How many of us seem to be vegetable-growers! I don’t think you have to cost in your labour, Fishwife: the question is, how much can your unpaid efforts ease the family budget? Looking at your inspiring pictures, I’m not surprised that your answer is, quite a bit. And considering that we can give ourselves 50p credit or so every time we sprinkle parsley or chives on something, maybe it adds up to more than I think.
But we all agree that the real point is the sheer happiness of doing it, with the wonderful taste a close second. I heard an “old Chinese saying” once to the effect that if you want to be happy for a day, get drunk; for a week, kill a pig; for a month, get married; for life, make a garden.
Here are my doorstep peas – a good number of pods forming. These are real peas, not mange-tout, so I’ve got to keep them watered and hope they plump up.
(and the picture seems acceptably sharp: a relief.)
I managed to miss all the excitement about Shrek the Sheep, Moorecat. (I am very well informed about the American presidential election – most of the rest passes me by.) Thank you for that.
Donice, it’s good to meet someone who has seen “The Edge of the World”. Sharon Miller agrees with you that it’s a good film – with knitting, I gather, although no lace – and it’s available on DVD, she says. I horrified Helen of Chronic Knitting Syndrome fame the other day by telling her that we don’t have a DVD player.
Tamar, yes, Sharon says a good deal more about the gathers. The point is that instead of mitering the corners of the borders in a traditionally-shaped Shetland shawl, you knit them straight (working in from the edging) and then in the final rows, before starting the centre, you decrease a quarter of the stitches. That way, you don’t need to worry about incomplete patterns and matching motifs (although I always think mitred decreases look nice whatever the pattern is doing). This depends on knowing that your yarn is as “forgiving” as Shetland.
Reading this, and Chronic Knitting Syndrome’s blog, leaves me very impatient with my laceless life. I finished the second dinosaur sleeve yesterday, and cast on the back, but it’s a long way home, and two more non-lace projects loom: the swallowtail coat of a beautiful blue, and Ketki’s Calcutta Cup ’08 sweater.