Let’s hope I have green fingers…

Well, in the corner of our garden, we have an old, neglected vegetable patch. Of course, I imagine myself turning into Hugh F-W, making amazing food from my own produce, so I started to clear the patch. It looks like this:

I think that’s an ancient raspberry cane, so I am trying to nurture that. I’m sure we’ll be feasting on fresh, sun warmed raspberries all summer 😉 There’s also a plant which I think is chard – does anyone else know? I don’t want any upsetting mistakes!

Weeding was very satisfying.  I took a leaf (ahem) out of Alys Fowler’s book and just settled to it, and the end result was great. I only managed about two square feet of bare soil while the Little One was at nursery, but it was worth it. Alys’ advice is here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/29/how-to-win-the-war-on-weeds

Our local WI had a plant sale at which I picked up some strawberry plants, a courgette and some herbs, so we are well on our way!

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Yes, it’s about time…

Phew – I’ve got my blogging mojo back. Somehow my old Blogger template had grown to feel really tired and old, and I was looking in envy at pretty much everyone else’s blog! So I’ve managed to move my blog here to WordPress and already it looks fresher, so I’m pleased!

We have also moved to the country while my blog has been on pause. Expect more pictures of open fields and huge skies! Part of our new garden looks like this:


But part looks like this, which is, I think, a raspberry cane in a sea of weeds:

Clearly, I need to work out how to resize photos, but that’s a job for another day. I’m looking forward to many more post, and if you’ve read this, thank you,

Someone else has knitted an allotment!

I just love my LYS. The ladies who work there are often knitting the most amazing things while they staff the till, and this window is just fab. It’s an allotment, with the caption “Knit Your Own”, above a display of a carrots, beetroot, sweetpeas (my favourites), and more! I love walking past this shop with my toddler as there’s always something more to see in the display. Well done, ladies!

 

 

One Finished Object! The cotton toddler dress

Oooh, I’m so pleased with myself! Finally, a finished object to share. I’ve been taking this to my local Crafternoon for what seems like ages. In fact, last time, although I was at the sewing up stage, the ladies looked rather surprised to see that it was still going!

I can’t seem to remove the first picture, so you get two of it in all its glory! Greens and blues don’t photograph terribly well, so the colours are greener in real life. I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out. More on my Ravelry page about (veery minor) changes I made to the original pattern. I think this will be great for my daughter, over leggings or on its own while the weather is nice. Now, what to knit next??

 

One nearly-knitted toddler tunic – oh, and a knitted garden

So, the Sirdar knitted tunic is SO nearly done! This is despite me sewing the sleeves on to the wrong sides … Still, despite me changing needles to a smaller size, it’s still huge for my daughter, so there’s no hurry. I’m really looking forward to seeing her in it. Though it certainly isn’t cheap to knit, I am loving the Sirdar DK cotton so it’s been very enjoyable to work on. In fact, variegated yarns must be en vogue at the moment, as several of my knitting group are working with similar yarns. In contrast to some, the colours in this cotton have worked out spread quite evenly through the knitting, giving it an even appearance too. Lovely.

Love, love, loving our local wool shop, too. Here is their knitted allotment!! Vegetables, fruit, sunflowers, bees – it’s ace.

 

Vintage pattern haul

Excitement! A friend dropped off a huge bag of knitting patterns the other day, which she’d seen at a church sale and scooped up at speed for me. Of course, many are the vague 1980s patterns that no one really wants – but some are ACE! I need, need, need to see my toddler in one of these!

I particularly love the one with birds on in the top photo, so I think I’ll buy the yarn for that, then drop some heavy hints to mum about knitting it… But the 60s style cardigans with those lovely colours are also lovely. What a good haul!

 

What have I been doing with my time?!

I *have* been knitting, in amongst the working, driving and toddler-wrangling! I’m writing this in a precious, free moment while Small is at nursery. This is my latest project:

I usually avoid any yarn that is variegated or flecked, but this is just gorgeous-it’s a tight cotton and the colours go so well together. I had worried that this kind of mercerised cotton would be too shiny for knitting a garment, but the shop where I bought it had a top knitted up in the 4-ply version and it was beautiful and not too shiny at all. This is going to be a tunic dress for Small, the “Rosina” tunic dress from Ravelry by Libby Summers. I’ve already put some notes on Ravelry in case anyone is thinking of knitting this.

I also managed a quick Easter basket which I finished on, er, Easter Saturday!

This is from a free pattern from the Let’s Knit website and it was a quick crochet project in double crochet and DK yarn.

It’s been so hard to find time for blogging, though I’ve kept up with reading other people’s blogs! Still, I’m hoping that now I’ve got a bit more time to myself, I’ll feel like it’s a ‘current’ blog. So, thank you for reading, and more very soon!

 

Knitting, coffee, knitting …

Yes, I do get some peace and quiet sometimes! I was lucky enough to be given a subscription to the delicious Pom Pom Quarterly this year and I loved it. The patterns are trendy without being alienating and they’re so well styled – on people of all sizes, with tattoos, hair dye – real people who look like you’d like to be friends with them. Although I must admit I haven’t made any of the patterns yet (but when does that stop us buying pattern books?!), I really, really would make lots of them. I see on Ravelry people have already made several which look great, so that makes me more likely to try! I do find women’s patterns so frumpy, so this magazine gives me hope!

 

Moany Post about yarn

Hmph. Although my last post featured a lovely shawl very near completion, I *still* don’t have a triumphant FO picture. I just didn’t have enough wool left to complete the shawl. The pattern definitely states that it needs only two balls, and I checked I’d used the right needle and done the pattern correctly. A quick check on Ravelry showed that the pattern was fine BUT that someone else had found a ball of this yarn (Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal) to be too light and too short!!! This had never occurred to me as a possibility. So I followed this knitter’s example and emailed Designer Yarns, who distribute Debbie Bliss in the UK. No reply to my email, so I then rang them. Things got a bit better at this point and they immediately sent me a replacement – same dye lot etc. In vain I waited… and waited …. and Royal Mail admitted they’ve lost my parcel! They’ve been pretty hopeless – although my local post lady has been helpful, the office have been dire. I have had to chase them twice, only to be told that 10 days might elapse before they even ring me back! How hard can it be to keep track of a parcel?! Not impressed with this at all. They’ve advised me to ring the company back and the company are to make a claim against them for a replacement.

So I rang DY again and they’re sending me another one – only now, they don’t have the same dye lot. I am SO hoping that this turns up….

I must say that this saga has put me off Debbie Bliss a bit. The balls of wool are about £12 each and I think there’s a huge difference between making a shawl for £24 and for £36; I’m glad I didn’t just go and buy another ball.

So, all my Bank Holiday knitting plans were thwarted. I’ve had to start a quick baby cardigan instead, but hopefully the shawl will eventually be done. It’s autumn, now, after all, and I want to wear it!