Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Honey collecting

This post is a little late, but thought it was still worth documenting. Last December our beekeeper gave us the frames of honey from our hive to extract honey from and allowed us to keep it (it's technically hers). Most of the time, beekeepers carve off the caps of the honeycomb with a hot knife and use a centrifugal force machine to get it out. Since this was a very small-scale operation, we just strained the honey and wax through a cheese cloth and a sieve. It was a slow process that took about 2 days to work its way through.

Sweet, sweet licking.
Straining the honey from the wax.

The honey that is from our hive is on the left and the honey from the U of M that we bought is on the right. You can see a distinct difference in the color. Typically honey is heated up and kind of dehydrated so it will last longer, but our honey is raw and, if left for a long time, would ferment. We have gone though it so fast that that will not be a problem for us. We harvested about 2 bigger mason jars of our honey and one of the smaller ones that is on the left here. We are basically all out and it is April. 

Raw honey has some medicinal benefits and we have all been taking it at the first sign of a cold with some cinnamon due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and we have essentially been cold free up until last week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dotted rays shawl

I recently made this new shawl for myself called Dotted rays by Stephen West. It's rare when you are able to quantify your knitting project but this shawl basically took me: Season 3 of House of Cards, the entire first season of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a knitting guild meeting, part of a baby show, a bus ride to and from a St Patricks day parade and some march madness basketball games that I wasn't even remotely watching. In conclusion, it look a long time. I enjoyed it though and love the final result though. 
 Here it is in the beginning.

 Here it is all finished.
Here it is as I would wear it, kind of as more of a cowl, than a shawl. It doesn't look quite as bunchy on me as it does on my sick-looking model here. It is very warm, but too bad I will have to box it up soon until fall.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Passover and Easter

A pretty low key Passover/Easter for us this weekend. Eloise has been recovering from croup and something called stridor. We did manage to have a small seder with some neighbors and an egg hunt at a local park. Smiles all around.