Okay, New England! Time to get your feeders cleaned and filled. The hummingbirds are working their way up the coast.
I don't usually see them before the end of April, first week of May. But, once, only once, I saw them on the 23rd.
Here's the recipe:
1 part sugar
4 parts water
Heat to a boil, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. No red dye!
I took a (very) little break after last weekend's fiber festival to do a little plying. Stolen time, and I know it. This blend has been a pleasure to spin.
1120 yd. - 3 ply
alpaca / merino / border leicester / silk and other various carded ends
One more break and I'll fill the last bobbin. This will be another pullover. Probably a raglan. Maybe a cable. I'm working on it.
The first of Ball and Skein's spring show triad is this weekend's Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival.
Sometime before noon today I finished rewinding and labeling the yarn for this show. It's boxed and ready. I've got to figure out a few things for the display. Signs need to be printed. An unfinished sample is waiting next to my chair. Such a damp, raw day. I can't think of a better excuse to sit with my knitting, some popcorn and beer and watch an afternoon movie. Got to get it finished.
The warm weather brought the end of the sugar season. From my uneducated point of view, it is a good thing. From all accounts, this has been a record year. My neighbors tell me that they've boiled twice as much as most years. Liquid gold.
Did you know you can freeze syrup? I put three quarts in jars to freeze and one in the fridge.
We celebrated the spectacular weather with our first bike ride of the season yesterday, a bit over 11 miles on a combination of gravel and paved roads, followed by ice cream sundaes. Lines were long at the creamee stand. Popular this year (not with us) is the Vermonter, vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and bacon bits. There is a certain appeal.....
When I finished my Raglanify sweater, I immediately went looking through my stash for fiber to spin for another one. It is coming along pretty well. I have spun and plied about 750 yd. of 3 ply yarn. That makes me about 2/3 of the way through the spinning part of the project. In the meantime I needed another project on the needles.
I don't know how I missed seeing this pattern, Batak by Stephen West, when it came out. A member of my spinning guild showed a picture of it to me last weekend. I've wanted to make a 'pleated' project for years. Though slightly putsy, it is an easily memorized pattern and exactly what I was looking for. Color, an interesting technique and a carry with project easy enough to knit while having a conversation. What's not to like?
Two weeks ago it was warm, the flowering tree buds were swelling and bugs were flying around. Then the temps fell and we got 11" of snow. That melted, temps stayed down. Any little hummers that arrived early must be finding it difficult. After seeing the map, I'm putting my feeders out. Just in case. it looks like they're a week or so ahead of last year
In case you've forgotten, the recipe is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. I make mine in a pint glass measuring cup by measuring 1/2 c of sugar, then filling the cup to the 16 oz line. Not accurate but easy and close enough.
..as if we ever left this winter. We take a break when there is snow or a cold rain. Usually. Not always.
Now that it's spring, we're back. Sammy, too.