Thursday, August 25, 2011

ADD Without the H

I seem to have started a hundred projects, then run in circles trying to complete just one.  It's the hot, muggy middle of August, yet these days feel anything but lazy!

A gallon of milk sat too long in the fridge, so I found a recipe for making paneer and spent a few failed tries to achieve a wonderful little cheese!

I learned that:
  1. You have to really heat the milk, not just warm it. 
  2. It takes some time.
  3. You don't need to add anything except lemon juice.  
  4. It is as easy as falling down.
  5. The result is delicious!
  6. You can't really make ricotta from the leftover whey (or at least I couldn't).  
In fact, I don't know what you can do with it: it tasted lousy when used to make rice, and even the dogs turned their noses up at it.

Next and continuously (but not at the same time nor in the same bowls) was washing and dyeing fleece and fiber for Pluckyfluff's Yarnival event next week in Placerville (poster is here), and for other upcoming events in the fall.  The Yarnival is on Boeger Winery's grounds, and should be amazing fun, but work for Mikey since he has agreed (I think) to man the booth while I take a workshop on Saturday and Sunday.  Do you believe this progression?

Of course, the whole thing was on a much larger scale, involving two washing machines, the entire kitchen in the guest house/studio, and most of the week.  But what a lot to show for it!
 Dyes mixed and waiting -- my favorites.
 The simmering pot -- great expectations.
The rack rolls inside at night and stays out on the deck during the day.  Very convenient.

Woolllama, mohair and wool and even some ?????
The roving is a riot of color.


Laura McNeal said...

That looks like the most fun ever. I want to live at your house. And Yarnival! I nominate this for Best Made-Up Word.

Betty Bohemian said...

im quite envious of your set up! maybe sometime next year I'll have something set up