the pain of lace and joy of waffles

ok so last week i alluded to the knitting tragedy which was really a case of my own hubris returning to haunt me.

someone had posted on ravelry about having an extra yo which made a little hole in their work-in-progress, but she'd knit a row of eyelets before she noticed, and how to go back and fix? "tink it back carefully and re-knit the section on dpns," i said. "it's tricky but can be done."

no sooner had i typed it than i realised i had messed up my own project. which is a dress, knit in fingering using the frost flowers lace pattern.

the trick with this pattern is that just when you're used to it, just when you've figured out that it is actually quite straight forward and it is actually just the same 4 rows repeated, you get to the part where the rows stagger, and you can't go by feel anymore, and it's like the key-change in your favourite song when you're singing karaoke and all of a sudden you've missed that crucial note and there's nothing for it but starting over.

at which point, what you really need is coffee. and waffles.

that was almost tragic, too. i'd been wanting waffles for an age, but couldn't find the cord for my fostoria waffle iron, which dates from about the late 1930s at a guess. but guess what? when i found the cord and plugged it in, i discovered that one side wasn't working! it stayed cold to the touch, which made me forget that the working side was hot to the touch, so i burnt my thumb. so, pain and waffles made verrry slowly one at a time.

but still, waffles.

and i did eventually get through tinking and re-knitting 3 rows x 2 full pattern repeats (and a pattern repeat is 34 stitches across!) and i don't think you can tell it happened at all!


2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tbs baking powder
3/4 cup melted butter + more to brush waffle iron

whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla (i keep wanting to type vanilly). add milk.

sift together flour and baking powder, whisk into batter. whisk in melted butter.

i find a third of a cup of batter fills my waffle iron perfectly, and it takes 2 minutes to bake when the iron is hot. but each is different of course!

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