Self-sufficient-ish

seeds, self-sufficiency, veg, rocket, lettuce, planting, growing

Rocket, living up to it’s name!

Today we woke up to see that our Rocket was already miles ahead of our other seeds! This afternoon, on checking again, we see that our radish is also pushing above the soil! All good stuff!

We started sowing our seeds two days ago – my bedroom windowsill is now looking like a mini greenhouse 😀

We sowed cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, onions, sprouts, radish, lovage, cress, various lettuce, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (sing along..) We need more compost, but as soon as we do we’ll be sowing ‘cut and come again’ lettuce, carrots, and beans.

I won’t have enough room to plant all of the seedlings, so they will be shared amongst my neighbours, community spirit at it’s best.. Now if I can barter them for some joinery work, even better!

We may even have room left for some flowers – we have scattered the poppy seeds Mum gave us, along with Sweet William, and we’ve got Alium and a ‘mystery’ seed (which she didn’t mark – can’t wait to see what it is!) in trays on the kitchen windowsill.

Roll on self-sufficient ish 😀

Pattern Testing *shrugs*

cable, shrug, knit, pattern
This week I’ve been test-knitting this lovely cabled shrug, designed by Elaine Knight of Knitwits.

I chose a lovely chunky, merino mix yarn, in charcoal, and settled down with Elaine’s notes.

It worked up fairly quickly, has a lovely mix of stitch patterns and is very snuggly!

I took some photos, wrote up my musings, packaged it up in .pdf form, and emailed it this afternoon.

Elaine’s pattern is now available to buy from her Misi Shop or through Ravelry

Bring on Autumn! 😀

Stalls, socks, sadness and a touch of sun..

monkeys, bunting, gloves, stall, fair, We had a craft fair on Easter Sunday, it was the second one I’ve done, so this one was a little less stressful – even if I did forget half my stock, at least I remembered a float this time!

It was organised by the lovely Channa, of Oh Sew Nice – if you have little ones in your family, you really should check out her site 😀

Customers were still a bit thin on the ground, but the ones who were there were lovely, and as I was knitting socks at my table, I ended up deep in conversation with quite a few people who were reminiscing about how long it had been since they had seen anyone doing that, and how their mother/wife used to make them socks when they were younger. The general consensus was that said socks used to be very scratchy, and I had a lot of touchy-feeliness with the (very soft) wool I was using. The sweetest of these conversations was with a little girl of about 8, who shyly told me her grandma was teaching her to knit with two needles, and could I show her how to do it with five!

I spent my profits on beautiful handmade soaps from Karen!

The proceeds of the fair went to the local branch of Chernobyl Childrens Life Line.

socks, sadness, warmth, comfort
So.. we’ve covered the stall bit, onto socks and sadness.. Here they are, the socks that I started at the fair. Complete, and warming my feet as I type. Excuse the bad photo, the light was fading too fast to get more.

They take a lot of time, socks.. But I’ve been dwelling anyway, so I needed something to occupy the time. I’ve been dwelling on the business – sales seem to be few and far between at the moment, and it’s making me question things; is my range too small, are my prices correct, etc..

I’ve been sad, to tell the truth.

Months have passed by with me only making things to stock the shop, and I’ve made nothing for my family, or our home, in quite a while, and to not be selling regularly makes this even sadder. So, I’ve taken a few days out, to ponder, and mull, and maybe sulk a little, and I’ve made socks. And I feel a bit better you know! I have a thing about handmade socks anyway, they’re pretty and practical, and they allow a gentle rhythm of the hands whilst the brain goes ten to the dozen. They warm not only my feet, but the cockles of my heart.

Oh, and the sun part of this post.. It’s been lovely and warm last couple of days.. Sock wearing weather I don’t think! 😀

Rain, hail, finally a bit of sun..

daffodils, springbeautiful white drops of winter
It’s been really cold here lately, with plenty of rain and a touch of hail, and although it’s doing my new plants the world of good, it’s also stopping me from getting out in the garden and doing more. I thought I’d put up a couple of photos I took a few weeks ago, photos that make me smile to look at them, and make me long for a bit more sun!
We’re looking forward to get started on planting the vegetables. Last year we planted potatoes, onions and tomatoes, but only really had any luck with the tomatoes – I think I put the others in too shady a place, so we’ve moved things around, and the semi-shaded area is now being dug to create a wildlife pond, to hopefully accomodate the frogs we always see in the garden, and we’ve put up window boxes for kitchen herbs, and will be doing hanging baskets for strawberries, and containers for everything else. Hopefully it’ll all work out!

In the meantime, we’ve been doing a lot of reading, drawing, sewing and baking. I love this photo of the cakes, though I can’t take any of the credit for them, from stirring, to spooning, to decorating and finally to eating, they are all the work of a very proud little one 😀

And would you look at our new book stash that was delivered today! 😀

tasty hey?!books, learning, sore throat