Sorry about the blog silence- it's been busy here.
On Tuesday, we made the ugliest Orange Ginger Marmalade in the history of the world- it's opaque and it sort of looks like creamed corn, but it sure tastes good. I did take a picture but I can't find it right now. To make up for the ugly marmalade, I also made a small batch of apple pear butter. Much prettier and equally tasty.
On Wednesday, we went to Santa Barbara, where I taught a class at Loop & Leaf. The store is lovely, the staff is warm and friendly (and Michael made us a fantastic lemon tart), and the students, as always, were geniuses.
And I've been knitting in the evenings... also saying bad words and muttering and being really really frustrated by the Pleats From Hell. I've mentioned that I'm knitting a doll set from a gorgeous pattern from Malfrid Gausel. I read the skirt instructions in advance, and even with the translation oddities (more about which later), the process made sense in theory.
Practice was a whole other thing.
It's a well that I'm an experienced knitter, otherwise passages like this would have left me scratching my head (and this is an exact quote from the instructions):
You might use ndls a half no less than you use else here and change to the one you use after.
Or this one:
Sew 2 machine seams along each side where the arms come.
It's going to be a gorgeous set, but as I said, I'm glad I'm only knitting it once.
Today, it's a quiet day. This weekend, we're going to a Spinner Faire (woohoo!). Sometime next week, we're going on a short cruise. Time is going by much too quickly.