Sunshine

So I don’t know about you, but where we are, it’s winter and gray and gloomy.  And while normally I can deal with that this fine, somehow this year it’s wearing on me.  The obvious cure is sunshine.  And this is about as close as I can get to sunshine in a jar.

We’ve talked before about how to do this.  The gist is chop up your citrus (I’ve gotten much more casual about leaving the seeds in and the tips on over time, but you can totally remove them if you’re so inclined).

Jam them in jars, dumping in piles of salt after each layer.  Top the jar up with extra lemon juice.

Wait a month. Eat with everything (soup, hummus, cookies, everything…really).

But this year we decided to do a little something different.  We added a few blood oranges to the usual meyer lemons.

Now I’ve never done this before, but the internet assures me it is totally a thing (it apparently works for limes too, which I’m going to try next time).

We also packed one of the lemon jars with a whack ton of whole spices, just to see if we can taste them.  I’ll report back and let you know.

But in the meantime, if you’ve had Just About Enough of January Thank You Very Much, I highly recommend putting down a jar or two of these.  It helps. A lot.

Take me to your leader

So the hat is looking something like a space ship.  Not that this is necessarily a bad thing…but it is a bit unexpected.

Now that’s mostly because I’ve got a short row panel jammed onto a long, straight needle, so the fabric is all bent around.

But if we put it on more accommodating needles, it doesn’t look too much more normal.

It will round out once I knit a few more straight rows, I promise.  It’s almost time to add in some green fluff!

 

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This will either be grand or…

So you know at the very end of winter? When the sky is still gray but one or two psychotic trees have put out the tiny, bright green leaf buds?  I’ve always loved that color combo, and it turns out I had some yarn that might just be able to pull that off hanging out in my stash.

The obvious next step is a bit of swatching…

Oh and then hey, ribbing.  Because apparently I hate myself and want myself to suffer.  Or, possibly, because ribbing is lovely and functional and serves an important purpose at the bottom of a hat.  You pick.

 

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Tippy top

As promised, here’s the top of the hat.

It hasn’t quite been blocked yet (because blocking means I need to clean my sink, and that is just currently too hard), but you can still see it’s going to be nifty.

It does a lovely poufy, structured thing when you’ve got it on, and that should be even more pronounced once it’s had a nice firm block (I’m considering using paper clips or something to help emphasize the pleats when I block it…I’ll show it off if I do and it works well.

And no, I’m still not quite sure which part will be the front and which the side.  I’m pretty sure I like it both ways!

If all goes according to plan, I’ll likely be looking for testers for this pattern and the matching mitts next week (there’s a testing thread over in my rav group where I announce that stuff if you’d like to keep an eye out for it).  And if we ever have a day of nice weather again, I might even get the pattern out this spring!

 

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