Sunday, 8 May 2011


We have germination – yay! and only a week after planting seeds, look:

These are tomato seedlings on our bedroom windowsill, they emerged this morning. The courgettes and beans are still under the surface but I am hopeful that maybe by next weekend we will see some seedlings, especially as we have had some rain at long last. The garden is looking better for the rain with flowers coming out all over.

I’ve also been having another go a spinning long-draw. This is where you card fleece into rolags and then spin them from the end into a floofy woollen type yarn.

Longdrawjames has recently put up a vid on You Tube, here it is.
Longdrawjames shows how to hand card and spin long draw from rolags
Suitably inspired I got stuck in with the Romney and a couple of rolags later I had this:

I kept on going until I had about half a jumbo bobbin full and then Navajo plied it. Here it is soaking in the sink:

and drying out on the line; a bit breezy!

Here’s a closer pic. It’s about double knitting weight and is quite floofy, I like itSmile

This is the time of year for new fleece and although I am saving myself for Woolfest (not long now!) I could not resist a bargain; so I have some Jacobs fleece coming in the post from a Raveler. She bought a whole bunch of fleece off of EBay and has divided it up for about ten of us. We are sharing the cost of the fleece and then just have to pay for postage so I will be getting about 1.5kg of well skirted fleece for £1 plus postage! brill. It should be here some time next week so fingers crossed that we get some sunny weather next weekend so that I can wash and dry it all.

The rhubarb fest continues and we are still loving rhubarb and Greek yoghurt. However in case of overload I think that I may have to experiment with some form of rhubarb cake thing so if anyone out there has a recipe for rhubarb cake please feel free to drop me a line with the recipe.In the meantime here’s some rhubarb!


  1. My rhubarb is rubbish, it grows a bit but never really enough to do anything with it and then immediately runs to seed. Yours looks yummy, especially with greek yogurt, my favourite!

  2. Love the spinning... think I may have to indulge in some carders so I can try longdraw, that video is great.

  3. Isn't it the most amazing thing so watch plants growing from a dry little seed to a big fruitproducing plants :-) Not sure if my tomatoes will survive this year, I think I had them on the windowsill for too long.
    In our little garden we do`n't hava any rhubarb - too much noneatable leaves taking preacious planting space away - but I have bought a few stems to bake my Sweethears favourite cake. It is with meringue on top, so if you'd like to try it, let me know and I'll type you the recipe.
    Tina in Germany


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