A little bit of honey

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Rather than wait for reasonable temperatures, I decided to rob my bees in the early afternoon on a day with a high in the 90s.  I’m one of those crazy people who doesn’t mind suffering in the heat.  In fact, I like working outdoors in the summertime.  When I was finished, my shirt was soaking wet and I was pretty red in the face, but it was worth it.

Historically speaking, we aren’t the world’s best beekeepers, and taking honey has only been an option twice, in four seasons of beekeeping.  But this year I feel like things are starting to finally click for me, so hopefully next year we will harvest more than a few quarts of honey.  Maybe taking honey will become so commonplace that I don’t feel the need to have a picture of myself taken while holding a frame of it.  Ha!  Actually, I like that it feels special and I am awfully grateful for the little I was able to take last week.  As always, I have high hopes for the future.

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

yarn along (1 of 1)

I ordered a few skeins of Beaverslide worsted weight yarn in the Winter Wheat colorway a few weeks ago, with plans to knit something for one of my girls.  When the yarn arrived they didn’t love the color, but I did.  So, I ordered another few skeins and decided that I would knit myself a yellow Barn Sweater even though my original plan for this sweater was for it to be a more neutral shade.  I’ve knit a couple of sweaters in Beaverslide yarn, and while I really love the way it wears (it hardly pills) and feels, there isn’t much elasticity to the yarn, making it hard on my hands.  Someone suggested washing the skeins before washing, and I am doing that, in addition to knitting at a slightly looser gauge than the pattern calls for, but ultimately I believe I will just need to make this a slow knit, which is fine and totally worth it to own a sweater knit from such beautiful wool.

I was at a friend’s house last week and noticed a copy of The Rosie Project sitting on her table.  Her mom had passed it to her saying it was a funny story.  I borrowed it and read it over the past few days, and totally smiled all the way through.  It’s a romantic comedy and the main character has Asperger’s Syndrome.  Having family members with similar characteristics, I could really relate to some aspects of the story.  I’ve just started reading Counting by 7s, and I think I’m really going to enjoy it too.


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