On Sunday morning I went with friends to pick sour cherries. I picked, washed and pitted about 8 pounds. I froze a bunch, made a Russian summer drink called kompot and a kind of fruit crisp dish for people who don't like oats or regular pastry. Tough customers I have.
About the Big Swatch, Helen, I think I might get back onto it this week. I've been pushing ahead with the blanket edging but it's so deadly that I have to turn to something else occasionally and I have only about 10 rounds left on Big Baby before it's done. That means I'll be turning to Big Swatch next.
Myfanwy - I've borrowed the Gladys Amedro book from a friend who purchased it recently. If I do knit it, the first thing to sort out will be exactly how much yarn is required. The book says 10 hanks of 1 ply cobweb lace wool (Jamieson's). The question is, since the time of writing, did Jamieson's change the amount of yarn in their hanks of 1 ply? How many yards/meters are required? According to the Ravelry pattern page, we'd need 2250 yards of 1 ply for this shawl. The Jamieson's site says their Cobweb Ultra has 175 metres per skein. Raveller LisaRae, however, says their cobweb skeins have gotten larger. Her project page says she used 3800 yards. Wah!