Jewels from my garden

We have one Concord grape vine that was here when we bought the house.  It’s planted in a space where I wouldn’t have chosen for it, but I didn’t have the heart (or knowledge of how) to move it when I started planting my own garden.  Every year, I cut it back a couple of weeks before Halloween (I use the vines as decoration for the front of our house) and come spring, little buds inevitably appear which over the summer grow into a mass of vines that takes up almost half of the side wall of our house and get tangled among the flowers that are planted nearby.  Come October (just before I cut it back for Halloween), that one vine provides us with a large bowl full of beautiful, dark purple jewels!

This year, they’ve been transformed into delicious, maple syrup sweetened jelly using, for the first time, a book that I bought years ago but never referred to it because it just seemed too daunting, too technical for me.  And it is, but definitely proved to be worth the read!












It’s a wrap

In the spirit of #slowfashionoctober, I’ve been motivated to start going through my pile, okay, my rather large pile, of uncompleted knitting, crochet, patching, refashioning projects.  I probably should have started with the cotton crochet project that has been smushed in a plastic bag and pushed to the back of my sewing cabinet for about 10 years now (yes, that isn’t a typo, it has been there for a decade and, now that I look at it for the first time in years, I can’t recall why I ever thought it was remotely attractive!).  But I didn’t start with that.  I decided to start with the most recent uncompleted project.

It’s a crochet shawl/scarf/wrap of sorts (have no idea what wool this is – I no longer have the label.  I do know, however, that it is definitely soft and cuddly and made of 100% wool of some kind!) for a friend who I know loves and appreciates wrapping herself up in coziness.

Now to get going on the next item in my now diminishing pile while the motivation is still with me!