Strawberry Jam & Peonies

Time has been flying.. I had meant to post last week and the time just gets away. My days have been busy working, sewing, knitting and I made some jam. I love jam, just a small batch and it should last through the summer. I swirled it into some homemade vanilla ice cream. It was quite possibly the best thing ever. I found some pretty peonies on sale the day after mother's day. They were just the right pick me up I needed and smell so so wonderful. Mothers day last year is when Miss Sydney passed away so I kind of was in a sad mood for most of the day. She was a lovely little friend and is still missed very much.
Currently I am working on the quilt in the new making zine color issue, its so lovely and it will be perfect as a wall hanging. I have no patience to dye fabric or yarn so I am using essex linen. A fat quarter bundle I got from fat quarter shop ages ago. I'm pairing it with muslin. I'll probably hand quilt it and it will be so nice when its finished. Can't wait to show you. The new making zine is fully of lovely projects as usual. I want to make the back pack, maybe not in yellow maybe grey. I might save it for fall or a winter project. 
Lately I've been using waxed canvas, so fun to work with. I love the result. I have a few things in my etsy shop and hope to add more. I do have a lovely collaboration kit that is popping in the shop on Saturday, with The Blackberry Ridge yarns.
My knitting habits change so much in the warmer months, drastically. In the fall and winter its all about autumnal colors and warm woolens and lots of natural yarns and heavier yarns. Now at the moment I am all about the speckles and knitting socks. Light things to carry around. Its so hot and humid here and its already in the 90's. This weekend we might be in the high 90's and thats with some humidity. I don't mind the heat but I hate humidity so does my hair. Nothing can be done about the frizz. My poor maggie melts in the heat. Its going to be a quiet holiday weekend, possible a little bbq.  Definitely some more strawberry jam ice cream!


  1. It's a treat simply to view your lovely photographs!

  2. I loved that quilt and backpack in the latest making issue too! I want to make them as well. Can't wait to see how your quilt turns out.

  3. Beautiful things and lovely photos! Thanks for sharing! Wishing a lovely sunny Sunday!

  4. What in your opinion is the best strawberry jam recipe? I love strawberry jam. I try other jams, but keep coming back to it. I have never made jam before, but would like to make a small batch for just me. Any hints would be great!

  5. One of my very favorite things ever is ice cream with homemade jam. Then again homemade jam on anything is pretty wonderful.
    Those socks you are knitting on are gorgeous.
    Sorry to hear about the heat and humidity. I am with Maggie, I just melt.

  6. While I certainly don't feel like knitting sweaters in summer (usually), I think it always the right season to knit socks. Yours look as yummy as the strawberries.

  7. What's are the sock boards for and how do I get them?
    Are they for holding the socks shape? (You have them stuck down inside the socks)


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