Monday, December 17, 2012
Lately I've been darning socks. A lot. Mostly my own socks, but I've done Franklin's and Partner's, too. How many darns can a sock have before it's all darned out? I have a sock with about 7 different darns--though its mate has only 2. It started out as black, but now it's multicolored. I think maybe I'll darn in red from now on, and one day I'll have a red pair!
Excitingly, I had my first sale in my shop! It was a pair of black toddler long johns which I designed and sewed myself. I hope the little girl who wears them stays nice and warm this winter.
used to be covered in rubbish, then I planted runner beans along the wall, and now I'm slowly leveling it. I've taken out about a third of the soil so far. See those exposed roots under the elder stumps? I'm not sure how I'm going to deal with those stumps, but hopefully I'll be able to get them out somehow. Eerily, the big main trunk, detached from the stump since May, is still sending out leaves: it's still alive! I had planned on burying it, a la hugelculture, but I'm not doing any such thing till I know it's good and dead.
As far as Christmas goes, we're buying a chest freezer, but probably not till January, and Franklin's only getting a few hand-me-downs. I think the only thing we've bought new for him is a set of magnets. We also agreed not to buy anything for each other, though I suspect Partner has made me something (which I earlier requested) and it's possible I've made him something small, too (can neither confirm nor deny, so don't tell him). We'll mostly celebrate by having a small feast and spending time as a family.
We're considering building the chickens a permanent coop, while still continuing moving them through sections of the property. We have six sections back there, and they generally stay in a section for one to two weeks before moving to the next. It allows each section to rest and regrow between visits, so they don't completely kill the grass and plants. I like our little moveable coop because it's easy to move and clean, but it's not big enough for a roosting perch, which I think they'd appreciate.