KNIT : Two Shawls

It just occurred to me that I never took photos of my Canopy Shawl! This might possibly be the longest I've gone between finishing something and taking a photo of it. According to my Ravelry notes, I finished it at the end of March! Normally, I'm so excited about completing a project that I risk taking the photos before it's even dry.

I realize this slight when I was taking photos of my recently completed (and perhaps still al ittle damp)  Lieselotte Shawl. I am so happy to have both of these in my collection! Summer-like heat has arrived so I don't see myself wearing these shawls too much, except on cooler evenings, draped over my shoulders. Then, come winter, they will be perfect wrapped around my neck, kerchief style. 

MONTHLY SOCK CHALLENGE : 10 of 12

If you watched episode 3 of my podcast, you'll know that I hit a bit of knitter's block and couldn't bring myself to finish my Up + Down Socks for April. Already well into May, I struggled with whether or not I should cast on for May's pair. Finally, I realized I'd rather be knitting something than hemming and hawing about what I should or shouldn't be knitting. For May, I went with Laule'a since it was worsted weight and simple in design. Turns out, this pattern was just what I needed to pull me out of my knitting slump. My pair of Laule'a Socks were knit with yarn that I dyed with marigolds last year. They are perfect in their simplicity. I'm pretty sure I'll end up knitting all cabinfour patterns, eventually. Especially the socks.

FOOD : Black Locust Blossom Syrup

A little over a year ago, I learned that black locust blossoms were edible (thanks to this post.) The very black locusts that surround our home! The very flowers that rain down in late spring and litter the ground! So, I waited (im)patiently for the showy blooms last year. My Grandmother had told me before that they only bloomed every other year. I couldn't find any information to back that up, so spent the bulk of that spring, staring up at the towering trees, searching for signs of blooms. After only spotting a few clusters way up in the tops of the trees, I realized she might be right, especially considering the year before the trees were coated in heavy globs. I still don't know if it's true but it she has lived here since the early forties so I won't question her. Especially after this abundance this year.

Making a cake wasn't my mission. Instead, I wanted to make a syrup, similar to one I make with elderflowers.  But like I said, the trees we have here are tall and being able to reach the blossoms was the first (and maybe only) challenge. Thankfully, my Uncle spotted a tree that had come down and was sending out new shoots, not much higher than an arm's reach. So, I filled my bowl. In the kitchen, I sat pulling the flowers off the stem (word of warning: the leaves, stems, and bark are considered toxic so only eat the flowers and always be a smart forager by double or even triple checking that what you're about to eat really is what you think it is!) The smell filled the room and everyone suddenly became infatuated with them--What is that, like honeysuckle or something? Locust!? How did we not realize they smelled so amazing? Can you bottle that smell?

I followed this recipe and made a simple syrup then left the flowers to steep overnight. The next day I strained and added the ascorbic acid. The raw flowers themselves simply tasted like...well, flowers. But the syrup, with the addition of the sweetness and tartness, is quite nice.

GARDEN : Mid-May Notes

The time of new beginnings. Little seedlings emerging. Trees blossoming. Red cabbage growing strong, thankfully still untouched by the cabbage worms that have been nibbling on the broccoli. Marigolds and nasturtium planted everywhere. One tiny asparagus. The flower bed bordering the milk house is now devoted to dyeing--marigold, cosmos, jet black hollyhock and Hopi black dye sunflowers. The locust blossoms hang heavy in the trees and the flowers rain down like snow. (More on that come Monday.)

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

PODCAST : Episode 3 : Spring Dyes, Starting the Garden, and Interruptions

Summary + Notes

In this episode, I announce that the Buckaloo View Shop will be updated on May 15th with recently dyed yarn, including forsythia, dandelion, daffodil,  onion skin, and cherry bark. As well as osage orange sent to me by Anna. And simple tote bags. I've been in a bit of knitting slump and haven't made much progress on my Up + Down Socks, even though April is already over. However, I have been working a bit on my Lieselotte Shawl and am planning out my future shawl knitting schedule (which includes the Olivia and the Blóm.) The baby chicks are over a month old and the garden has been plowed and is already filling up. Nina of Fuzzy Love Knots sent me an awesome package filled with fiber and goodies and I scored big on some great yarn at an estate sale. I'm loving my most recent purchase from Little Truths Studio and a book that was gifted to me, called Health Through God's Pharmacy by Maria Treben. I also share my "Top Three Handmade Items" and my "Top Three Things I Love About My Home" and I would be so happy if you shared your "Top Three" for these topics as well!  You can comment here at this post, over at YouTube or, preferably, at the Ravelry post.

PODCAST : Episode 2 : Baby Chicks, Messy Hair and Perfect Spring Weather

Notes:
Part I
Lieselotte Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen of Thread and Ladle
Up + Down Socks by Anne Merrow
Andi of My Sister's Knitter
Part III
Wild Starlight Magazine (site is under construction but follow on Instagram @wildstarlight_ for updates)
Strange Trails by Lord Huron
Drink the Harvest by Nan K Chase
Quench by Ashley English
Part IV
Nina of Fuzzy Love Knots
Annie of Knitted Home

Feel free to leave comments below or join in the discussion at the Episode 2 thread at Buckaloo View Ravelry Group