One day, Little Patti went with her friends Bonnie and Lisa to Holland Farms to pick blueberries.
Little Patti and Bonnie brought along their small plastic pails and Lisa brought two plastic pails to put berries in. “We will take our berries to the bakery and freeze them,” said Bonnie.
“Then we will have food for the winter.”
With profound apologies to Robert McCloskey.
Its that time of year when the blueberries are ripe for the picking. We have the good fortune of having a local family open up their farm after the commercial harvest to the locals for a $2.00 a pound free for all. Bonnie, Lisa, and I pulled out our hats, sunscreen and coolers and spent last Thursday on the ten acre farm harvesting the berries left behind by the pickers. This year yielded a bumper crop of berries. I was able to harvest about 40 lbs. Here is my favorite muffin recipe Here's Bonnie making sure that we are harvesting the only the best.
We reconnoitered in the bakery later that night to spread our berries on ten large commercial baking sheets to flash freeze them in the walk in freezer. During the down time, we knit. I have started on another pair of socks. Surprise, surprise. The yarn, Panda Cotton, was a Christmas present from Bonnie and is aptly called Grapes and Blueberries. The pattern is a freebie online called Forget Me Not from Fiber Dreams blog. Its a little anklet with a lace pattern that knits up quickly.
Although I swore to my self to become a more monogamous knitter, I seem doomed to fail in this hopeless pursuit. I console myself by being true to my New Year's resolution and not purchase yarn, to knit from my stash instead. My only purchases this year were a new swift, ball winder, and OK. I caved in and bought a Vintage sock kit from the Tsock Tsarina. All the blather online about how great these socks are overwhelmed into the purchase. My overstock of yarn is slowly selling thanks to Ravelry. I go through the baskets every month and grit my teeth and add to the sales page. My baskets are still overflowing...I am happily rewinding yarn using my berry colander.
Here's to lots of summer knitting!