Year of Projects Week Whatever


Back for year of projects. I've been overwhelmed with life stuff and there hasn't been a ton of progress on my knitting lately and I didn't feel like showing photos of my projects stuck at a random row. Now that we've finally moved house, a lot of stress has been lifted and we're in a better place.

I have more room for cooking, a more stylish bedroom with a balcony and the boys have a bedroom that is two and a half times larger than their old one. It's an improvement and we're very grateful to my mother in law for the hard work she has done to get the house ready for us to occupy.

We are more comfortable than we've been in years. I'm still adjusting. The stress has kept me from being creative and I feel lost trying to wade back into it. I don't know what to write, which project to work on and I'm not sure how to get the clarity to figure it out. I figured dipping my toe back into year of projects might be a good start. I've missed all of you :)

I've taken the Dahlia back out from hiding.


I'm knitting the bottom back of the cardigan to match the lace panel. Just a few more inches and I'll be able to start the left side. Motivation is seeping back in. I want to see this sweater finished. I have a feeling that the floppy fronts might not work for me, but they might work out for my mother in law, who has often admired the Dahlia as I knit. I would be happy to see her wear it.

I'm not just knitting. I've finally found inspiration to do some new cooking, especially since we have a much more functional kitchen:


What's in the bowl?


Pizza dough. Feeling a little freedom since being done with moving I felt the urge to buy a new cooking magazine and try something out. I found Martha's cover this month irresistible:


and I was rewarded with a great pizza crust recipe:


The recipe says to let is rest for 24-48 hours, but that you can let it rise for 3 hours if you need to use it same day. That's what I'm doing. Hope it turns out well.

I think things are looking up around here. (if you're wondering husbeast is still employed, but still looking for a project within his company -I'm just glad we have a warm, secure place to live, I mean thrive.

How about you?



0 #1 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverSarah V. 2014-02-24 01:30
I'd love to hear how the dough turns out! I've tried a few different recipes over the years, but haven't found a really great, reliable one.

Hope you continue to find clarity and creativity re-emerging, despite all the stress!
0 #2 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverRenee Anne 2014-02-24 04:13
I've been missing your face and I think Little Man has been missing your kids. I've lost almost all my knitting mojo lately, my WIP list is down to two, and I have NO IDEA what to start next. ::sigh:: I think I need to clean or cook or something. Maybe that'll help. Or not.
0 #3 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverRuth 2014-02-24 09:30
Lovely to see you back and hopefully your motivation will return.
0 #4 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverMindingMyOwnStitches 2014-02-24 13:51
Glad to hear you're starting to settle in. Your knitting urges will come back at the proper time - just go with the flow. I have a book about making dough that says the ingredients these days are so dependable that it almost always works out as long as the yeast is good. I expect your pizza was delicious!
-1 #5 Thanks!Angela P 2014-02-24 19:58
Thank you all for your kind words :D Things are getting better and I'm excited to be writing again. Trying to figure out which direction to take this blog.

As for the pizza dough, it came out pretty good. It was a bit dry and flaky, probably because the glutens didn't have enough time to develop. I've done another recipe with honey which had better texture. We'll have to see. :D
0 #6 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverLucy Bowen 2014-02-25 19:14
I'm glad things are looking up for you. And good to hear that the pizza was ok - I don't have much luck with pizza!!
0 #7 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverDayana Knits 2014-02-25 21:16
Happy to hear you have finally moved to the new place and can start finding your center again. Good luck with the honey dough! We rarely have time to rise our pizza dough, we just hope the oven will do it while it is cooking, lol.
0 #8 RE: Year of Projects Week WhateverMary 2014-04-27 00:48
So sorry. I hadn't read your blog entries and realized how hectic your life has been. I am happy to hear that things are easing up a bit. I had read your reviews of interchangeable needles before, thank you so much, and you were where I went with my new question...with no idea about your life struggles. I didn't want to seem crass...simply unaware.

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angelafall2013smallI'm Angela.
Mom. Wife. Crafter. Succulent Gardener. Co-op Preschool Parent. Housing Activist.

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