So what took me so long?
Friday March 09th 2012, 11:33 pm
Filed under: Knit

With a half gallon of ultra-heavy cream to use up, chocolate tortes numbers five and six were baked, cooled, and glazed tonight.

I think the last of it will simply become chocolate sauce. Chop, dunk, heat, stir. Done. (You have to submerge every part of every piece of chocolate in the liquid before adding heat or it can seize into a hard lump that will never melt. Chocolate has the most interesting molecular properties.)

And I finished the silk shawl project that had dragged out for so long; it is nearly dry now. If I had had any idea–I know, I know, but if I really had, this would have been finished two years ago.

I love it when a project feels like it’s just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever knitted while you’re knitting it.

Afterwards will have to do for this time. Wow, though, it really is. And I love that two days after I picked up this long-abandoned project, I have a beautiful lace silk shawl ready to show off for it.

What’s your most promising UFO?

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Bravo, Alison!! I suppose the red mohair cardi would be the most promising, but it is on hold while I knit for babies and more babies.

Comment by Channon 03.10.12 @ 4:44 am

Most promising of the UFOs? My Norwegian Vest which has been on hold pending the final seaming forever. Like over a decade.
WIPs? Totally different story – Current sweater and Oregon Vest.

Comment by Holly 03.10.12 @ 6:15 am

Oh, it must be the Vernal Equinox Shawl in Peruvian Wool or is it the Northern Lace Mystery KAL Shawl or is the great sweater that my daughter, granddaughter and I are each making one of? How does one tell?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 03.10.12 @ 8:05 am

Most promising….there are so many to choose from. Sadly, (according to all the stuffed storage places) I suffer from chronic start-itis. I really want to finish them all, but like Channon, the baby quilts demand my attention now. And the gloves. Then I’ll get back to my Carolyn sweater, and the trip-around-the-world quilt for our bed, and then the sampler quilt started in 1999. Unless something else sneaks in and looks more fun!

Comment by DebbieR 03.10.12 @ 8:55 am

Well, none of these are knitting projects, but at the moment I have several of my own in the works: my blog, the park magazine, the financial program (almost done), and the astronomy DVD. That should keep me occupied for the next several days.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.10.12 @ 10:22 am

hmmm, probably the most promising UFO is the trees wall art I’m working on for my daughter’s house — and have been (on and off) for almost 3 years — it’s huge (8 ft tall), and it keeps getting interrupted with pieces that have a more fixed deadline — I want to finish it this year!!

Comment by Bev 03.10.12 @ 10:22 am

My kids. Still a work in progress

Comment by Afton 03.10.12 @ 4:27 pm

I think my most promissing knitting would be finishing the pattern writing. I’m avoiding it like the plague because i’m in over my head. Second would be the modern quilt wrap.

Love the color in that shawl. g

Comment by gMarie 03.12.12 @ 8:39 pm

So I never comment, but I thought you might be interested in this one. The cookbook Death by Chocolate gives a technique for melting chocolate into cream that makes you wonder why you ever used a double boiler or worried about seizing.
1. Start with shaved chocolate (a cuisinart works great for this), or chocolate chips in a metal or glass bowl.
2. Boil your cream (I use the microwave).
3. Pour the cream over the chocolate.
4. Give the chocolate a little while to soften then start stirring. Stir until smooth.

It works for surprisingly small cream:chocolate ratios (the original recipe in that book is for truffles) and I really don’t understand why other cookbooks haven’t caught on to it. Way easier then the traditional method.

Comment by Catherine 03.15.12 @ 9:24 am

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