First Foods

It's still early in the season in these parts, but I've been enjoying lettuce (as well as wild foods– dandelion, chickweed, and violets) for a while now at least.  Now, at last, I'm starting to get some of the really good stuff!  This is a photo of one morning's worth of strawberries, organically grown and freshly picked.  We had the best strawberry harvest we've every had this year.  I even got to make a little jam!

Could be a very good year for fruit in general… this is the first year that I have fruit on my dwarf trees that survived the "June drop."  I have little pears and apples, though none of my nectarines made it (it's only in it's first year, so that is to be expected).  Of course the giant old apple and cherry are producing like mad, as always.  The blueberries aren't quite ripe yet, but we have lots of fruit this year for such small trees (they're only in their third year).  I think we'll have enough for pancakes and smoothies, but probably not enough for pie… we'll see.

At the moment we have a steady stream of peas, which we like to eat straight off the vine.  I keep a bowl on the kitchen table for snacking but it never stays full very long.  I look forward to seeing what will be debuting next!

Wonderland Wristlets

We saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland when it came out a few months ago and really enjoyed it.  But, being the knitting uber-geek that I am, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful, delicate wristlets Alice wore.  So when I got home I went to straight to Ravelry and downloaded a pattern from Tiny Owl Knits (love her!).  I made three pairs, they were so quick and easy (one for me, one for Peep #2, and one for her friend).  It’s also the first time I have bought the actual yarn that the pattern calls for!  It’s really gorgeous yarn… light and ethereal, like knitting with spider webs.  I purchased a few more color combos and plan to make some more for gifts… everyone who sees them wants a pair!

Wonderland Mitts

Wonderland Mitts