Shawl + Strawberries

+ little boys + flowers

All good things.

I finished up my Gotland shawl, got it blocked, and will now tuck it away until I figure out who needs it (Beatrix says that she does, but I’m not sure.)  It turned out a little smaller than I expected, but is still very pretty.  The pattern is called the Lonely Tree Shawl and it was a very quick, fun knit.  The Gotland yarn was great to work with, unlike any other yarn I’ve used.  It has a luster that is just lovely, and a really nice drape.

It’s strawberry time at our house and I’ve been making these yummy strawberry shortbread bars.  I started with this recipe, subbed butter for shortening, and omitted all the sugar, subbing maybe 1/4 cup of maple syrup, maybe not even that much.  I have made them with a couple of different gluten free mixes rather than regular flour and then added the oats just as called for.  For the filling I use strawberry chia jam, which is surprisingly very good.  The recipe is from The Grain-Free Family Table.  Lightly mash 10 oz fresh strawberries with 1 Tablespoon honey.  Let sit for about ten minutes then add 2 1/2 Tablespoons chia seed + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.  Chill for at least 30 minutes.  Use this jam instead of the applesauce called for in the recipe for the bars.

My kids were skeptical about whether or not these would be edible considering that I only used a little maple syrup rather than the cup of sugar the bars call for, but then I couldn’t keep them out of them.  I really like them too!

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! ~

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I haven’t done much reading this week, but the few pages I have read were from My Family and Other Animals, which I am really enjoying.  I think I’m a little wacky in that while people talk about summer reading, and knitting when the weather is cool, I do kind of the opposite.  Well, I think I probably knit at about the same rate all year long, but I don’t think I read as much in the summer.  There is just too much to do when the weather is warm!

I swatched last night for the Tales from the Isle of Purbeck mystery knit along, and I am so excited about the first clue being released today!  I am knitting it in Hole & Sons wool, making this knit along feel super special.  With each installment of the pattern, Ben, the farmer behind Hole & Sons wool will be adding his own tales about his farm!  It’s going to be full immersion knitting.  (The latest batch of Hole & Sons wool sold out very quickly, but if you are interested in joining this MKAL, there are lots of great alternative yarns that are very much in the spirit of this project.  You can find some ideas in this thread in the by Annie Claire Ravelry group.)


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