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Pickled Plans

It was a great weekend – Art in the Open was awesome and there was the most beautiful weather ever – so perfect for Farmer’s market – really cool and bright days.  I managed to get a lot of work done this week and it feels somewhat good. The trick is not looking too far ahead at all the stuff on my ‘to do’ list. All things will come with time.

I bought a big bunch of cukes to make the annual dill pickles and got them canned yesterday. Today I am making Lord Grey’s Peach Preserves out of the amazing peaches I bought.  I have really been feeling the cooking bug lately – more than ever now that I am adding ‘A Salad a Day’ to my diet. One of the highlights of the fresh eating was this zucchini noodle salad that I made.

It was a nice side to the steaks marinated in merlot that Mike grilled. Last year I went to a raw food class and purchased a machine to make these noodles. I love it! It is a great substitute for having pasta and very fresh, palette cleansing and cool for summer. I added little sprigs of cauliflower and then made a dressing from pesto, oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped cherry tomatoes, diced black olives, kefir lime leaves and finely chopped red onions. It was yummy!

I am also really in love with all the fresh flowers at the Farmer’s market. I don’t ever see myself as a flower grower. I think when I have the land to farm I am going to concentrate on fruit and vegetables because they serve more of a purpose. But that just means I can support other farmers by buying their amazing flowers! Look at these!

 

While I am writing I should likely mention that Worldwide Spin in Public Day is fast approaching! Check out events near you here – http://www.wwsipday.com/. If there aren’t any – book your own by emailing me through the website! My event will be on Sunday, Sept. 16th in Mississauga at Hiawatha Park – I can’t wait. I love sitting under the big willow tree and playing with all the fibres and hanging out with friends.

 

And I leave you with Toasty the amazing hand-balancing acrobat!

Breakfast and the Workload

This morning’s breakfast did not feel like it was part of my week of being poor. Homemade scones, a recipe taught to me by one of my early mentors in life, my first employer at a lovely little tea room I used to work in. Along with it some leftover cheese curd from Black River Cheese which I picked up on my journey home last weekend, homemade strawberry/raspberry jam that I canned in July, whipped cream, and melted chocolate. Chocolate strawberry tea pulled the whole breakfast together.

I have about a million things I need to do – emails to answer about artist talks and workshops, and a lot of prep work for shows. I am spending the majority of today trying to resolve a lot of issues with one of my projects in my real job but then once the work day comes to a close, I need to try to finish up ball winding 20 more of these super complicated, secret yarns that will be released as a line in hopefully a week or so. I am really excited about them but they are by far the most complicated yarns I have ever made. They will more than likely be very limited edition because I really don’t see myself wanting to make them very often. Some things are just like that – you need to give yourself those allowances in life and not make everything you do marketable, or well, marketed.

Another venture I have taken up, along with Mike, is making buttons – ceramic, wood, some highly decorated, some very simple. I have a bunch of lovely exotic wood that needs to be sliced into buttons so perhaps later today I will pull out the band saw. Thankfully my dad was able to turn a bunch of the wood on his lathe and make it much easier for me to work with.

I have also started trying to ramp up enough work to fill up a kiln for my bisque firing this month. I will have a whole bunch of new yarn bowls – some with fibre themes and a big load of my octopus yarn bowls. I will also have a lot more buttons and pendants – all to be completed before the KW Knitter’s Fair in September.

I have been feeling really inspired to create lately and filling up a journal with ideas for all sorts of things I need to make/build/sculpt/create and it feels really good. I am totally stoked that this weekend I am taking a paper clay workshop with Lesley McInally.  I have not worked with paper clay before but I love the look of it and she is an incredible artist who’s work captivates me.

After the workshop it will be time to get my fibre mojo working and dye a lot of yarn. I have to dye up a big load of ‘Candy Sprinkles’ sock yarn, a ton of Bootsie sock and and work on my new line of Bamboo yarns as well as dye up more Bamboo lace. It should be great days of finding a lot of colour inspiration.

Up Anomaly’s Creek

Summer is really winding down quickly here in Ontario. It has been really chilly but I am not bothered – it’s making me want to update my Fall wardrobe and wear scarves and go to evening outdoor events where you can bundle up with hot cider and listen to live music – that sort of thing. Nesty.

I think sometimes when I am trying to give a name to my blog posts that I get sort of frazzled ..trying to figure out how to give a title about everything I am going to write about so it ends up looking like ‘Random Art Show, Some Food Stuff, Dog News, etc’ so from now on I am going to raise the stifling curse on myself and give random one-liner names of words in my head at the time. Why is it important anyhow?

So, the Kitchener-Waterloo knitter’s fair was a great success. My wares looked lovely in the generous booth space and there were many patrons, and overall nice people. I got to meet some people I know from Ravelry, in person and with the boys there to help me, it was not overwhelming at all. I really started preparations for the show ahead of time so I set myself up for success on the big day. Here are some shots of my booth!

The overall booth

Hand Dyed Yarn Wall

Candy Sprinkles Yarn and Fiber Goodies

Octopi Yarn Bowls, Test tubes of Beads, Bamboo Lace

Stitch Markers, More Bamboo Lace, Buttons

So, I think I am all finished for canning season this year, except husband is going to try to pickle some insanely hot Thai green chilies that we used 4 ounces of in our salsa. The salsa turned out completely yummy. So, for this year I did huge loads of salsa, canned whole tomatoes, canned chopped tomatoes, plum butter, strawberry jam, candy apple jelly, dill pickles, and rhubarb marmalade. Today is farmer’s market day though so one can never be sure if something else might catch my eye. I am thinking something apple, but not apple sauce would be nice.

Mat and I have started podcasting again, after over a year of not doing so. So, for Muststashyo listeners, you can download the new episode here: http://www.muststashyo.com/ We are working away on the next one too and it will be recorded and uploaded on Sunday probably.

I also have a massive yarn update on it’s way – a new link called ‘Wink Wink’ of hand dyed worsted yarns perfect for hat and cowl projects. And, I have the new Fall 2011 Bootsie colours as well as some new merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn. Here’s a peek:

Bootsie sock yarn

Wink Wink Worsted

Lastnight was a lot of fun too – I went to the Brampton Indie Artfest at The Rose Theatre and we saw The House Plants, The Shuffle Demons, some great art installations, heard some poetry slamming, ate organic cotton candy, and saw a lot of smoking hipsters. The best part of the night would have to be The Shuffle Demons though – they sounded great and reminded me of when I was a kid and used to hear them playing their music from across the street. There was a little old lady who lived across the street from me as a kid and the least sax player/singer of the band was married to her daughter.

I am heading back for a second night tonight to see Lily Frost and some other acts. Anyhow, the work day beckons and I should listen.

PS! Worldwide Spin in Public Day is this weekend – so find an event near you! http://www.wwsipday.com/