The sourdough loaf I left to rise overnight basically didn’t. I should have taken the hint when it took twice as long as usual to get bubbly after the second feeding, but I needed bread for lunch today, dammit, so I baked it off anyway. (Besides, it still tastes good).
The squat, dense little loaf I ended up with is a timely reminder that sourdough culture contains living organisms. My kitchen is much, much colder than usual overnight, and they are going a lot slower. I think that if I’d let it rise all day, it would have ended up relatively normal. And let me tell you, it’s not the only living organism around here that’s been moving more slowly than normal over the last few days.
Nevertheless, November has been a strange, hectic blur of a month, but I seem to have achieved quite a lot of things off my list:
- Yarnscape: At least two shop updates – No. None, again.
- Yarnscape: Get back to those dye pots! – Yes, but only briefly. I need to re-organise the studio before I can make any real habits here.
- Yarnscape: write some basic accessories patterns – partial. Cold snap should be published tomorrow, and I’m working on a simple sock pattern.
- Yarnscape: Pick hosting, and start work on the new site theatre. – YES!! (you’re here, aren’t you?!)
- Finish the peacock shawl – Yes! But I really, really need to block it tonight (deadline: Saturday)
- Winterise the garden – partially. I’ve cleared back a lot of the beds, and planted some onions, but I wanted to do a lot more – and now the ground is frozen.
- Spin up four more batts – easily surpassed! I’ve lost count of how many I’ve spun, but I’ve filled three bobbins with singles, and have plied off two skeins.
Three and three halves out of seven – good! But I notice a pattern. I want –really want– to be dyeing and selling yarn; dyeing, blending and selling fibre. But it’s not happening. Why??
Am I scared I’ll fail? Am I falling back into my old ‘delayed gratification’ patterns, where I put off all the things I really want to do in favour of other, more mundane occupations? Or is it as simple as the fact that I’m not making the space – physically or mentally – to do this work in?
So this month, I’m going to be trying something a bit different. I’m taking shop updates off the list. Instead, I’m going to address the things that I feel are getting in the way of doing the shop updates and of doing the dyeing. If a shop update happens to happen – that’s a definite result! If not, then at least I should be making it easier in the future. So!
- Yarnscape: Set up the studio so it supports dyeing on a regular basis.
- Yarnscape: Get a functional and friendly photography station set up.
- Yarnscape: Finish the sock pattern, and start another.
- Yarnscape: Get the independent shop designed and (ideally) live.
- Weave a scarf for brother #2, and finish the one for brother #1.
- Yarnscape: Continue adding functionality to this here blog (sidebars, search function, locally hosted images).
- Finish plying the current singles, and spin up three more batts.
Lots and lots of Yarnscape. Yes!