Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bountiful Harvest time

and setting down stores for the winter. 

Now we have some beautiful weather for a while, the world around me feels quite calm (for a change!!)

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Having tackled Pickle, Chutney and Jam, not forgetting Sweetcorn relish over the last few days – I am feeling really good about not letting the Summer Bounty go to waste – plums are illustrated, and I have blackberrys and crab apples ready to go. 

The Piccalilli was a recipe courtesy of the The Big Allotment Challenge – which I found fascinating, even if it was quite disjointed – each episode seemed to cover too large a timespan and I got confusedConfused smile

Unfortunately though the smell was appalling and when decanting it into jars it smelled and looked like baby poop… Having said that, when we had a taster when it cooled enough to try – wow….worth all the grief !!

I would though do things differently to the original writers and as usual the methodology is confusing to me and doesn’t flag up enormous waiting times for things like salt to work, where I could usefully be doing other things. 

I am in the middle of loads of projects, but unfortunately my painting mojo has had to take a back seat as the mess which is my home really needs to be tackled and as I lose 3-4 days every week sorting out Toby – well what can I say? !!!

I had thought I had a spinning project to start – but have now mislaid that particular bump of wool, but the good news is I found another one, equally beautiful and am now on that task. 

With serendipitous good fortune I came across a pattern which would fit today via Craftsy – except I can’t link to the Pattern here…but I have found it on Ravelry… there’s a surprise !!

High Plains Poncho

It isn’t the gauge that I am spinning too (I use 5.5 mm as my weapon of choice) – so I think I may have to think through some adaptions – that said I knit loosely anyhow – and I find my knitting does stretch. 

The blend I am working with has alpaca in it (I think from memory) as well as Merino – and it is a delicate lilac shade.  Perfic.

Photos and details to follow….

In the meantime here is a rose from my garden for you to enjoy – the one which was a rose, then a dog rose, then has some rose hips on it and now back again as a rose… It is called Irish Blessings – so with the sun shining the way it is today I am counting mine – Smile 

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Online Knitting Class

(here is a link through to craftsy – excellent classes on there, including one by Amy Singer I would highly recommend !!).  Any revenue received from links goes to a Disability Support Service who helped Toby so much.

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