Scitchet Knits (and everything else)

Fruit bread


  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon gluten
  • 2 teaspoons fiber (optional, I try to sneak soluble fiber in everywhere)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • fruit, sliced thin and in small pieces


  1. This dough recipe is for a bread maker, you may have to adjust the water/flour/gluten ratio if you are doing this by hand:  Put all of the ingredients except the fruit into the bread machine in the order your machine likes.  Set to dough setting.  Let-her-rip.
  2. While the dough is rising, slice up your fruit.  I used strawberries, cherries, and apples that needed to be used up, but pretty much anything will work.  If you use very wet fruit, increase covered baking time.
  3. Once you’ve got a good first rise out of your dough, divide it into two balls (this recipe is a 2 lb recipe, so ~1 lb each).
  4. Flour your working surface and roll out each ball into an oblong.  You want to go about 1/4” to 1/2” thick.  This is a stiff dough, so you may reach a point where it just doesn’t want to get thinner, and that is fine.
  5. Spread out your fruit pieces homogeneously.  Make sure you leave about one inch free of fruit at the short end closest to you.
  6. Roll up the dough from the short end furthest from you to the short end closest to you.  Fruit may fall out, just shove it back in somewhere.
  7. When you only have a couple of inches left, stop rolling and pull up the closest end to meet the roll.  Pinch a seem (see the 4th and 5th pictures) all along where the edge meets the roll.  Then fold up the ends.
  8. Put pinched side down into a greased bread tin/Pyrex/pan/etc.  Some people grease and flour, go for it if that is your thing.
  9. With a sharp knife (serrated and fruit don’t mix well), cut a slit down the middle of your bread two to three layers deep.  I’ve found with the fruit breads, you want to cut the slit before the second rise, not after.  If you wait until after, the bread is much more likely to collapse.  It does make the bread look more like and explosion at the end…
  10. Cover because every fly and fruit fly in a ten mile radius is heading strait for that bread.  Then let rise.  It is important not to let it rise too much.  You just want it to get to the top of the pan or there about.
  11. Set oven to bake at 350 F and put the bread in roughly the middle of the oven.  Bake uncovered for ~10 minutes or until the top isn’t sticky and just starts to brown.
  12. Cover lightly with foil.  Bake for 20-30 more minutes.  You want the entire loaf to be roughly the same browned-ness.  With fruit breads, over cook.  That will help keep them from falling once they cool.  I shoot for 10-15 minutes more than I would normally bake the bread if it didn’t have fruit.
  13. Let cool in the pan for a bit until it is cool enough to handle.
  14. DO NOT flip the bread out of the pan (unless you want a mess).  Loosen the sides with a knife if you need to and lift it out.
  15. Cool completely on a wire rack.  There will probably be some falling (the middle deflates, but the outside crust is too crunchy to deflate with it).  This batch didn’t do too badly.  I think they could have stayed in the oven another 5-10 minutes.
  16. Definitely store this in a sealed container.  Don’t worry, it won’t be in there long.
  17. Eat!  I’m eating some of this batch right now, lightly toasted and with a dab of butter.  Mmmmmmmm!

This is a fantastic recipe if you love pie, but don’t like making pie.

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I finally finished my falling leaves hand towel.  I made this as I was perfecting the chart on:  So there are some mistakes, ‘cuz I screwed up the chart a couple of times…

I really love how it turned out though and I think I’m going to use this leaf pattern and the trellis pattern on the edges to design my shawl idea, or at least the first iteration of it.

The page for this project is:

Feel free to use the chart to your heart’s desire.

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I don’t think I’ve posted this shawl on my knitting blog since I made it before I had a knitting/crafting blog.

Here is the ravelry page:

It is in Noro Chirimen, so it is machine washable!  I made it as sort of an every day shawl.

This morning the house is cool enough to wear it.  I always smile when I pull it out of the closet.

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I finished this rug for the back door a few weeks ago.  It is for Mooch’s wet feet after she luxuriates in her swimming pool.

I used Peaches ‘n Creme’s double worsted held triple.  

I love the rugs I make like this, but damn using a needle that big for long hurts my hands.

Eventually I’ll put some grippy stuff on it, but at the moment I want it to relax.  It is actually doing pretty well in that regard.  After two or three weeks it is almost flat.

The page for this project is:

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I tried to find the pictures from when I spun this yarn, but I can’t.  I swear I posted them on tumblr…  

Anyway, this is the first handspun that I’ve used for something for me!  I believe it was corriedale, but I could be completely wrong about that.  It is lovely soft.  It was kind of boring to spin, but I was able to appreciate the color while knitting it.

I really wanted a giant cowl/hood, and this seemed like the perfect yarn.  I would have liked a few more inches on the cowl, but it will do its job.  

It is just a tube of knitting.  I started it at a two day workshop to keep from killing people and then finished in classes while I was walking around helping people.  Knitting keeps me from grabbing pens and pencils out of student’s hands and doing problems for them…

I’m looking forward to winter hiking so I can use it!

The page for this project is:

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This is the second swatch I’m doing for my leafy lacy thing.  I took a bunch of uncharted lace patterns and charted them by hand.  I am then using to chart them out into the swatches I want to try.  This will be a hand towel that hangs in the kitchen.

I really like  It did everything I wanted.  I highly suggest that if you are doing anything big, that you type it out in a word processing file first and copy and paste it.  The site lets you preview your charts, so you can find whatever mistakes you made (I only made one mistake in 55 stitches and 20 rows) and you can fix them in the file and re-paste them into the site.  The window that you have to work in on the site is small, making it hard to find what you are looking for if it is a big chart.

Edit:  I realized after this posted that I had put in the wrong chart (all of the even numbered rows were backward, I forgot to check the box), but now the correct one is there.  Odd rows read left to right, even row read right to left.

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This is my first test swatch for the lacy thing in my head.  There will be leaves in the lacy thing and something else, so I was testing out a leaf pattern and a something else pattern.

I sent this dishcloth to my mom with a tube of Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Cream.  They are having a super sale right now.  I love there stuff.  It helps me stay moisturized in the desert and feels soooooo good.  I got myself a Belly Bar and hubs actually noticed how smooth I feel.

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I’m making a rainbow version of the Kauni Feather and Fan Stole for me.  I made one for a friend a few years ago in purples.  Progress is slow because I have so many projects I’m knitting for other people.  But every time I pick it up and knit on it I just smile and smile.  The colors make me so happy.  I can’t wait to wrap up in it.

Also, I’m using the yarn bowl that my brother bought me for Christmas a few years ago.  That also makes me happy.

The page for this project is:

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I started a small version of my No-Stretch Washcloth because someone found a problem (turns out that I had a typo in row two, dooh!).  I decided to keep knitting on it, because why not.

It is currently my in-class knitting, which means it isn’t getting done very quickly.  We are in the home stretch to finals. 

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This is the Rowan International Free Gift from a couple of years ago.  I’m making it for my mom.  I keep hoping it will be ready for major gift giving holidays and it keeps being not finished.  I’ve only got 10 inches left to do.  I’m will have it done soon.

I have to say, I really like Rowan Pure Wool 4ply.  It is a really nice yarn to knit with.  I also really like this color.

The page for this project is:

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A few weeks ago I felt like doing a seed stitch dishcloth.  So, here it is.  My nephews got me the needles for Christmas.  They have cute little dogs on the ends.  I smile every time I pick them up.

I need to finish this soon so that I can start working on a project I’m designing.  I’m going to need to figure out what I’m doing with the stitch patterns and which patterns I like the best, so I’m gonna do that in washcloths that I will give to my mom, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law for mother’s day.  I want to use these needles ‘cuz they make me happy.

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Here is a baby bib I made with a checkered stitch pattern.  I also put in several different button holes so that it is adjustable.  It is for a friend of mine who had a baby last summer.

The page for this project is:

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I made my first fan art!!!!!

Based on this conversation with coolcrazydoglady I decided to make some Discworld fan art for some serious Pratchett bombing.  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  Usually I am doing fiber art, which doesn’t lend itself to Discworld specific bombing.  Then it hit me, calligraphy!  I have always liked calligraphy, but I really haven’t had an outlet for it.  There is only so long you can practice alphabets before you get bored.

So, I grabbed some of my massive stationary collection and my Kindle with massive amounts of Discworld highlights and set to work.  These are my first four creations.  Unfortunately I don’t have any turtle stamps, but I have ordered some!  So there will be more Pratchett bombing with an actual turtle.  I have adopted “The Turtle Moves” as my official Pratchett Bombing signature for the moment.

If there are any Terry Pratchett fans out there who also make stamps, I would LOVE a stamp with A’Tuin, the Elephants, and the Disc.  Message me if you or someone you know can do that.  I will pay you money and love you forever.

If possible I will take pictures of the actual Pratchett bombing as it happens.  My major obstacle will be that I mostly just go to work and there is only so much Pratchett bombing I can do there.

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This is the first double knitting project I ever did.  It is a cotton bib with i-chord ties.  I double knit the ties too.  I only made a couple of mistakes, which made me happy.

The page for this project can be found at:

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This is an adjustable baby bib in Chicago Blackhawks colors.  A friend who is also a hockey fan (rare in this part of the world) was having a baby last spring and I made him a Blackhawks Jersey baby bib. 

The page for this project can be found at:

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