This week’s episode features the following segments: Backstory, Yarn Lover at Large, The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Double Happiness.
A little shop in Frenchtown has nice yarn selection and a wide variety of classes. Betty is a kind and patient teacher with a lot of expertise. If you visit The Spinnery, ask about Deadly Dudley; she’ll have a great story. Aside from some timely help with wheel maintenance (that’s my Louet on the operating table) I have two tips from the class to pass along. 1) Knit with the yarn you spin. Now. 2) To improve as a spinner, select a project you want to knit, look up the yarn specifications, and spin for that project.
Two finished projects this week. My Shaelyn shawl, designed by Leila Raabe, is blocking. Shifting to US size 6 needles resulted in a much nicer fabric. And I finally completed my second weaving project and took it off the loom. The yarn is handspun, made from Into the Whirled fibers made for a spin-along hosted by the Knitabulls podcast. The photo inspiration was Lavinia’s character on Downton Abbey. I separated the fiber into piles of like color before spinning, and held the yarn double while weaving. In this photo, the fringe has yet to be cut.
Three uses for lemons: 1) Combine the entire grated rind and all the juice of one lemon with roasted, peeled eggplant and some salt for a tremendous tapenade. 2) Soak thinly sliced onions or shallots (or garlic) in lemon juice for 15 minutes before adding them to a summer salad. 3) Marinate a lamb steak with the grated rind and juice of one lemon, salt, a splash of olive oil, and a handful of fresh chopped rosemary. Grill to medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.