The mid-Atlantic has needed rain and we got it this weekend. Saturday, the air was so thick that you could literally cut it with a knife. I went to the farmers market and was done shopping in 15 minutes. You did not want to be out in the air any longer than you had to. Normally after the Saturday farmers market, I would put my produce in the cooler and run a few other errands on that side of town before going home. Not this Saturday. Instead, I came home first and put the produce away before going back out to finish the errands.
One thing I managed to get a good deal on at the market was several pints of cherry tomatoes. These tiny bites are so versatile. I use them in stir fires, salads, and a snack. I even used some Friday night to make a stir fry out of cherry tomatoes and green beans from the garden. I also used my first tiny eggplant. My eggplant bush produces miniature eggplants. So there really is an eggplant in the photo. But it only amounted to 4 small pieces when I quartered the eggplant. If you check out the photo on Flickr, you can see the note I placed on the bite of eggplant.
I did learn to finally read a crochet pattern on Saturday though. I am currently making a few granny squares in a worsted weight yarn to get some crochet practice. The plan is to make a few squares in left over sock yarn. The idea is to find a practical use for leftover sock yarn. And granny squares work. Once I have a few squares done in the worsted weight, I will post them.
Saturday night, the skies finally opened. With the lighting, the night sky was as bright as daylight. And the rain poured down. Instead of staying inside, I went out under a porch roof and took a movie of it instead. Even under the porch roof, I was getting wet.
I did finish my Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows late last night. But I am going to take the time to think about what happened over the weekend. But I will say it is a well written book..
And now for some garden eye candy again. Can you spy the visitor to my pansies the other day?
Okay, on July 16th, I was nominated for a Rockin’ Girl Blogger award by Niki of Half-Way Down the Stairs. And I am finally getting around to nominating my picks. It was a little hard since there are so many great bloggers out there. But I have my list.
Meow Girl from KnitBuddies. She is a world class spinner. She is really smart too, And she likes to knit socks. And she has put up with her older brother for way to long. (Sorry M, but it is the truth!!)
A from clothesknit. She is another fantastic spinner. (She spun me sock yarn!!!!) She is a fantastic hostess of swaps. She is a mom to three wonderful children. She can sew things for her children because they want them even though she claims to not be a sewer. Plus she is a fantastic sock knitter.
Eva from Sheep to Shawls to Socks. She just simply is a great friend. She is going through some stuff right now so go and say hi to her.
Joy from dynamiteknits @circle + six. She lives in a tropical wonder land and still manages to find to knit. She is a fantastic person and a great friend.
Emily from Vegan Knitting. She is a new friend but she is committed to her vegan lifestyle. She inspires me.
And last but not least. Yes, P, it is your turn. P aka Kitty Kitty from KnitBuddies just is. That is all I need to say about her.
So all of you who are nominated are welcome to go out and nominate your own nominees as well.
Okay, since I am still reading my Harry Potter book (I am up to chapter 24!!!) I am taking my time and savoring each page. Yes, I know I can go back and read it again but I want to take my time. Plus I have figured out how to knit and read while reading this book. So I am enjoying my knitting time.
But here is the birthday meme as seen on numerous blogs out there. The rules are pretty simple. You go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post 3 events, 2 births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.
844 – Gregory IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1919 – The League of Nations is founded.
1945 – Battle of the Bulge ends
1961 – In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
2002 – Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software (“Phase II”) aka Magnus Manske Day.
1477 – Anna, Duchess of Brittany, wife of Charles VIII of France (d. 1514)
1759 – Robert Burns, Scottish poet (d. 1796)
Burns Night – Burns suppers are held in many parts of the world around this date. (Originated in Scotland)
The only person I will tag is P and she already knows about it.
Until I finish the Deathly Hallows, posting will be sporadic. I am just know getting ready to read it. I had another book to finish first. Plus, I want to start reading it so I will know what happens but at the same time I do not want to start it since it is the last book. But in the mean time, I have posted photos from the release party at my local Border’s Friday night over on Flickr.
Until I finish reading, there will be photos for posts so enjoy. For today’s photos, click on over to the set on Flickr.
Okay, first of all, I am planning on disappearing until I finish Book 7. I was up early this morning to get to Borders by 8 so I could get in line to get my wristband for the book release tonight. There was already a line when I got there shortly before 8 am. But I was like number 14 or 15 in line. At one point, there were over 60 people behind me. I have my wristbands which are color coded and I am in the first group to receive their book tonight. I did take knitting with me and there were other people in line knitting. And yes, knitting will be with me tonight at the party at Border’s. At some point this afternoon, I need to take a nap since I was up way too early for me.
So in the meantime, I will leave everyone with photos of a zucchini blossom I took earlier this week. Check the photos out and see if you can see the visitors to the blossom. Apparently, I am not the only one who likes zucchini. I am waiting for more zucchini to make more of the Turkish recipe I posted earlier this week. They are addictive.
Niki over at Halfway Down the Stairs nominated me for a Rockin’ Girl Blogger award. And I am still blushing over the nomination. I will be posting my nominations tomorrow. So look out everyone…..
But in the mean time, I picked yet more blackberries yesterday. Yeah, I know I pick blackberries almost every day now. But the bushes are loaded. I have about 30 quarts in the freezer.
I have been holding back only a few berries to use for breakfast with my yogurt. And my yogurt is not just plain vanilla yogurt with berries. I happen to love Swiss muesli. I am actually very picky about my muesli and only eat the one from Bio-Familia from Switzerland. I will take a big container of vanilla yogurt and dump it into a container and add some of the cereal. I mix it up and put a lid on it and refrigerate it at least overnight. I take a little bit out each morning and add fruit and sometimes a little bit more yogurt. I have been known to add a tiny bit of brown sugar to my portion. The nicest part about my breakfast is that I can mix up enough to eat all week and I do not have to think about it every morning.
But yesterday, I was wanting to do something with the berries that I had picked. So I decided to make a cobbler. The recipe I decided to make had to be a vegan one simply because I did not have any eggs in the house. Nor did I have any milk except for soy. So I managed to find a vegan blackberry cobbler recipe and made it. Of course, I had to add some fresh nutmeg and cinnamon to the dough batter. And I was pure evil and sent some one a SMS message with a photo attached. I liked the cobbler and it was delicious. And yes, I will be making the recipe again. Just one note if you decide to make it and that is that I have found vegan baking to produce a crumb that is not as tender as conventional baking. But the taste is fantastic!!!!
While I am spending time over on Ravelry trying to enter some of my sock stash, I will give you the results of some fun quizzes. . Yes, I said some!! I apparently have quite a bit of sock yarn. P, keep quiet since you are responsible for some of it. You know you are responsible for my first Zen Garden yarn and the Yarntini, Sundara, and a few others.
You Are A Blue Girl
Relationships and feelings are the most important things to you.
You are empathetic and accepting – and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.
Your Birth Month is January
You are a natural leader who is able to stand up when no one else can.
Strong and powerful, you tend to overshadow those around you.
Your soul reflects: deep love, fascination with life, and a distinctive persona
Your gemstone: Garnet
Your flower: Snowdrop
Your colors: Black, dark red, and dark blue
Your True Love Is an Aquarius
Why you’ll love an Aquarius:
Independent yet devoted, you’ll appreciate the unique approach to love Aquarius takes.
You both see love as a bit of a game, and Aquarius will challenge you until you’re completely hooked.
Why an Aquarius will love you:
You’re secure enough to give Aquarius tons of space – even if it means separate interests and friends.
You have the brains to keep Aquarius engaged and curious. And the passion to change the world together!
The funny thing is that my sign is Aquarius!!!
You Are a Mac
You are creative, stylish, and super trendy.
You demand the best – even if it costs an arm and a leg.
I had a comment from some one wondering if my stash had blackberry stains. The answer is no. I wash my hands before fondling the stash. And the total freezer count for the blackberries right now is 22 quarts in my freezer. My neighbor has 70 quarts in his freezer. My count would be higher but I do give away fresh blackberries to friends. So my count would be higher. I picked blackberries Saturday morning and will be picking tomorrow morning. Yesterday was blueberry day. I only picked about 7 pounds of blueberries. When I have to pay to pick, I seem to pick less.
(P, here are the blueberry fields for you. See no chiggers!)
On to knitting. I have finally started working on photographing my stash for Ravelry. This is going to be a project that will take awhile. So if you see photos over on my Flickr account, that is what is going on.
Saturday was the Carroll County Sit and Knit group meeting. I like it when we meet in Taneytown. We have the back room of the Irish Moon to ourselves. And Rhonda, the owner, is fantastic to us. We get to sit back there and knit as long as we want. And the food there is fantastic. I ordered a shrimp salad sandwich Saturday and the amount of shrimp salad on the sandwich was enough for two sandwiches. (Yes, I broke down and ate a little bit of seafood but the world will not end. I do on occasion eat a little bit of chicken or seafood.)
Stephanie from Who Needs Gauge joined us for the first time. She found out about us from Ravelry. She brought her mittens that she is knitting for the Tour de France KAL. I can’t wait to see her finished mittens.
I am not that huge a fan of zucchini but since my neighbor’s garden has zucchini growing and he has told me to pick them, I needed to find a recipe to make. Zucchini does not freeze well so finding a way to put it up can be a challenge. I did a search for zucchini fritters since you can supposed freeze them. Instead I found a recipe for Kabak Mücveri or Turkish Zucchini Fritters in English. I didn’t have the cheese called for and I do not like feta so I switched the cheese over to freshly ground Parmesan. I also left out the spring onions since I didn’t have any. All I can say is that I will be making these again. I would make them tonight except for the fact that I do not have enough eggs on hand. All of a sudden I am thinking of a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some eggs…. And this time, I will try them with some cheddar cheese since the cheese called for in the recipe has a flavor similar to mild cheddar. And I just checked to see how much zucchini I had in the refrigerator and the two that I have weigh about 1-1/2 pounds. I am making them again tonight for dinner. Actually, they are better left over so they may be lunch tomorrow.
(This last photo of blackberries was picked today at lunch time today. Two quarts of berries in less than 10 minutes. I only wanted enough to eat on my yogurt for breakfast tomorrow. But once you start picking it is kind of hard to stop.)
Okay, maybe the heat has turned my mind into mush but I just haven’t really felt like knitting socks lately. Okay Priscilla, close your mouth because I know that you have been feeling the same way. It is hot when you do not want to knit even socks.
But I have been working on socks just very slowly. Carnival week and the heat that week took a toll on my. And of course, the fact that it is blackberry season doesn’t help. I am up way to early every other day to pick blackberries. Yesterday, the grand total was 20 pints of blackberries!!!! And I didn’t even pick all of the ripe ones. I have been freezing the bulk of what I pick so far. I only keep out a few pint baskets for a select group of friends who are unable to pick their own. I am planning on making blackberry jam once the weather cools down. Jams will make great Christmas presents. (I am going to pick blueberries this weekend and freeze them for jam as well.)
But I have been working on socks for the summer of socks. My Monkey socks do not count since they were started prior to the start of Summer of Socks. But my Sockapoolza 4 socks do count. I am working on both socks at once so that they match. I have turned the heel for both of them so I am in the home stretch for them. Legs are easy; I will just knit until I run out of yarn or get bored – which ever comes first.
I do have another pair (or two) started for the Summer of Socks but I forgot to pull them out and take their photos. One advantage to using my mint bed as a photo prop is that the socks do smell good afterwards. I need to get busy and add more of the sock yarn stash to Ravelry so photos of the other socks should be up soon. One huge advantage of going through the stash is that I am really giving all of the yarn a hard look and not just the sock yarns. I either need to start knitting up some of the sweater yarn or get rid of it is what I have decided. Decisions, decisions.