Friday, March 25, 2016

The Bridal Shawl is Finished!

The bridal shawl I've been working on for my daughter is finally done! It was a big project, especially since I've only knitted one other lacey shawl before. I wasn't sure I was up to this skill-level wise, but the pattern was written so well that it was a pleasure to knit. For those who want to know, it's the Alberta Shawl pattern on Ravelry.

Monday, March 7, 2016

My teasel root tincture is ready!

It's been two weeks since I gathered some first-year teasel roots, chopped them up in the food processor and left them to soak in vodka in a dark closet. Today I filtered the roots out by straining the tincture through several layers of cheesecloth and squeezing the heck out of it. I then let the liquid filter through a coffee filter. I now have a nice, clear, brown-ish liquid. 

Here is what my tincture looks like now:

Before filtering:

After filtering:

Now I can begin taking 3 drops 3 times a day for six weeks (I may build up to the three drops over a few days). Here's hoping it helps my fibromyalgia.