About Potatoes and Onions


Here are some of the first potatoes I grew in containers this year.


Here are some of the onions I grew in containers.


Here is the last container of potatoes I grew this year.  For the first time, there is a pretty good sized potato.

The “harvest” is now in!

I definitely feel encouraged that this small beginning actually worked.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage


About Leeks

Here is my container garden for leeks.


I harvested the biggest leek.


© 2016 Kathryn Hardage




About Cherry Tomatoes

An overgrown cherry tomato plant.

An overgrown cherry tomato plant.

I gathered cherry tomatoes out of a giant tomato plant that is growing out of a raised bed.  (You can see a yellow pepper plant in the upper right corner of the photo in the same raised bed.)



Close-up of the cherry tomatoes

Close-up of the cherry tomatoes



This close-up on the tomatoes shows how the plant has just grown across the grasses.



Gathering cherry tomatoes in a hat.

Gathering cherry tomatoes in a hat.



I thought it was fun to pick them and put them in the hat I was wearing.




© 2016 Kathryn Hardage


Warping the Loom – Review


More progress on the Teaching Doll

I have stuffed the bodies (I am making two dolls).



Here they are supported by their little green wagon.

(I think the quilt will make a good backdrop for the music teaching videos.)




I am attaching the hair, yarn strand by strand dow the back of the head.





Side view and front view.




I will add more hair to fill it out and so I can create braids and pigtails.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage


The Season for Making Salsa

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-12-19-44-pmI like to have lots and lots of home canned salsa on hand for meatloaf, soup, stew, roast,  and just by itself, hot or cold, and for any recipe which would enjoy the addition of tomatoes.

Last year, I had over one hundred quarts.

After getting canning tomatoes from three different farmers at three different markets, I realized I was way behind and the season was drawing to a close.

I had made a few batches, but my usage was starting to catch up with what I had on hand and it was late in the season.

This Fall, I needed to make some more.

I checked around and found a local farm which had a sign for tomatoes and onions.  I dropped by and bought 109 pounds of canning tomatoes and 38 pounds of onions.  I was planning on two onions per batch of fifteen pounds of tomatoes, plus onions on hand for cooking.

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-12-16-13-pmAfter cutting out the bad spots on the tomatoes (these were very late in the season…), we had probably two-thirds left for canning.


screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-12-18-51-pm The onions turned out to be gigantic (!), so we only used one per batch.  (That is a loaf of savory wheat-belly bread in the background.  I think it is rosemary.)



We canned 43 quarts, which will last for quite a while.  I will just have to augment as time goes on.



My husband wanted to measure how many linear feet of salsa we canned, so he lined them all up on the deck railing.


(I took a photo of him taking a photo of me.)

We have fifteen linear feet of salsa!



© 2016 Kathryn Hardage


Weaving Solfege


At my weaving retreat (Fiber Daze – FB), we moved to different looms to make different pattern samples.

Some looms have four, six, or eight treadles or shafts.

On an eight-shaft loom, I found myself forming musical intervals according to the treading pattern.

1-3-5-7, 2-4-6-8-, 1-3-7, 2-6-8, etc.

Once I got the hand of it, I made a successful “Twill and Huck” pattern.

It didn’t make what I would call a true melody, but the intervals are still playing out in my mind.

© 2016 Kathryn Hardage