Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's a Grape Day in the Neighborhood...

 Last post was all about the peaches.  This post is all about the grapes.  DD has mostly green grapes, but has a few Concords, which we used for the pie filling.  Granted, the picture does not show the full extent of our madness:  7 qts. pears (OK not grapes, but I'm including them anyway), 30 qts. grape juice, 10 qts. grape pie filling and 15 pints of grape jelly.  I'm happy to say that there are no more grapes.  However, there are many, many apple trees and the first bushel is already in the garage waiting for me.

September is the month that our guild sponsors the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival.  I was really quite restrained this year:  one Corriedale fleece (already washed), 4 rovings, a couple of patterns, some honey and some beeswax candles.

Just so I don't have to find a home right now for my acquisitions, the indigo dyed wool is spun, the lime mohair/shetland blend and the brown shetland/mohair blend are both partially spun.

I finally decided to get a picker for myself; a box picker that should be coming in the mail this week. I will, of course, blog about it.

The skein & garment competition (which I coordinate) was as stunning as ever.  Our members and area fiber artists are truly talented and it is a pleasure to get to see their entries every year!

I'm still debating on whether or not to go to Rhinebeck this year.  I really don't need a thing, so it  might be fun just to go rummaging about.  The only problem is that the bus leaves very, very early (like 5 am and it's an hour's drive just to get to the bus).

Recently, we tried something new:  giant puffball.  They're OK, lightly mushroomy tasting and quite soft in texture.  This is one of 3 that we found and is about 12 inches across and about 8 inches tall.  Take it as you will, one way it's kind of heart-shaped and the other way is more of a full-moon shape.