Saturday, August 11, 2018

Swallowtail and Tomato Jam

Some folk are marvelous caterpillar wranglers – patient, dedicated, knowledgeable. Me, sadly, not so much. I know just how devastating those tiny tiny jaws can be in the garden, so about the closest I'll get to intentionally having caterpillars near my vegetable patch is this new Swallowtail...

Swallowtail Shawl

... and these quarter-pint jars of tomato jam, now safely beyond the reach of those tiny tiny jaws. Sorry about the weird lighting, it's been thundershowers all day roundabout Exit 151.

Tomato Jam

Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark is a favorite pattern. It's such a favorite I've knit five with somewhat spotty documentation – the first is pre-Ravelry, the second was not blogged because it was a gift, and so on. Each had its pleasures.

Swallowtail the first Swallowtail the second Swallowtail the third Swallowtail the fourth

Swallowtail the fifth is knit in lovely SweetGeorgia Yarns CashSilk Lace, colorway English Ivy. It's a gift, too. I never tire of this pattern.

Swallowtail the fifth

And I never tire of the magic of jamming. One starts with fresh fruit, its goodness lush yet fleeting, adds a bit of cauldron work, and ends with shelf-stable summer in a jar. Tomato jam is new to me, but why not? Surely worth a try. (Gentle readers, let's sidestep the highly partisan question of whether tomato is a fruit or vegetable, else we'll be here all day.)

Fresh diced tomato

I used Marissa's highly recommended Tomato Jam recipe. I made a two-fifths recipe, maths was involved. The warm spices – ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and red pepper flakes – give the jam gentle but definite heat. The fragrance at first seemed overwhelmingly sweet and Christmas-y, but as the flavors melded, the red pepper became more dominant, maybe too dominant (we'll see). Yield was spot on, three quarter-pints and a small cook's share. One jar failed to seal, a first for me. Not a problem, the open jar offers the opportunity to sample the developing flavors. I've been finding the jam is persistently too sweet for my taste; next time, I'd reduce the sugar by one-fourth. So far I've tried the jam spread on crackers, with cheese, and on an omelet – I bet it would make outstanding avocado toast.

Swallowtail and tomato jam... could be a cool BnB, LOL. Onward.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Along August

It's August, which means summer is stealing away and SKAers are finishing UFOs. Sure, I'll join another -along, I have ::cough:: a few potential candidates from the clothesline of shame. For starters, here's Hanauma Bay Socks by Adrienne Fong. Originally it was cast on September 1, 2013; it's pictured with an August 3, 2018 NYT headline noting Apple Inc attained a valuation of $1 trillion. How time passes when you're not paying attention.

Hanauma Bay SIP

Also noteworthy: I just finished the first book I've read purely for pleasure in ages, a marvelously epic yet intimate retelling of ancient Greek mythology through a feminist lens, Circe by Madeline Miller. It was quite wonderful – truly full of wonders – and erudite without being showy. I'd like to read another, but also want to slog through my long, long list of books to read not-for-pleasure. Happily, books (like UFOs) keep; I'll get to it.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Once Away

Once away from airport hell, I noticed I'd cast on Geology Socks incorrectly. Fixed that.

Geology Socks with corrected CO

And, despite the dearth of FOs this crazy over-committed summer, I immediately signed up for a bath-related weave-along. Because, sure, I'll take one of those.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's Good to Have Knitting During Airport Hell

So. The travel plan for this week ran smack into airport hell, complete with weather, power outages, tarmac captivity, flight cancellations, and screaming people unwisely threatening airlines staff and inevitably being questioned by police. All I can say is it's good to have knitting during airport hell, even while or perhaps especially while keeping a cautious eye on extremely agitated people.

Geology Socks CO

My CO is Geology Socks by verybusymonkey, a late CO for July Sockdown, lace challenge. Alas, no Princess X for me, at least not this time.

Although I finally staggered home, my checked luggage would seem to be off having rather extensive adventures without me. I thought in this security-conscious age that was not possible. Somewhat disturbingly, after providing full information on the tags on the luggage and its exterior appearance, I was asked to describe its contents. Erm. I hope I see everything again soon. Meanwhile, just keep knitting, just keep knitting....

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Traveling Still

There's been yet more traveling and knitting (alas, without mini-Beyoncé). This time the travel was to an inurnment in Honolulu, which meant a long plane ride was involved. To pass the time I cast on the Sock Madness Round 5 sock, Pearls-on-a-String Socks by Anita Grahn, using Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in colorway Shell Pink. Between bad airplane lighting and an apparent inability to count to two, I didn't make much progress on my pink pearls. At least the airline snacks were pretty good.

Pearls-on-a-String wip

So... a still photo of travel that is ongoing is a still traveling still, yes? Maybe one needs to be jetlagged for that to make any sense, maybe it doesn't make any sense. Ah well.