Sinterklaas is over, that means that it is tree-time. So this morning SO and went tree shopping. After yesterdays snow and the nights cold I was a little concerned about the roads this morning but everything was fine. We were at the garden centre before 10 am, which meant we got a 20% off early bird voucher. Considering the price of trees this was quite welcome. We got ourselves a nice tree and some nice extra ornaments. See last time the tree was not quite overloaded enough. 🙂 Tomorrow we will be decorating the tree. Bright pink this year.
The afternoon was spent doing the scary stuff. After my last very sucessful attempt at Chelsea Buns I dared to have a look at my still lacking skill of bread making. With all the virtual television lessens by Paul Hollywood I felt confident enough to try again. Sure worked!. It was by far the best bread so far. Almost bakery quality. The almost is due to my oven that is a tad low on temperature and I did not take that into account enough. But all in all it was very nice. With special thanks to the GBBO masterclasses again! I finally am starting to get a little faith in my breadmaking ability.
As if that was not enough to get my stress levels up I decided to put my knitted sweater together. Just a year ago I started knitting again. but this time, not only did I knit it, I also designed it from scratch, just based on an idea in my head, some ideas on patterns and the trial patch of 10×10 and a lot of calculus. It was not easy to put together as it knit on size 12 needles. I had to use a crochet hook effectively crocheting all seams together. It worked! It is together. Then the really scary part came; putting it on. Did my calculus work? Was it going to look OK? Oh I nearly chickened out. Really, but I could not not do it! One I put it on SO looked so proud that I knew it was OK. Well it is more than OK, it is pretty darn good for a first design I dare to say. It fits very nicely and the colours are great. It is not finished yet. I need to put the shawl together and then it will be finished. I did pick up the stitches for that but have not started yet. That was one scary thing too many for one day.