Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As a result of this weather, our apricot tree has produced a bountiful crop of teeny cots that collectively decided to vacate the tree at the exact same hour. If you stood in the yard, it was almost like an apricot rain. The dog thought this was fabulous, as he loves to eat fruit and couldn't reach the apricots as well as he could the cherries. He also likes to roll in them.
This morning I finished up a second bout of apricot jamming, which followed closely on the heels of a big batch of currant jam and from the previous week, Rainier cherry jam. It came out fantastically tart and yummy. I contemplated trying to use the cherry pitter the cots were so small! (BTW: I use 10 cups chopped fruit, 1 box regular pectin, 1 box no sugar pectin, and 8 cups of sugar.)
We eat a lot of jam - I put a big blob on plain yogurt in the morning and the kids are great toast and PBJ munchers. A side benefit of the weather being hot is that I can start making yogurt outside too.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
On another knitting note, I visited a local wool shop yesterday* (Sheep's Clothing in Kennewick) to find that it had just been sold. The new owners have great plans for things and it sounded all very exciting. As we got talking I mentioned that I had taught classes for them about 10 years ago when they were in an old location. The guy's eyes positively lit up when he learned that I had done a Norwegian sweater class before and that I would consider doing one again.
*Like I so needed to buy more yarn. (I was actually trying to track down one more ball that I'll need to finish a different vest. I shouldn't have waited a year to decide I didn't have enough- I'll be on quite a goose chase or have a UFO forever.)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Rainbow Yarns Northwest.
Friday, June 4, 2010
This is my newest mandala painting. It is black India Ink with watercolors.