I have been very hooked on crochet this week.
I discovered the Road Trip Scarf and have been playing around with the pattern,
to create my own woollen cowls for my daughters.
I am onto my third one this week (pictured below).
I am using an olive green, 8 ply 100% Australian Pure Wool.
It was purchased from a yarn destash site on facebook for a few dollars.
I am really enjoying buying fabric and yarn from the destash sites.
By moving fabric/yarn out of people’s stashes, we are recycling and cutting back on the manufacturing of too much fabric and yarn on this planet.
This red cowl is no 2. I modified the original pattern by crocheting less rows and omitting the ties & flowers.
The wool is Patons Inca.Compostion of 50% Pure new wool, 30% Acrylic & 20% Alpaca.
The wool was purchased from the little wool shop around the corner from my house.
It is really important to me to support the little wool/fabric shops, rather than
the big chain shops where you are just a number waiting to be called.
I added a large vintage button at the back but the whole cowl can easily be left done up and pulled over one’s head.
For the edging I did 3 treble crochets in each 1 ch space, followed by 1 chain.
This gave it a fluted effect and serves to weight the cowl down, making it sit neatly.
Though the cowl can be arranged in a messed up fashion, which my daughter prefers.
The same wool as used in the red cowl, was used for the Blue cowl.
The same modifications were made to this cowl as the red one.
These have been very enjoyable projects to do in front of television.
Once I got the hang of the basic pattern it was very easy.
It would be an ideal road trip project.
There is nothing like hitting the local markets to make Sunday feel like Sunday.
We have a local farmer’s market once a fortnight .
The weather for the last two markets was shocking, cold and wet.
I chose to stay nice warm and dry in my bed.
I was relieved to wake up early this morning and find the weather was perfect for market shopping.
I have become a middle aged hippy. Grey hair with a shopping trolley.
I always said that I would never use one of those shopping trolleys but now that
I have one, I would be lost without it.
For years I lugged plastic bags of groceries, that cut into my hands.
My back and shoulders hurt as I carried heavy bags.
The trolley makes it so much easier to shop.
Don’t be surprised if you run into me at the shops with my trolley.
There are lots of people with grey hair and shopping trolleys at the Farmers Market.
I am in my hippy element.
We had our usual market breakfast of a flat white coffee and an almond croissant, before hitting the stalls.
Our pantry had run short of local honey and the best jam we have ever tasted, so we stocked up on these.
Even our children have noticed how much nicer the jam and honey is, than the Supermarket kind.
I tell the Jam man that his apricot jam is better than Maggie Beer’s ( sorry Maggie but it is).
They ran out of it early in the season, only making 100 jars.
I think my family ate 20 jars of it over the summer.
Off to the foccacia lady to pick up our lunch.
Then onto the Apple and pear growers.
The potato lady who sells the all sorts of spuds, laughs when Hubby tries to pay her $5-00 instead of $10-00.
Hubby is still not 100% awake yet.
The vegetable stall had the freshest, tastiest looking vegetables.
White as snow cauliflowers and bright green broccoli which looked like they were just freshly picked.
As it is winter here in Australia, there is an abundance of root vegetables.
We had a lovely parsnip,sweet potato, chickpeas & beetroot bake last night.
(Add some ginger & garlic to olive oil and toss through the diced vegetables.
Bake root vegies until soft.
This is absolutely delicious and can be eaten cold as a salad )
Back to farmer’s market.
I can’t help wanting to buy a bit of everything as the quality is so good.
Such a nice change from Supermarket quality, where we have no idea how old the produce is.
Sure it is cheaper at the Supermarket but the few extra dollars is easily accounted for by the freshness of the Farmers Market produce.
I love being able to interact with the growers and give them good feedback or ask questions.
I like the idea that the produce has not travelled far and what we are eating is in season.
The food is in it’s prime and therefore will have the best nutritional value for us, as well as tasting the best.
I have 3 University students with heavy course loads and a busy husband with his own business, to feed.
All of them need to eat well. I can’t sit exams for people or see my husband’s clients but I can make
good healthy, tasty food for them.
I owe it to myself to eat well, especially as I am menopausal.
I always leave on a bit of a high from my trip to the Markets.
I have done my bit to support small business, help the environment,
make someone happy and feed my family high quality food.
Looking forward to dinner tonight of a Roast, baked potatoes and fresh green vegies.
What is your weekend routine?