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Crochet Crazies

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Well I’m hooked (pardon the pun) since I’ve finished up most of the preserving and gardening chores the weather has kept us indoors mostly. The kids have avoided cabin fever by lots of craft and messy creative play but I’ve had to find something to keep me sane when I can’t get us all outside and I struggle with the anxiety of finding a new home for us in Tasmania.

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I’ve always been a knitter. Not a great knitter but I preferred it to crochet as I couldn’t figure out the patterns or what I was doing. It’s been roughly  10 years since I picked up a hook but now with the help of you tube and google I’ve managed to decipher and learn new stitches with ease and I love it!

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You may remember the mermaid blanket project I mentioned in a previous post that I took on for Little  Miss Hunter Gatherer well many mistakes were made and it is now a family sized blanket not a Mermaid tail blanket. I am thrilled with my achievement but have decided to take on smaller projects until I’m ready to face the tail and try again.

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My Next project after this was soap savers and they are great. They stop the kids  leaving the soap in the tub and can be used to exfoliate. I just used acrylic yarn for my first practice runs but I’d like to make some in cotton and natural fibers later.

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After this I made a plastic bag holder to replace the ugly recycled milk bottle plastic bag holder. It’s much nicer and now I’ve accomplished this pattern I can easily make shopping bags for our market adventures in Tassie.

I’ve even made cup cozies and unearthed some vintage patterns that I didn’t even know I had while packing up my studio!

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My current project is a crochet crown for little miss hunter gatherer and after that will be one for the young lad. I’m really enjoying this distraction from the stress of house hunting. Twice we have thought we found the perfect home, we’ve gone through the applications, been approved and then the owner has changed their mind due to personal reasons. This makes it hard with such a big move as we are left in Limbo. So Please universe if your listening send us our long term homestead rental in Tassie!

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Birthday Blessings

We have been enjoying the cooler weather and a more relaxed time. There are still things to harvest and process as we get some light frosts but we are definitely enjoying the slower pace. The fire has been going which makes the house really hot but without it the icy air triggers my asthma. I’ve noticed little Mr Hunter Gatherer coughs too and I hope he hasn’t inherited my infliction.
May is a special month in our house as little Miss Forager had a 4th birthday.
We had a very low key celebration this year and I made a delicious Angel food cake decorated as the requested cat.
I’d never made Angel food cake before and it’s definitely a new favorite. Scrumptiously light and fluffy it’s a perfect match for my temperamental oven that will not bake a regular meringue and is a great way to use up egg whites.

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In the garden we have been busy planting out the brassicas and turning the pumpkin patch into a root vegetable patch. Mr Hunter Gatherer usually does the tilling and patch work but it’s been down to me and the kids this year to get it started. I’ve let the chooks in help loosen the top soil and will soon be planting turnips, mangelwurzal, salisfy, parsnip and a few Chinese cabbages.

The cold windy weather has had its challanges after the long summer but it’s been great to enjoy baking again and my sourdough starter is very happy to be nurtured after months of neglect.
We bake a big loaf twice a week and I’m getting better at making it lighter and fluffier. Our favorite flour is RYE so we’ve invested in a 20kg bag to keep us going.

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I’ve also been enjoying crocheting and have undertaken a huge project of a mermaid tail blanket for little miss forager. I’m loving how it’s turning out and now I’ve discovered the local wool shop has really good quality wool and is very affordable I think everyone in my family is destined to be given crochet items for pressies this year!

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In the chook yard we are enjoying a abundance of eggs again. Our young pullets have started to lay and we are very excited that our project of crossing Brahma with Araucana has produced not only gorgeous looking placid hens but also the goal of olive coloured eggs! This has always been one of our goals and we certainly feel accomplished. Now all I need to complete my ‘rainbow dozen’ is for the Maran hen to start laying her dark chocolate eggs.

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And last on the agenda is kisses moo. We have just changed the milking system as her milk was drying of. The calf was getting lots but us zero so we have switched to morning milking which is better for all of us. Seaweed is such a affectionate calf and let’s us pat him. He’s certainly inherited his mother’s temperament and it’s going to be a real challenge when it’s time to butcher him.

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Today we are considering mushroom adventures. The heavy rain last week and sunny weekend make it the perfect day for it and I really want to face my demons of the pickled mushrooms in Poland but I’ll save that story for next time.

In the meantime keep hunting gathering and foraging!