This, That & Black Sheep Gathering!

One of the best things about Eugene is that it hosts annual the Black Sheep Gathering (June 20-22, 2014).  I plan to attend every day (of course)!  This last week I have been counting the days until it opens – tomorrow!  During this count down, I have been busy.

erasepic2I have put up strawberry-rhubarb preserves, strawberry jam and raspberry jam.  (Here’s a picture of one batch of strawberry jam.)  Though in a berry canning groove, but I forced myself to stop:  I needed to save the remaining jars (not to mention shelf space) for the summer’s stone fruits.

erasepic3I also finished up and mailed off Granddaughter F’s sweater (Sirdar 2081).  (Here’s a picture of it before the final steaming.)  If you look closely, you’ll notice I lengthened the vertical flower pattern on the front panels (between underarm to the button band) from 4 blossoms (the length of the vertical flowers across the back), to 6 then 8 and then 10.

erasepic1I continue experimenting with bread recipes.  Here’s a picture of my first attempt at a whole wheat bread with pine nut and fresh basil that didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Pretty hideous, isn’t it?!  A friend told me it looks like a brain.

I’ve also been drooling over Kristan MacIntyre‘s newly expanded line of knitting jewelry.  (Thor likes me to point him in the “right” direction for birthday gifts!)  Hmmm … maybe her brilliant “Anticlastic (Stitch Gauge) Bracelet.”

erasepic6With some of the yarn remaining from Granddaughter F’s birthday sweater. I started knitting Rebecca Marsh’s Pineapple Stacks hat pattern for a Christmas present for Granddaughter F.

For those knitters who are uncomfortable with reading graphs, I urge you to try Rebecca’s pattern!  Simple and clear!

I am still left with about 100 grams of this rather, ummm, vibrant pink yarn. I planning on taking a skein with me to Black Sheep and consult with dyeing experts to learn if how I might be able to tone it down for more Pineapple Stacks hat for Christmas!

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9 Responses to This, That & Black Sheep Gathering!

  1. Canning and bread making can fill those days when you just don’t feel like working with metal!


  2. My daughter and the grands were just here for a visit, so I got to see Granddaughter F wearing the sweater. It is definitely a size too large – but it came in handy when one windy day we climbed over dunes to the ocean beach!


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  4. Kristan says:

    Another inspiring post!
    It makes me want to knit (I love the pineapple stitch pattern) and try my hand at canning & making bread instead of making jewellery… 🙂


  5. Thank you … I hope she loves it too. Her grandfather lives on the Northern California coast where it’s windy and cool all through the year, so hopefully she’ll be able to wear it (though I purposely knit it a little big so she can wear it longer).


  6. Yes, bread experimenting is indeed fun as long as one knows at the outset to expect a few bloopers along the way! (I’ve certainly made my fair share – especially when I’m tired!) And what a brilliant idea – make it a variegated yarn!


  7. Aoife says:

    Bread experimenting is so much fun, but I’ve definitely had some brain-loaves in my time, too! Hopefully your next experiment will cooperate a little better.

    Also, I am LOVING that pink! I totally get the desire to tone it down before you knit anything else from it, too, though I think if it were me, I’d be looking for some black dye to turn it into a variegated or striped. Hmm…now I’m just wondering what I have for white wool and food coloring lying around…


  8. Oh my glory! You have paid me a great compliment. Thank you. Lovely work on the cardigan. That is destined to become a favourite cardigan possibly medalled with glue, pen and the other adornments children bestow on favourite clothes. I reckon the only place your left over pink is going is to an equally vibrant purple!


  9. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous sweater and I bet your granddaughter will love it!


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