Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Unraveled Wednesday 8/31/22

 Good Morning All,

How are you?  I am thrilled that the air is cooler this morning, and a bit fresher.  We did have a storm roll through just as Fletch and I were listening to our book after dinner.  It rained for maybe half an hour.  Unfortunately, not enough to nudge the rain gauge, but I'm sure the garden still appreciated the moisture.

Speaking of gardens, Fletch came in all excited late yesterday afternoon to say that (finally!!) the figs were beginning to ripen.  I went out and sure enough there were two ready to pick.

And just look when I cut them open.  Gorgeous!  And they were delicious - we sampled them with dinner last night.

The tree is LOADED with fruit, so they will soon be coming in like crazy.  The tomato harvest (above) was lighter than usual, but still hefty.  There are still so many large tomatoes on the planats.  I'm also looking forward to fried green tomatoes.

Last night I shredded the giant zucchini and now have plenty of it in the freezer to use for bread and/or cookies down the road.  Today I plan to make Eggplant Caponata using the last of our garden eggplants and a bunch of the tomatoes.

But first:  it's Wednesday morning which means time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk making and reading.  There's not much on either of those two fronts for me, but let's dive right in.

There was no more sock knitting at all.  The first Cosmopolitan sock is still at the end of the heel flap waiting for me to wave my magic wand and have the heel turn appear.  Maybe today, maybe not...we'll see.  I did start a new dishcloth using CotLin from KnitPicks (colorway is Chicory - such a gorgeous shade of blue).

The pattern is Corner-to-Corner from Purl Soho.  Nothing complicated.  Just like Grandmother's favorite but with a KFB instead of a YO.  Uncomplicated was exactly what I needed.  I had tried on Saturday when I met up with Dee to make Tin Ceiling but discovered that apparently I cannot count/follow a pattern and talk at the same time.  LOL  I'll save that pattern for a quiet time.

No books were finished during the past week.  WHAT?  Sad, but true.  I am reading, but slowly.  I have about 50 pages left of "Sorrow and Bliss" and am sorry to say that I am still just bored with it.  Maybe it's the author's style of writing?  So much of it has been just repetitous to me (and annoying).  I hope and plan to definitely finish it today.  I have two books waiting for me to pick them up at the library:  Remarkably Bright Creatures and The Enchanted April.  Not sure where I heard about "Enchanted April," but any book about Italy can't be all bad!

Fletch and I are continuing to listen to David Attenborough narrate The Peregrine and are really enjoying it.  There are times that I find myself almost lulled by the sound of Attenborough's voice though, but then some fascinating fact will come out and I jolt up.  For example, talking about a peregrine's eyesight...if a human's eyes were as "good" (for lack of a better word) they would be 4" across and weigh 4 lbs!  Guessing I would have a hard time holding up my head - lol.

OK, time for me to get rolling.  Emails have been pouring in for work and I'd best check them out and see what's going on.  Be sure to head over to Kat's for inspiration! 


  1. Those figs, Vera! They are just gorgeous! I've never had any luck growing figs, but you're making me think it's time to try again. (And count me in as a knitter who cannot talk AND count. And, based on recent activity, can also not watch TV and manage short rows. Sheesh.) XO

  2. Those figs look divine -- my mouth is watering! That other dishcloth/towel pattern looks amazing but also one I would have to concentrate on to do correctly.

    Sorry Sorrow and Bliss has been a bit of a miss for you. I think it may be one where the humor comes across better if you listen (I could hear the reader in my head when I read it again with my eyes). I hope you'll still join for the discussion!

  3. What a nice harvest. And the figs are beautiful; I'm so jealous.

    The colour of your dishcloth yarn is so saturated and pretty, and I'm not one for blues. Even I'd have had a tough time not getting that.

  4. I saw that corner to corner washcloth, very interesting construction! It's cooled off here, thank goodness, I am ready for FALL.

  5. I don't think I've ever eaten a fresh fig, but they are really lovely! The same for that beautiful blue dishcloth. Tin Ceiling is quite pretty but I don't want complications from a dishcloth pattern!

  6. I am so jealous of your fresh figs! I hope when we discuss Sorrow and Bliss that you might find more to like about it.

  7. Fantastic harvest. The thunderstorm that knocked out the power did nothing for our humidity yesterday.... it was still sticky and gross. I was expecting the same this morning, but when I stepped out there was a good, stiff breeze and I actually needed my cardigan. I hope that holds.

  8. How I miss my fig tree! Those are some real beauties you have. Back to School and making fig jam were always on my calendar this time of year. I love Enchanted April. I have read and listened to it many times. I also love the movie.

  9. Sounds like you are really enjoying your garden produce!!! I know we are enjoying YOUR garden produce.

    I started the Good, Good Pig last night. I'm really enjoying it. (Thanks!)

  10. Don’t you love this time of year when the garden is bursting with delicious fruit and veggies! Are you going to make fig jam?

  11. I hadn't thought about shredding and freezing zucchini but that is a brilliant idea!

  12. What a haul from your garden! Especially those figs! YUM!

  13. The figs look delicious. I took a quart size bag full up to Mom's dining room chef. He was thrilled with fresh picked tomatoes for the salads.
    That is a beautiful color for the dishcoth too.

  14. Delicious produce--the figs are superb! Sometimes a simple dishcloth is just the right project!

  15. I love eggplant so I am bookmarking that recipe! I just ordered a few skeins of CotLin for washcloths and one of them is in the Chickory colorway. I look forward to seeing it in person.