Time Warp

March 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

Gut Ding will Weile haben – loosely equivalent to Good things come to those who wait. Being the optimist that I am, this is one of the few things I really, truly believe in: if you put a lot of time into something and give it time to mature, it will turn out great.

While this puts me at odds with a whole lot of modern society, it is precisely why I love knitting so much, and why yeast dough is my favorite kind of dough. It’s the perfect example for the need to let things sit for a while: You start it, put the flour and the milk and the yeast and a bit of sugar together in a bowl – and then you wait. You do other stuff. When it’s ready, you go back, add eggs and butter and salt and the rest of the sugar, and knead it into something that finally resembles some sort of dough instead of some ingredients lumped together in a bowl and forgotten in a warm spot.

But instead of speeding ahead now, at the first sight of something vaguely doughy, like you would with brownies (especially the cake mix ones), you let it sit yet again. Overnight, if you want to. The longer the better.

And when you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is knead it through once more, divide it into three, make a braid, and shove it in the oven to have a delicious, warm yeast braid for breakfast, so fresh that you need nothing more than a bit of butter melting on the fluffy inside.

Which is while brownies are great, they will never have the class of a nice, matured yeast braid.

What I guess I’m trying to say is… I really, really hope that if I ignore that second Swallowtail Shawl long enough, something in me will snap, I’ll find the mistake, and boom – shawl.


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