4 May 2012

Weekend reading - UPDATED

Kathy sent me the link to this during the week. It's an excellent online magazine called Seeing the Every day. Thanks Kathy!

This plain cardigan is another fine Pickles baby pattern. I'm knitting it at the moment for one of our new end of year babies.

For anyone interested in working with wood of any kind, check this out.

I met Cath a couple of weeks ago when I was invited to talk at the Permaculture Noosa meeting. Her website, Soil to Supper has a lot of valuable information about food gardening.

If you love jam doughnuts - the ones we call Berliners - go no further. Here is your recipe.

Another excellent fact sheet about commercial insect sprays by Annette McFarlane.

This is Brenda's blog, Nest Bliss. Brenda shares her life along with patterns, recipes and some lovely photos of real life being lived.

This blog will charm you. It's Christina Lowry's A Little Bird Told Me. And I love Christina's Ten Things I've Learnt About Knitting. It's spot on.

Now that the weather is turning from warmish to cool, I'm taking the time to knit. It's always a wonderful time of year, my favourite. Thank you for your visits during the week. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

I wrote today and recently that I'm knitting for new babies at the end of the year. My sister Tricia is visiting at the moment and she and I are like two chattering old birds clicking away on our needles here. It's really lovely to be knitting with my sister. Anyhow, I've had a few comments and emails asking if these babies are new grandchildren. Well, I think you know me well enough by now to know that if it were, I'd be shouting it out. But this babies are very close to me nonetheless. My much loved nephew, Daniel, and his partner Laura, are expecting their first child later in the year. And that means that Tricia is becoming a grandmother for the first time. The other baby will be the first child of my Penguin editor, Jo and her husband Eli, due in August. Luckily, I just received a large and beautiful order from Vivian at EcoYarns. I'll show you next week but it's all organic cottons and wools that will knit up nicely for these two young families and their babies. Just thinking about it makes me smile. :- )


  1. A new baby? Are you going to be a grandmother again? If so big congratulations.

    Have a lovely weekend with your sister!


  2. Ummm..... new end of year babies?????? Do you mean to say that you have new grandchildren on the way??????? :) Oh happy day!

  3. Cooler weather always leads me to cross-stitch and embroidery! I don't love winter, but I do love the sense of homeliness it brings.

    Thanks also for the link to Soil to Supper. It looks like a great resource.

  4. Rhonda the link to the jam doughnut recipe is broken.. of course that is the one that I want to see. Could you fix it for me pretty please with Jam on top? yum!

  5. Hi Rhonda, I am a HUGE fan of Berliners (I used to live in Switzerland and I miss just being able to pick them up at the market!). The link to the recipe doesn't seem to be working. It is just me? Thanks very much....Have a nice weekend!

  6. Thanks for the links Rhonda, Have a great weekend!

  7. "I'm knitting it at the moment for one of our new end of year babies." Whose? :O :)

  8. Thank you for including my blog in your weekend reading list Rhonda!

    You have been such a wonderful inspiration for me. Today I'm making your laundry liquid with another Mum while we have a cuppa and a catch up and the children play.


  9. "one of our new end of year babies".... please explain!!!

  10. Thanks so much for the wonderful links! Oh how I wish I could knit..and then to be able to knit and chat. I've tried so many times and just can't get the hang of it. It sounds like such a wonderful time to be knitting and chatting with your sister. I hope you have a delightful weekend.

  11. I'm taking a little weekend reading away with me. A strong desire to get out of town has come over my partner and I, so bags are packed along with my diary and books. Ahhhhh.

  12. Nice article in todays Courier Mail Rhonda!

  13. It is freeeezing down here.
    I plan on sitting by the fire and knitting the weekend away. That is inbetween meals and farm chores.
    I might have to check out some of your links too.
    I hope you guys have a wonderful warm weekend.

  14. Happy news about your editor and your nephew. Congratulations to them in preparation.

    I also wish I could knit as another commenter has said. I also have tried and failed. I'm perfecting my sewing for now, but knitting is next.

    Have a great weekend Rhonda.

  15. I'm sitting on my back porch this morning in Charlotte, NC USA, enjoying the spring weather. I'm knitting socks and listening to the birds. My husband has just planted my "mailbox" garden for the second year in a row - cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, basil and a few other things - the only sunny place in our yard. I've picked up your book a few times this morning to read a bit. So relaxing on this Saturday morning . . . this is my version of the simple life.

  16. I have been backreading your posts, many about economising in all ways possible. In all comments I have v=never read the following: the comparison trick. Compare your nett income per hour to what you want to buy. For easiness sake lets say you earn nett 6 (dollars, pounds, euro) oer hour, that is 1 per 10 minutes. Now, you want to buy on impuls an icecone, it is 1,75. If you had to work 17,5 minutes before you could buy that icecone, would you really do that? Or work an hour to be allowed to buy a magazine? Those 17,5 minutes would buy you a whole organic bread, that magazine 2 kg. apples and 10 bananas. Make your choice, please. Saves you from many impuls bought unnecesary things. From my youth I am used to swing, knitting, mending, cooking from scrap and picking hedgerowfruits and preserving. We are lucky to have a goof though not high income. Yet I bought two as new summerjackets (one for cycling, to warm to walk in) for just 5 euro's.
    like it when I find clothes to my liking and of good quality looking better then my own 1 year old drycleaned storebought clothing. I am starting this month your liquid soap, as I have used up all of the soaps I bought at shopclearances, I still know how my mother washed with soda, green (that is the liquid lye) soap and Sunlight bars and a scrubber and wooden board in a tub and druing on the washinglines. Reina

  17. Reina, it's in there. I've written about that comparison a couple of times having read about it in the fabulous book, Your Money or your Life.

  18. Thanks for the weekend reading Rhonda. I went to Annette McFarlane's website and found her home remedies for garden pests really useful in the allotment. Jean.

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