Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Cotton dishcloth/s continued

First of all, I want to welcome my new followers, I hope that you enjoy reading my blog. If you have any ideas to share, feel free to comment on anything I have been up to. Its late Friday here, I hope everyone has a productive and comfortable weekend. Hubby has a tooth to be extracted in the morning, but we will go to the markets before hand to see what bargains can be had. I will go with him, and even hold his hand if he wishes. He would do the same for me.

BACK TO THE DISHCLOTHS...................

Well, I am still knitting this dishcloth, I have had a few glitches..and hiccups....I have fixed a few on my own and hailed mum to help with the others. There is only one mistake in my dishcloth so far, and I am ok with that. It is my first dishcloth, only knitting when I was a child....I can't recall actually making anything when I was a child, but I do remember learning on 4 inch hardware nails. Imagine that...lol  At this time, I am up to row 18. How many more rows do I need to finish this first dishcloth?  .....Only 32 rows to go...Oh My!!!!!!!!

I think I may have to knit one for every day of the week before I use any, because if I stop for a while after I finish this first one, I may not have the nerve to continue. Sure, while the knitting is running smoothly, and there are no problems, I am enjoying the act. Unfortunately, when I notice I have either made a mistake or are beginning to make a mistake, my nerves shoot through the roof, my fingers get tingly or go into spasm, what ever that is, I don't like it. If I was in the kitchen, and something went wrong, I would just use my experience to know how to fix it....

I have no experience in this field of knitting. None, Zero, Zip!!! I can't fall back on what I did last time I stuffed it up....I can't fall back on anything. On top of learning how to knit, I also have to learn to recognise what a correct stitch looks like, and then to top it off, I have to learn how to fix an incorrect stitch....Ahhhhh!!!!

I would much rather be in the kitchen, doing what I know....but I always tell me children to stick it out, try something new, at least have a go. I hated knots in Brownies, Girl Guides and even in Venturers........Out fishing, any rope on the boat is my enemy, although I can re-rig my own rod.  I have to work this out. I have to come to grips with this. If I give up now, or even once I have finished this cloth, what message would I be sending my children?

I want to use cotton dishcloths, there are plenty of resources here at home, to make them, so really.......it would be senseless to NOT make them. It would be senseless to keep buying dishcloths....Chux and the like are so not needed, and certainly not wanted in my kitchen, nor in my house.

Maybe tomorrow, I will post a photo of my achievements with my first dishcloth. But know this! It will not be finished tomorrow, but it will be a huge achievement for me. Remember, I am only upto about row 18, so it's not very big yet.


  1. Thankyou for the welcome to new followers Nelly, I am a very new blogger and love your site. I agree completely with your ideals and am learning lots of tips from you.

  2. Practice is the way to go, Narelle, but don't make yourself so irritable that you don't want to start your next knitting.It's not necessary to do lots in a day, but it is necessary to keep going back to it - or else it is never done.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Your welcome Rosie, I hope I give you lots of ideas that you can incorporate into your life....

    Thank-you Harriet, I won't let it get to me that much, I just want to get at least half way and I will give it a rest for a while.....At least then there is light at seeing the end.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog ladies.

  4. I have just found your blog via D2E. I really, really want to try to knit dishcloths but have forgotten how to knit. I am looking forward to exploring this blog. It looks warm, friendly, practical and informative so far.



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