What I Did This Summer and Fiber Club

When people start emailing to see if you’re okay, maybe it’s time for a blog post. I’ll play catchup.

What I did over the summer:

2009 Larder

I grew food, foraged for some more, cooked it and ate it and preserved the rest. Lots of food. TONS! We have a freezer full and I canned 116 jars (info here), with more to come, now that apples are in full swing. I never expected the warm, toasty feeling that comes from preserving all that food and seeing the jars in neat little rows, but I suppose I should have. I get the same feeling from piles of sweaters I’ve made. It’s that much work, too. Goodness! I spent the summer pretty sweaty and tired. :)


Pippa Looking Pensive

Pippa is well and enjoying life. She spent an idyllic (bar the ticks) summer hiking every morning with Mr. HelloYarn and enjoying her fenced yard and having friends over to play in it. She has grown into a fantastic dog who’s just a pleasure to be around (bar the ticks).

What’s up now:

Fall is here, there are epic piles of leaves around our house, and it’s almost time for Rhinebeck! I’ll be there, shopping like a maniac and waiting in the artichoke line. I look forward to seeing all my woolly friends there. If I really knit a lot this week, I’ll even have a finished sweater. I’ve actually done a bunch of knitting that I haven’t showed here. I’ll be back with proper discussions and photos.

Fiber Club:

The fiber club renewals are up for November through January. If you’re a current member and would like to join again, go get ’em! I’ll leave this up for 2 weeks, then start emailing people on the waiting list to invite them, if there are any slots left. Please note: I sent out a newsletter today and, as usual, about 20 were returned. Please add adrian at helloyarn dot com to your contacts.

Stuff I Love:

* Guardians of Russian Art Museums– Check out this wonderful series of photos.

* Postcards from Yo Momma– A Depository of Moden Day Maternal Correspondence. Mom, I swear I won’t send any of your emails in.

* New House Textiles– The hearts! The mushrooms!

* Cooking- My new favorite recipes are this Vidalia Onion Tarte Tatin, this apple cake, cream scones, and this tomato galette. Nom nom nom.

Onion Tarte Tatin

See you at Rhinebeck!

21 Responses to “What I Did This Summer and Fiber Club”

  1. Rachel

    Your shelves of canned goods looks so great! I spent the summer processing food as well with a pantry and packed freezer to show for it. Very satisfying…yet I have to admit that I was happy when the last of the fruit trees was empty of fruit and we got a hard frost! I can get back to knitting!

    Thanks for the links to recipes…some of those sound amazing!

  2. elizabeth

    Hey Adrian! I’m not a current member, I’m a past member, but I’d like to be added to the waiting list! Thanks!

  3. marri

    oh my, all that foodstuffs looks amazing. maybe i will get my act together and learn how to preserve fruits & veggies next summer!

    that vidalia onion tarte tatin? must. make.

  4. MelissaKnits

    live. live for that. sigh. And how did you do the pesto? That’s not a high acid food…did you pressure can it? Did you freeze it? Nosy.

  5. Wendolene

    You *are* ok! All those jars are beautiful–I can’t imagine all the work. Can’t wait to see some knitting!

  6. Gudrun

    Thanks for the links to the tasty looking dishes….sorry to have not had your company and new recipes this past weekend…..see you at Rhinebeck though!

  7. GinkgoKnits

    I made that apple cake about a month ago and it was unbelievably good.

  8. Petra

    Well I don’t have such a nice pantry but a shelf in our cellar is stuffed with marmelades and chutneys. Love that stuff!

  9. whitney

    Those shelves of jars look beautiful, but I can only imagine the work that went into them.

    I can’t wait to see your new sweater at Rhinebeck! Hopefully I’ll run into you there at some point!

  10. Steph VW

    Your larder is making me drooooool. I would love to have a nice little storage area like that all filled with shiny glass jars with jewel tones inside them. Mmmm…

  11. Claire

    Ugh, those darn ticks!

    Your pantry looks so STOCKED! I want to have a pantry like that someday. :)

  12. erin

    My first venture to Rhinebeck and I saw all the people on line for the artichokes! I was not one of them and I think I am regretting that….

  13. Patricia

    Hi! I just found your site, and I was wondering: how can I get on the waiting list?
    Thanks! ~pat

  14. Oiyi

    That Vidalia Tarte looks so good! Your link to the Tomato Galette links to the apple cake. Now, I am intrigued about the Tomato Galette!

  15. annmarie

    I didn’t think it was possible for Pippa to get any cuter, but she managed, ticks and all. :)

  16. Debbie

    Oh the canning is very exciting! I took a canning class over the summer but haven’t’ been able to jump in like you did. What canning cookbooks did you use?

  17. Pat

    Adrian – I’m JUST beginning to venture into spinning (have spun all of 2 oz – but I made mittens with it!)I would love to join the Nov through Jan club if there are any openings left. I realize I’m very late to the party :-)

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