Anyway, with all that natural 4/8, I had to dye the warp stripe. It is a dark teal blue. The blue warp shrank a bit in the dyeing process, which made for an interesting time dressing the loom. The weft is a sheet that my daughter gave me when she cleaned out her closets. It was a fitted sheet, so a little less fabric, but there are also 2 pillow cases, if I need them. I like the way the dark and light warp stripes are so effective when woven up. I had been looking for a jersey sheet. Jersey t-shirts and sheet make awesome rugs, but I didn't think I had enough of any one colour and I wasn't sure that weft stripes, along with the warp stripes would be effective in this case.
|blackberries were purple in real life, not bright red.|
|after much fiddling with colour, I left them red .|
I addedd lemon juice and sugar. I used pectin because I didn't want to spend a lot of time in front of the stove. When it looked right, I popped it into hot jars, put new lids (always new lids) and finger tightened the rings down. Then they go into the hot water bath canner for 10 minutes, once it starts to boil again. I set a timer, so I have an audible reminder to take the jars out of the canner. I lift them out of the water bath, and set the jars on the counter to cool. I know every one who cans jars of anything, waits and listens for the pings that say the vaccuum seal is secure and all is good with this batch. They all pinged. I opened a jar, as there wasn't any left for tasting, after the jars were filled. It's good - not overly sweet and very blackberryish. Yum..
I'm still finding spatters of blackberry pulp around the kitchen, in places it shouldn't be; the stove backsplash, counters, cupboard doors. It was a messy but delicious job. I've made apricot and blackberry jam. I was trying to decide between plum or cherry for my final batch of the year. Both of those rank very high for flavour. I'd better decide soon as the blue plums won't be available for much longer.