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Saturday, August 23, 2014

:: Fermenting ::


So have you heard of "fermenting"  ?
It's nothing new, it's been done for quite awhile now.
But it's new to me - I'm using my new Crock - a special
birthday present from my thoughtful Hubby.

Here you will see my one gallon Crock (purchased from Amazon) is nicely packed with 2 heads Cabbage , 2 red onions, 
Minced Garlic, Spices and Herbs, (did I put in a chopped bell pepper..) and salt water brine. All mashed down to pieces and then when the brine had covered the veggies my weights were placed over to hold it all underneath while it sits and bubbles into fermention. Haha.

The upside of it all is that you get a natural high quailty dose of Probiotics from your food; it is naturally preserved without any work at all really on your part; and you are not heating or vinegarizing which kills off the beneficial bacteria. 

SauerKraut anyone ?

I'm following these instructions basically - and my house totally smells like cabbage and onions and it's only 4 days in. =)

On the knitting front, because there is always a knitting front,

...... I have almost finished a beautiful new Elizabeth Shawl by Amy Miller. Baby Alpaca / Cashmere / Silk . This is something to dream about. Off now to play cards with my boys ! We had such a wonderful homeschooling week - amazing life. x

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The End of Summer :: in the garden

Oh, the end of Summer.
It's hotter than a .... well you know so I don't even have to say it.

Well I am picking and drying and thinking and sweating.
Still knitting, thru sticky hands and sweaty brows - and I must
admit these winter sweaters do make the anticipation of fall exciting to think about.

But there's no time for that right just yet ------ the tomatoes are just starting to turn green.
Because we grew ours from seed.
And I thought they were never, ever going to 
make it. 
So it looks like we will be canning after all !
{Johnny's already been at it - and cutting the peppers and onions with his shades on in the kitchen. I must monitor the situation and make sure he doesn't give too many away. Cause it's GOOD.}

He brought over all his 'cooking gear', including his grandmother's recipe. 
And my own grandmother ? 
Liked his better than mine !!! 

This sweetest little babe of ours
he just loves the flowers and herbs and plants about.
He is growing and changing and ever so loving.
He can now reach up up up - in his little exploring 
nature has found where mama keeps her buttons,
and sewing notions, and pots and pans.

He loves smelling flowers and spotting bees and ants 
in the garden. He will get down and rub the growing 
pumpkins and winter squash and right now
he is eating watermelon a'plenty.
We were lucky to see my bestie and her sweet little ones yesterday, and were left some yummy fresh picked blueberries.

So tomorrow 
I am thinking
a fresh pie
Oh yes, it's been ages since I rolled pie crust
Come by, won't you, and 
have a piece with me 
dear friends.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Graphite Giveaway

Hello !!!
Gosh how is everyone doing ?
I"ve got a darling new child's sweater (testknit) to show you !


Graphite - by knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer -
photo courtesy of Isabell Kraemer Designs.


It's the best little knit - Pattern is by Isabell Kraemer . It's called "Graphite" and will be released on Ravelry soon.  (Apologies for strings everywhere , and I still have to finish the neck ribbing!!)
My sample is knit in SWANS ISLAND BULKY - colourway Winterberry.
Oh, this yarn !
(I bought these 2 skeins for $10 each on Ebay , score.)

Pattern link on Ravelry is HERE. My project link on Ravelry is also HERE.


                       Dear Isabell would like to gift one of you readers with a copy of 

this child's knit pattern , in sizes from ages 2 up to 12. 

To be entered ::

  • Leave a comment here on the blog - WITH YOUR RAVELRY USERNAME OR A WORKING EMAIL in the comments for a chance to win. If you do not include one or the other your comment will be deleted. 
  • Follow my blog ( by Google, email, or Blogger ) and enter a second time , telling me how you follow Norwood Walkabouts. 

                              I will draw a winner randomly when the pattern is released.                                                                 Happy knitting !

                                                                     Ang xo

Monday, July 7, 2014


Oh, It's hot. 

{We had more West Aussie Visitors. This time a big Walking Dead fan. We took them touring.}
Is it October yet ??

The garden thinks it's hot, too. 90 degree temps, but it cooled off a bit this weekend and we had a great July 4 celebration with all of my family and all of the grandkids at Nana and Pops ! {woops no photo of that, but plenty of the garden}

I love fresh food.
Garden therapy is so good.
Plenty of green tomatoes right now, I am thinking of picking a bunch and making a batch of green tomatoe chutney. I love it in the winter on top of a big fried pork chop :)

My no-buy tomatoes are slowly growing. Johnny is out there tonite putting some of them in the ground. Still quite late, we will see what they do. We've got about 20+ tomatoe plants in total. Several bell pepper, some hot pepper varieties, Indian and regular yellow corn, Wildwood Pumpkins, several different winter pumpkin varieties, okra, cucumbers, carrots. lettuce, and oh did you see that CANDY ROASTER ?   I think it will be ready to pick soon - I am going to make a PIE.

In unrelated news, we went antiquing in Alabama over the weekend ! 
Lots of goodies, I will have to show you next time . 

Now for the big announcement ! 
Thank you all for entering the Fort Magic Giveaway = there was a whopping 672 ENTRIES !!
RAfflecopter selected a lucky duck,  winner was announced on the giveaway post at the bottom of the giveaway page. 
It was fun. I'll have another special giveaway coming up soon , stay tuned. 
Now, to get my summer children cleaned and into beds. 
Take Care All .x

Friday, June 27, 2014

~ Knitting the Princess Fiona with Swans Island Yarn + A Giveaway ~

Hello friends. Boy is it hot. An impounding sweltering melting plastic kind of hot.
Rain. We are having a week of heat mixed with clouds and quick/hard rain showers.
You know, the kind of hard sudden rain showers that have you running outside ripping all
of your three loads of washing off the line; you and all the washing are dripping wet; and then
the sun comes back out hot. Yeah, that.

I was lucky enough to be selected as a test knitter for the ever so gorgeous PRINCESS FIONA
by the talented Amy Miller. I am a wee bit behind (( ahem )) as the pattern has been live for a week (or two) and has gotten all of the attention that it so deserves. It is a mighty fun knit and a very comfortable wearing sweater indeed. I do believe its my favourite fitting knitted sweater !

'Princess Fiona'   -  pictured and modeled by its designer Amy Miller.
Photo courtesy of  Amy Miller Knits.
My own Princess Fiona finally has (almost) one sleeve finished !
Still nursing a bruised and very sore finger , my knitting is slow.

I chose the most delicious yarn for my sweater. It was my first time using the beautiful Swans Island Organic Merino Yarn ( and I might have ordered more already, oops).  I am using two skeins only for my sweater! So there is awesome yardage, but the feel ? Oh my gosh. It is spun with a thread of
Alpaca,  making it lightweight yet warm , and oh-so-soft. Like Cashmere soft. Amazing stuff, you've got to check out this yarn.  They also sell beautiful wraps, scarves, and blankets !

Swan's Island Organic Merino Yarn - shown in the colourway 'OATMEAL'.
Photo courtesy of Swan's Island Website.

You can purchase Amy Miller's patterns wholesale here at Deep South Fibers.

Want to win a copy of Amy Miller's

Princess Fiona Sweater Pattern?

Put your name in the draw by using the Rafflecopter below.
Make sure and leave your email or Ravelry UserName so I can contact you .
When my sweater is finished I will be back to show you and I will announce a winner ! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway