24 March 2011
Hand issues* continue this week, so instead of playing with the gingham cottons that I bought a couple of weeks ago, I'm trying to satisfy my creative urges by playing with gingham jam lids.
Jam making was prompted by too many empty jam jars, and cheap apricots at the market on the weekend. I used Stephanie's Apricot Jam recipe and my candy thermometer, once again, this time not bothering to include the kernels as she directs (in my experience it's a very fine line between cracking the pips enough to get the kernels out, and cracking them enough that the kernels are smooshed to pieces), and adding one peach to the mix. Hence the labels.
The peach was languishing in the fridge, past it's eating best. I do love jam making as a way of making something delicious out of fruit that isn't in great condition for eating fresh. I also love wiping the pot clean with some fresh bread. Yum.
More creative spaces here.
*On the hand front, his week included an ultrasound, visit to my osteopath, visit to my GP and visit to an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in upper limbs. Next week includes visit to a hand clinic for custom moulded hand and thumb splint, and ultrasound guided cortisone injection, and the start of a probable two month rest and rehab process. Probably with no (or in my optimistic dreams, perhaps just a little) hand craft. At least there is hope for some rapid improvement, but the thought of another two months without any active crafting is seriously disappointing to say the least.