Monday, August 15, 2022

Puppet Progress


I've made five puppets. My plan is to make five more before Friday. I think that's doable, assuming there are not too many interruptions. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Changing Gear


 It amazes me how ponderous it is to change from one craft to another. When I was making a lot of bath puppets, I was pretty slick and could whizz them out. But after a few months of not making them, the felt was stored in two different places, the pencil had gone to write grocery lists and I couldn't remember what settings to use on the sewing machine ! Anyway, I gathered everything together again, read the notes I'd written on machine settings and here we are, a crocodile. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Time Off

 It's a long weekend here. I haven't done much crafting, barely made a start on the sock I dyed wool for during the week. We watched some sport - rugby on a big screen and horse jumping for real. On Saturday I helped man a stall at a market to raise funds to support seniors in the community. We didn't sell much but it was good publicity. The raffle was very successful. Looks like a good route to people's pockets! I read a library book on Sunday, Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. Anne Tyler is one of my favourite authors. I was really lazy on Sunday because we had a braai in the afternoon and Jack did all the cooking. Yesterday I cooked up tomatoes with onion for the freezer. Today I've made date loaf and coffee biscuits to fill the tins. But this afternoon I must get back to my sewing machine and make some bath puppets. The next market is on the 20th. I have no puppets in stock and need to make 10 or so before then. 

What's a post without pictures?  This is the date loaf, cooling after coming out of the oven. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Melon And Ginger Jam


 A friend asked me to get her a melon to make jam with. I bought two and thought I'd have a go myself at making jam. The size and hardness of the skin were a bit daunting, but Jack offered to cut it up for me. Yesterday he cut half of it up. That seemed like enough to start with! I left it all overnight and cooked it this morning.

I hope I've reached the magic jell point. It took quite a while, so I may just have  reached the '...that'll do" point. 

When I was at boarding school, a long time ago, we called melon and ginger jam 'chameleon's guts'! We had all sorts of names for our food, from frogs' eggs to Zambezi mud. My jam looks a little less lumpy than the jam I remember. Perhaps I should have put more of the inner rind of the melon in. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Dyeing For Socks


I've just spun a double batch of wool, ten skeins altogether. I've left most of it unwashed until I know what it's going to become. I just washed and dyed these skeins - two full skeins and two half skeins - for socks. The sun is shining, so they should dry pretty quickly. 

I'm busy preparing cards and envelopes for the craft group to decorate on Friday. I was a bit shocked at how I'd forgotten how to make the envelopes! I had to consult Pinterest again. Admittedly, I did grasp the details much quicker than when I made them a couple of months ago. 

Monday, August 1, 2022



I finished another pair of fingerless gloves yesterday, to replace gloves I sold at the market. I managed to buy some pink wool dye locally. It's not the same brand as the dye I usually use, so I wasn't sure I could use it together with my usual dye. But it worked fine. I read the label carefully and learnt that the acid and spreader are already mixed with the dye. So I added vinegar and dishwashing liquid to the blue dye as usual, but just added water to the pink. I set the dye in oven as usual, ignoring the instructions for boiling on the pink label! A customer at the last market asked if I had anything in pink. Now I can say yes. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

From The Garden


We got the first egg yesterday.  Hopefully it'll be the first of many from our five little hens. 

The pansies that I bought at the market a couple of months ago are flowering beautifully. They turn out to be difficult to photograph, but here are a few attempts:

The petunias are still flowering madly too. 

Jack has a good crop of cherry tomatoes. I wasn't sure what to do with them, other than put them in salads, so I had a look on Pinterest. I found several recipes for roasted cherry tomatoes that are bottled in oil. I read all the recipes and took bits from them to create my own. 

There was a bit more than one jar, so I put the excess onto toast for lunch. The roasting really concentrates the flavour of the tomatoes - delicious. 

I made gooseberry jam this morning, using Cape gooseberries from the garden. It is still hot, so I haven't yet labelled the jars. 

And we had strawberries on our porridge for breakfast.