The unbearable lightness of being

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Last minute holiday gifts!

Rustic, cute, multipurpose, ocean-friendly body scrubbers!

You don’t even need knitting pins, as you can see, chopsticks make the perfect gauge when knitting these heart shaped jute scrubbers/ exfoliating lovelies.

Instructions:

Work in stocking stitch throughout. (Knit knit knit and no purl)

Take your garden jute string and your chopsticks and cast on 2 stitches.

Knit one row.

Increase at each end of every alternate row until you have 16 sts.

Make the heart shape:

Decrease now on first stitch and 8th.

Turn and decrease at each end of each row until you have 2 sts left. Bind these off together, cut the string, secure your last stitch.

Rejoin your string to the remaining 8 stitches and repeat.

Weave in your loose ends by poking them through the loops at the edges of the finished heart shape.

Make a loop and attach somewhere on the top of your heart.

Voila.

This takes about ten minutes.

The jute hearts can be used on your pots and pans, your surfaces, your bathroom, your feet and elbows, as well as those stubborn bits on dirty typewriters. But you may want to make multiple shapes to cover all uses. A great way to ditch those nasty plastic scrubbers we have become so addicted to 🙂

Pair the scrubbers with a special bar of soap perhaps for a last minute gift 😉

Happy Holidays , typospherians xx

Doing the Festive Season without palm oil

Yes, it’s in most things. It’s truly awful. I’ve ditched buying mincemeat in jars now after not being able to find any mince pies or mincemeat without palm oil. “Sustainable” palm oil isn’t good either. The planet can’t sustain this insatiable lust for the stuff. I can do without shop bought gravy granules, I can do without stock cubes. I can do without all the sugary biscuits and shortbread, I can do without buying that nice coffee cake I always used to get as a treat… But I can’t do Christmas without mince pies…

There’s always something you forget when you type a recipe off … I also used a two inch chunk of fresh ginger, finely chopped in this mix.

For the pear jam, I did this:

There was no way of taking a picture of the pulp going through a sieve, but that’s what I did. Then I returned the smooth pulp sans pips and etc to the pan and added sugar, heated to setting point and ladled into jars. The pear trees were in the park. Free fruit! While I was scrumping a guy in a suit stopped and asked me what I was doing. He went home to get a bag to collect pears in. I hope his jam turned out ok.

On safari in Brighton

I wandered into a big junk shop in Brighton yesterday just on the off chance I might find something cool or interesting. First up was this duck.

Moving on!

Around the next corner I found this

And after rummaging among some tweed jackets I found this

But for that price I wasn’t feeling very Gerald Cha. Though not the worst junker I have ever seen, I moved on upstairs where there were some weird and wonderful things…

How often does one find one of those in a junk shop?! No price and I dare not ask!

Some fancy fabric on the ceiling caught my eye …

Who let professor Umbridge in?

Heading down again. I love it in there, even the stairs are full of interest

Wait! I didn’t see that on my way up!

No price on this little rusty relic. I left it where it was. Fun to see though !