Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Juneberries Update

I'm a forager! When I walk from the garage to the back door, I go up a set of stairs that goes right past the serviceberry tree. Each time, I pull a few berries off the tree and eat them on my way into the house.

So, I'm revising my previous take on the berries on this tree. Almond and cherry, just like the book said. Maybe this year's crop is better than last year's?

Saturday, June 25, 2011


I've been reading Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw.

And noticing possibly edible plants around the neighborhood. Tiny strawberries growing amongst the grass. Are these edible? They look like the strawberries that I ate years ago in Italy: miniscule, sweet, over ice cream. But these seem not ripe yet, though the color is red. (I tasted one. Then hoped they weren't poisonous.)

And I do have two serviceberry trees in the backyard, which means that I have what this blog calls Juneberries. I'm sceptical, a bit. Last year I did pick quite a few, and they were sourish, but perhaps they were not at the cherries and almonds ripe stage?

I'm looking for a blog or a guide to foraging in Chicago, so I can eyeball some good photos and then feel safe in harvesting and eating what I forage.

(The camera's on the blink, so no photos for a bit.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


We had a crazy wind storm last night. Probably a tornado, but we never heard sirens. At one point, I tried to shut the front door against the rain, and the wind was pushing back so strongly that I could hardly close it.

Today, many, many trees with limbs blown off, trunks split down to the ground by the force, even an entire tree uprooted and lying on its side at the elementary school near us.

Luckily, no apparent damage to people or pets or houses. Which is making me wonder why the wind blew the trees down, but didn't disturb houses or roofs or cars?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Time Change

I will never make this mistake again.

We drove from Chicago to Michigan today for the wedding of an amazing young woman who once worked for me, and stayed in our house and wrangled a very energetic dog while we were in India.  That's not the mistake.

We arrived at 3:45 pm for the 4 o'clock wedding. That's not the mistake.

Actually, we arrived at 4:45 pm...because there is a one-hour time change between Chicago and Michigan. That is the mistake.

We saw where the ceremony had been. We saw everyone sitting down to the post-wedding festivities. If there had been anyone milling about, we might have gone in, but everyone in the place was already seated.

We got back in the car, drove home to Chicago, and I've written an apology which I hope they will accept. The subject line: So Sorry. I am an Idiot.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Knitting TV

Looking for something as good as Damages on Netflix Instant. Ideas welcome.

(Also done with Wedded to Perfection, which is about as far away as one can get from Damages, but still highly satisfactory.)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Summer and Winter Ripples

My summer and winter fabric for a guild exhibit at a weaving conference. I do love this fabric: a 10/2 mercerized warp, sett 24 e.p.i., and a 10/2 tabby weft with a 2/8 wool pattern weft (this is Jaegerspun's Maine Line, I believe.) The pattern is Summer and Winter Ripples from Davison's Handweaver's Pattern Book.

I've finished the cloth, but am 1) afraid to cut into it and 2) not sure what to make. The project is due next Tuesday, June 14th, 2011. I have this convoluted idea for a piece - a muff or capelet - that relates to an eighteenth-century astronomer and has writing inside the garment, but I haven't mastered how to do the writing, and it has been a very long time since I've sewn with handwoven fabrics.

If you have a tip on how to use the sewing machine to embroider/sew words, please clue me in. I've been looking at free-motion quilitng, but here again, nada experience.

Anyway, I'm enjoying just contemplating the cloth. Maybe I could hang it over a dowel rod and call it a table runner?