Thunderstorms today. This is the wettest summer we've had for quite a while, though the downside is that things in the garden might actually start to rot from too much water. Because there's little to do outside during a raging thunderstorm, I opted to stay in, stay dry, and bake cookies. Double death by chocolate cookies. Yup.
Between switching cookie sheets, I've been working on the tabi. This pair fits perfectly, but I'm still trying to figure out which method of binding off is the best to use for toe-ups. Michelle suggested something that sounds similar to the regular knitted bind-off but, instead of just going on to the next stitch, you slip the looped stitch back to the left needle, knit it again, and then slip PSSO. I think. I'm not sure I understood it. There's also a sewn bind-off in the EZ "Knitting Without Tears"; this one was recommended by the Up With Toes group on Ravelry. Since the regular knitted bind-off didn't work for me, I definitely need to try something else. And I need to figure out which one to try since the leg of the first sock is preogressing apace!
The turtle is doing fine and eating like a little piglet. His favorite snack is strawberry pieces, though I've now expanded the menu to include cherries, and turnip and mustard greens. So far I haven't offered him any greens, but I saw some at the store this morning and bought him a few leaves to see if he might feel inclined to eat them. He will not, I think, be getting any cookies! I have my own weird system for making cookies. Instead of creaming the butter with the sugar, I mix all the dry ingredients, beat the eggs with the vanilla, and melt the butter in a separate bowl; THEN I add the butter to the dry stuff when it's cooled enough that the eggs won't scramble--ick.. scrambled eggs in cookies would totally stink!--before I put in the eggs. It's sort of a reverse of the way a professional would do it; it works fine for ME, but go ahead and use whatever method works for you.
Double Death-By-Chocolate Cookies:
2.75 cups flour
.25 cups cocoa
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla
about 4 tbsp chocolate soy milk to adjust the consistency
6 to 8 oz dark chocolate chips (or milk.. or whatever type you fancy)
Preheat oven to 350 and make sure there's a rack in the middle position. Plop (technical term.. really.. I promise!) heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. These guys are a little on the soft side and they do spread out a bit, so give 'em some room!