This past Saturday was my last session for my second course in knitting at the Kniterary…a hat.
As with my last knitting session in my first course…a scarf/cowl…I wanted to bring some fresh, allergy friendly muffins to the lovely ladies of knitting. (my first knitting teacher has some food allergies…click here for that post)
I pre-measured all my ingredients the night before to be ready first thing in the morning.
Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
Alas, this was not to be.
Friday night I had a knitting catastrophe that left me having a knitting meltdown…very unknittery of me.
Here is my story:
As I was away last weekend enjoying my Family Day Weekend with my family, I missed the second session for my hat at the Kniterary. Monday the store was closed so I popped in on Tuesday, where one of the lovely knitting teachers brought me up to speed.
The task for the last session was to have knitted the main pattern…10 repeated rounds of 5 pearl and 4 knits.
Tuesday evening had me at my son’s hockey game and Wednesday evening at the Kniterary for a lesson on cable stitch…I was, therefore, left with the daunting task of a knitting marathon come Thursday night…4 straight hours of knitting left me only half way through.
By Friday I was panicking…late Friday afternoon my wool ran out…with a new ball of wool attached (thanks to my lovely knitting neighbour) I frantically continued on with my task until catastrophe hit.
I looked down at my knitting only to find that it was unravelling!!!
I felt dumbstruck and defeated. Too late to call my knitting neighbour…I put the hat to the side and had an early night.
Up early the next morning, I just didn’t feel that I would be celebrating a finished hat at knitting…so I did not bake the muffins.
I did, however, catch my knitting neighbour out walking her dog. All was, apparantly, not lost with my knitting. One of the lovely knitting teachers would be able to sort me out…so off I ventured to my knitting class.
My worry that everyone would be finishing up their hats and I would be lagging behind were unfounded. In fact, most of the class were of the notion that 10 rounds were too many…it made for a more floppy hat on top. I decided I would only keep 5 1/2 rounds of my kniting as compared to kniting the 10 in the pattern. This would leave me with a more fitted hat…more to my liking.
As I sat and listened to the other women talk of their knitting woes…I felt more at ease. I slowed down my pace…felt the calming effects of knitting take over. But it was not just the knitting in and of itself…it was being surounded by my fellow knitters…giving me a sense of calm.
I managed to finish my hat in class!
The pattern is called ‘Wurm’…I think, in this shorter version, it looks more like a honey pot!
Ironically, I took up knitting as a way to calm my stressful nature.
This experience has taught me a few lessons: I have learned…one cannot rush knitting…knitting patterns can be adapted…a continued mistake is considered, in the knitting world, ‘a design feature’ and…a group of women knitting is the best therapy!
I think I am ready to tackle this Saturday’s project…a baby sweater.
Oh…and I will be bringing a batch of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins.
For a belated celebration and a thank you to all the lovely ladies at the Kniterary.
As all the ingredients were already prepped…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins made for a delicious start to the day on Sunday!
Just baked…these muffins are like eating a warm bowl of oatmeal with blueberries…so yummy! Defiinitely a new favourite!
I adapted the recipe from my Bon Appetit November 2010 issue. Click here for the original recipe.
I substituted 1 cup of Natur-a Rice Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp of white vinegar for the buttermilk.
I substituted 1 tbsp of ground flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp of water and refrigerated over night for the large egg.
I omitted the chopped pecans
Tip 1: I used all the batter for 12 regular muffins…baking time was around 30 minutes.
Tip 2: I sprinkled each of the muffins with large oats and blueberries before popping them in the oven…makes for a pretty presentation.
Do hobbies help you to de-stress or do they just add to the stresses of everyday life?