17 for 2017 – September Update

September has seen several of my 17 for 2017 goals achieved, but the end of the month has been consumed by pattern-writing. Anyway, here’s progress so far:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. None this month, although I have one thing to send I need to write a letter to go with it; plus I have one item planned but not started. Total still 8.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. This goal is complete.

Fifteen… cheeses.  I  didn’t make any this month because of a disruption to the milk supply here at home. We were supposed to be making cheese at the Food Centre Wales in September, but they too had a problem with their milk supply, so it’s going to be October before we can do this. It’s a little frustrating not to be able to make progress with this. The total is still stuck on 10

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six.

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. Target reached in June.

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There are now 49 items in my shop!

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. I added loads of things to the shop this month – bird roosts made by me, vintage sewing patterns and vintage lace. This goal is now complete.

 

Ten... plants given to good homes. Target reached in May.

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

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A pretty yummy lunch

Eight… meals using only our own produce. I had a lovely lunch of omelette and salad to complete this goal; in addition, we’ve had loads of meals that included our own produce even if they weren’t exclusively made from it.

 

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Three this month – a visit to Sue (Going Batty in Wales), the Sixty Million Trebles meet-up plus a get together with the gals from university mean that I have sailed past this target.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I still haven’t finished the honeycomb cable socks started last month, so the total is still three completed and one in progress.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, but now the weather is deteriorating and once my knitting pattern is completed (see below), I might settle down to get on with this.

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. Target reached in February.

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All this went off to be recycled: 100% paper

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. Had a good chucking out session at the beginning of the month, so the total is now two.

 

Two… patterns published and on sale. I have been working hard on the second pattern this month, but it isn’t finished yet so I’ve still only published one.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April. Worn a lot this month!
 So that’s it for now. If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

17 for 2017 – August Update

My August 17 for 2017 achievements are mainly sock-related. Since sock-knitting is a rather time-consuming activity, lots has been done, but not many things crossed off the list:

It’s crafty – just not me doing the craft

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. One more this month, although it was actually a case of giving someone else a ball of yarn from my stash because I know how much she would enjoy making something herself. In the parcel I also put tea, biscuits and a ball of string… essentials for a happy crafter! Total 8.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. This goal is complete.

Fifteen… cheeses.  I  didn’t make any this month because of a disruption to the milk supply. The total is currently ten, there will be more next month.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six.

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. Target reached in June.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. The total is still eight. In fact I’ve sold several things, so I really do need to restock.

Ten... plants given to good homes. Target reached in May.

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

Tapas-style meal

Eight… meals using only our own produce. I have to confess that I have rather lost count of this because so many meals just get made and eaten without really thinking about the source of the ingredients. As a result I also forget to photograph them, so here’s one that’s mostly home-produced. However, I know that there have been at least five this month, which takes the total to seven.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. None this month, as I had to postpone the one that was planned. The total is, therefore, still six.

One of this month’s two completed

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. This is the biggie this month: two pairs completed using my standard pattern and the first of another pair underway using a very different pattern. So the total is three completed and one in progress.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, but some planning has happened for a different book that I’m going to co-author.

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. Target reached in February.

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. I’ve done a bit more sorting, but it hasn’t really been a concerted effort, so I can still only claim one “session”.

Two… patterns published and on sale. No new pattern this month, so just the one published in January. Actually, this was the thing I had planned to do this month and somehow, yet again, it didn’t happen – really because I got distracted by the socks.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April. Worn a lot this month!
 So that’s it for now. If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

17 for 2017 – July Update

Progress was a very slow with my 17 for 2017 goals in July… in fact I’m not sure where the time went. However, I did manage a few:

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a woolly Welsh square

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. None this month, but I can share this picture from last month (I couldn’t then because it was a surprise) – it’s a square for a blanket the recipient is making entirely out of British wool (of course this is Cambrian Mountains wool). Total 7.

 

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. This goal is complete.

Fifteen… cheeses.  I  didn’t make any this month, although exciting plans are afoot in relation to this one… watch this space. The total is currently ten.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six.

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. Target reached in June.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. The total is still eight.

Ten... plants given to good homes. Target reached in May.

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

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Eggs, rosemary potatoes and lettuce

Eight… meals using only our own produce. We managed the first two this month, thanks to potatoes, lettuce, courgettes, tomatoes and eggs. Actually, not a day goes by when we don’t eat something that I have cultivated (even if sometimes it’s cheese!) and so the slow progress on this is a bit misleading in terms of how much food we are growing and consuming.

 

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Sadly, the trip with a friend that was planned for this month had to be cancelled because she is very unwell. I do have plans for a variety of get-togethers with other friends in coming months, but for now the total is still six.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I’ve made some progress on the pair I started last month, but it’s still not finished, so the total remains at one.

Five… book chapters written. None yet.

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. Target reached in February.

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out of the loft

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. One, as a result of having the new cupboard. Lots of boxes of preserved food are now out of the loft and in the kitchen, where they are accessible. The total is, therefore, one.

 

Two… patterns published and on sale. No new pattern this month, so just the one published in January.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April.
 I have been so busy with other things this month, that the list has been rather neglected, but that’s my small amount of progress.
 If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

Shifting my focus

Self-sufficiency is something we have never aspired to. I like olive oil and lemons and west Wales is certainly not the place where these can be produced. However, I do love being able to eat food that we have grown or collected ourselves. Before Mr Snail departed for his latest week in the big city, we were reflecting on what we had eaten this weekend. The list of food that we were responsible for in our diet was quite pleasing:

  • Homemade chocolate ice cream topped with homemade orange curd

    Homemade chocolate ice cream topped with homemade orange curd

    Eggs – made into waffles (for breakfast this morning), orange curd, ice cream and simply fried for lunch yesterday

  • Blackberries picked from the hedgerows last autumn (frozen)
  • Apples picked from a friend’s tree (bottled)
  • Home-grown redcurrants (frozen)
  • Home-grown parsnips (fresh)
  • Home-grown squash (roasted and then frozen)
  • Whey left over from cheese-making and used in the waffles

Most of the other things we ate this weekend were produced locally or were organic imported items (olive oil, tea, coffee and sugar) and I don’t think anything was bought from a major supermarket chain.

Earlier in the week I started writing a blog post about exploitation and just found it all too depressing. When I told my friend Linda about this, she suggested that the answer is to try to keep our focus local – support local producers and growers, buy from local businesses (especially if they have an ethical outlook). That way you can do lots of good and not find yourself paralysed by how awful some aspects of our modern life are with respect to human rights and the planet. She’s right; by keeping my focus local I can remain positive… and have a delicious diet too!

 

 

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