Rainy Weekend

Thats a pretty good rainbow isn’t it? A double one even!

We have had two very lazy days, doing nothing in particular,I haven’t even knitted and I really should be doing that at least, I have a few toys to finish off, Debi Birkin’s Sea-side bunty, Alan Dart’s king mouse and Twins, baby doll.  some of them are just sewing up, which I find awkward, I have only just worked out mattress stitch and sometimes I have to undo and try again.

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In the garden

Yesterday, the weather forecast said it was going to rain, it actually didn’t.So i rushed out to take photos of these.  Usually as soon as the peonies burst into bloom we normally have a heavy downpour, which then renders them a soggy mess with half the petals on the floor.  Not much point taking pictures then…

I am trying to get this garden into some sort of shape, there are large physical things that need doing, which unfortunately I can’ t do by myself, and there is no way I can afford to have them done by professionals.  Soooo, as my dearest hubby is off work next week and also it’s half term,so Dan will be home, I am sure I am going to get some help – they don’t quite know it yet.I do love these blue geraniums, so delicate and fairy like.  Mind you they spread like wild fire so will have to keep an eye on them.

The lupins are in bud, I hope we get a lot this year. This is the second year this plant has grown in the garden and they did very well last time with several flowers blooming over a few weeks. Looks like we are getting pinkish ones.

I still have a lot of digging to do, and next year I need to plant some trees.  After living in the country for 10 years I really miss the birds, there are hardly any round here, though I have seen and heard lots of activity and noise from my neighbour’s trees.  Oh and I did see loads of swallows sky diving when I took the dogs for a walk.

I’m hoping that I can make enough room for a lilac tree and a laburnam.  I do know they are poisonous, but I don’t know anyone in this household who is going to eat the seeds. I did see a fabulous one this morning on the walk, wonderful chandeliers of yellow. Will try and get a pic later or in the morning. This Clematis is called Joesephine and   the flowers are amazing, I had no  idea just how big or how abundant this plant would be.  The petals just keep coming and coming.  This is again the 2nd year of this plant, I would really like it to spread horizontally across the wall instead of just going up. Does anyone know how I can’ do that?    I planted it in a rather large ceramic pot in full sun which it does seem to like.

What a fabulous colour!  I bought these in the market, 6 for £2.99 not bad when I have seen pots of one for £1.50.  They are a burst of summer joy.  I might need to go to a garden center during this next week, I am sure I can get something to complement these flowers, maybe a chocolate plant – sorry can’t remember the proper name!

Ohh I think I had better write a list, just thought I could do with some shrubs to go in a shady corner.   Well, lots to do, lots to do….

String Bag

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I did try to post this yesterday, but simply couldn’t get the picture to appear, but never mind, here we are today.

With all the supermarkets here in the UK trying to cut down on plastic bags, I thought I would see if I could make something that I could nip to the shops with.  I am not keen on the bags for life that the supermarkets sell, so Ithought I would try something more traditional.

I crocheted the bag with a 9mm hook and two strands of twine.  I was going to put more green in it, but discovered that the green twine colour ran in my hands, okay having a green thumb, but not so keen on totally green hands!

To jazz it up a bit I crocheted the flowers and used some pretty buttons as the centers.

It holds loads! It’s strong, and I bet I will still be using it when the bags for life have died and gone to the plastic bag heaven.

Little lambs

Good Monday afternoon everyone, another beautiful day here in the UK, looks like it won’t last long so we shall have to make the most of it.

I know I said last week that my lamb would be ready, but with all this fab weather I have been doing things in the garden rather than knitting.  Actually I should be knitting night and day as I have signed up for the Woodseats Festival craft fair on July 10th.

So here is a little Fuzzy Mitten lamb in her pink hoodie coat.  I made this one a while back and sold her quite quickly.  But this is the kind of thing I am making for the fair.  She was made in baby alpaca and the coat was cashmerino, both by Rowan I think .This was the other lamb I made at the same time.  I still have three or four ‘naked’ lambs that require clothing so that will be my next job.

These patterns come from Barbara Prime at fuzzy mitten, her blog is in the blogroll, she is so very clever at designing these little creatures.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Wooohoooo!  I love making these, they come out so perfectly.  This is actually the Tumbling Blocks loom from Hazel Rose, which of course I have not taken a picture of.  Hang on, will do it now.There you go, wrong colours I know, but you get the idea.   I do like the idea of a circular blanket, should be interesting to see what kind of patterns can be made in one.  That is something to work on.  Here is the actual loom, beautifully made as usual.  I get my Hazel Rose looms from Wild Colours – it is in the blogroll.  Teresinha sells dyes and all sorts of scrummy stuff, and she also sells the looms.  She is extremely quick with the post and I think the post is free to the UK, but you will have to check.

It is a fabulous day here in the UK, and I intend relaxing with my looms in the garden and finishing the Fuzzy Lamb I am more than half way through, just got to do the head and sew it all together.  Hopefully on Monday I will be able to show him off.

Have a great weekend!

Weaving patterned squares

I love these!  I love making these!   When I first saw these patterns they looked pretty difficult, I am not the kind who can see a graphic pattern and immediately get it… I much prefer the written pattern  ie. U3 O1 W9  or Under 3, Over 1, Weave 9.  I am afraid that I would just lose my place on a chart of these patterns.

So on Sunday evening I gave them a go.  Now don’t laugh, but it was exciting to see the pattern coming up, and even more exciting when I took them off the loom and you could really see it!  Obviously they work better on plain yarn so that you can see the pattern,  but I suspect that if you used a marled yarn you could come up with some great textures.

Now these wonderful patterns – I still have loads more to do, come from a fabulous blog called Eloomanation.  www.eloomanation.com  under the project heading there are several very old downloadable booklets from the 1930’s onward when Weave-It’s were so very popular.  Some of the patterns in there are incredible, marvelous 1930’s dresses, children’s outfits, and household things.   Some of the booklets are just patterns like I have done, very pretty for making throws and blankets.

Has anyone worked a heart pattern out?  That would be wonderful for a baby blanket.

Also could anyone with a wordpress blog please give me a clue about putting a blog roll  and how to use the links.  It all looks very complicated, and I have tried but nothing seems to happen.  Thanks x

Molly the Monkey

I have been knitting for about 43 years, my mum taught me to knit and my gran taught me to crochet, my mum can’t crochet and my gran couldn’t knit, so I reckon I was lucky there.

When my boys were babies I always had kitting in my hands. I remember knitting a beautiful shawl on circular needles for Edward, who is now 26.  I did most of this while traveling 50 miles to the hospital for ante natal appointments.  We lived in Germany and I had to travel from Soest to Iserlohn, and thats quite a way when you are pregnant.  It’s also quite a way when you are in labour…

Anyway, lots of baby knitting, I can think of only one jacket I made for me that I actually finished and that must have been about 1981.  The yarn was bought in Germany, and I had never seen yarn like it.  I remember it being chunky and only cheap, but it was beautiful, a deep dark red 100% wool, which draped in just the right way – my mum and I had never seen anything like it in the UK.  I was still wearing it in 1996.  Excellent quality.

These days I have no babies to knit for, but I do have a friend in Canada who has a granddaughter who loves monkeys. So here is Molly monkey.  She enjoys playing in the trees and does like to do a bit of gardening.The pattern is from Fuzzy Mitten – sorry still haven’t got the link thing sorted yet.

So Molly is off to Canada in the morning.  Bon Voyage Molly!

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