Episode 81: Crushed Berries

cover81This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Grid, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. I spent a few days in Vermont, and dyed fiber using elderberries my sister harvested last fall. We also dyed some yarn and fiber using  avocado seeds and skins. All of this was done over an outdoor fire pit, to make it more exciting. There are finished projects, plans for Stash Dash and Tour de Fleece, plus a new topic for #powerpantry and thoughts on color.  Join in the summer read-along and pick up a copy of Color by Victoria Finlay.


The Back Porch

Summer Surprise Challenge with Jenkins Woodworking Lovers
Summer Surprise Challenge 353 yards
Three Barley Hats in Cascade 220
Three Barley Hats in Cascade 220

Stash Dash Goal 5k (2,962 yards to go)


The Front Porch

battlingsTour de Fleece Get ‘er Done! Hobbledehoy Battlings in Folklore on my Jenkins Kuchulu

Christmas Knitting

Design Project

Sewing

A “big shawl” — should I knit Pagoda or Blóm?


Off the Grid

Jessie uses hoop houses to extend the VT growing season
Jessie uses hoop houses to extend the VT growing season
elderberries simmering over an open fire
elderberries simmering over an open fire
the dye color was an deep purple, but it quickly escaped from the fiber
the dye color was a deep purple, but it quickly escaped from the fiber
avocado seed and skins yield a pinkish-orange
avocado seed and skins yield a pinkish-orange
naturally-dyed skeins
naturally-dyed skeins

Ever-expanding Skill Set

counterspaceIn July, let’s talk counter tops and counter space.

How do you manage counter space in your kitchen? Do you have tips and tricks?

Do you even consider the counter as part of your pantry?

Please tell me all about it! Photos are awesome, too. In fact, I will do a drawing for a swell prize, made by me. All you have to do to enter is post a photo of your counter space (organized or not) below and tell us about it.


Off the Shelf

All that Big Rain Coming Down -- Rover Thomas
All that Big Rain Coming Down — Rover Thomas

My copy of Color: a Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay finally arrived. The YAYH read-along will extend until September 1. If you like to pace your reading, there is a schedule below. I will adhere to this timeline as I talk about book on the podcast. Read at your own pace and post comments on the Ravelry thread.

Here is a passage from the Ochre section that inspired me to look for some images: “Whenever a friend was asked what his favorite color was, he would say it was just that: the red of the Australian center, when you flew over it in the morning. From this bird’s-eye perspective, the spinifex and other bushes made little dots on the landscape, just like so many of the Central Desert paintings I had seen. And from a plane the dried-up creeks and the curves of rocks turned into whorls and wiggles that no doubt had whole epic choral symphonies enclosed in them.” p. 67

aerial view of central Australia
aerial view of central Australia

July 5 — The Paintbox; Ochre
July 12 — Black and Brown; White
July 19 — Red
July 26 — Orange; Yellow
August 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow