Saturday, 30 July 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Random words that catch your attention

“But to ken that ane's purpose is right, and to make their heart strong, is the way to get through the warst day's darg.”

The Heart of Mid-Lothian

Darg. Looking on Amazon at the new book by Sharon Miller on Love Darg Shetland Shawls, came across the word again.I first encountered it several years ago in a back issue of People's Friend magazine, where they had a Love Darg knitting event - people sent in knitted items to be dsitributed to charities.
Darg is defined as a day's work, or a task worked at and completed within a defined time limit.
A wonderful word, it has many possibilities I think!

Round and round

I finally got around to finishing this off this morning - just had one small seam to sew at the edges of the border and darn in the ends, but it's been hanging about a while now.
Knitted in the round, in lambswool that I got from the Scrapstore, about 30'' or so across. When finished, it was washed, then dyed in one piece with nettles, using an alum mordant. The pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac, one of  my all-time favourite knitting books. There is one small patch where the dye is uneven , but that's the nature of handmade with love :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Amy Winehouse

Wise words for a Monday evening

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

Free ice cream

This is on its way to the freezer right now:
Free gooseberry icecream :)

One carton double cream past its sell-by date in the shop, so no charge and better than throwing it in the bin. Heat gently with one egg yolk from the generous feathered ones at the top of the garden, don't let it boil, but heat until it thickens. Remove from heat and add generous quantity of homegrown gooseberries from a jar that didn't seal properly first time, so has to be eaten up (sugar already in bottling syrup). Combine well,  pour into bowl and freeze.
Do puddings get any better?

Funky hair and a homemade skirt...............

Guess whose daughter this is?!  LOL