June 15, 2009 § 12 Comments
Last Friday we drove half-way across the state to visit one of Gary’s many brothers. He has a huge garden and we raided some of his vegetables. We took home snap peas, baby zucchini, kohlrabi, and some baby potatoes. He also gave us ten pounds of asparagus. And we picked some cherries from the neighbor’s tree.
I dehydrated the cherries. We ate the snap peas & baby zucchini for dinner tonight. And we attempted to pickle the asparagus. It all looked good until the very end. Now, they look all shriveled and wrinkly in the canning jar. What did we do wrong? I think it might have something to do with the fact that we forgot to soak the asparagus in ice water before putting them in the jars??? But… last year I pickled a couple of jars of carrots & asparagus and they didn’t wrinkle. I’m a little disappointed after all our hard work. Ten pounds of asparagus is no small amount!
On another note, I have to appear for jury duty this week. I’ve been contemplating what might be an acceptable project to work on while sitting, sitting, sitting. (I am not a good sit-still kind of person!) Which prompted the dyeing of some orange cotton yarn. I must have been on an orange-buying binge a few years ago. But one can have only so many orange garments in one’s closet. It has now become brown yarn which may grow into the Stardust cardigan one day. I thought I might take that with me to jury duty. But instead… I’ve decided to take a pair of socks on bamboo double-point needles and hoping that there won’t be an issue. My metal circular needles were confiscated when I had to appear for jury duty a few years ago.
And… I made another project from the Shop Hop fabric. The apron is from the book, The New Handmade. I’m not sure that it is very useful for me at home. I tend to be a messy cook and need a whole body apron. But it is pretty cute, even if it doesn’t cover all of me.
Here’s hoping that jury duty is only a one or two day event (and that I get to keep my knitting!). If not, it may be awhile till I venture over here again.