So, winter beckons and I decided it was time to get the knitting machine out. Don't panic family members! It's not for your Christmas presents, I'm trying to make something for me and get to grips with the lace function on the machine. It will be a type of shawl with ribbed sleeves so it stays in place. I've been admiring it for some time in a knitting book called A Stitch in Time, which I received as a present a few years ago.
I have one cuff ribbed so far...not sure how this is going to go but it is all experience and the 500g cone of 100% wool set me back a whole £1.00 at a car boot sale so it is cheap absorbing pastime!
Other cheap absorbing pastimes has been drying herbs. I gave the rosemary shrub a good prune and decided to dry the cuttings in bundles in the airing cupboard. I stripped the needles off it and have now stored them in jars. I also gave one of the bay leaf trees a trim in the week and made up bundles of that, so they are currently drying out. I will use all the herbs for cooking of course but also have in mind to do some therapeutic muslin bags to hang in the bath, perhaps even make some gardeners soap with it all in the new year. Amazon sell the reusable muslin 'teabags' quite cheaply so I quite fancy a crack at it. I have sage and thyme to dry out shortly too, and contemplating whether I can do some raspberry leaf as well, although the latter will be for herbal tea rather than bathing.
Still cracking on with selling surplus stuff but Martin has been recovering from a sore back, which has temporarily halted our progress on welding a few bits on our unwanted animal trailer. Every time he has taken a step towards something heavy I have screamed and he's hopped back looking guilty.
He's just about right now after two weeks so today we are going to tentatively try and get the last of it done so we can fit the new wood floor and put it on eBay. The new owners will still have to do a few bits to it - it is not a full restoration - but we have all the welding done on it that was needed plus a set of new tyres. Those two things are the biggest pain to do - the welding in particular is very expensive to get done unless you have your own kit like Martin does.
Patience is not in his nature but when it comes to back problems if you don't take the time to recover then you can look forward to a lifetime of pain medication. I'm trying to find a back class in the area for both of us to go to a few times a week so we can strengthen up our core muscles a bit more. No point aiming for early retirement if you're in too much pain to enjoy it!