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Archive for October, 2011

Fleece and Fiber Feast

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October 23rd, 2011 Posted 5:20 pm









This weekend, while the cat dozed,

I went to the Cowichan Fleece and Fiber Fest.

A feast of yarn, fiber, knittings, spinnings, weavings…


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Miss Marple’s Sally Sock

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October 15th, 2011 Posted 1:47 pm

Miss Marple’s Sally Sock













Sock singular.

Usually Miss Marple isn’t called in to solve missing sock mysteries.  But this mystery is different.


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Blog about my Buns?

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October 9th, 2011 Posted 1:29 pm

Butternut Buns


They are just so beautiful.

There was pureed butternut squash left over from the pie making – about 2/3 of a cup.

So I mixed it in with the regular white buns recipe, used an egg, and bit of milk to make up the liquid amount of 1 3/4 cups.  A goodly grating of fresh nutmeg, a couple teaspoons of brown sugar, a nice lump of butter, 1 tsp instant yeast, and almost 4 cups of flour.

I used the bread machine to make the dough, and then shaped the buns, set them to rise, and popped them to bake for about 20 minutes.  Yum.




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Eat, yarn, and be merry

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October 8th, 2011 Posted 1:58 pm

Squash Pie Recipe









This is definitely pre-internet.

The only reason I keep my Five Roses Cookbook is for this pie recipe and Date Squares.

Pumpkin Pie evolved to  Squash Pie. I enjoy the mountains of pumpkins at the farm market for their colour, and head for the squash bins.  Less watery. Nuttier,  and tastier.

I use butternut squash.  It’s dense, sweet and meaty.  Cook the seeded and sectioned   squash until tender in  just enough water to steam it.  When cool, remove skins and purree until really really smooth, and proceed with recipe.


Now, for the Phaeolus Sweinitzii which I talked about in  What’s in the Pot? post.






















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October 8th, 2011 Posted 10:14 am

Jelena Witchhazel










In my garden, just turning, the witchhazels…


Handspun Lincoln/Mohair and BFL/Kid Mohair

And in my kitchen, competing with the pumpkin pie making..

The intense cinnabar coloured Lincoln/Mohair roving from my earlier post, dyed with phaeolus sweinitzii and brazilwood, now spun into  yarn.

Cinnabar. Evocative.  There is so much history behind the colour red.

The name for the colour is synonymous with the ore cinnabar: Mercury Sulphide which was mined in Spain to make Vermillion for the artists of Pompeii.  It is also an ingredient in some alchemist recipes for the Philosophers Stone.

It feels like alchemy too, dyeing fiber with mushrooms and brazilwood , this ancient dyestuff, which gave a country a name and was so sought after in the Renaissance for sumptuous textiles.



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