it's almost there! and just in time. our youngest chicks are almost eight weeks old. and they are not chicks anymore. luckily big b found a larger temporary home for them, but they are still in the bathroom. which is interesting. and kind of smelly. can't wait to move them in.
crocheting with jute is pretty interesting. interesting and slightly painful. but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't too bad::
look! it's taking shape now. this is the point where i have to decide to adjust the size or continue according to the instructions. i feel as though i could be close to seeing this thing through to completion. which would be so refreshing. maybe i will! and maybe it will lead me on to some fantastical finishing streak; where i will gather all of my piles and, one by one, finish, finish, finish! it's good to have a dream. wishful, wishful thinking.
rosemary and garlic. my favorite combination. here's how it went: i roasted two garlic bulbs, carefully removed the roasted cloves and put them into the freezer. then i took about a tablespoon of dried rosemary and crushed it up with the mortar and pestle. i added that to the normal recipe for no knead bread and set the dough to hang out overnight. the garlic remained in the freezer::
in the morning i took out the frozen cloves and folded them into the dough while i was forming my ball. this way they didn't get all mashed and smashed in the process::
oh the garlicky goodness. if you love garlic, you will love this version of the no knead. the best part for me though was that rosemary flavor coming through. i've since made it without the garlic, sticking with only the tablespoon of dried rosemary and it was delicious. just the right amount of flavor and absolutely perfect for dipping in a little olive oil seasoned with salt and freshly cracked pepper. mmmmmm.
two very exciting events! last weekend i made it back down to visit nej in brooklyn. another little bite of city life. it was fun, delicious and craftingly educational::
that mural is great right? it changes up and is painted on! i would love to see that in the works. after a significant amount of exploring and eating, shopping and more eating, we headed to soho for an embroidery class at purl! one we have been trying to coordinate for quite a while::
i could spend a whole day in that shop. we signed up for the custom monogram embroidery class. three hours that felt like 10 minutes. they should really turn it into a weekend retreat::
our class was lead by jessica marquez, a very talented embroideress who lives in brooklyn. find her blog here and her book here. i just ordered myself a copy. she is such a knowledgeable (and patient) teacher. she shared many of her crafty tips with us. for example: staining the hoops! i left filled with inspiration and much, much more know-how. if i lived closer i would have signed up for her two part embroidery class before leaving the store. maybe i should plan one more trip.
the only bright side to loosing a hive over the winter is that you get to clean it out in preparation for the new bees. our older hive was heavy with honey, so we finally had the chance to test out the new spinner::
the spinner! the spinner is amazingly amazing. i love the spinner. not a drop left in the comb and absolutely no damage done. the sweet bounty! on a related note, my strategy with the bees this year will be: "let them be" (no double pun intended). i've heard that people have success in not bothering them at all and just letting them do their thing. definitely a good summer to give it a go, seeing as we have eight chickens that are getting big way too fast and a coop that's not nearly ready for them. buzz away girls. we're staying out of your way.