Back to School

August 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

We made the ten hour trek back to school. Other than my newly patched exhaust becoming unpatched an hour after we left (and thus began my embarrassment of driving a super loud car), the trip was good. It was mostly clear skies with fluffy clouds. Lake Michigan has never looked so appealing. I’m glad we took US-2 across the bottom of the UP, rather than M-28 across the top. Sorry, Superior, but you’re not quite superior to my beloved Lake Michigan.

We spend the last day and a half without internet, apart from my phone, so spent all day yesterday running errands with Cameron and then spinning up this FunkyCarolina roving. (Technically, combed top, Hailey!) I’ll take photos tomorrow and try to get them up here, but they will at least be up on my Flickr photostream.

Michigan Fiber Fest 2010

August 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

I got lots and lots of fun fluff to spin, mostly from Yarn Hollow. I buy something from Rita every year I go. It’s so amazing. I also bought a skein of merino/silk lace weight from Chris of Briar Rose, plus a little sewn pouch that I forgot to ask who made it when I paid for the yarn. There were no tags other than price.

Bringing all of this fiber into my stash, along with looking through Bowerbird’s spinning archives, has made me realize that I just want to spin up everything I have as soon as possible so I can experiment with more. To date, I’ve spun mostly merino and blue faced leicester . When I have the space and time, I would like to buy a fleece and do everything myself from start to finish. I’ll try to post about this later.

big news!

August 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Many of you who know me in RL probably already know this, but I thought it was time to share my news on this here blog.

Cameron and I got engaged on July 12 while we were on vacation with his family in northern Michigan. It was a perfect sunset proposal and a wonderful thing to share with his family. I feel so lucky to have found him so early in life and his family has already made me feel very welcome.

One of the reasons I waited so long to announce it here is that we wanted to have pictures taken to commemorate our engagement. With our work schedules, it took a couple weeks to get a time and place figured out, but luckily, we have a friend who graciously agreed to take pictures for us whenever we could find the time. You can check out her blog post with the photos. Thanks, Hailey!

we made pie

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

As with all good things, they come to an end. I try not to dwell on that, but there we are.

What was I to do but to finally go learn to make my grandma’s pie crust. I had a great time, as I usually do at the lake. I bought peaches for my pie, but I didn’t remember to put them in a paper bag to ripen, even though I bought them a couple days prior to baking. They took way too much effort to peel after blanching(?) them. My grandma told me she has had bad pie days, which made her feel like she shouldn’t have gotten out of bed that morning, said while laughing, of course. I told her that I figured that every pie I made wouldn’t always turn out, so this pie should only be practice for the bad pie days.

Here she is, mixing up her double batch of pastry, which was surprisingly simple to put together. I’m not much of a baker yet.

Funny story. My grandma bought an antique table that she had refinished and she was going to put it in the kitchen to replace that yellow table, which is well over forty years old. One day, my grandpa mentioned to her that the yellow table is where she made all her pies and if the table was gone, she couldn’t make any more pies, could she? She went with it and said yes, so that yellow table will be staying in the kitchen and the new table will stay on the porch for family dinners (and the first porch table came home with me!).

We ended up making a peach pie, a strawberry-rhubarb, a small dutch apple, and my grandma made a berry pie. We also make little tarts with the leftover pastry and fill them with jam or lemon curd.

Next up, new knitting!

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