Monday, June 30, 2008

More ice cream than you can handle

This is David Lebovitz's White Chocolate and Fresh Ginger Ice Cream. This is my first really good homemade ice cream made from custard. I am working my way through the ice cream recipes on his blog (The Perfect Scoop is on hold at the library, I think I'm next in line.) I had already used the ice cream maker to make a raspberry frozen yogurt, so I made this batch in a casserole dish in the freezer according to his directions.

The plum honey wine is bubbling slightly. It smells wonderful. I need more gallon containers and more air locks.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Honey wine

This weekend I'm starting a batch of honey wine with some wild plums thrown in. I'm going to turn our meyer lemons into limoncello.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Indigo evening gown apron

Cristina's PIF gift arrived yesterday. This gorgeous indigo-dyed cotton will become a long Summer apron and a tote bag. I feel like embroidering a tiny boat tossing on the waves or an octopus.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"If no one hears the dolls talking..."

"...should the book really be in the Fantasy section?" This was the topic debated by the young Lears today. This house believes - you should be careful with your dolls.

Do you remember the Japanese doll house plans in the back of Miss Happiness and Miss Flower? We are wondering if we can manage it. I have always wanted to create a doll house inhabited by the Borrowers - a good foundation of Victorian furniture with borrowed watches, candles, bottlecap pie tins, etc. Even better, would be a home made beneath the floorboards. But it is the Japanese dolls' garden I am thinking of, lit up at night and their little handmade quilts.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bed jacket edging

The bed jacket edging is coming along. Since it is recycled denim, I'm only a little worried about shrinking. I'm mostly working on cleaning out the house for Summer. I'm tired of not having a place for everyday things.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Library day

We spent the afternoon at the library keeping cool. I found some wonderful canning books and a Georgette Heyer book. I just read about her books in Slightly Foxed. The bed jacket is coming along. I'm letting some ideas stew in the runcible bin for my PIF gifts.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bubbly soda scarf

I'm back to working on my summer soda scarf. This will be the silk and mohair version of Jessica Prentice's Hibiscus Rosehip soda from Full Moon Feast. A while back, Kay reminded me of Ann's Bubbly Curtain in Mason-Dixon Knitting. It's brilliant - easy to scale down to scarf size, easy to knit. Here's the first part, unblocked. After a few more feet of bubbles, I'm going to try the Bottles pattern from one of Walker's books. For the next scarf I'd like to start in the middle with a provisional cast on and knit to the ends.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another sock

This is a redo of that sock from way back when. I need to get back on the sock wagon - I have lost two pair to the washing machine. I have caught the Pay It Forward bug from Cristina. Here's how it goes:

"I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Summer plans

I have been out and about during the day and haven't taken any photos, which has sent me rifling through old photos fit for a post. This rocky road ice cream was okay, but not quite "there".

In the background my hand is patting a copy of Bead Simple which I read about over at Angry Chicken and Super Eggplant. We found a necklace from a couple of years ago made of large dried beans, and I know our next version will be so much nicer thanks to the how-to pictures in this book! I have big Summer jewelry plans - buttons and seeds and bits of stuff from outside - kind of Sundance Jewelry Catalog meets Andy Goldsworthy.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


These cornmeal horseshoe-shaped cookies were baked for the last day of school. They represent all the u-turns we made today and how lucky we are.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blue mole tie

We had an end of year shindig this afternoon - it was the perfect blue mole tie event. I would like to do a sweater filled with some of these creature drawings - before said artist is too old for that kind of thing.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Home Preserving

Two of the teacher gifts have been put up. I thought the chunks of beeswax smelled good and would make the scarves smell good. Mostly it's just a visual. I've been reading Home Preserving and have plans for strawberry jam, red onion marmalade and whatever else looks good at the market this summer. The wine jellies sound so good. I like to say "jelly bag", although when I say it, I'm thinking "jello bag."

Friday, June 6, 2008

Another Haiku scarf

"When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see." I picked up my new glasses today and the new prescription certainly helps with lace pattern charts!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


"When I consider everything that grows, holds in perfection but a little moment" I quickly make household bouquets. These trumpets fall off their vine on the walk to school. This pair of Fetching mitts will also be a teacher gift. I wonder if they will fit in a tiny jam jar? I'd like to do another pair in an artsy silky yarn using the Maine Morning Mitts pattern.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Blood orange soda and rootbeer

"Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth." The wall of Alchemy Haiku at my local shop inspires so many lace scarves! I'm wondering if I can stuff one in a soda bottle. I have a capper.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Burnt embers preserves

"Those hours that with gentle work did frame" sped by this weekend as this scarf knit up. Needing a teacher gift, I looked back at what Kay made this past December and really liked her mistake rib scarf from the chunky Misti Alpaca. I think this is called burnt embers. I need one of these. It needs a little blocking and then I'm stuffing it in a big jar - I'm putting it up, preserving it, or preserving part of the school year. I have some wonderful beeswax that would look lovely against this color and make it smell so good. Blue/grey river stones would be nice too. I'm still working this out. I have time.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Zero ice creams and one sherbert

"Some glory in their births, some in their skill" and some in their tangelo sherbet making! After a weekend of trying to cook custard, I had a lot of egg whites - which made lovely meringues. It's just as well I can't make ice creams - it would be hard to work off a dish of ice cream a day.