It rained most of the day so I spent a good part of the day working on the blanket I've named "Mending Heart."
The white thread I am using is what one of my great grandmothers for making lace.
I thought a lot about responsibility today. About how I feel a sense of responsibility for the things I've brought into my life. For example, that I find a way to use all the scraps of fabric that I've collected. For "Mending Heart" my goal is to cover the surface of a blanket that I
made with all the red scraps that I can gather from my collection.
Today in that process a friend appeared...
Certainly inspired by Jude's beasts. This one is just being hatched...
Thinking about the same yarns used in a large way (blanket) and a small way (sock).
Scarf with hand-spun alpaca and sheep's wool and another sock. This sock is a study in what happens when yarns are in the same colorway (2 balls of yarn that are the same mix of colors) and are alternated every other row.
The scarf continues to be an experiment about undyed colors and soft colors. Colors that might come from mixing the ocean, woods and fields with fog.
I am currently reading The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein and it has inspired my newest experiment. This area is right next to the water and receives 6 to 8 hours of full sun.
*The containers are where the root crops are growing. My garden has very rocky soil which can make root crops difficult to grow directly in the ground.
*The one gallon containers in the wash tub have radishes, carrots, beets and lettuce. Once they have sprouted I'll move the containers out of the wash tub and plant more seeds in the containers below. I'm hoping in this way to have a longer harvest of these crops. After I harvest from the containers I'll mix in some compost with the potting soil and plant something different.
*The strawberries and cucumbers are being grown in the buckets that are hanging from the hooks (pest prevention).
*The summer squash will not just be a crop to harvest but also "living mulch" for the area around the pear tree.
*This is also a budget experiment. All the seed was purchased
last year and have grown enough produce to have paid for itself. The
same is true of the strawberries and pears. I'll have about 16 dollars
for potting soil, a tomatillo as a start ($2.00), and $6.00 worth of
seed potato. I'm going to keep track of the total harvest from this
area so that I can make some comparisons.
Plus broccoli from the garden, pork (2 pork chops cooked in slow cooker with vegetable broth), and risotto (made with remaining vegetable broth made last week).
I've been thinking about how May is a transitional month for eating local. There are still things that have been canned, frozen, dried, or keep well in the refrigerator that need to be eaten and then the foods that have just been harvested...
Radish and pear for salad or sandwich. The pears have been stored in the refrigerator over the winter. I pull one out a few days before I want to eat it.