I took my little girls strawberry picking Saturday morning and picked 12 lbs of local strawberries. We had fun and they actually wanted to stay longer but I didn't want to take more of my grocery budget than that so we headed out with our ruby treasures. I now have five pints of strawberry-vanilla jam and eight pints of frozen whole berries. What is it about canning and food preservation that make me feel so connected to the past, and so wonderful and accomplished? When we pick berries of any kind, the girls love to point out when the "plink-plank-plunk" sound can no longer be heard because the bottom of the bucket is covered. I do feel like Little Sal's mother having to swat Rosie's hand out of my own bucket of berries: "Go find your own berries, these are for mother to can so we can have berries next winter!" The sweet sunshine of berry jam in January can't be beat.
I am still poking my way through All The Light We Cannot See and listening to Sense and Sensibility.
I am making steady and invisible progress on my Radiance shawl. I watched the clock the other day; in an hour and a half, I was able to knit one and a half rows. So the 15 or so rows I have left will take... oh, until next year. It is relaxing knitting at least, with a simple yarn-over k2tog lace pattern followed by a purl row for now. I guess it's time to look at ways to block a lace shawl. Anyone care to recommend their favorite or their least expensive way to do it? This being my first lace shawl, I have no idea and will be researching from the ground up. Advice appreciated!
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