Tuesday, April 05, 2005

How sweet it is...

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The sap stopped running near the end of last week, so last Saturday & Sunday were sap to syrup days! From the total 7 gallons of sap collected, I think I got about 30 fl. oz. of syrup! Yum, yum, yum! More taps & outside boiling infrastructure next year?

My six weeks were up on the lichen (Mammulata umbilicaria) dyepot, so Sunday I uncovered it and tried it out...this is the third time I've had a go at this, I think, and this batch seems much more purple! The two skeins on the left here are homespun and the one on the right is another Knitpicks sockweight merino skein.

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Oh! And what's this? Could it be a finished Kimono shawl? Woohoo!!

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And lastly, cats are crazy, just in case you didn't know already. Stir crazy, I think, because it rained all weekend and they didn't want to go outside and muss their fur. Not only have they been waking me up at 5:00 am to walk on my face, but Saturday morning I heard breaking glass somewhere in the house (we've become accustomed to bangs and crashes and thumps due to kitten activity, but breaking glass was a new one). So I checked around...nothing in the kitchen, nothing in the dining room...was I hearing things? Eventually I found a hand mirror that usually sits on the counter in my bathroom shattered in the toilet. How did they do that, we ask? I can only imagine someone was scooting across the counter and rode the mirror like an airborne snowboard into the toilet (the only upshot to the story was that it prompted me to clean the entire bathroom after I had to reach into the toilet to fish out the broken glass). But that's not all, folks! Later Twilly was apprehended carrying my contact lens case in her mouth. I replaced it on the bathroom counter but later found it on the couch. And Twilly also nabbed a Sharpie marker, a toothbrush, a highlighter, and then one of Laura's drop spindles, all of which she carried around in her mouth for a while. I should have taken the spindle away sooner, but it made a great picture:

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And Abbey sends her love by walking on the keyboard (qadwdkfhjklhrekjhww). Thanks Abbey.


Blogger Villain said...

That is some fine looking syrup!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Your syrup looks excellent, and I love the picture of Twilly with the spindle...too cute!

Beautiful Kimono shawl, Sarah. Love the monochromatic photo shoot, Count Dracula. :)

7:38 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

That purple is wonderful!

10:49 PM  
Anonymous abby said...

Love the kitty picture - and my husband just about fell out of his chair at the syrup picture. He's from Michigan, and thusly has an inborn love of all things Maple. One day, perhaps we'll have trees...

1:35 AM  

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