Monday, 19 October 2020

Conker and Shell

One subject that I have revisited from time to time is conkers. I just can't help picking one up at this time of year and slipping it into my pocket. Putting my hand in occasionally and feeling the lovely smooth surface. Then I get home and give it as a gift to someone. I think I also do the same thing with pebbles if I am walking along a beach. Do you have anything that you like to pick up when out for a walk?

There seem to have been more around this year than others, and we have a little pile on the mantlepiece. I have just made this conker and shell for a customer on Etsy. Photos not great, but it is already on its way to Scotland. You can find the pattern on ravelry here if you want to make your own. Or I make then to order from my Etsy shop. I made this one in a very long evening, although the version with the whole shell would take longer. Making all the spikes is a bit of a fiddle, but I am always please with how it turns out.



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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Garden Diary September and October

I am a bit late with my garden diary, because I am back in town.  I tried to persuade my husband to write something, and although he has been keeping me up-to-date, he did not seem keen on this. But fortunately I have been down for a long weekend, so have been able to see how all the vegetables are.

All the beans, peas, and courgettes are over. But we still have lots of vine tomatoes. I think next year I will try some other varietes of tomatoes. The peppers are also looking good, and we are waiting for them to perhaps turn red. My husband says he is going to make some chutney, perhaps with the tomatoes and apples.

Somehow the broccoli plants (which I nearly gave up on at one point) have pulled through. And the turnip seedlings, which had also got eaten, are hanging on in there and plumping up.

We have dug a few potatoes, and although the early ones were not very big or many, the main crop seem good and roasted nicely. I have memories of my father digging all the potatoes and storing them in the garage, but we are just digging a few plants as and when we need them. I guess when there are signs of frost we may dig all the remaining ones. Also planning to dig the Jerusalem artichokes and make and earthy soup. 

We have put aside some of the older runner peas, french beans and peas for seed for next year. Sunflower seeds we are planning to let the birds eat. I have also picked some sweet peas and poppy seeds. It just seems sense to try and save some seeds.

We also had a second crop of raspberries - enough to make a crumble. I think these are the ones that I may have over-pruned in the spring.

The squash and pumpkins are still looking great. We picked one of the squash, and it was really good. This is a pumpkin. I have mislaid the seed packet, and cannot work out what sort of pumpkin it is, but it is clearly a bit different from the traditional orange ones.

Our other big project is brewing. There are several apples trees, and although I have picked some of best to store as eating apples, we have so many that we decided to make some cider. So far we have started two batches, and I think there will be enough for a third. So we spent a very jolly morning chopping and pressing. Very hard work, and with blisters from all the cutting, but it was a nice family activity, and even my son joined in. Only seemed fair, as I am sure he is expecting to drink some of the finished product. 


So that is it for now. I am not sure if I will do a November/December diary, as I will have to see what there is to write about. So you may next hear more of the garden in the Spring.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Ginx Woolly Linx Party October

 

Most months I get around everyone's blog and comment, but this time the end of the month has rather snuck up on me. So apologies, but I have visited all your blogs, and really enjoyed all your projects.  I did not even get my garden diary post written this month, so am going to go for a two month summary in October. 

Alexandra of Eye Love Knots has a lovely pattern for this Through the Window Hat. There is also a Through the Window Scarf. I think this stitch and the colours used is just magical. 

Leyla of Silk and Wool has working on macrame. Lots of lovely projects, and my favourite was this bag. We really don't see enough macrame. 

Sandra at Hakelfieber has made a stunning dreamcatcher from this lovely mandala.

And finally I had to pick this sunny top from Liz at Howling at the Moon. My daughter is also at the age when she loves a crop top, and she would really like this one.

Thank you all for joining in the party. Rain is pouring down outside, and although I love knitting at any time of year, we really are getting to that time of year when you need to hunker down for the evening with a good old project. So don't forget to share what you are working on in October.

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Saturday, 26 September 2020

A Cauldron of Bats

I did not know that the name for a group of bats is a cauldron. So here is a cauldron of bats, the grey one above knitted by me and some by other people from ravelry who have used my new pattern. I do love it when folk link their projects back to the pattern, so I am hoping I may see a few more before the end of October and Halloween.

Thank you to everyone who has given me permission to post their photos. 


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Monday, 14 September 2020

Bat

Bats keep appearing in odd corners around my flat. I have had in mind to knit a bat for a while, and although it is still a while until Halloween, this new pattern will give you time to knit a few. 

This is a fairly quick knit, and although all my bats are knitted with doubleknit wool, I think you could use this pattern to use up any wool oddments you have left over in other thicknesses, so long as you adjusted the needle size. Children could have a lot of fun if their bat were put on an elastic thread, and I am also thinking of stringing mine together to make a bat bunting.
 
 

This pattern is available on ravelry, Etsy and Love Knitting. I hope you have fun making some spooky bats.

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Rosie's Boots


I just wanted to show you these booties, which were knitted from my new pattern Moss Stitch Baby Boots, by Jennifer as a present for one of her coworker. I love the way she has used two colours, and the little bows that she has added.

It is lovely to see them on baby Rosie.

I do think every cute baby deserves a cute pair of baby shoes.





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Monday, 31 August 2020

Ginx Woolly Linx Party September


 Thank you to everyone who joined in the party for August. Some really amazing projects.

Leyla of Silk and Wool has made two wonderful crochet dresses by designer Nadia Dunaeva. The red one has a bit of a rustic peasant feel, and the gold one is very elegant. It is worth visiting her blog to see both.

Ulrike of Ulrike's Smaating has made this cute little vintage caravan for a competition. It really sums up summer.

Linda of Linda's Crafty Corner's Indianna Afghan is made with mosaic crochet. I just love the mix of colours and design.

And a very different style blanket from Tonna of Sew Crafty Crochet. She has shared this beautiful undulating waves blanket. Love this pattern and the wonderful textures of the wool.

Looking forward to seeing what you have all been making next month.

 

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