Irish Soda Bread + A Sweater!

I know, it’s been forever since I blogged!!  But, things have been crazy busy with work travel, which means no blog time.  I do have stuff to write about, though! 🙂

First of all, I made Irish Soda Bread (with my own special twist), using the White Soda Bread recipe on this website.  The twist was that I added some chopped fresh rosemary, and OH MY, it was amazing!  The recipe itself couldn’t be easier.  I did use unbleached flour, and I found that I needed to add more buttermilk that it called for to get the right dough texture (it should be a very sticky dough).  I just added a tablespoon at a time until it was right.  Two days after I made it, we even sliced up some pieces, put butter and garlic on them, and put them in the broiler on low for a few minutes to heat/toast them.  SO GOOD.

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Next:  I made a sweater while we were on vacation.  I started it on the plane, and 9 days later it was knit.  I even blocked it and wore it on the plane on the way home.  The yarn was my handspun from a Hello Yarn Patchwork Kit, which just had various leftover bits of wool from different colorways.  The pattern is Driven by Veera Välimäki.  It was such a fun and easy knit!!  The sweater involves unique construction that’s super easy and also NO SEAMING.  I didn’t make many modifications…just made it slightly shorter than the pattern called for, knowing it would grow lengthwise with blocking.  My specific modifications are detailed on my ravelry project page.  This sweater took about 850 yds of worsted/aran weight yarn, which seems like a small miracle to me. Not much yardage but still a full sweater. Crazy!  I couldn’t be happier with this sweater.  The colors are divine, the fit is flattering, and it’s just super comfy!  Yay sweater!!

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