31 July 2011

Down time ~

I'm doing nothing today, not even getting out of the pj's.  Seriously.  I was up at 5:00 yesterday morning getting salmon out of brine and into the smokers...the last piece finished up at about 10:30 last night:

Our freezer is full ~ 32 chunks of silver and 10 good size king pieces.  Thanks, again, JR ~ your cooler and some of this is headed your way soon!

I also processed 5lbs of Oregon blueberries.  I've got 4c dehydrated in the freezer now and 5 and a 1/2 jars of this left:
My first ever blueberry jam ~ I'm not a fan of blueberry pie (too sweet) but this jam is so good that I've already eaten 1/2 a jar since I finished making it yesterday.  Much less labor intensive than the cherry jam I made last week and I'll definitely make multiple batches of this next year.  I've enjoyed doing these experimental small batches while I'm learning to can, since I can test recipes as well as figure out all the ins and outs of food preservation.

And if the kitchen projects weren't enough, I finished (almost) my Goodale sweater that I had mostly completed by October of last year.  I actually did all the finish work once yesterday but thought I could tweak everything to make it even better so I ripped all my seaming out and did it a second time.  It's on the blocking boards right now, so no completely finished photos but you can get an idea:

And finally, while I sat up all night (I'm not exaggerating!) waiting for my husband to get home from a too long day of fly fishing and seeing Soundgarden at The Gorge in Eastern Washington, I cast on for Vitamin D:

My sleepless night was the result of a not so funny at the time comedy of errors ~ I waited up, he got too tired driving home so pulled over to sleep, I normally wouldn't have been up to know that he hadn't made it home on time but I was wide awake, he didn't call to tell me he had pulled off the highway since he thought I was sleeping.....so at 5:30 this morning he got a panicked phone call from me....WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!?!?!

He's fine, we're both tired, and all's well that ends well.  I'm spending the rest of today snuggling on the couch with the pup and knitting a little...

or napping a lot!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend!   ~ Melissa


  1. have a relaxing day. Sherry, Chris, Elaine and I are tired too. We're chugging up the pike on the train right now from Sock Summit 2011. Don't ask how much we threw down this weekend! Wow, a great event. Took another Sivia class. I love her to death. Got to have a tour of Lantern Moon's warehouse and offices. Really cool! Hugs!

  2. I'd love to tag along next year if you guys make the trek down again ~ I saw the flash mob video on youtube this morning....did you guys participate?

    what class did you take from Sivia ~ the ONLY class I want to take right now is her workshop to design a lace shawl...I've been keeping an eye out for a local class but no luck yet (Churchmouse is having her but it's on the day I have to drop my submissions to the Skagit Fair ~ shucks!

    sounds like you all had a great girls weekend ~ retreat is just around the corner....YEEEHAAAAWW!

  3. We didn't do the flash mob because we were off of a private tour of Lantern Moon office and warehouses. Chris' classmate and friend is part of the Lantern Moon family. We hated to miss but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was cool, and so was the Sock Summit. Next time you'll come. Think about Madrona, too, in Feb. I think we're planning that trip soon.

  4. I took Sivia's Aquataine Cuffs class. I love her! Learned a lot, don't have much swatching to show, though. I'll start those soon. I also got some MT Prairie, think I'll copy you and do the Rock Island with it. What stunning yarn.

  5. I would have chosen the Lantern Moon tour, too! I would LOVE to do Madrona next year if you guys go down...I was tempted to go for a day by myself this year but decided not to.

    I'm excited you're making Rock Island and very cool about the Prairie...I love it so much more than the MT Lace (I can't explain it ~ I don't have the words? It just has more 'substance' but it's still a lace gauge...)