I know I've said this before, but I'm big on the whole Christmas thing. It sorta freaks me out. All those expectations and wants. Hub and I don't do presents anymore. Just birthdays, that are both in december. This year I'm striving to make all my gift, sans a few. They aren't going to be big things. Back when I was unemployed and living in OK, I was able to make PJ's for my mom and a mess of great gifts for the folks at my old lab. Last year was just a wash, but this year its small gifts. Small, tasty gifts.
Washington Riesling Wine Jelly
2 bottles Washington Riesling
3 cups raw sugar
1.5 packages no sugar needed pectin
Heat up the wine until boiling, add the pectin and slowly stir in the sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves, it generally takes a while with the raw sugar. Keep stirring. Add to cleaned jars and process for 5 minutes, if you want to can it. Keep it in the fridge otherwise, but it won't last long.
Serve with crackers, sharp, blue or stinky cheeses. Fruit and a dry salami also go great. Or just eat with a spoon.
A. age :: 29, until December
B. bed size :: queen
C. chore you hate :: parakeet cage cleaning, he bites sometimes
D. dogs :: My parents have two, Dot and Madam. Maddie passed away last year. When she was good she was my dad's when she was bad, she was mine.
E. essential start to your day :: Crossfit
F. favorite color :: GREEN, currently its more teal.
G. gold or silver :: silver
H. height :: short
I. instruments you play :: I can press play
J. job title :: Micro-fricking-biologist (I take far to much pride in my title, by it was actually what I got a degree in, so I'm super proud of myself)
K. kids :: Yey, no
L. live :: Tacoma, WA
M. maiden name :: McCann
N. nicknames :: I'll respond to almost anything, except "shorty" (I'll beat you senseless, and don't think I won't. I've got lots of short girl grummies)
O. overnight hospital stays :: Twice, nothing serious
P. pet peeve :: stupid
Q. quote :: "entropy is still promoting chaos"
R. righty or lefty :: righty, but I do a lot of things with my left hand.
S. siblings :: See "D"
T. time you wake up :: ASS CRACK-O-DAWN
U. university attended :: University of Idaho (BS MICRO) Austin Peay State University (BS MT)
V. vegetables you dislike: eggplant, and raw tomatoes
W. what makes you run late :: People who can't merge
X. x-rays you’ve had :: mid section, ankle, teeth
Y. yummy food ::Braised short ribs
Z. zoo animal favorite :: THE WHOLE THING!!!! I love love love the zoo. We go to the zoo in every city we visit. I wanted to be a zoologist for a long time, but I find that I like helping the animals stay healthy and safe better (I work for a vet. diagnostic lab)
|Project: Willow Cowl|
Yarn: Hazel Knits, sock
Colorway: Hometown Team (?)
|I ment to wear this to ALLLLLL those chilly M's games|
that I would go to this year. I went to one,
before I finished it.
So sad we went to like 20 last year.
|Hidding from how bad the M's have been|
It seems that's all I knit right now, but since I really given up on socks I need to do something with all the sock yarn. I'm unable to cram a socked foot into any of my shoes so I find that knitting them is just a waste of time. Plus I suffer from serious second sock- ittis and never make the match. Oh well.
While it's not fall yet in Tacoma it is time to start thinking about it. I wanted to some cool weather plants started to give them ahead start. We need all the help we can get around these parts. Also I had this pesky box from my CSA laying around that I did want to just break down.
How to turn a box into a greenhouse for planting seeds:
Gather the parts. Box, plastic bag, seeds and egg cartons. I cut the flaps off mine.
Fill up your cartons with dirt and moisten it so the seeds have a nice place to start out.
Press the little seeds into the soft dirt and arrange the egg cartons in the box.
Cover up with your garbage bag. Now place in a sunny spot. Water when needed. If you use a waxed box you can add a little water straight into the box. Just sit back and wait for little plants.
Its time to tackle the stash. Yes, that place that yarn hides. Where bits of fiber lurk and wait. Its there behind the door of my studio closet, stressing me out. IT HAS TO GO!!! All of it, well most of it. For starters all the yarn needs to be assigned a project, projects and yarn are going into bags. Extra yarn that is project-less or that I just don't ever what to see again will be sold, traded or gifted. The only yarn I will purchase from now until when ever all that stash goes away is sweater amounts. You heard me right, I only have 2 sweaters waiting in the wings. Also I have never purchased a "sweater amount" without a project. This sounds really strange, but its true. My "stash" is mainly bits of sock yarn (I don't wear socks) lace, and some random heavier weights. I'm posting this because I want you to keep me on task. I'll update soon, like after I wade through the crap. Check back.
Please disregard this blog post if you did recently move from Lawton, OK with a tight knit group of sweet kiddos a mess of spinning wheels and I think was it three looms. You know who you are. You blog is gone and I don't seem to have your email. How did that happen? Any whooooo, shoot me an email.
Ps this was also the best batch I've ever made.
However the real reason that Church Mouse is the yarn capital of Washington, patterns. Well organized, and deep. Their selection is fantastic. Not only can you get almost every Fiber Trends pattern ever printed, they publish a staggering number of skillful, beautiful, and simple patterns. All so wearable and in such nice yarns you don't feel so bad about buying a fair of number of them. Also if you're interested Jarrod Flood is a NW native and still feels much love for Church Mouse, thus selling all his patterns and yarn there.
I picked a yarn orange red to make a KAL with some of the knit group.
After we finish the Hat, we'll make one of their great patterns.
To top the day off we had a great meal and then a trip to the fabric store, where I got 2.5 yard of this fabric 50% off!! I plan an easy wrap skirt for it, from S.E.W.
Today the girls and I are going to Church Mouse yarn! It should prove to be a blast. DB Cooper (thats my red velvet mini cooper) will be our escort for the ride. I jump at the chance to show off what that seeming so small car do. Four adult ladies and their yarn treasures, no match for DB's German know-how. (Yes, while the factory that every mini cooper has ever been produced in is in England, and the car is still "English". BMW purchased the company from Rover Group in the late 90's. I have the smallest cheapest BMW you can get, and it rocks).
Please check out Church Mouse on the web, and if you're a NW'ner go up and have a visit.
Plans for my future crafting include some sewing from my Christmas gift (I kinda ordered it for myself and wrapped it) Stitch by Stitch. Almost all of my sewing knowledge is self instructed and I love these types of books, I can build on the things I learn from each project. Stay tuned.
Also I'd like as much time as possible to work on this. My lace scarf.
All in all I think those are some good plans.
The hat you ask? I made it for the christmas lunchon auction. Its the Starcrossed pattern. Spool quick and easy.