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finished MWSI socks aurora headband #2

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An awful lot of what I knit is lace.  The knitted objects that see the most use are lace (the green headband, the flower basket shawl, and the diamond fantasy shawl).  More than half of my (ridiculously long) queue on Ravelry is tagged with ‘lace’.

Nothing wrong with that.

red kale

I love dark green veggies. Red or purple kale, in particular, is great either in savory dishes (especially a saag-style curry) or in smoothies. (Amy Boogie posted a couple of recipes.)  This kale is from the farmers’ market on Saturday, at Landisdale Farm’s stand.

I love making jam. I love the process, and I love being able to taste the best parts of summer in the middle of winter. (It’s a lot easier to appreciate summer when it’s jam in February, when I’m not suffering from the heat.)

raspberry-lime jam from last fall

Raspberry-lime jam, from my dad’s backyard raspberry patch, canned last September on my trip north.

strawberry-rhubarb butter with ginger

Strawberry-rhubarb butter with ginger, canned on Saturday night.

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Froth on the cooking strawberry-rhubarb stuff. I love the patterns.

Should you want to make something like my strawberry-rhubarb butter: Take a quart of strawberries [chopped], two medium-sized rhubarb stalks [also chopped], about a teaspoon of minced fresh ginger, and five cups of sugar. Cook until the fruit is mushy and everything is mixed pretty well. Purée with an immersion blender. Return to heat and slowly bring to a boil, allowing moisture to escape.  Maintain at 220ºF for two minutes and then can in a hot water bath.

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Even though I knew that MDSW was coming up, I jumped at the chance to order a couple of these batts of Abby‘s when Amy got them in.  They arrived today.  I’m in the middle of spinning some BFL from Handspun by Stefania (pics of MDSW spoils soon), so I’m simply admiring the batts for now, but they’re luscious.  This is going to be fun.

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When I turned 5, one of my friends gave me a hibiscus plant as a birthday present. I still have the plant, more than 20 years later, and it’s one of my favorites. It doesn’t flower all that often, but this cutting from it flowered even before I managed to get it into soil.

granola, 6 Apr 2008

I make granola every few weeks (including today). I find that I focus better when I eat breakfast, and I prefer my homemade granola to commercially available granola or cereal because it’s less sweet and more full of nuts. Granola + yogurt + some sort of fruit = awesome breakfast. I use the basic recipe from the Tassajara Bread Book: 10c dry ingredients, 1/2 c honey (I prefer dark honey), 1/2 c oil, 1 c water; bake at ~325ºF until it starts to look toasted.  This batch is about half oats, with wheat germ, wheat bran, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, rye flakes, and flax seeds.

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I like fire, on the scale of candles and campfires and charcoal-grill fires. Oh, and gas stoves. It’s pretty, it does magic (melting wax, burning wood, cooking food), sometimes it makes fun crackly noises… I’m looking forward to campfires over MDSW weekend.

(I am also, however, a heat-wimp, so I tend to be very careful around fire.)

P.S.  Tomorrow is going to be a request day.  I won’t promise anything, but if there’s something you want me to post about, comment, and it might get added to the list.

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