We’re leaving for Chicago tomorrow, which means finishing off side projects. The candied citrus peels, alas, won’t be quite ready – the cold floored me badly enough that I didn’t reboil them every day, as planned – so they’re going into the fridge while we’re gone. Not ideal, but I couldn’t think of a better option.
I also had several pounds of mandarin oranges which I had bought with the intention of making marmalade – a sweeter, less bitter version than the usual Seville orange marmalade. These wouldn’t last another five days without the peel drying out, so I chopped them up yesterday evening and made about 1.5 gallons of marmalade. This will go nicely over duck and into chocolates. It’s one of my favorite jams, after the sun-cooked strawberry jam I make every summer.
At this point I am pretty well set with Autumn Splendor. I have finished weaving one dark panel and am halfway through one light panel. I think I can complete that today. That leaves one dark panel to weave and the entire batch to wet-finish/dye over the weekend of January 7th. It also leaves weft for one dark and one light panel in reserve, should I happen to mis-cut a panel. After that I can start sewing!