No Two Exactly The Same

I bake bread all the time. At least twice a week, sometimes more. I use the same recipe, the same oven, the same tools, the same ingredients. Every time. Somehow, though. I never get the same results. Sometimes I get a huge hole right in the middle of the loaf. Sometimes I get an overflowing loaf that grows over the side of the pan and wraps itself around the oven rack as it is baking. And, occasionally, I get the wonder loaf. The perfect loaf. The loaf that gets eaten as if it was coated in chocolate.
Now, the reason for this is no mystery. I know exactly why this happens. It is all in my approach to following recipes. I read a recipe that looks like this:

4 c. flour
4 c. water
1 tbsp yeast

And I do this:
4 (or 5) scoops flour
fill up this jar with water
shovel out yeast with that spoon over there

See the difference? Yeah, I know. I followed it to the letter the first few times I baked bread. It worked so well, I kept doing it. Over time, I stopped messing with the pesky cook book and just started winging it. The bread is usually edible, so this is working okay for me. I get a little exasperated when I have a streak of holey loaves, and I act surprised when I get an awesome loaf.

What does this have to do with knitting, you ask. Everything. Chai is coming along beautifully. I bound off the bottom edge and picked up the stitches for the sleeves. That is when it hit me. I am not following the “recipe”. It says “k St. st for 4 inches and then….” But I am going to do 6″ at least. This would be fine if I only had to make one sleeve, but last time I checked, I have two arms. (This is why I am not a sock knitter, by the way.) Taking notes is an option (ahem, necessity), but I have a better idea.

Time to cast on Year of the Sweater Project no. 3. Absolutely.

4 thoughts on “No Two Exactly The Same

  1. That’s why we love you so much. You’re a special, surprising, amazing person. You never follow the crowd. You are your own beautiful mom, wife, daughter…and everything else I can’t explain in words. Here is a hug for being you. (((Shelly)))

    I love you,

  2. I bake my own bread, 2x a week at minimum too. I still pull out the recipe to be sure my amounts are accurate. I don’t wing it quite as much as you do, but I’m not precise either. My loaves are always a little different in some way, but edible. I do knit socks and I think you should go ahead and give them a try. Because you are such a free spirit the socks may turn out to be something you REALLY love!

  3. Well, I have knit a pair of socks. I made them for my sis (because I really love her). I knit them two at a time on a long circ needle. They turned out great. And I’ve made baby socks, but they hardly count they are so small and fast! This year is about sweaters, so maybe I need to have a year for socks and really get over my phobia!

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