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My Trip to The Country Music Hall of Fame

I enjoyed my trip through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  I’m not a huge country music fan any more, but I go through phases.  So, I knew a lot of the 60’s-2000’s music and recognized a lot of the names.  I really enjoyed seeing this particular Dolly Parton dress and lyric sheet set.  Jolene happens to be my favorite Dolly Parton song.  I’m not sure why, but whenever I hear the opening strains, if it isn’t Dolly singing then the song just isn’t right.

I had a lovely wander through and especially enjoyed the history sections.  I like folk songs and bluegrass on occasion.  So, hearing those songs sung almost a hundred years ago was quite a treat.

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Yep, More Canning

I’ve made peach vanilla Cointreau, Blackberry Chambord, apricot with pineapple rum, and sour cherry brandy.  I’m feeling like it’s time to put a bit of booze in the jam.  So most of the flavors I’m making are boozy jam.  I still need to do something with the strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, mixed berries, and more peaches and apricots.

First I have to buy more propane though.  I can on the grill so the house doesn’t heat up too much and I ran out of propane making another batch of salsa and roasted tomato sauce.  Yes, that would be ANOTHER batch.  The tomatoes came on late, but produced finally and I needed to make more salsa and roasted tomato sauce to use up all of those tomatoes.


Koi

We met a lovely koi breeder recently and came home with at least a dozen koi for our pond.  Avi seems to be a bit crazy about koi right now, so I’m just along for the ride.  It’s ok.  I understand.  After all, I raise rabbits.

In any case, I had a grand time talking with the breeder and learning about koi.  There were a lot of parallels to be found between the rabbit world and koi world, although, we don’t spend $245,000 for a pair of koi.  Yes, he told me about a fellow breeder who really spent that much.  Crazy.  Just crazy.  For fish.


Tomatoes

Becoming salsa and roasted tomato sauce.  I love the process of chopping all of those tomatoes into chunks and making high cilantro salsa and heavy garlic roasted tomato sauce.  Really, I just like the process of turning one thing into another.  It’s a bit like knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, baking, embroidering, tatting, and all of those other things I do.  I take one thing and make it into another.

I like the process more than the end result.  It’s sort of an addiction, the making.  I should really look up some salsa recipes.  As in, recipes to make with salsa.  I sure have enough on hand now!


Baby!

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Bunny that is.  It’s to distract you from the fact that there have been no posts for a bit.  They are coming.  I promise.  I went to Nashville and  I took a bunch of photos.  I’m also working on some new designs and they will be coming soon.  Plus I’ve been canning (I know, no real surprise there), and I’ll have some photos to share soon. My Thanksgiving cacti are blooming, my orchids are sending up flower spikes, and I am going to another rabbit show soon.  So much excitement!


There Has Been Canning

I made a batch of roasted tomato sauce and some apple jam.  One batch of jam had fireball whisky in it too.  I’ve been feeling adventurous of late.  What can I say?  I’m trying to clean out the pantry, freezer, and fridge.  It’s important to tidy the food cupboards every so often.  🙂

I really like to can.  The problem is that my husband doesn’t like jam that well.  I can only eat so much.  So, I end up giving it as gifts.  I think it’s well received.  I’m making less jam than I have the previous years, but I still have quite a bit in the larder.  Who would have ever thought that I would bemoan the fact that I wanted to can more than I needed to can? There might still be tomatoes ripening on my table too.


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I Want to Knit Shawl

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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download. Plus get 10% off your yarn purchase at BlackSheep at Orenco for the next week! Use code “iwanttoknit” when you go to checkout.

Seriously. I cast on this shawl and designed the first few rows because I just wanted to knit! I had this pretty ball of Wunderkleckse and some needles and I just needed an easy, but interesting knit. I hope you’ll find this little shawl both easy and interesting too. I think the highly variegated Wunderkleckse (and any similarly variegated yarn) really makes this little shawl sparkle.

This pattern is meant for adventurous novice knitters to experienced knitters and all those in-between. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Skein Schoppel-Wolle Wunderkleckse, 459 yards, 75% Wool, 25% Nylon, color
2139 Bella Patina

Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm) Signature circulars or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (spi) and 8 rows per inch (rpi) OR 24 stitches & 32 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (gauge is not that important here so long as the fabric is rather open)

Size: 30 inches by 60 inches

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the size of the shawl as needed.