This is an apothecary spoon sent to me by my friend Ember. (http://kindredofthequietway.blogspot.com). She had inherited it from her friend Margery, an artist. I think it is ideal for my herbal work; I guess it holds a little less than a tablespoon. I used it in this jar of chile powder, and it works so well for scooping out a small amount, without the flat awkwardness of a teaspoon. Herbal recipes are never exact; pinch of this, smidge of that, spoonful or handful. I am delighted with it.
Some of my favorite things are old and may seem insignificant. Instead of an expensive umbrella swift for winding a skein of yarn off my spinning wheel, this is what I have, a forty dollar find at an antique shop.
It has a couple of repairs, was some red colour, looks like someone tried to refinish it. It doesn’t matter. I have skeined hundreds and hundreds of yards of handspun on it.
This is the apothecary spoon next to an antique Sabatier chef’s knife I inherited. It is carbon steel, solid as a brick, and holds a wicked edge. If I could have just one of my knives, it would be this one.
Three lovely little things that make life easier…