Sunday, January 24, 2021

You Win Some, You Muck Up Others

 As if it isn't bad enough that I'm the last person to bake bread during the pandemic, my bread did not turn out at all. The dough for two loaves of cinnamon-raisin bread looked OK at the beginning:

But it never rose properly. I puzzled and puzzled over it. I've baked plenty of bread in my time. Then Keith asked about the yeast. I only bought it a few weeks ago, but I checked anyway. Yep, it expired four years ago! Given the run on yeast in the past year, I have no idea how any out-dated yeast was left.

Fortunately, not everything here is failing. Thanks to Kim, I have an adorable embroidered sheep. I'm going to make the Hygge Reindeer, which Kim also made, and then combine them in a little quilt.

Kim really has a knack for finding the best embroidery patterns.

And I'm quite happy with the quilt I'm making with my flower embroidery:

The border strips are fabric that I sun-dyed last summer. Wow, does that seem like a long time ago or what? Not that I mind winter. I took a long walk this afternoon, and it really cheered me up. 

I have a rough work week coming up so I needed the boost. So far, my district is mostly virtual, but I'm always worrying about being asked to go back before vaccination! Chicago's teachers have voted not to teach in person, which I think is wise. My science-smart friends say the Midwest will have another spike as universities open up.

So, wherever you are, stay safe, my friends. We are not out of the woods yet.



13 comments:

  1. I love your embroidered sheep!

    Your embroidered quilt is going to be beautiful.

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  2. Your sheep is great! It looks just like mine! There's also a hygge bird just in case you need another something.

    I'm going to experiment with embroidering on a wool beret. Stay tuned!

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  3. I love that sheep in a cable knit sweater! Your quilt is so cheerful. Summer does seem like a long time ago. Our governor is pushing hard to open up the schools. I hope the teachers stand firm against going back until they've had their jabs. It just doesn't make any sense when we are this close to getting a handle on the thing to take chances with more spikes and resulting mutations. My blue state needs to ditch our red governor pronto.

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  4. Sorry about your bread! That is frustrating. I just replaced my yeast as the jar I had was set to expire next month. I'd better check the date on my new jar! Love your embroidered sheep - so cute! with the reindeer that will make a nice little quilt.

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  5. love the sheep and I am the last person to bake bread, haven't ventured it and probably won't. I hope you get vaccinated soon!!

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  6. Wow, yeast that expired 4 years ago? Amazing how it showed up on a store shelf. Hopefully you are able to purchase more yeast that is fresh.

    Love that sheep embroidery. Looking forward to seeing the reindeer next.

    The quilt you are making with the embroidered flowers. It is quite striking. Love how all the colors in the flowers are being picked up in the fabrics.

    All of our teachers are being vaccinated now. Once they have their second shot, schools will be opening up more. Most of the schools here are offering both online and in person options.

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  7. What a difference yeast makes! Sorry for the work that was a flop!
    The quilt and sheep embroidery make up for the loss--just beautiful!

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  8. Your embroidery is always so beautiful!

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  9. University students returned last week and in-person classes started today. Positive COVID cases have been creeping up since last week. Teachers in Wyoming will receive vaccinations before the 60-70 age group and that should happen within the next month. Love all your embroidery.

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  10. Your embroider is beautiful! Gosh, who knew the grocery would sell long expired yeast? That is annoying! Stay well, and keep on a-stitching! Hope you get your vaccine soon.

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  11. I love the sheep. You are absolutely right. Sometimes things go well and sometimes they do not.

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  12. It is a darling sheep. Glad you are staying safe, we have opened here for school but have an online option if you can attend school online during school hours. For working parents that just can't happen. Still it is a tough year even with Little B in school, there are masks and social distancing, its hard all around. Stay safe.

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  13. that little sheep is very cute - I saw an embroidery kit to stitch up a sweater and all the stitches make the design in the sweater - very tempting

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