Tuesday, July 8, 2014

194:Camelids and Cherry Picking


Little Jubilee took herself on a tour of our home this week.

Summer Mindfulness Retreat in Camarillo, CA: July 25, 2014. $50 to attend. We are taking names for the wait-list.
Game plan:
Limited to 10-15 people
Mindfulness lessons, meditation, self-hypnosis training by the ocean.
Road trips to local yarn shops.
Road trips to local high-end outlet malls.

Info is here. Come have a fun weekend by the sea of meditation, mindfulness, and shopping with your fiber-buddies! We are going to have a mellow, fun, relaxing few days together to feel good and hang out.)

(PSSSST: Dizzy Blondes may be bringing some yarn to Camp Cog!)

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

We are up to 11 people.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
More information here! Sign-ups for people who have already attended HAVE BEGUN! Sign ups for newbies begin JULY 1st!

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Not yet finished:
The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller .
One Row Lace Scarf
The Blueberry Waffle Socks in colorway Witchwind from Forbidden Woolery
Halloween Linen Stitch Cowl

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.

Dizzy Blondes: 

Plans for Tour de Fleece 2014 are discussed.

Ranch of the Oaks now has my camelid fiber for processing and expect to have it done by CFR6! And I had a blast touring Solvang, founded to be a Danish town. So I had smorgasbord and enjoyed the scenery.

Quechua before and after her haircut: BEFORE:





Stop running to the shrine of your fears.

Put a Lid On It:
I went cherry picking for the first time and scored over 10 pounds of really perfect Bing cherries:





Aw Shoot!

Roxy/Tirion Du is helping me to exercise. Waaaay too much info re: how to use your legs on a horse.


Summer Running Essentials:
Please remember to hydrate you and any running pals.
Important facts:
one gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds
Any mammal can carry only up to one quarter of its weight.

Ruffwear backpacks for dogs.

Something I Really Like:

Cherry harvesting for myself! I didn't have to climb any trees, I scored all sorts of neat info about cherries and ripeness, bought local honey, and then...got down to pitting. For days. But the canning, snacking, and pickling have been exquisite!


Mint Jelly, Pickled cherries (in back), Simply Delicious Cherry Chutney, amaretto-cherry Jam. (above)


The stages of Cherry Pickles: cherries in quart jar with vinegar, cherries layered with sugar for final stage, cherry-infused vinegar in front. (above)

The recipe for the pickles is on Pinterest on my board I LOVE FOOD! and also on the blog at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com.


A loving and regretful farewell to Karen, KnitterCritter.

Solvang meanderings, camelid shearing, general CFR news.

My dinner at the smorgasbord in Solvang:


A Danish windmill in Solvang:


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