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Puttering

I’ve been a bit under the weather since I came back from Oregon.  I’ve been fighting a really bad head color with lots of snot and coughing and difficulty breathing.  Things are a little unsettled right now as well so until I really have a chance to sit down and write, the blog will stay sparse.

I’m still designing patterns and still working on new things to share.  I just need some time to recuperate.  In a few days maybe I can share some WIP photos and talk about some of the changes going on.

Here’s a photo of my pretty orchid that rebloomed to tide you over.

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My Book is Out!


I’m so excited to be launching my book out at Rose City Yarn Crawl in Portland, OR.  The book looks fabulous and I really owe it’s creation to all of those people who helped me make each pattern a success. 

The process was so much easier for this one and I’m already planning two more books for the future so I hope you are looking forward to more Kelli books! 

Froth and  Foam is a collection of 17 patterns for lace that range from easier cowls to difficult but approachable full lace shawls.  I hope you will be as excited as I am to explore the pieces in my latest book. 

You can find your copy at Kelli Slack Designs or BlackSheep at Orenco


Fun Things At The Antique Mall

Because, really, you just never know what you are going to find.  There are always so many interesting things that I spot.  I only take a few photos though.  The chickens were pretty amusing to me as I walked through the group.  That crocheted doily probably should have come home with me too.  It was very nicely done.  That Barbie knitting kit was pretty amusing to me too.  Where is the Ken knitting kit?  lol


Forsythia Cowl

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Did you catch the release of the Forsythia Cowl yesterday?  It’s the perfect little something to put on your needles.  Use that luxury skein you’ve been saving or the leftover bit of a favorite yarn.  At approximately 200 yards, this little snippet is just the right combination of thrift, ease, and fun to brighten up your knitting.


Marmalade Day!

I’ve never made marmalade before so I decided to take a stab at it.  There were a lot of lovely bags of citrus at Costco and I just couldn’t resist picking some up and making a batch of marmalade.  I sort of cobbled together a recipe from the one in my book and a few online.  It tastes pretty decent though, so I think I did a decent job. 🙂

I simmered 8 Cara Cara oranges, 8 mandarin oranges, and 6 Meyer lemons.  Once they were soft, I drained the fruit, reserving four cups of citrus liquid.  Then I sliced open all of the fruit and smushed the insides back into the pot. I thinly sliced all of the mandarin peels, one of the Cara Caras, and one of the Meyer lemons. Then I cooked the fruit with the reserved liquid until the fruit had further disintegrated.  I used Pomona’s pectin so that I could use less sugar and used about five cups of sugar.  The pot really could have used about one more cup of sugar, but maybe two. I unintentionally made about 26 cups of marmalade instead of the 18-20 I was expecting.

 


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Did I mention I ordered seeds?

Mostly a few re-orders for seeds that I am out of, but also a few new varieties and species to play with in the garden.  I’ve started a few pepper seeds this week and will be starting the tomato and eggplant seeds soon.

I even have a new friend here in MO who is beginning to breed Dutch again and also grows and saves seeds from his garden.  I’m looking forward to learning more from him and growing my garden again this year.  Maybe I’ll even take a stab at saving my own seeds this fall.


A Bit of Time In the Barn

The little torts have been growing quickly.  How cute are they as they grow?  And that little steel buck is such a cutie.  He hops to the front of the cage to visit with me every time I wander by.  Then there is that damned black doe who sits in her bowl constantly.  Well, I should say, consistently.  As she sits in her bowl every time I feed the rabbits.  I’m not sure if the food tastes better in the bowl or if she just likes having a wet bum.

There will be more rabbit photos again soon as I have several does that have kindled in the last few days.