Friday, October 3, 2014

leaf-knitting


Did you know dried blue malva flowers are nice in a moon bath? If you put the flowers in a little muslin bag and squeeze it in warm bathwater it'll turn the water blue but it won't turn you blue -- especially nice on a blue moon (the second full moon in a month). In case you're wondering we haven't had a blue moon since 2012 and the next one is July 31, 2015. I used to make gift blue moon bath kits -- and when I came across an old package of blue malva flowers in a plastic bin in the basement, I had my doubts that there would be any color left at all much less blue, but there's a touch of violet in that warm water. We'll see how some snippets of alum-mordanted wool look after a few days.

I've been knitting and loving woolly leaves for book markers and maybe a garland of some sort.

A little bundle of semi-dried thyme makes a perfect cup of tea. Five minutes in hot water also seemed to rehydrate the leaves and they look and smell good enough for a few more go 'rounds. Thyme tea for medicinal use would need to be infused much longer but I like it this way simply for its delicate taste. The bundle-in-a-cup method works nicely and there's no straining involved.  Now I'm thinking about which other herbs this technique would work with.

I read that tomatoes should be picked with stems intact to ripen better inside and these twosomes hang perfectly on the drying rack. Two rows, close to the floor in case they break away -- and the dogs are not one bit interested.

Thanks for visiting and happy weekending. See you Moonday! xo

15 comments:

deanna7trees said...

love your leaf knitting.

Peggy said...

Thanks, Deanna, I'm so into knitting again.

Joan@CopperCreeker said...

i always enjoy my visits.
gorgeous pictures and you have wonderful tips and ideas

Peggy said...

Hi Joan! And thank you...see you over at small journeys.

Ms. said...

refreshing--a few moments with your visions and doings and I'm all healed. ((((<3))))

Ms. said...

<3 is a heart when you type it into an email or face book...but not here I see. So I'm sending a heart with all my heart to you and yours.

jude said...

i love how the tomatoes look like this. about time to pick mine and get the garden ready for winter.

liniecat said...

The leaves are delightful yes!
I've all but used up my late tomatoes now, by eating a sort of bruschetta. Ive taken to lightly sorte-ing stale bread in coconut oil which really adds to the flavour too.
Im going to miss my home growns lol
Are the bees all snuggled in yet for winter?

Nancy said...

I feel the seasons changing over here :) The leaves are so sweet, but I will add that my first thought was 'mice'!!

handstories said...

A blue moon bath, there's something to look forward to…
your leaves are sweet. I'm impressed by all of your i-chord, it makes me a little nuts to do it.

Peggy said...

Michelle, I wonder how I could change that so it would show as a heart image...but I knew what you meant...and back to you <3!

Peggy said...

Jude, hanging the tomatoes has worked really well, only one has fallen on the floor and they're ripening nicely.

Peggy said...

Lyn, oh that sounds so good made with coconut oil, yum! The bees are doing well, I'll be suiting up to check on them one day this week. :)

Peggy said...

Nancy, ha! No mice, not even cute little knitted ones!!

Peggy said...

Cindy, thanks -- I know what you mean, crocheting a chain goes a lot faster!