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.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Have a go, why not!

Anything is easy once you know how................How true is that statement? Yep, very true....

So if your about to try something new, a new challenge that you haven't done before....like me and knitting.....I encourage you to have a go.... Do some research.....You have the biggest library in the world, right at your fingertips......not sure how to do something.....just google it.....That's how I learn't to cast on...knit, then cast off.....I will make another dishcloth, then have a go at purl, and stocking stitch....I learn't today that stocking stitch is when you knit one row like I have been doing; then the next row you knit purl....it looks really nice....but I won't push my newly learn't skill yet...and get a bit more practice knitting.

Here is my dishcloth....knitted on size 8 needles, cast on 43 stitches....knit 70 rows. 
When I got to the suggested 50 rows it looked pretty short, more like an envelope, so that's why I kept going on to do the 70 rows...checking every 5 or 10 rows.

Well I finally finished the dishcloth....I even made a pot scrubber to go with it on the round loom.....I found the string at the op-shop for .50c so I thought why not try it...then if it works, I will investigate better thread for the pot scrubbers......

I still think those knitting needles are slippery little suckers...the cotton loves to fly off the end any chance it gets.....but I am getting used to it....and am becoming more aware of what can happen, with each stitch.

I must say, I used my dishcloth tonight to do the dishes after tea, and wipe down the bench.....It is the absolute best dishcloth I have ever used.....I know now what all the hype has been for......I better get knitting, so I have another one....

Hope you like my dishcloth and pot scrubber....

if you have any suggestions as to what better 'thread' to use for the pot scrubber, please let me know.

Here is another lovely gift I got from freecycle today.....they must be nearly 2 litres in size...
Straight into the dishwasher, then in to my stockpile as lovely canisters.

7 great canisters from freecycle. Thanks Alicia, I hope you enjoy the jam & pickles.



  1. Good for you Nelly,
    Wish I lived closer so I could help you with your knitting and you could help me with blogging! You go girl!

  2. Ohh Thanks Rosie, I have made a few now since I have no energy, at least I can still produce something; while we are sick....I would definately help you with your blogging if I cou could, but I don't know much.


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