Yarn Along–Shawl Take 2 & Strawberry Jam


Progress is being made on my new shawl design!  I washed and blocked the first half of the prototype.  I’m going to run short of yarn to complete it, but I’m considering adding a bit of a border and including the modification as a shawlette sized option.  Luckily, I have no shortage of fingering weight yarn in my stash, so I got to work on a second version in Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet in Garnets and Rubies that I have 2 skeins of, so no worries about coming up short this time around.

Any recommendations for a name for my shawl?  I usually come up with a name right away, but I’m feeling pretty stuck on this one.  There’s a chevron lace edging and a feather lace panel as well…  And I tend to choose bird inspired names anyway, so this should be a homerun, but I’m just not coming up with anything. I’d love it if you’d leave a suggestion in the comments!

I’ve been so excited to add some more jams to my little stash, and Canning for a New Generation has been the perfect guidebook!  There is a good mix of very traditional recipes as well as some that are fantastically creative–like the Strawberry Lavender Jam I made yesterday.  (I also made Nectarine Jam last week from this book and it’s so good!)  I am really loving this collection of canning recipes and would highly recommend this book!  And, of course, you can’t eat yummy jam without some awesome homebaked bread to go with it!

IMG_1782 IMG_1793 IMG_1791Linking up with Ginny today for Yarn Along!  And be sure to check out her post entitled One Dozen Shawls for Love 🙂

11 comments on “Yarn Along–Shawl Take 2 & Strawberry Jam

  1. Strawberry Lavender jam sounds really good! There’s a cool little organic farm in Bayfield, WI that sells amazing Blueberry Lavender jam. I don’t eat a lot of jam but we can’t travel through that area without picking up another jar of that yummy treat.

    • That sounds amazing! I’ll have to see if I can find a recipe for something similar–if the bunnies would ever stop eating all of our blueberries I might even be able to gather enough for a small batch 🙂

  2. Oh, I can’t think of a name for your shawl, but I can’t wait to see the pattern; it is gorgeous! Maybe something with “waves” in the name, because that is what I thought of when I saw the chevron – something like “Sea and Sky” for the waves and the feathers maybe?

  3. Ohhhh those colours are absolutely amazing! I’ve always wanting to try canning. I’m hoping this year I can at least manage some jam, since we don’t have much of a vegetable garden (none of a vegetable garden) thanks to squirrel infestations.

    • Jams are easy at least. I’ve never done any vegetable cannning as we don’t have much of a garden either (or a pressure canner for that matter) but I do have a pretty nice variety of jams on the shelf 🙂

  4. Your shawl is beautiful, I love the edging. My favourite bird here in Australia is a fairy wren. They are gorgeous delicate birds.
    I have that canning book and have never dared try the strawberry lavender jam in case no one liked it! Was it successful, taste good? We have to wait for strawberry season and I’m not sure if my jam will make it!

    • Thank you! I just looked up pictures of the Fairy Wren–they’re gorgeous! I love the coloring. The jam tastes amazing. The lavender is really subtle (it only calls for 1 tablespoon fresh lavender) but it definitely adds a lovely floral characteristic. In fact, if someone didn’t know it was made with lavender it would be the sort of taste they couldn’t quite put their finger on. I’m sort of sad the recipe made only 4 half-pints…I’ll probably have to make at least one more batch 🙂

  5. Your shawls are so lovely–I really like the design. I don’t have a great name to suggest, but do like the sound of Fairy Wren. I think I just really love wrens of all kinds.
    Your jams are going to be so delicious and it is hard for me to realize it is the beginning of canning season already! I feel like I just finished that up . 🙂

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