Yes, I am quite proud of this!
The fixin's - jars, pectin, utensil set (all purchased at Target), lemons and peaches, plus sugar in the background. Who knew it was this simple???
Jeff came home just as I was putting the labels on the jars - I told him that I almost called him to pick up some vanilla ice cream on his way home, so we could try out the jam. I swear, not two minutes later I looked up to see him, keys in hand, walking out of the house! The jam made for a tasty ice cream topping, and the next morning, I had a piece of buttered toast with it, and I swear, it was the best! jam! ever! OK, I might be slightly biased...
It even LOOKS like jam! I'm still amazed that I managed to make this.
By the way, the recipe I ended up following is here. Sure, it's much simpler to buy a jar of jam at the grocery store, but this was an adventure, and I'd do it again, just for the novelty of it. Thanks for the inspiration, Lori!
I didn't hear from two of the winners of the Bulu Box, so I did a redraw, and the new winners are:
Kim (comment #29)
Please email me your mail address ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can get this giveaway finished, and y'all can receive your Bulu Boxes. Congrats, and thanks for playing!
Sit and Knit update: I'm loving how this striped baby blanket is turning out - knitting the main color before and after each accent color is so cool! These are all the colors of the new baby's room, and I think it's great that the mom chose shades that won't look too babyish after just a year or so. Nearly done with it - I ran out of the main color (the medium blue) and had to order another skein online (apparently I needed one skein of the main color for each skein of accent color - now I know!). And although weaving in all the ends because of the many color changes seemed daunting at first, it went by pretty quickly thanks to a lot of Olympics watching on TV.
Blue with gray, navy and reddish-orange stripes - and I love how the back of the blanket looks like stitching where the stripes change colors!
So soft and cozy - this yarn (Cascade 128 Superwash Chunky) is great and I'd definitely use it again.
My other baby blanket has taken me forever, and I think it's because the pattern is kinda boring. Don't get me wrong - I like how it's turning out, but it's on smaller needles than the striped blanket, and it just takes a long time to get through each row. At least I'm finally on the decrease, which means that eventually the rows will get shorter and shorter (this is knit on the diagonal, if that makes sense).
This is HALF of the blanket, which means I need to step up my knitting on it! I may weave a soft satin ribbon through the eyelet holes around the edge, just to frill it up even more.
I was so excited to finally reach the mid-point and start the decrease, which means that I turned the corner, literally. At least now the end is in sight!
Once these two blankets are finished, I'm going to make a throw for myself. Because what would make more sense than to knit blankets and throws during the hot hot summer? Maybe making jam over a hot stove? Or running outside? Obviously I don't go for comfort in anything that I do!
Since I've been busy this week with jammin' and knittin' I don't have a whole lot to post about, so here's just one last thing - squirrels, hanging out in the big tree outside of my window. I can't get enough of them:
Another 5 miles on tap for tomorrow, and it WILL be a better run than last week. So it is said, so it is true, right? Have a great weekend!