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Rich, ripe, raw. July 1, 2009

Filed under: jewels,knitting — kathy @ 4:21 pm

First, let me say on this lovely July 1st, “Bunny, bunny. Rabbit, rabbit.”
I’ve got a memory of a dear old work buddy, Ann, who insisted on saying “bunny, bunny; rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of every month before you got out of bed. Insisted that doing so would bring the speaker good luck.
Well I don’t know about you, but I need all the good luck I can wrap my grubby fists around. I have a jewelry show coming up, very little time, and lots of designs I’d lilke to bring to fruition, including some really fun pieces I designed specifically for fellow fiber fiends. More on that on another post.

My life has been very full lately (which is how I like it, of course) and here are a few things I’ve been doing…

Picking Olallieberries with BugBug!

At Swanton Berry Farm

At Swanton Berry Farm

After 2 days of 96+ heat in our little Eichler home with no A/C, a trip to the Swanton Berry Farm on the Pacific coast between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz was a most welcome respite! We went with some dear friends and new friends. Now I’ve never been berry-picking before, so this was a specially fun treat.  According to our friends, this year’s crop wasn’t like previous years, but to me, it was a nice way to be outside in nice, cool 63 degree weather, and just steadily searching for the ripe berries hidden under the leaves had a rather zen-like sensibility to it. Plus, I got to hang with the Bug.

Wikipedia tells us “The olallieberry (pronounced oh-la-leh, sometimes spelled ollalieberry, olallaberry, olalliberry, ollalaberry or ollaliberry) is a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry, each of which is itself a cross between blackberry and another berry (raspberry and dewberry, respectively).”

The black ones are the ripe ones.

The black ones are the ripe ones.

All I can say is “Yummy.” I’m going to use the 8 or so pounds I gathered for jam, and maybe a pie or tart, or even ice cream!
Here’s a link to Swanton Berry Farm’s recipes:
Next on the docket of “stuff” I’ve been doing, is my new necklace, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Here she is:
Before oxidizing

Before oxidizingWith crushed eggshells to oxidize...





The gemmy labradorite in this necklace has the most outrageous shiller! Yikes! I wish I could capture it. They’re from a strand I’ve been loathe to cut into. I have a hard time cutting strands to begin with. It seems that I love to just pick them up and wrap them around my wrist, or neck, or just hold them up and admire them. Once I cut into the wire that holds them, they’re to be used. Although, I suppose they get turned into luscious jewels, there’s something about rich ripe raw strands that makes me feel a bit like a pirate…

Another little thing on my list of stuff I’ve got going on is my “Something Rum Raisin” Cardigan:DSCN0051

So I just finished the 2nd (last) row of increases in the ribbing. Actually, I just did so for the second time. You see, I suffered a minor setback of sorts after I noticed that the increases in the ribbing really showed up, even though I did my favorite “nearly impossible to see,” knitting into the row below increase. (Forgive me, but at 12:30 am I was simply not lucid enough to think of taking a picture of this unhappy situation.) So, I took a deep breath and calmly (aren’t you proud of me, dear friends? I was calm.) ripped back about 8 rows of ribbing (okay, I realize 8 rows is nothing, but I despise ripping anything!!) and then contemplated what kind of increases would look best. After staring and staring at this project, I had a sudden brainstorm. It occurred to me that Wendy Bernard was an Elizabeth Zimmerman fan of sorts, and that the M1s in this sweater were probably EZ style, so I changed them all to that, and wowie what a difference. You can still see a little of a line there (see my arrow), but many of the ones on Ravelry have the same line, or worse.

You can still see a little of the increase on the business side...

You can still see a little of the increase on the business side...

Have about 7 inches of the body left to go. With any luck, I’ll get the body done and the sleeves started over the holiday weekend!

Happy Independence Day to All!!


2 Responses to “Rich, ripe, raw.”

  1. Meg Says:

    Woman, you are BUSY! But gosh, you seem like you’re having a good time being so busy. The necklace is brilliant, as usual. Original and so pretty. I’m sure it will fly off your display quickly. Can’t wait to see a picture of you in your Something Rum Raisin! And I wouldn’t complain if a jar of your preserved olallieberries made it to the midwest next month ….


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