Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things We Put in Jars

I think I might finally be done with canning for this season.  We didn't do as much of any one thing as we've done in previous years - like back when I only did apple butter, when I got a box of peaches from my mother-in-law, or when I bought a bushel of cucumbers.  But we did a bit of each, and a lot from home and local friends or farms.  I did have to buy peaches and apples at the store.  

spiced peach preserves - I always forget the cardamom, but I love that you can see the little vanilla beans.  

bread and butter pickles, by request

And finally, some raspberry jam - we separated the gold from the red, since they cost more.  What's the point of getting them if  you mash them into the reds??   The general consensus is that they do taste sweeter / better than the reds we picked at the berry farm, although our own red bush is sweeter than those as well.  We ended up with four small jars of gold raspberry jam, so we'll save those for a special Christmas treat.  

I also canned a bunch of dill pickles but apparently I didn't take any pictures.  Dills are speared and bread & butters are sliced.  That makes it easier to figure out what they are, in case I label them wrong - and sometimes I do, but usually just one before I figure it out!!

I have been doing a LOT of knitting, but more on that next time?  

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It's a cool and cloudy day, here; rather unlike that one 13 years ago.  My boys are home from school (teacher conferences) and we have an easy schedule, with room to appreciate our little life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

late August activities

Ah, August in Colorado; that perfect blend of summer-into-fall.  Some days ripe for watergun fights, some for knitting and sweaters.  Fresh veggies and fruits from the garden, ready for pickling, grilling, eating from the vine.  

This morning, my oldest son and I went to the farm where we get eggs; we've also been helping in the garden, mostly weeding, in trade for vegetables.  They've got greener thumbs and much more room than we do, though we do still have a little garden.  We came home with basil for pesto, cucumbers and onions for pickles, fresh eggs and zucchini for zucchini bread.  Since I'm doing pickles, I might as well do apple butter, so we stopped and got organic apples at the store.  I was happy to find golden beets again, so we'll be having grilled vegetables with our chicken and pesto tonight.  It's a rare day that I don't knit, but today other things need to be put in jars before summer is gone.  

It's Wednesday, and that means I'm home (instead of teaching at the yarn shop), and we have a little more time for dinner, and discussions, and Face Off.  And everyone asks for extra pesto.  Meals that we all find delicious are not that common!  

We will probably find a little time to read more from Huck Finn.  We've got to rescue him from the previous chapter!  

I don't know if it's getting older, or if some of my later-in-life hobbies (gardening, knitting, photography) have changed the way I feel about each month, but this has been a good month.  If I remember, I'll post pictures tomorrow of what we accomplished today.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Explored on Flickr!  It only took me several years and one trip to the ocean :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

fall knitting

It's about time to decide whether I'm knitting any gifts for Christmas, and for whom, and what will it be?  And which yarn?  

I've just finished a sweater for myself, which I'm excited about.  I'm in no hurry for cold, but when it does arrive, I'm going to be ready.  Ends are being woven in, today, and then it may live on a mannequin at the yarn shop for a week or two.  I've knitted several items of my own design; I have four new patterns available through Windy Valley, and will have another two or three at my local yarn shop next month.  If you went to Stitches, you may have seen the Windy Valley pieces.  A photo shoot is in the works soon!  Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of finished pictures, but I do have a few in progress pictures.

One of my new patterns, Margin, a 650 yard shawl.  This one's my current favorite...  

This scrumptious yarn is going to be Asunder, pattern from Lisa Mutch on Ravelry.  I'm about halfway done.

I'm looking forward to telling you more about my patterns; I've just got to get some details lined up, including what-would-I-wear-them-with? for the photo shoot.  In the meantime, we are getting ready for Back to School stuff at our house, and looking forward to some fresh salsa!

What are you doing this week?

Friday, August 1, 2014

summer's here and going fast

I do know it's been awhile, we've just had a busy summer.  Nice busy, lots of travel, family, company, knitting, swimming, gardening.  A few photos from our summer...

pelicans in La Jolla

the deep end!  

I was invited to a very nice tea party...  

sunset over the Pacific

of course, some knitting:  a sweater for me, 

and lots of samples, fun stuff, gifts!!  

More soon, I promise!