Good Morning All,
Here we are mid-week already and end-of-month. As everyone is saying, June has rushed by.
Yesterday was a beautiful day here. Delightfully cooler and less humid. The bathrooms were cleaned and jam was made prior to lunch! And that even included an unexpected trip to the grocery store for more canning jars, sugar and blueberries. No blueberries to be found, so some raspberries were subbed.
The only thing is, it does not appear that the jam "set." When I tilt a jar it is a bit runny. I had hoped they would firm up over night, but nope. But, as I said to Fletch, if it is too runny to put on toast or a bagel, it will most likely be delicious spooned over vanilla ice cream. Now I need to make some ice cream - maybe in time for the 4th of July!!
The lack of setting is a bit perplexing as I used a recipe I have made in the past with success. The right amount of sugar, the right amount of pectin, the correct amount of fruit and water. A mystery.
Meanwhile, it's time to link up with Kat and the other Merry Unravelers to talk making and reading. If you read my post yesterday, you know that a lot of my time in the past week or so was spent on the Adam & Eve sampler. Still, I managed to do a little bit of knitting.
First up, Nai Nai's Favorite dishcloth knit in KnitPicks CotLin yarn (a blend of cotton and linen):
The color is Conch and is gorgeous. And, this has already been put to use and pronounced "wonderful" by Fletch! It is much lighter than the cloths I've made from Sugar and Cream - easier to grasp and wring out. Bonus: it did not bother my hands to knit with this yarn.
Next up, some things in progress:
Fletcher's first Cafe Au Lait sock is through the heel flap and ready for the magical heel turn. And, a second dishcloth has been started - this one in scrubby yarn in tropical colors. Scrubby yarn dishcloths may be nice for washing dishes, but the yarn is definitely hard on my hands. I will not be buying more of this yarn!
Reading has been a bit slow the past week or two. I did finish Copper River by William Kent Krueger and it was ok...not my favorite in the series (or maybe I'm just tired of the series?). Likewise, I am now about 100 pages to the finish of "Necessary as Blood" by Deborah Crombie - part of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. I will finish it, but will hold off on picking up more in this series.
Has anyone read Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson? I had read reviews which looked good and borrowed it from the library, but just can't seem to get into it. I may just return it today. There are a couple of books that came in for me yesterday, so I will stop and pick them up.
I've a busy morning ahead of me. I'm running into the office for a brief visit - I have some things I'd like to print in color for myself and I should check the mail. I'll make a run to Trader Joe's from the office...and pick up wine...then to the library and home.
Be sure to check out Kat's blog to get inspired by what everyone is making and reading. Have a wonderful Wednesday!