Kitchen herbs

I have a very roughly built raised bed at the corner of my house that my son and I built last year. Last year I put annuals in that flourished and looked beautiful, but this year I couldn’t decide what I wanted there. I thought about holding out until fall and planting bulbs for next year (with annuals again for the summer). I thought about perennials. I thought about a lot of things.

But then I got the kitchen garden in and realized I left myself no room for any kitchen herbs. Oops. I’ve tried an herb container garden. It didn’t go well.

Viola! That’s what I’d do with this bed. Put my rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives there. So today, I was on a mission. I got all of those, plus basil and sage. I bought compost and good soil and snagged some newspaper from my MIL and laid everything out, except for a plant from my husband’s aunt that I need to move in the fall. This should be perfect – it’s right by the front door!

And here we have a before and after. I did extra chives and basil because we use those the most often. NOM!

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Little Thing….

1 – Help? A question. I keep seeing Kauni yarn used in some amazing colorwork but never see it in shops here. Is there anywhere to order it from? Is there something else comparable?

2 – Soap Update: It’s taken a few days to dry, but it’s getting there. I’ve patted the excess oil off once or twice, and flipped them and they’re coming along nicely. I need to see about getting more calendula to infuse more oil. 🙂

3a – There’s an upcoming camping trip I’m trying to figure out meals for with my restrictions. I’m leaning toward grilled peppers wrapped in foil for breakfasts (may attempt some Paleo donuts and/or muffins to take with) and just some of my usual cut fruit for lunch. Dinner is looking like kabobs and other foil dinners, also. 🙂 I’m going with some family and so I need to be sure there is enough for dinner with them as well, but I think that should do it. There’s also excellent fishing where we’re going, so if anything is caught, that gets added to the menu. 🙂

3b – Knitting projects for the camping trip will likely be limited to socks and, possibly, the sock yarn blanket. But it will be so peaceful. Loons on the lake in the mornings, no internet, limited cell reception. QUIET!

4 – Current WIP besides socks is this cute cardi from Knit Picks (Really Fits Top Down Cardigan For All Seasons) , being knit in Rowan’s Kid Classic Canard.

The photo isn’t really accurate for color, it’s more of a brighter teal, but you get the idea. I’m undecided about buttons at the moment and will have to see once I’ve gotten the body done what I’m in the mood for. LOL

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Update: Homemade Soap

I took the soap out of the mold this morning and let it dry for a bit before cutting it. I am SO pleased with it! It’s usable now, though I am still drying it. I’ve kind of run out of steam for today (and coconut oil!), so I’ll get the coffee soap later. I also need to start some more calendula infused oil, too!


Homemade soap….

This week, Prairie Homestead posted a recipe for hot process soap. I was getting ready to make soap anyway, more than one batch actually, and as hot process is faster than cold process, I decided to give it a go.

I discovered the crock pot needs to be on high, not low, to get it to process fast enough. Oopsie. Otherwise, this worked beautifully, the soap looks utterly awesome, and I can’t wait to check it out tomorrow.

Instead of straight up olive oil, I actually used 10 oz of calendula infused olive oil and mixed in calendula petals, also. If this goes as well as I expect it to, tomorrow I need to do a batch of coffee soap. It IS garden season, after all! 🙂

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Help? down? Or is it me?

I’m trying to finish up the Mystery KAL Rowan had for their Pure Wool from last summer. It’s the one with Martin Storey, not Kaffe Fasset. I can’t for the life of me get the Rowan website to load so that I can download one of the weeks. I have everything but week 8, which is the last week, I believe, and will be needing it later today (with any luck).

Can anyone try to get it loaded for me? And see if they can get the stupid week? I’m so annoyed. LOL So close and yet, so far!

1/2 an FO?

I cast off the first sock this morning and will start its mate tonight. BUT. It fits perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. I’m not sure that I will do every single sock ever toe up, but I can definitely see why people like them. And the heel! How wonderful to not have to pick up the stitches. 🙂

So, here’s my Half FO for FO Friday. 🙂

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Let’s shake things up

I love knitting socks. I’ll wear nothing else and love to try new patterns. They’re how I started knitting (my husband asked for a pair when I hadn’t done anything for years and what I HAD done was simply garter stitch when I was a child).
But I’d never knit a pair of toe up. Frankly, the toe and its different methods for cast on intimidated me. Finally, a week or so, I bit the bullet and cast on my first toe up sock.

The pattern is from Wendy Johnson and I did the figure 8 cast on. I have to admit, after doing so many pairs cuff down, it feels downright ODD to do it in the other direction. I had a very hard time picturing the heel as I was going (gusset with short rows), but I took the advice I’d given someone when I’d taught them to do socks and told them it would make sense in the end – and it did.

I’m on to the leg now, I’ve completed the heel, and I have to admit that I can see why people like toe up. 🙂 I’m hoping I can get it finished tomorrow morning before heading down to the yarn store for work tomorrow. Hope hope!

So here it is. My first toe up sock knit in Regia. 🙂 Love it!