Ahhh, oops, I forgot (insert the multitude of things on our to-do lists this time of year here)____!
That's about how every 'okay, I can relax a minute now and get my thoughts together,' moment goes in my world right now. A busy time, but a good time because giving is something I really enjoy doing. It's hard to remember that sometimes, though, when the lists get longer, the days left to ship 'gifts' gets shorter and time seems ever more elusive. Also, really, how fast can one knit without going permanently cross-eyed and falling over dizzy from intensely staring at the needles trying to will them to work faster magic?
Every year, I vow to knit for MORE of my friends and loved ones. Yes, you read that right, MORE. Experience, the passing of the newness of the life I've taken on as a fiber artist, reality, and a total understanding that I am lucky to manage the basic list I've had for years (which may or may not be due to the fact that I never seem to get it together and actually start all of my made projects before Thanksgiving - LOL) do not appear to have affected my hopes and dreams of knitting something for everyone. Clearly, something has to change but I'm unclear, at this moment of crazed holiday making fever to discern whether it will be the ridiculously late start date, the expectations, or the cold, bleak hand of reality gripping my 'to do' list and tearing it to shreds with an indignant flounce in front of my face.
Want to make your own? This recipe is super easy!
1 1/4 lbs jalapeno peppers, split in half and seeds/stems removed
2 cups apple cider vinegar
juice of half a lemon
1/2 inch of grated ginger
6 cups of sugar
2 pkgs sure gel pectin powder
Put the jalapeno halves and the vinegar in the blender and puree. Pour into saucepan with sugar, lemon juice, ginger and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 mins. Stir regularly to avoid scorching. Skim foam off the top.
Add about 4 tbsp water to the pectin powder in a bowl and stir well to remove clumps. Stir into your boiling jelly mix. Continually stirring, boil mixture for about 2 minutes. Add 2-3 drops green food coloring if desired for color. Pour into jars. Put clean lids and rims on jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 mns. Check jars for seals, label, give most away - keep some for the loved ones IN YOUR HOUSE!
A variation if you want a relish - add 2 cups cranberries, slice and diced (removing seeds) lemon and 1 orange, 1 tsp vanilla extract - add 1 cup of vinegar and sugar as well. Follow exactly as above adding all fruit in the very beginning. Makes a spicy, tart, sweet relish! Looks gorgeous in gift basket.
I would just like to admit, right here and now, that the jelly is going in my packages but I still insisted on including knits as well - LOL. I have some serious weaving in of ends and toe closures to do as I've been knitting scarves and cranking socks like a madwoman! #noselfcontrol
My girl is all about Steampunk so those trinkets were brass key charms, black pearls, glass beads and some wooden skulls. What happened after that took only about 4 hours of knitting and produced, even with all of those charms, a 5 ounce scarf that is SO SOFT, so blingy, and so easy I may make a few more, oh, I don't know, instead of sleeping tonight:) We'll see. This simple keyhole scarf was made like this:
These keys were a lot of work to spin into this yarn but I know they are the 'special' touch that will really thrill her to no end! Totally worth all that pre-stringing and coaxing it through my orifice. Spinning muggles, that is not as perverse as it sounds!