Tuesday, October 12, 2010

making thyme

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The cooler weather has been moving in, and it is time to cut the thyme and other herbs for drying. The pumpkins and squash are in from the garden too. We didn't have a very big harvest this year, but what did grow was larger than years past.

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After hanging them for a few weeks, the herbs are ready to be stripped and bottled up. Stripping thyme can be a tedious job, but it really smells nice while you are doing it. I will save the stems to throw in the wood fire, or for simmering on the stove top.

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As I prepare this Lemon Thyme, my fingers tire from the stems constantly running over my fingertips as they peel off the dry leaves. I glance down at my hands, and think about all the work they do. I am grateful for my hands!

A Double-Flyer Wheel has been living here for the past few weeks! I have been spending my spare time with it! I will transport it down to the National Museum of the American Coverlet where I will be doing a workshop about how to spin on it. I think there is still time to sign up~ so if you find yourself in Bedford, Pennsylvania this weekend...come into the Museum!

My hands will be happy to show you how to spin twice as much yarn in half the time!

13 comments:

Gertieanne said...

Looks like milking a cow motion? Only what I have seen on TV.
Wish I could take your class. I do have an old double flyer wheel. To old to use though.

Valerie said...

Cyndy, that's amazing! I don't think that my left hand could control the twist nearly as well as my right hand....I'd end up with two very different yarns.

I didn't see you wet your fingers during the video...did I miss that? Love the music that accompanied the video.

Have fun this weekend!

Sharon said...

I love thyme, its probably one of my favourite herbs. Bummer about the less than usual pumpkin harvest - although they look so beautiful!

And you are amazing, I can't spin ONE thread as well as your 2!!!!

Mette said...

I do not spin, but I enjoyed your video. Meditative movements by your diligent hands.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The gourds and fresh thyme look marvelous. I bet your hands are very strong. I would like to watch you do your spinning.

cindy said...

Thank you for the lovely video and music. Tell me are you just twisting with your fingers or is the thread being twisted by the turning of the wheel. I can't tell from the video.

judy said...

You never cease to amaze me! Fantastic job of spinning, and a fantastic video. Looks like your tech skills are progressing as fast as your skills on ancient wheels. Just beautiful.

Funny how the veggies were more robust this year, my apples too.

Good luck this weekend, wish I could be there. Don't forget to have fun.

Jody said...

What a wonderful video Cyndy...I luv the music. It's almost like you are gently milking a tiny cow. Does the flax need alot of twist? I really enjoyed your CPW video....I am not enjoying spinning on my CPW's very much. I guess I just need to practice more.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Fantastic!

DebbieB said...

So very cool, Cyndy!

Cathy said...

I got to see that video! It sound fab!!

The thyme - yummm...

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Wow! I so wish I lived closer!

elizabeth said...

I love lemon thyme! Mine finally died this summer, but it was bought last year, so I got more than I bargained for. Have a great time this weekend!

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