September 2007 Archives

A Brief Knitting Vacation


I started knitting the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits right before vacation, thinking it would be a great island knitting project. I had been planning to make this because a couple of years ago I impulse-bought a single ball of Misti Alpaca, and that was never quite enough for a project, or else it was way too much. So when I saw this pattern (which calls for a single ball of Misti Alpaca), I set the yarn and pattern together with the plan of working on it when I had a week or two of vacation time.

Maine seemed like the perfect time. Of course, I failed to remember just how dark it is without electric lighting, and so the few repeats of the lace pattern I managed are a trifle sloppy (it'll work out in blocking, of course, but I'm kind of a perfectionist), and I eventually gave up.

On the other hand, I've been able to work on it while cogitating on the subject of exterior walkways this week, and knitting doesn't seem to bother my left shoulder, which is in angry protest of all the jellying and marmelada-making of the last week. So I've made some decent progress.

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Paste of the Quince that Hit You

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Noel and I spent two days making a giant pile of quince paste. This is not recommended as a regular activity, unless you want to build really burly arms. I will describe the process in less than perfect detail:

Wash and dry quince, then roast in covered pans for an hour and a half or so. Here we have two of our three roasting pans of quince. Num.

Roasted quince

The other option is to peel and core the quince then boil the heck out of them, but that seemed like a lot of work. Once the quince were roasted, peeling was basically irrelevant, though you can still peel them if you want, and coring was easy.

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Highlights from the Trip


We got home yesterday afternoon, a bit frazzled and very tired. The last two days of driving we decided to take it a bit easier on ourselves and get more sleep.

I think we took about 300 photos (a lot given that this was not really a sight-seeing trip), so I'm distilling them here to something more manageable. There are still a lot of photos after the cut.

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Friendly's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae


Almost all the way through Ohio on our way back. We're hoping to get to Davenport, Iowa tonight, so we can make the long haul across Nebraska and Wyoming tomorrow.

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