Polymath Enthusiasms

Odds & (Week)ends #10

The Hat Production Line

It occurs to me that I’ve done very little other than make hats this week (covered in detail here), but I am closing in on finishing 8 hats in 7 days, so I’m not too unhappy with that.

Preservation Station

We’re trialling an organic fruit and veg box this month, which at this time of year includes an excess of beetroot and apples. I now have all the ingredients to pickle the beets, so will tackle that in the Tiny Tyrant’s absence one day this week. I’ve already had a go at drying apples (single layer on a baking sheet in the bottom of the oven for a couple of hours at 100°C). The first batch turned into crisps, which are delicious, but I’m going to play with the temperature and slice thickness because I’d love some dried apple on hand for muesli and/or baking.

From the Mailbag

Another yarn week, as I snagged deals, and picked up a few odd skeins for future projects. 793EE7FF-916B-41A4-8528-6CC5232E3276.jpeg

I’m stashing as much Wendy Ramsdale DK as I can, as it’s been discontinued, and I love the range of colours (and the fact that it’s Yorkshire sourced and spun).

Odds and Sods

  • The Vendor List for EYF2018 has been released and I’m very excited as pretty much all of my favourite indie dyers will be there.
  • The Tiny Tyrant was caught stuffing her face with tiny marshmallows today: which is to say she can now open packets, and nothing in the world will be safe from her.
  • I picked up Andrea Mowry’s new sweater (The Weekender), and shawl (Hoarfrost) patterns, and got her new hat pattern (Tincture) for free. I think the deal is probably over now, but all 3 patterns are giving me startitis, and well worth your time and money.


I am fighting off yet another cold virus, but determined to get those beets in vinegar this week. I also expect to get bored of hats sometime around Wednesday, and cast on something utterly ridiculous. Or the Weekender, with some of the Ramsdale I’ve accumulated. 🤔

Take care, and don’t let Monday get you down.