Gee whiz

Don’t you hate it when you don’t take your own advice? How many times have I said – to myself and to others – either the color or the weave structure/pattern can be the star. They can’t both be the star. They’ll just fight with each other when they try. But look what I did.

Hand painted Tencel scarf on loom from above

I have this lovely Tencel I handpainted back in October, and I loved the way it looked as I was beaming it, and then I picked a weave structure that’s WAY too complex! Fortunately when I lean back on my stool and take the shot you can see that pattern, so I don’t totally hate it, but I’m just shaking my head at myself. DOH!

HP Tencel scarf on loom from an angle

Other news: I made some sourdough bagels.
sourdough bagels, shaped

They have exactly the right texture for bagels, but look – they lost their holes.

sourdough bagels, baked

That’s not a big deal, but look at this!
parchment stuck to sourdough bagel

I’ve never had parchment stick to anything I baked before. It must be because the bagels have to be boiled before they are baked. I guess I shouldn’t have put them back on parchment, but the recipe didn’t tell me that. I know I made regular yeasted bagels before and simply don’t remember about when/where I used parchment. Oh well.

The question I ask myself is this: were the sourdough bagels better texture or taste than the regular yeasted bagels? I honestly don’t have a clue. I baked the regular bagels a long time ago. And I’m not making another batch of either right now.

Last note for the day…I am SO PROUD of my son-in-law! He’s signed up to be part of the clinical trial for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I consider this to be a great service to humanity. Way to go!

10 comments to Gee whiz

  • Alma

    Congratulations on the trial!

    Did your bagels become bialys?

    I really like the subtlety of the weaving. You’re very hard on yourself!

    • Peg Cherre

      Interesting question. I’m not sure I know exactly what a bialy is, but in my mind it has a different texture than a bagel. I could be totally wrong about that. I really only want to weave things I like, especially if I went to the trouble to dye the warp. It’s okay, but just okay.

  • Judy T

    Wow! Big commitment for R.A. No wonder you’re so proud of him!!!
    I’ve bought bagels before that look like yours with hardly any holes. They were yummy and I bet yours are too.
    Love seeing you on Etsy again…
    ps…. always so very proud of you!

    • Peg Cherre

      That IS a big commitment. I’m VERY proud of him. And grateful for his service, even if I don’t personally benefit from it. My bagels had a wonderful chew and texture, so that’s the most important thing, in my opinion. Better than a local bagel shop that I used to love. I say this about Michael’s bagels, too. We can make them better than the pros. I really want to sell the things I’ve already woven and Etsy seems to be as good a shot as anywhere. I just need to figure out the photography of the wearables.

  • Jennifer Petschke

    Thanks for the delicious bagel! It was scrumptious!

    • Peg Cherre

      I didn’t like that seed/herb topping I made. Tried to make my own za’atar. Not successful. Oh well.

  • Jennifer Petschke

    This is beautiful. I think it’s OK you didn’t take your own advice.

  • marlene toerien

    I love your weaving, but maybe the contrast between the blue of the weft and the warp are not big enough.

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