New Things, Garden Love and Reading

Shetland Wool Adventures

I’m so excited to receive these beautiful journals from Shetland Wool Adventures and can’t wait to dive into them. Journal 1, Journal 2 and Journal 3 have so many wonderful articles, wonderful photos and beautiful Shetland inspired designs (I’ve linked each Journal to Ravelry). I have plans to make the Brough Shawl, designed by Donna Smith and in Journal 1. I’ve loved this shawl design since I first saw it and think I have just the right yarn for it in my stash.

Our little container garden area is coming along nicely and with the warmer weather that is here everything is really starting to grow, and we are getting ready to have our first round of strawberries!! I’ve already started cutting Rosemary, which is hanging in our kitchen to dry, and cilantro for a few southwestern dishes I like to make. It’s so wonderful to be able to go out my back door to cut fresh herbs for baking and cooking.

I’ve been reading quite a few books over the last two weeks too. Right now I’m reading Closed Casket by SophieHannah, The Herbal Apothecary by Dr. JJ Pursell, Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. That’s a lot of books and reading for me, but I’m loving them all and learning so much from my herbal books. I’ve even started my version of an apothecary cabinet (took over one side of our kitchen cabinets) and have been filling it with dried herbs, flowers and more. I also enrolled in Rosalee de la Foret’s online class, Apothecary: Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Herbal Medicine and learning more about how to use herbs for medicinal uses.

I’m still knitting, and even spinning a bit too. I’m currently working on the heel to my sock and have plans to work on my shawl too. I need to finish spinning what’s on my wheel and start spinning my Shetland for this months breed study. So maybe I’ll have time to spin a bit this weekend, we’ll see.

What are you up too ?