Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine...

3/4 pound of garlic scapes, from the garlic planted last autumn. These will be pickled later this weekend, for some shelf-stable tangy garlicky goodness this coming autumn...
There are 22 garlic plants in the new raised bed in the backyard, not quite yet ready to harvest for garlic, but the scapes need removed and can either be cooked at once, or preserved for later. I am going to use the recipe from "Food In Jars" which is a small batch recipe, and hope to get at least 3 8oz jars full.

Aaargh... the same gremlins that cause things to become lost here at Acorn Cottage have also accompanied me to Egils. My wee digital alarming clock, faithful and blessedly silent companion of many years, which normally lives on my bedside both at home and whilst eventing has disappeared. I know I had it at the event, and remember packing it for return home. Yesterday finished my unpacking, laundry etc, and no clock! Hopefully I can find a suitable replacement.

Started on a very narrow tablet woven band to use as trimming on the wool apron dress I made for Isabel. She chose two shades of blue wool accented with silver metallic. This will be "pick up work" for when I am between steps on other projects.

The design is from this article about a fairly recent archaeological find in Finland. I did make one error in the weaving, since the selvedge threads are meant to be tubular woven and I did not do so, since I only had the draft and not the whole article handy when starting out. I plan on making another go at the pattern for my own use, and will then attempt the tubular selvedge, a technique I have not tried before. Am being quite pleased with using the loom weights on my small loom, by doubling them up on each cardset, am getting quite a strong pull, which allows for a nice snug tension.

this is a fascinating view of one way that glass beads were made prior to modern torch lampwork... Viking age glass bead furnace, with bellows

Little Kestrel, eight months old, wearing a wee linen SCA tunic that I made for her. (I expect it will only fit for a month or so before she grows too large for it, but not to worry, I can make her new ones as she continues to expand

Today saw something quite unusual , sprouting underneath a big maple tree near where Larry's birthday party was held. This is Monotropa uniflora, commonly called Ghost Plant, or Indian Pipe. It is one of the few plants without any chlorophyll, and instead gets nutrition from a complex relationship with fungi; I'd never seen it in anything other than books on native plants, so seeing it in the "wild" was a treat!

June SMART goals (x=extra)
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