I made butter today!
I have always wanted to try this, and today I had the time and the inclination. I hoped an experiment like this might help chase away some of the spring doldrums I've been having lately - I've just been a grump. Making butter was an attempt to get a smile on my face.
It totally worked.
I took some leftover 35% whipping cream from the fridge (about 250 ml/1 cup) and whipped it in my KitchenAid mixer for a very long time (20 minutes? I forgot to time it, but it seemed like forever) until it looked like this:
Butter and buttermilk, separated forever.
I strained the buttermilk out, kneaded the butter a bit in my hand to remove the rest of the liquid, and then rinsed it in cold water and voila!
It was like magic.
I'm going to turn it into this. The bread is already done.
I have some knitting to report too:
One of two Fiber Trends clogs is complete (size Ladies Large, yarn Patons Classic in Dark Grey Mix).
The Shady Cove Cape-Cowl looks like a crumpled mess, but it's coming along nicely.
And I made yarn:
I chain plied these silk-polwarth singles (in the most awkward and unskilled manner possible, details will follow) into this:
The chain plying almost killed me! No matter how I try, I never look remotely like this. My hands end up all over the place. There were tangles, a 2-hour tea break at one point to fortify myself to continue, and numerous cries for the help of family members when two hands suddenly became too few.
My singles had little corkscrews in some spots and those do NOT come out during plying, even when you put your lazy kate 10 feet away across the room so the twist can equalize. I need to watch that next time I'm spinning short forward draw - it's a problem.
But I got through it. There were no actual tears, so that's saying something! The yarn isn't perfect but it really is lovely. As usual, I have no idea what to do with it! I'll post more about it once I have skein pics, and know how much is there.
P.S. I did not order anything from the Alafoss sale. Doldrums are good for something, I guess!
P.P.S. The garlic bread was really good: