Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Preserving....

I've been making pickles like a made woman of late, trying to use up my abundance of home grown produce... This morning saw me trying to put a bit of a twist on some old favourites.... The 2 jars on the left are 'Spicy Pickled Heirloom Cucumber' and the 2 jars on the right are 'Crystal Apple Cucumber Relish'.... I have a taste testing this evening with my sister in town and if all goes well these 2 'new' varieties will be hitting the shelves at 'Country Simplicity'...... Which one would you like to taste??? I'll pop the recipe up on my blog for the most popular one according to your comments....

As promised here is the free washer pattern that I gave a sneak peak to in my last post....
'Vintage Lace Washer'

Using 4mm knitting needles and 8ply cotton cast on 41sts. Knit 5 rows.

Row 1 - K4 *K1, YO, K2, sl1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO* (rep from * to * until 5 sts remain) K5.

Row 2 (and alt rows) - K4, Purl to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 3 - K4, *K1, YO, K2, K3Tog(purlwise), K2, YO* (rep from * to * until 5 sts remain) K5.

Rep rows 1-4 a total of 10 times.

Knit 5 rows and cast off. Weave in ends and if you like, make a tag for hanging using one of your ends by crocheting 12 chain then slipping back into first chain to create loop..

I'd love to hear any feed back on this pattern from those that are willing to give it a try... The one that I made in the pic is not blocked, blocking will help to make a squarer looking cloth...

Take Care...... Jodie...... :)

21 comments:

  1. Two of my favourite things today :) Scrummy looking pickles and wintage lace patterns used in a cloth!

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  2. Would love to see the spice recipe Jodie - have been using the same recipe for cucmber pickles as my mum and grandma use. While that is nice, would love a bit of a change for the next oicking of apple cue -ies coming on quickly.

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  3. Yummo! Those pickles look gooood! I like the sound of the spicy pickles.
    I also love the look of your new wash cloth. I'll save the pattern for later, when I get the knitting needles out again.

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  4. I like the sound of the cucumber apple pickle... and thanks for the gorgeous pattern - will have to find some cotton in my stash but not before I finish the flipping gloves I have been promising myself I would get round to!...

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  5. Lovely, an 8 ply pattern, I will be sure to give it a go as soon as I get sick of little hats :)

    And I would taste the Heirloom cucumber I think...

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  6. Wow you have been a busy lady havent you. The pickles sound delish and the vintage lace washer looks beautiful. I might have to whip one up for my mum's birthday.

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  7. mm yum, they both look so tasty! i'm voting for the crystal apple cucumber one, simply because as a child i would quite happily eat a whole apple cucumber in one sitting, or any cucumber for that matter, but apple cucumbers were a special favourite

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  8. I think I would like to try the apple cucumber relish! And that washer is lovely!

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  9. Hi Jodie, I am new to your blog. I love the washer and will give it a go. Can you tell me what "blocking" is?

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  10. ohhhh YUM! Of course everything was delicious... woulda been a whole lot better with some wine ;) maybe next time! Love the new cloth design!

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  11. My choice would be the apple cucumber pickle

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely pattern. Once the queue gets shorter or I get impatient, I will try it

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  12. They look great - spicy cucumber please - My DH will not touch them - wonder if he could tell what it is if I make it into relish?

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  13. Great looking pickles! wish I was down the road! I also hope to have a go at the washer when my world slows a little!

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  14. Your washer pattern is so pretty. I shall be sure to give it a try.
    The pickles look pretty good too!

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  15. That apple cucumber looks delicious!! Can't wait to try that washer pattern out. not sure what a couple of those abbreviations are but I will look them up and figure it out! xo m.

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  16. PS. I forgot to say- THANK YOU!! xo m.

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  17. Oh super impressed with the preseves, yummo!! Cute face washer, what a lovely idea. Love Posie

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  18. These washers are really lovely, but I think I am not using the correct yarn because they come out so small. When you say washers, are they for your face? Sorry to sound stupid, but haven't heard that term before.

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  19. Hi Jodie, love the pickles and the washer... thanks for the pattern.. I am not a great knitter, but I will definately give it a go (it's so pretty! and my others so plain)I'm voting for the apple cucumber relish xx :)

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  20. Hi, just found your blog from Kristy @ Loweryourpresserfoot. Anyway... I just thought I would leave a quick comment. Seems your pretty busy canning etc... but I would just tell you that if you like sausages, hot dogs and the sort I have a great hot dog relish that is made from cucumbers! If your interested let me know!
    You can leave a comment on my blog!

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  21. Thank you so much for the pattern. This dishcloth is beautiful. I don't normally knit, but after seeing this, I might have to get those knitting needles out!

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