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Episode 32: Tending

Episode 32 is now live.

The podcasts will be available on iTunesPlayerFM and other podcast catchers within 24 hours.

As always, you can find me on Instagram at Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet to follow my general making antics. I’ve also uploaded a short video to accompany this podcast on YouTube. (Apologies if YouTube subjects you to adverts. I have no means of overriding these and do not benefit from them.)


As swimming has changed my body somewhat, I’ve been revisiting some skirts to make them fit again. I mull over the mix of considerations that accompany this process from emotional and psychological ones to purely pragmatic and aesthetic choices.

Wearing well

I’ve also been carrying out some repairs to my knitwear, which means I’m getting up close and personal with how wool is wearing. We podcasters often talk about materials and me-made items when they are shiny and new but not so much about how they are wearing. So I thought I would start to include a semi-regular segment to address that.

As I’m currently wearing my lighter knits, I start this revisiting of woollen garments with a review of the wool I used in two of my favourite lighter cardigans. One is my Belmont cardigan by Gudrun Johnston and the other a self-designed cardigan of a similar shape and construction but with slightly more ease. I knit both cardigans in Kettle Yarn Co’s Northiam Fingering wool and have been wearing them for three and a half and two years respectively so have a good feel for how the wool is holding up.

Outsourced but equally valuable

As much as I believe in re-skilling and personal empowerment, I also value expert repair skills and consider them an important part of the sound use of existing resources and a circular economy. In this context I share my recent experience of having some trusty old Birkenstock sandals repaired by The Boot Repair Company.

Soil assistants

In my endless efforts to feed the soil in my funny little urban vegetable garden, we welcomed some wrigglers to help out with the nutrient cycling. I share my experience so far of installing a worm bin from RecyWorm and tending these magical creatures who create nutrient rich black gold for the soil.

I didn’t mention this in the podcast but the WormBox® is produced and shipped from France but all taxes and customs costs were included in the price charged at check-out and, despite Brexit, the process was smooth and disruption-free.

Foraged antihistamine

I also ventured out for a spot of foraging for ribwort plantain and share how I made salve sticks to sooth mosquito bites, nettles stings and the string of scratches and scrapes I seem to pick up when gardening or out foraging.


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Music (Audio Podcast)

As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License.

Music (Video footage)

“Gymnopedie No. 1” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

“Gymnopedie No. 2” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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