Monday, 17 August 2009

It May Not Be Stitching

But it is something that I have made. Every year at this time my one housewifely feeling surfaces and I make jam and jelly. I have no idea why I am blessed with this longing to root through the hedgerows and pick blackberries but I am. So, as there is an abundance of blackberries in our surrounding fields, I took the dogs and started to pick. Now those of you who do this will know that one bowl is never enough and so it was that my kitchen work top was filled with bowl after bowl of beautiful, large juicy blackberries. Jelly was duly made and now I can sit back and gaze at the jars which fill my cupboards to overflowing. Perhaps I should point out that I am the only one in this house that eats jam and therefore it will last until I am in my dotage as will the jars of strawberry jam left over from last years jam making.

Now on to something that I have completed on the knitting front. These are ' Scrunchie Gloves' the pattern for which is taken from '101 Designer Yarn Stash Wonders' They knit beautifully in stripey yarn and certainly much more by luck than judgement I managed to find yarn in my stash that really showed them well.


Margaret said...

I always envy people who make their own jams. I bet yours tastes wonderful! And those mittens. Love them! I've always wanted a pair. You are multitalented!

Sandra said...

We noticed Blackberries (brambles) on our walk yesterday, but they are not quite ripe up here yet. I tasted one or two but they are still a bit tart. I love home made jams and jellies though, they taste so much better than shop bought.

Deb said...

There is nothing better than homemade Jams. I used to do it when I was younger and haven't for years. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water - nothing like homemade.

And I love those scrunchie gloves. That yarn is wonderful!!

britta said...

Hi Sandra, the gloves look gorgeous and the jam very tasty. I tried once to make jam, but never got the hang of it!!!

Tricia said...

I love making jams too, and lucky for me, everyone in the family eats it with me! I love love love those scrunchy gloves - they are absolutely beautiful, and even more so because you made them!! I totally enjoy crocheting, but I so envy knitters who can make socks and mittens. I just can't grasp knitting despite 3 beginner classes.

angelasweby said...

How homely to make up jams and jellies :>) I love the sound of this and homemade jams are so delicious. We've had a bumper crop of plums this year, so many that I am up to my eyes and ears in them!! I've stewed them for crumbles and, at Alexis request, made plum chutney for the first time so, I'll swop you a yummy jar of blackberry jam for a 'dubious' jar of plum chutney...haha!
The scrunchy gloves look glorious. they look like a jar of jam themselves, they are such a fruity colour. You really are very clever :>)
Hugs Angela

Sandra said...

Love the gloves - bet you made them in one evening! So you could always knit me a pair because those I would wear. Love Scrounging Patti (just for a change) xxx