, I now just feel that it’s another part of me and I no longer feel like I have to hide it or talk around it.
So! Last week at my new SNB we had a yarn exchange (a belated holiday yarn exchange, since the weather was so crummy in December we couldn’t ever find a good time to get together!) and while at first I was a little skeptical (since yarn is such a personal choice), it ended up being really fun. We did it “white elephant” style where everyone draws a number and then can either open a new package or steal from someone else. I wound up going first, and my yarn was stolen from my hands THREE times! First it was a skein of KnitPicks alpaca laceweight, then Mmmmalabrigo laceweight, then Mmmmalabrigo chunky (I almost cried after that one), but I ended up opening the last package which was this gorgeous skein of Noro Blossom. The colors are beautiful and the yarn is sooo soft! I’m thinking cowl?
I also got the recipe for what might possibly be the easiest. bread. ever. We cooked up it up last weekend with a bottle of homebrew from a friend. T and I were both astounded at how quick and easy it was. And so delicious! We sliced it up thick and made it into garlic bread the other night and I thought I was going to die. It’s also delicious served warm with butter and jam. I cannot wait to make this again.
* 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer [we used a bottle of homebrew, but I’ve heard any beer works]
* 3 cups self-rising flour
* 3 tablespoons white sugar [I used 2T]
1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and flour. Add beer and continue to mix, first using a wooden spoon, then your hands. Batter will be sticky. Pour into a 9 x 5 inch greased loaf pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees ) for 50 for 60 minutes. The top will be crunchy, and the insides will be soft.
[If you don’t have self-rising flour, then for each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.] You can use white or wheat flour and different kinds of beers make it taste different.
I’m so lucky to be part of two awesome SNB’s.