Wednesday, January 21, 2009
W.I.P. Wednesday: Kumquats and Legwarmers
When we sold our house, I gave away our little kumquat tree, covered with about 20 almost ripe 'quats. Thanks to my friend Stephanie, I have about a gallon or more of sweet and sour ripe kumquats that I am planning on turning into preserves. She picked them herself, straight off a tree at her parents' in Hammond, LA. If you've never had a kumquat before, they're pretty unusual. First, you pop them in your mouth whole, you can either swallow the seeds or spit them out. Unlike most citrus, the peel of a 'quat is sweet, and the insides are tart--very much like a natural version of a Sweet Tart, if you're familiar with that candy. Sometimes you'll get a really delicious sweet one, but usually, they're just a little sweet with a whole lot of tart, that's why I think they'll be especially good preserved with a bunch of extra sugar added.
Another orange project in the works:
I found a cute pair of toddler cords at Thrift City, and I'm turning them into a pair of fitted legwarmers. I love the detail on the bottom. I just cut them from the pants, sewed in some elastic, and am sewing on a little piece of patterned polyester over the band at the top. I may embroider a bit on the leg too, we'll see how this evolves...