single user mode and read-only mounting

  1. Bring the system down to single user mode:

    # systemctl rescue

  2. Remount root readonly

    mount -o ro,remount /

Doesn’t work on the laptop; complains that the filesystem is busy.


Test fishermen’s rib with cotton yarn 2

I made this one with size 7 needles; the previous one was with size 10 needles. The cotton is the Sugar ‘n Cream, Earth Ombre color, worsted weight; it calls for US #9, 5.5 mm needles.
fishermen's rib; size 7 needles
I think I like the version made with size 7 needles better; it’s a little tighter but not too tight. It’s the one on the right; the left one is the one made with size 10 needles.

It will be interesting to see how they look after a run through the washer and dryer.


Test fishermen’s rib with cotton yarn

The cotton is the Sugar ‘n Cream, Earth Ombre color, worsted weight; it calls for US #9, 5.5 mm needles. I used #10 needles.
fishermen's rib with cotton yarn
As usual my borders are a mess.

It’s fairly light and fluffy; I could see using it for a scarf. Although the yarn would probably snag on everything since it’s so loose.

I’m going to try it again on #7 needles.

I used the first one, A. The square brackets delineate what to repeat.

Fishermen’s rib A

Cast on a multiple of 2 stitches, plus 1

Foundation row: knit

  1. slip 1, [[ knit 1 below, purl 1 ]]
  2. slip 1, [[ purl 1, knit 1 below ]], purl 1, knit 1

Fishermen’s rib B

Cast on a multiple of 2 stitches, plus 1

Foundation row: knit

  1. slip 1, [[ knit 1 below, knit 1 ]]
  2. slip 1, [[ knit 1, knit 1 below ]], knit 2

Fishermen’s rib C

Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 1

  1. slip 1, [[ knit 2 together, yarn over, slip 1 purlwise ]], knit 2 together, knit 1
  2. slip 1, [[ yarn over, slip 1 purlwise, knit 2 together (the yarn over and the slip 1 of the previous row) ]], yarn over, slip 1 purlwise, knit 1

My first knitting project

A pot holder. I’m using cotton yarn and the seed stitch (aka the moss stitch). The yarn is multicolored; teal, brown, and off white. I’m about halfway or so done.

Since it’s cotton I can just toss it in the washing machine. I’m hoping that the first wash will help even out the unevenness of my knitting.

See if you can find the flub in the lower left corner!
pot holder


Bran crackers update

I haven’t been writing up my results lately because I’ve been doing experimenting and retrenching.

For one thing, for ease of slicing I’ve decided/realized that I need to use more water.

For another, I’ve always been sort of suspicious that this atta flour I’m using has an off flavor. The grocery store has 3 different brands, all 20 pound bags, priced from $8 to $13. Being the pinch penny that I am I bought the $8 bag. Even though I have lots of it left I decided to try getting the middle $11 bag to see how it works. So far I’m thinking that I like this one better, but I’ve changed other variables so I really can’t say for sure. I need to bake two loaves of bread with just flour, salt, and water and compare their flavors, not that I’m likely to do that.

And because I have this new flour my latest experiments have been with only atta flour; no rye flour. I need to simplify; it’s too easy for me to complicate things.

One batch I made (recipe to appear later) with just bran, atta flour, salt, and water came out nicely. Then I did a batch with about 1/4 cup of instant potato flakes. That made it easier to slice but the dried slices were a bit too tough so I should redo that one with about half of the instant potato.

I’m currently trying a batch made with sweet potato. I bought a sweet potato, diced it, put it in a metal bowl and cooked it for 7 minutes in the pressure cooker bain marie, then pureed it, then used half of that which was about half a cup. The 7 minutes may have been too long; I’ll try 5 minutes next time. Those slices are currently drying.

Standard procedure for making the rusks.


Real fiber versus faux fiber

Nice: Food companies are adding fiber to almost everything, for better or worse.
This confirms something that I’ve always suspected.


Rye crackers with more bran

I halved the atta flour quantity and increased the bran by the same ammount (I have to fudge the numbers slightly because my scale only does 2 grams at a time; no odd amounts displayed). The dough was very crumbly; I’m not hopeful.

84 grams wheat bran
30 grams atta flour
62 grams dark rye flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
192 grams water

Still not getting my hopes up; after its 2 hour rest the dough was definitely crumbly.

As an experiment to hold in more of the moisture and possibly help bind it together I sealed the top of the loaf pan with aluminum foil before putting it in the oven to bake. Since I’m not using any leavening the bread never rises so no worries about it pushing up against the aluminum foil.

It’s baked and cooling down. The top of the loaf looked less dried out than the ones that don’t have foil over them.

After chilling overnight in the fridge I sliced them. They sliced nicely. The aluminum foil trick definitely helps keep the final bread moist and makes it easier to slice. I’ll have to remember to do that henceforth.

The slices are in the food dehydrator drying.

I just tried one of the crackers after several hours of drying; they’re not fully dried yet but it looks like they’re not going to be too crumbly, which surprises me considering how crumbly the dough was. Perhaps baking the loaf covered with aluminum foil is the trick. I should try redoing the sorghum flour recipe with it to see if it helps. I should also see how far I can push the wheat bran percentage; I could halve the rye flour quantity to 30 grams and increase the wheat bran by another 30 grams.

After fully drying: well I’m pleasantly surprised; they came out well. They’re not crumbly and the flavor is quite reasonable. Not especially bitter. They’re also not tough so I could also slice them more thickly and give them more substance.

It seems as if the other flours somehow enable the bitterness of the bran to come through more strongly. I’m also suspecting that the atta flour I bought may be the culprit; the grocery store had 3 different brands and being the skinflint that I am, I bought the least expensive (read, cheapest) one.

Standard procedure for making the rusks.