making do…

mum milking cow
(Mum milking.)

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of homesteading videos where people are dropping out of the rat -race and doing for themselves.  Self-sufficiency being the name of the game.  Making do and mending.  
I love it. 
I love watching the creativity, the inventiveness.  I love seeing the food made from scratch with care. 

There’s so much work involved in living the self-sufficient life.  I don’t think I’m really cut out for that sort of work,  frankly, my dear,  I’d much rather be knitting or stitching, but I do so love the idea of a gentler, softer, simpler hand crafted life.  So, I thought I’d give myself a little taste of self-sufficiency and have decided to ‘try’ and forgo buying myself any new clothing this year – and using what I already have or making it myself.
I think it will be fun.

living from the inside…

country lanes

2016 – the year of no goals. 

The year of not controlling, of not wanting of not demanding of not expecting. 

The year of living from inner direction and allowing Spirit to direct what I put forth into the world rather than the world controlling what I put into the world.

It is liberating this surrender.


Wintery day rsz_edited-1

I was woken early this morning by claps of thunder and the sound of heavy rain on a tin roof.  It was a delicious way to be woken.
I lay in bed and listened to the storm feeling warm and safe and sleepy in my bed.  I dozed off again to be woken later by the  jarring sound of the alarm *ugh*

Today is most definitely crafting weather and I have a great many projects to choose from.  Shall I knit that second sock? Continue on with the shawl? Cast on for another scarf that I saw a delightfully easy and mindless pattern for?

Maybe I should finish one of the 4 quilts I’ve started or maybe piece another that’s all cut and ready to be assembled.

Then there’s those aprons I’ve been meaning to make using as a template one I loved and which is starting to wear out. 

I’ll have to think about it because I want to do all of them, at once, and read a good book at the same time. 
The weather’s just perfect for it.

works like a charm…

deodorant 2

“Charme to make thee pits not stinke.”

I really dislike using chemicals – especially in skin care products.  I also really dislike that most of them are tested on animals.  So, if I can do it natural I will.   I had previously made myself a powder deodorant using bicarb-soda, cornflour and scented it with 100% lavender essential oil.  It works awesomely as a deodorant, but after a few days my skin reacts to the bicarb and becomes red and itchy and so I have to stop using it for a couple of days while my skin recovers.

However, while scanning the net the other night I came across  the ‘Crunchy Betty’ blog  – what a treasure – and found another recipe for deodorant using the ingredients I was already using, but mixing it with coconut oil.  There was also a solution there to the skin reaction which was a pre- spray of apple cider vinegar mixed with distilled water.  It does something to the  ph, but I don’t remember exactly what.  Anyway, I made myself a batch and then I made each of my daughters a sample batch and gave it a bit of witchy character – because that was way more fun than getting the dishes done.

got glue…?

So – I was back to sock knitting the other day and at the point where I had to knit the heel flap.  I like to write down the numbers and cross them off as I go because then I can just let my mind go free and not have to worry about keeping count.  I found my little pocket sized notebook and it was all scrungy and beaten up and there were very few free pages left in it – and that’s what inspired me to go to the shops and buy a new pack of fresh pocket notebooks and make them pretty…

notebooks rszd

The string tie is to keep them closed in the knitting bag so it doesn’t come open in transit and get all its pages bent up.

mountain view

On Sunday Hubby, Son and I took a drive to Sofala,  a small country town that came into existence at the time of the Gold Rush which was in the early 1850’s.  The town is supposedly Australia’s oldest surviving gold mining town – which is an interesting titbit.  People still pan there for gold. 

It’s so lovely  and peaceful there, running alongside the Turon river and we like to make fairly regular trips to go and have lunch at the Panner’s Inn Coffee Shop and take a bit of a drive around the area.   I was delighted to find that this time there was a book shelf over flowing with delicious pre-loved books.  I chose… 

pre loved books rszd

There’s a really nice river spot about a 5 minute drive out of the town and we go there and I knit, or read or collect interesting stones and Hubby throws sticks for his dog to fetch while my Jinxy runs frantically along the water’s edge getting all excited, but just not excited enough to plunge himself into the water.  He’s a bit of a wooz like that.


I managed to do all three of my favourite river spot things  – I read, I collected stones and I knit.  All in all it was a really lovely day – topped off with a thrilling storm blowing in just as we were heading home.

sock and owl bag rszd

just one more project…

sock yarn basket resized

I’m having a bit of a problem with itching to start more and more projects without having finished any of the many which are already on the go.  I don’t think that’s a particularly bad thing because I continue working on what’s already on the go, but then starting something else, sort of like a progressive factory line which takes and awfully long time to turn anything off the conveyor belt.

The most recent was one of the yarn sock blankets where you knit little squares and then join another little square and the idea is that it uses up the left over bits of your sock yarn, of which I have a fair bit.  I love it.  Each square is quick and satisfying – so instead of, “just one more row”, it’s more like ‘just one more square.’  Since this photo I have added about eight more…

blanket knitting rszd

Then, last night, while browsing pinterest, I found a gorgeous shawl pattern called ‘Sheep Wagon Shawl’  by Joanna Johnson which I’m absolutely hanging to cast on for.

I’m only going to use two colours rather than four and I went to spotlight this afternoon to buy the black – which is going to be one of the colours.  The other is going to be plum, which I already have a stack of.  I love that this shawl has three increase points rather than just the one down the back and so it looks to fit more like a cape.

I do love the inspired feeling and I don’t like to deny it, but I may have no choice this time as I think the size needles I need are already being used on the wedding shawl I’m madly making.

On the needles already I have a pair of socks (as always), a pair of fingerless mittens, a shawl, a sock blanket, a doll, a baby blanket, a boxy jumper, a birthday scarf, a balaclava and a sock yarn blanket.
Then there  are the quilts which are at different stages of completion, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish – the mood of the moment is knitting.