Meet the leek-cosy. It’s knitted in a 2×2 rib using Stylecraft’s ‘Life Changes’ yarn.
Oi, stop laughing about this terribly serious matter! There really is a good reason for this. Allow me to explain…
Being someone who wastes far too much time nosing into oddball corners of the internet – peering into its cupboards, opening the occasional drawer – I come across all sorts of things. On nights when I can’t sleep, it sometimes gets to the point where I feel as though I’ve Read The Internet. All of it.
One of the things that I’ve been reading about is regrowing vegetables from scraps. FREE VEG, COUNT ME IN! I thought, some time after midnight. The gist of the idea is this: plonk the discarded business end of vegetables in shallow water for a few days, and when regrowth begins, pot the veg-in-question up in some compost and wait (several months) for lunch to be ready. Whilst doing so, try not to fret about the poor plant’s fate of being callously regrown and re-eaten in an endless cycle of Orwellian butchery.
Disclaimer: I am absolutely not a vegicultural expert. (What? You could tell that was the case?! HOW ON EARTH?!!)
If you’re going to try the technique, the very best fun is to be had with spring onions, onions, leeks, and celery. I’m told – by the internet, at 3.00am – that garlic works well too, but we’ve already got 50 garlic plants growing in tidy rows in the garden, so that need is pretty much covered for now.
Look at this! The picture below shows the scrappy root-end of a red onion that I used whilst cooking dinner a couple of weeks ago. And now, three new onion plants are busy growing – all from a scrap that would otherwise have ended up on the compost heap. I think it might be time to divide and plant them. Note the toothpicks used to suspend the onion at the water’s surface. You’re supposed to change the water daily, but I can’t swear to be completely reliable about that.
Anyway, back to the important matter of knitted leek-cosies. I regrew my leek from a tiny, rootless, stump that was left from preparing a chicken stew. First, it grew in water (on the right in this photo):-
…And then I potted it up. When you grow leeks, the lower portion of the plant needs protection from light so that it remains white and tasty, rather than turning green and leafy. What on earth could I use to shield my indoor-leek? Soil? A discarded loo-roll tube? The rusty cogs in my brain finally turned, and I realized that a perfect solution was at hand. Knitting. So this is my leek-cosy. The ribbing means that it can expand as the leek swells. I knitted it on 4mm (US size 6) double-pointed needles, 20 stitches to the round. Celery stalks need protection from light, too, so I might have to knit a larger version very soon.
Dinner will be ready… eventually.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Robyn-the-robin says hi:-