Our apples have been ready to be processed since August and our tree was especially full this year. Which is nice given all of the hail we had over the summer.
Normally the apples are not ready until October.... which I think is predicting an early and harsh winter.
We've given a lot of apples away, since I haven't had time for processing. But I borrowed my neighbor's orchard ladder (now on my to acquire list) over the weekend. I picked 8 grocery sacks-full, gave a few sacks away and processed several batches.
I started with our favorite applesauce and tried apple pie filling and pickled apples.
I'm super excited about the pickled apples! I wish I had time to make more.
In the last week we've had our first snow (10/10), first frost (10/12), +60F shorts and flip-flops weather (10/13), and first hard freeze (10/14). It's back in the 50's-60's for the next several days.
After setting up my plan to finish the Twined Knit (tvåändstickning) Mittens in time to enter the Fiber Celebration next February, I realized that I should do a test knit.
I don't have a pattern to work from... just a technique and set of guidelines. So I figure I should practice before beginning the final work.
I started with a couple of swatches... a standard knit and a twined knit.
I chose a yarn I don't care too much about.... the Twined technique will unwind standard-spun yarns... so I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't care if the test yarn got ruined while I was learning how to do the technique.
The twined swatch is noticeably thicker than the standard. Also there are slightly more stitches per inch on the twined swatch.
I think the back is interesting. You can see the twisting of the strands. It reminds of color-work, though I haven't done much.
The twined technique uses two strands and recommended knitting with both the inside and outside strand from a center-pull ball.
I did not care for the twisting of the strands. My sample yarn is a very slippery acrylic, so the cake did not stay together well. Certainly this is a contributing factor, but I've decided to start knitting the final project using two balls.
While my twined swatch doesn't look great, I feel I have a good handle on the technique.
Next steps are to keep spinning yarn and swatch with the actual yarn to determine needle size.
My husband and I returned to Colorado in 2009 to live a simpler life.
Right now the goal of simple means we are busy. Busy fixing up our farm, raising Alpacas and Tibetan Mastiffs, racing wheelchairs, building flying objects, Alpacamundo, and Colorado Tibetan Mastiffs.
This blog is about these and the other things going on in my head. I hope you find it interesting, useful and inspiring.