In The Craft Room
There has been some progress on the craft front this week. As we approach the end of the kitchen renovation we’ve been able to put our living space back together which means I can get my wheel out at last! I started where I left off by picking up my Fellview Fibres advent calendar. I started off spinning them individually with my default spin but it wasn’t really giving me any joy so I spread the remaining rolags out and thought about how they might work together in a yarn.
First up is this gradient-style spin which has been a really lovely project to ease myself back into crafting. I’m aiming for a heavy lace, but I’ll just see what it is at the end. It uses rolags 8 9, 17, and 18. I’m not sure what my next one will be, maybe something using those darker rolags, 4, 6, and 10. I’m not great with colour and tend to play too safe (dull). What would you put together?
In The Garden
We’ve had a lot of rain this week so there hasn’t been much actual work in the garden. I did manage to get my maincrop potatoes in before things turned too bad. I’m still harvesting a few leeks and the early potatoes I planted back in Feb/March and left in the polytunnel have really shot up this week, I need to get those bags topped up with compost.
I did check on my compost bin this week. I’m a compost novice and at the end of last season I had a bit of a sludgy mess which was disappointing. I haven’t added to it over winter and have left it to slowly do it’s thing and after turning it over this week it now looks like this.
It’s a bit woody in places but I think this looks about right, right? It’s taken since 2020 to get it to this point, so around two and a half years. I’m not really sure how long it’s supposed to take but I’m pretty happy with the (small) amount I have here. I guess it’s time to start getting it filled up again. I wonder if my slow worms will be back this summer? I didn’t turn it much last year because I didn’t want to disturb them, so I’m giving it a good turn regularly now.
In The Kitchen
We are very nearly at the end! It’s been two and a half months without a functioning kitchen/dining room. It’s been very stressful at times, and I was really starting to tire of microwaved things, but here we are.
I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and what a difference it has made to how I feel about my home. I’ve been putting this project off for a few years so I had really run the old kitchen into the ground and I felt quite depressed about the space. It’s obviously still a small space, but I’m finally enjoying cooking again and the light, both real and artificial, is so much lighter and brighter.
In Other News
That’s it for my round up this week. We did have a trip to Hay on Wye to trawl for books – it did not disappoint! We also discovered the Hay Distillery which is a lovely local venture. They make their own very lovely gins so we took the opportunity to have a few birthday cocktails! I’m not usually one for cocktails but we’ll definitely head here again.