Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A lot of littles.


Right now, this very second, Miss Jazzy is in the bath, Miss Pepper is making some cardboard bracelets and Miss Indi is being met at school by my folks and then taken out for an ice cream. I love missing the school pick up. It's the best. Right now farmer Bren is giving a talk about organic farming to a bus load of people and right now I am writing this. But before I took and loaded these pics, I tidied up some of my yarn stash thinking and planning for a test knit I am about to cast on and then I got distracted and hooked up two grannies.

I am loving the thought of making something small every day in May. A lot of littles will surely end up in something pretty big. A lot of crocheted motifs will end up in a rug or a display or a pile of motifs. And I'm planning on using up lots of scraps of yarn which is another win.

And I am loving the way other people are taking this project and running with it in their own way...a quilt block a day...a photo a day...learning to crochet by the end of May...a bit of a cardi each day...squats...pelvic floor exercises...three chapters of a book...ten spelling words...a day in May.

How about you?
What are you and your crew up to right now, this very second?
And are you doing something everyday this May?
Let us know if you blog about it and we'll come and visit.

Our friend Chandor just delivered 80kg of certified organic potatoes, so I'm off to turn some of them into dinner. Yum! Any favourite potato recipes will be gratefully received.

See ya later-hot potata!!

Oh and remember to be nice.
If you've got nothing nice to say...

36 comments:

  1. Reading your blog in the kitchen while the dinner simmers. daughter and boyfriend coming for tea. thinking of apple shortcake and heading out for a walk with the dog...its all good.

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  2. Roast them potatoes with olive oil, garlic and thyme.
    Grandparents doing school pick up =serious appreciation

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  3. There was something about May (and the potential alliteration) that had me wanting to make a once-a-day blog commitment of some sort however two days in and 'real life' has already got in the way of that. I do look forward to seeing and hearing about the result of your 'lot of littles' though.

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  4. I have a grand total of one recipe on my blog. It's my Nana's Leek and Potato Soup, and it's here: http://thethreadededge.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/nanas-leek-and-potato-soup/ if you're interested. We are having some for dinner tonight, as it happens! The fire is going, it's a cosy kind of night.

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  5. There's something so great and comforting in the simplicity of a plain granny. My sis started a blanket one with mini-grannies for our little beach house, and we finished it during the April holidays when she came to visit from Ireland. That must be posted soon, before I forget!
    During May, I want to do at least one row a day on my Great Romany Blanket...so it will at least cover our feet come winter in a month or two! I started here http://www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com/2012/02/one-day-or-new-wips.html and miserably lost momentum when Carole's One a Day stopped, so this should motivate me to get going again :-)

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  6. 80kg - what a blessing! I love Irish potato cakes and Jansson's temptation, perfect foil for these frigid nights!

    xx

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  7. I'm still at work at this very minute but am rewarding myself with a little bit of blog reading.

    I am doing Photo A Day In May over at my blog!
    http://www.teasunday.blogspot.com.au/

    I love your box of neatly wound wool!

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  8. Makig chicken and corn soup, listening to the boy do his school reader and watching the small girl dance in a dress that was my flower girl dress at a wedding when I was four.

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  9. I'm sneeking in a bit of blogging before dinner. I think hubbie is cooking tonight but I am about to bake a fresh batch of cookies.

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  10. I'm watching my whippets play, reading your blog, dreading leaving for the dentist in half an hour, and wishing my calendar for May wasn't so full because then I might be able to join your daily project. I'll have to think of something *really* small to remember to do each day ... breathe, possibly, the way things are here at the moment!

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  11. several months ago I decided to make my niece a blanket with these fun granny squares http://www.tangledhappy.com/2012/01/blanket-inspiration.html
    I won't meet a goal of one a day but maybe one a week :) Thank you for the motivation! I love your blog!
    Leslie

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  12. Potatoes, mmm. I should have been Russian or Irish. Spanish tortilla, rocket and pear and parmesan salad. Heaven.

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  13. I can't even imagine what 80kg of potatoes looks like!

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  14. Isnt it great missing school pick up. I was lucky and didnt have to do it today in the cold and rain so I sat at home and knitted instead. Potatoes, ooh lots of faves that we cook. Potates baked in the oven and then covered with cauliflower and cheese sauce, or vegetable patties which we call mock fish which is great for using up vegies too. Cant wait to see what the littles turn out to be!

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  15. That's going to be a colourful lot of littlies you'll have going on. Look forward to the end of May when it all goes together. x

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  16. Well I'm doing Me Made May, where I wear something me-sewn every day in May.

    There's something about the month of May that makes you want to do something regularly. If only it was exercise (in my case!)

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  17. This month I am challenging myself to make everything from scratch, inspired by Inner Pickle. I started late last month and have been making changes to the way we shop and cook, and where we shop. I am making my own cleaning products as well. I want to get our grocery bill down from $150 a week to $100 or less.

    I made my first lasagna from scratch, roasted a chicken and made gravy with the dripping, accompanied by home made bread rolls. I'm planning on making soy yoghurt as well - we are a bunch of lactose intolerant people in this house - the challenge has made me think of all the things I could be making myself and not buying prepackaged, things I had never actually thought of being able to make before, like soy yoghurt. I've been planting out our veggie patch so we can produce more food ourselves. I want less prepackaged products in our lives, less chemicals, less preservatives.

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  18. It's nice to be nice :) And it's marvellous to make many mini's in May :D

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  19. Hello! I've been neglecting my blogging lately as I've been short on time and stuck for inspiration...but not any more...you've inspired me to get back into it with a photo a day in May! And I did only just remember to turn the page on my calendar today, so I'm sort of still starting on time :0P Thanks for the inspiration Kate...I haven't been commenting a lot lately but I'm still reading xx

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  20. Well I just started doing my pelvic floor exercises!!!

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  21. I've just found your blog - popped across from Attic24. Love it. promised myself some time to read your archive. Had a quick look at your pintrest too - mmmm, love the clothes you pinned, but maybe a bit young dor me......or maybe not........

    I'm really taken with the idea of a make a day in May, but might have to content myself with a photo a day, May is going to be very busy, what with a minor op, my first Craft Fair, a relatively newish blog to attend to, preparing our home to squeeze another 5 folks (we live in a cottage and our son is coming home with family from New Zealand for a month.....the logistics is scary!)....but we'll see, I'll do what I can do.

    Anyway, lovely to be introduced to you and your farming/stitchy life!

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  22. potato and leek pancakes, shepard's pie, and creamy potato soup are all favorites over here!

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  23. Hmmm good idea- every day in may ill make time for one small act of self care, something which has gone a bit by the wayside lately.

    Cheers
    Selby

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  24. Potato Rosti on a cold day, potato & leek soup, roast potatoes with sauteed vegies on top...yumm...now I'm hungry LOL.

    I love your little crochet squares. I have my first beginners crochet class next week and I am very much looking forward to it!!

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  25. Hi Kate,
    I'm Cris from Syd and just wanted to say thanks so much for your blog. Being stuck in the rat race and dreaming of my own tree change is my lot at the moment and i just wanted to say how much I appreiate your blog and your words of inspiration make my day. I had a sewing class get cancelled on me today :( so your little granny squares have inspired me to at least do something little for myself today. Off to find my crochet hook! You have inspired me to take up knitting too and I'm very keen to try out your blue scarf. Hope you have a gorgeous day, Cris.

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    1. What a gorgeous comment.
      Thanks so much Cris.
      I hope your day turned out gorgeously too and that you did get a chance to hook up a few squares.
      Love Kate x

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  26. I love this idea! Im currently working on a hexy crochet blanket for the couch so I'm going to try and do a hexy a day if not more all May! I'll blog about it today over at my blog http://youmeandmisse.blogspot.com
    Ellie xo

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  27. I am trying to knit a hexipuff a day for a year to make a beekeepers quilt ! So far so good and as they only take about half an hour, it is easy to knit several an evening as a catchup.

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    1. I love the bee keeper's quilt Jenjen.
      That is such a great thing to do.
      I can't seem to follow you back to your blog but I'd love to check out some pics if you have some on ravelry or somewhere.

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  28. Potato, silverbeet and fetta pie... or good old potato & leek soup! Yum! So I'm totally with you in doing something everyday in May. I'm playing! Just one simple thing to stop and play with my girls each day. Today was muddy puddles. Yesterday was a picnic with the teddies in the lounge room. Loving it! And now I'm turning it into a thing, thanks to you. Right now, I'm taking a moment before bundling all of us into the car for Big Owlet's singing lesson in town, while the rest of us meet with friends for a cafe visit. I'm also loving your little crocheted bits and I'm contemplating learning to crochet in the next week or so... xx

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  30. (I'll try this comment again!)
    I have just blogged about my 'Every day in May' project, right now I'm eating minestrone soup, and in a minute I'll get out my hexagons, a la Lucy Attic24's pattern. Thanks for the inspiration, Kate. xx

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  31. Right now... oh well, if you really must ask im waiting for my couch potato to put the bins out and for the Mr to walk through the door.
    Thats pretty much it, and I posted about joining in with your May thing youve got going on too.

    x

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  32. Lovely.
    I think this, http://www.purlbee.com/fruity-trivets-potholders/2010/5/20/whits-knits-fruity-trivets-and-pot-holders.html, would also be lovely for this kind of project.
    Sara

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  33. Hello! I have the most lovely potato recipe for you. The story goes like so: Years ago I visited old friends in Melbourne and one of them took me to Three Bags Full in Abbotsford and I had the most delicious brunch called 'Baghdad Omlette'. A year later, I was visiting again and they have taken it off the menu! Luckily for me, I made notes as I ate on what I could taste and went from there.

    The potatoes are diced very tiny and par cooked (cheat in the microwave in a bowl with water) and then with some oil in the pan, cook up some cumin seeds, a little bit of tumeric and whatever else you like and pan fry the potato. Put aside, cook up an omlette, add the potatoes as your filling, sprinking some sesame seeds on top, serve with toasted pita (if you like) and natural yoghurt. Delicious!

    Hope you're keeping warm. I live in sunny Queensland and sorry, but it is very sunny this weekend.

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  34. We love "smashed" potatoes (boiled with the skins on, smashed slightly with a potato masher, sprayed lightly with olive oil then drizzled with chilli sauce and covered in grated cheese, salt and pepper and popped into a hot oven to crisp up - YUM!!!

    Also love Fast Ed's potato salad (which has boiled eggs, sundried tomatoes and sour cream in it!!!)

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