Evidently Cat Bordhi has an instruction in one of her knitting patterns that you should check the fit of your sock toe by trying it on. If it’s too big, “pinch off N stitches” meaning literally pinch the extra fabric with your fingers and see how many stitches you need to remove to get it to fit.
Needless to say, this instruction – and the concomitant Ravelry thread, titled “What does pinch off mean” – sends me into fits of hysterical giggling. Particularly when people posted comments just to clutch their pearls in horror and say, Well I never!
I think you can see where I’m going with this.
I made a loaf! Would you like to see a picture of the loaf that I made?
In all seriousness, this loaf did turn out better. I wouldn’t call it “a success,” but it was definitely “less bad.”
You see, the thing is that bread-baking people are crazy for weighing their ingredients. Not weighing your ingredients – or committing the sin of asking “How much is that in cups?” – is almost as bad as making a poop joke on the main Ravelry boards (the “Big Six”).
For the first recipe, I diligently weighed out so many ounces of starter, so many ounces of water, and so many ounces of flour. Turns out that if you weigh out the ounces of starter and flour, but measure the ounces of water in a measuring cup, it works out better. Less sloppy-wet.
After all, no one likes to pinch off a sloppy-wet loaf.