Today we will be doing it a bit differently… Today we will go in reversed chronology!
My week ended with us popping in to a knit festival. Unfortunately, I did not sign up for any of the classes (even though they were in English, which is super awesome!) which turned out to be a fortunate thing after all, because I would’ve had to skip it since it turns out we had something on in the countryside this weekend.
So, the knit festival! I got to meet some terribly sweet alpacas!
They were seriously the sweetest animals I’ve seen so far… Despite their size, which is like that of a pony, they were as meek as lambs and had the cutest little voices. After thinking about it for a long time*, I tried petting one of them and oh, so soft, fluffy and warm!
*They are bigger than most animals I encounter. I was also worried about stressing them out, but they seemed happy enough.
Here the 3 little alpacas were being very interested in 2 little dogs passing by.
L was interested in the alpacas for maybe 5 minutes. Then he was more interested in climbing up and down the stairs.
Towards the end of the excursion, M brought L over and told me someone gave L a little wooden butter knife!
The wooden butter knife is sitting on the yarn I bought at the knit festival… I told myself I would not buy more than 1 item, mostly because I already have a big stash and also because we will most probably be moving soon. (I’m looking forward to the move very much, especially if it means more storage space out of L’s reach!)
So, the yarn I chose in the end is Colinette’s Parisienne in Jay, a deep teal with tonal variegation. I do not typically go for variegated colours, but this one don’t seem like it will go nuts on pooling.😉 I also had my eyes on 2 new-to-me indie dyer, La Bien Aimee and Snail Yarn. They had such gorgeous colourways and delightful bases! If I remember correctly, Snail Yarn’s booth had set out some skeins of yarn that was the same colourway on 2 yarn bases, a lace mohair and a BFL, side by side. Imagine the possibilities! Won’t it be so interesting to knit something that has the same colourway but alternates between the 2 very different bases?!
The rose here was from HH’s garden, which is flourishing despite the cloudy/rainy weather we are having. And you haven’t heard much about my ‘garden’ because once again it did not work out. The diagnosis from VP (who has the greenest thumb I know of) is that there is simply not enough sunlight in my balcony and I suppose the cloudy weather was the last straw for the poor plants. Maybe next Summer I will be able to try in a much better location?
This weekend in the countryside had been busy. The autumny weather we’ve been experiencing had brought up a good crop of mushrooms! As a result, I have collected and dried enough mushrooms for the next year at least!
Yes, this much! (It might not seem terribly much, but mushrooms become really compact after being dried, so believe me when I say there is a lot of mushrooms in there!)
I chanced upon many young mushrooms that are in excellent condition. Here are some of them sitting on top of my new DPN set!
Yep, I decided to get a set of DPNs, because the ones I have are either missing, broken or the wrong size. These came with their own bag, which I have found from experience to be very useful in preventing them from getting lost, since I will always put them back in their spot after using them. The size printed on the sticks are pointless though. The ones I’ve (barely) used are already all rubbed off. In case anyone is interested in these, they are the knitpro Dreamz DPN set.
Back to the mushrooms. I spent a long time cleaning, slicing and drying them. The mushroom here looks bad but it is simply an orange birch bolete and they tend to stain blue/black when bruised, ultimately turning black when cooked/completely dried.
These are the mushrooms I dried in round 1. Thankfully, HH has a dehydrator which I could use in the cellar, because if not the whole house would be stinking like a wet dog.😛
I collected mushrooms in 3 total rounds. These are the loot from round 2. I stuck with the mushrooms I am familiar with, mainly the orange birch bolete, but sometimes the Bay Bolete, Porcini and Pine Bolete. I did not clean these boletes on site because I didn’t bring the mushrooming knife on the first 2 trips – I was not planning to go mushrooming; I was only walking L and putting him to sleep when I saw the big floppy hats of boletes beckoning me from the forest. Ironically, when I finally set about to go mushrooming in round 3, I did not find many mushrooms, only about 5.
These are the ones from Round 1, shown with HH’s mushrooming knife at the far right.
My favourite are the orange birch boletes. I love their vibrant orange caps!
Here is what I meant when I said ‘big floppy hats of boletes’ in the forest! Boletes tend to grow really big, but the big ones are usually not suitable for harvesting because they are full of worms! But they sometimes lead to younger and smaller boletes that are in good condition.
By the way, those splotches on my fingernails are nail-art roses.
Apart from boletes, the forest was full of other interesting fungi.
And clover patches!
And unfortunately, mosquitoes! I was almost eaten alive by the swarms of mosquitoes. That is probably my least favourite thing about the forest! The mosquitoes here are different from in Singapore… They are bigger so you can actually feel them when they bite! And the bitten area remains affected for many days. The ones in Singapore are like ninjas. You barely see them and don’t usually realise you’ve been bitten until it had flown off. Thankfully, the mosquitoes here don’t seem to carry diseases though!
These rocks are covered in the thickest layer of moss I’ve ever seen. Truly fascinating place! I’ve climbed up these rocks once, many years ago, with M (there was a dog barking non-stop up there and we thought someone might be hurt, so we went to check with TH).
And that is it for this week! Quite an eventful week, though not too much achieved craft-wise. Now I should pop off to bed. Have a great week ahead and I hope you’re having less rain than us!