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Friday, 5 June 2020

Lambretta Wedding Anniversary


I had an enquiry on Etsy from Ally, who wondered if I could make a lambretta scooter, as a gift for her husband on their first wedding anniversary. I hope she doesn't mind me mentioning that they went on their first date when they were 12, went their separate ways, but met up again 35 years later. How cute it that? She sent me a photograph, and I thought I could give it a go ...


I actually love this sort of order, when I am following my own pattern, but having to personalise it. The lambretta is different to a vespa in quite a few ways. The back section is longer and doesn't have the wheel hubs, and the seat has a very distinctive kink at the back. The front and hub caps are slightly different in shape, and the wheels smaller.



So I am wishing Ally and Col at very Happy Wedding Anniversary celebration on Monday.

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Ginx Woolly Linx Party June

 
Welcome to Ginx Woolly Linx Party for June.

Linda of Linda's Crafty Corner has made a several blankets. I really like this bright and cheerful one, made from remnants of left over wool.

Alexandra of Eye Love Knots has shared this pattern for a Dinosaur Spike Hat. Why do children love dinosaurs so much? My son would have absolutely loved this hat, and perhaps he still would in a different "I'm off to a festival" way.

Anelie of Heart Deco has shared a pattern for this Tulip Bag. A beautiful bag, and I love anything that encourages us to use less plastic.

And finally Analia of Handmade by Analia has shared this brilliantly bright cushion, which her little bear is on a mission to climb.

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Saturday, 23 May 2020

2CV Memories


I have sold my Henrietta 2CV pattern quite a few times, but only occasionally seen the finished car by someone who isn't me. Sometimes on ravelry knitters do link up their projects, but on Etsy there isn't any way to do this. But recently more and more often the download function doesn't work on Etsy. Customers end up sending me a message, and then when I have their email I can send them the pattern this way. 

This happened with Rosie a few weeks ago, and during our chat I said I would love to see her car when it is made. I was delighted one morning to wake up to an email with these photos of her finished 2CV. 


Like her I have a very emotional attachment to 2CV cars. Driving one felt like a private club, as 2CV drivers would always wave madly to each other. You can read about my memories here. Rosie told me that she and her late husband owned an emerald green 2CV bought in Northern Ireland in 1976. One of the first ones in the country. Her husband was a massive fan of Citroen cars and their technology so they had a lot of Citroen cars through their married life. Her first daughter born in 1977 was brought home from hospital in a Moses basket on the back seat of this car. No car seats or seat belts in those days!. 

So if you have made something from any of my patterns I would love to see it, and also any feedback on the pattern itself is always welcome.

It may seem that I haven't posted much knitting recently. I have been knitting, but most of this has been on a jumper for my daughter. I think I have mentioned before I am not particularly quick at knitting. I still have the front piece to make, but I am getting there. I also have a new pattern in the pipeline, and have made a special order for a customer's wedding anniversary. So although it is unlikely that this ladies husband is looking a knitting blogs, will not post pictures until after the celebration.


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Friday, 15 May 2020

Gardening Diary May

We have been very busy on our vegetable plot. Slowly it is starting to look like a cared for garden, and the things I like best are going up in the morning, to see what if anything has sprouted, and watering in the evening. It is so lovely to be able to get outdoors, and learning something new.

Perhaps I will start with the things that are going well. My broadbeans have come up, and so far look strong and sturdy. Jerusalem artichokes have finally all sprouted, and onions, garlic, radishes and carrots all seem to be coming along. I thinned the radishes and carrots the other day. I hate thinning - it seems such a waste.

Broadbeens - my pride and joy

Radishes might even be ready to pick soon

The peas were getting nibbled round the leaves, and I decided it was something called pea weevil, but I did another planting inbetween the first ones, and that combined with trying to protect them with cloches made from drink bottles, seems to mean that some are surviving. I have had the same problems with our sunflowers, but some of them are still there. I really don't want to use chemicals on this plot, as it has been kept organic for many years. So I think we are just going to have to accept some things don't work out. The other thing that is coming up is this asparagus. We didn't plant it but every few days a shoot appears. My husband then cooks it for me. Would be great to have a row of these next year.



That is my good news, but a few nights ago we had a late frost. When I went up to check in the morning, all my lovely runnerbeans were dead, and even the potatoes look a bit ropey. I think the potatoes may pull through, and I have cut off all the dead leaves, as I read online this conserves the plant's energy. I have to admit I cried. I had been so pleased seeing the runnerbeans come up each day. But my family told me I had to get a grip. We have planted some new beans seeds in pots in the polytunnel, and may go on a trip to a garden centre next week. 

The dead beans - I can hardly bear to post this photo

But in the polytunnel my seeds in pots seem to be coming along - tomatoes, sweetpeas, courgettes, squash, sweetcorn, brocoli, melons, and even the chilli pepper plants, have all sprouted. But because of the frost I am holding off bringing anything out to harden off as long as I can. I also bought some wild strawberry seeds, which haven't yet appeared, but have been surprised that quite a few of these plants have just come up in one of the borders nearer the house. 


I have sort of organised a potting table area. And you can see the grape vine is really doing well now.
 

The other plants that seem to be doing okay are these fruit bushes. I am pretty sure they are blackcurrants, and the gooseberry bushes are producing loads of berries. I may have over pruned the raspberry canes, as the ones I didn't touch look much more happy than those I cut back.




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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Rabbits


I have been trying to photograph rabbits.  There are plenty around here, but it has really not been as easy as I had imagined. It is hard to get close. Sometimes this is the best I have got. 

I really think it is not the fox that is cunning and wiley, but rabbits. I have tried various techniques - sitting in bushes, hiding in an old tent. One evening there really were no rabbits in sight, and eventually I noticed that there was a large buzzard sitting in the trees. The rabbits were well ahead of me.


But I found that there is a place up behind the house, where if I sit behind a tree for a while, the baby rabbits come out in the next field. Perhaps having a fence between us makes them more confident. They are really adorable, and perhaps a bit less wary that the older rabbits. I just wish they would come a bit closer to me.
 

This one reminds me of Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley


And then one evening this older rabbit came out, much closer to the fence, and I managed to get a few shots before I think he heard my camera, and disappeared down his hole.


Perhaps photographing rabbits, not just involves getting close to the rabbits, but also getting the right light. On another evening the setting sun was lovely. But it would still be nice to get just a bit closer. I think if I just keep trying, they may get so used to the weird women behind the tree that they take no notice of me at all.
 




This last one I call the proud rabbit. He just sat still like this taking in the evening air for ages.



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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Ginx Woolly Linx Party May


It is hard to believe that a whole month has passed, and apart from our weekly trip to the supermarket, and the occasional parcel delivery, I have seen no one except my immediate family. What also puzzles me, is why have I not got more knitting done? I really should have, but I have been a bit distracted by the garden, and having more wildlife to photograph.

I do hope that everyone who visits here is keeping well, in body and in mind. It is very hard times, but I do think that keeping busy with creative activities helps.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the party for April. It gets more and more difficult to pick the features, and even if you were not selected this month I do enjoy looking at all your projects.

First of all Lalka Crochetka has made this wonderful old motorbike. It is just amazing in all the details.

I love this blanket, made by Sandra of Hakelfieber. The 3D effect created by the shadow is really great.

Tonna of Sew Crafty Crochet has made this, and another equally lovely baby blanket, to donate to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society for new babies.

And finally Con Hilos, Lanas y Botones has made this adorable little baby - Ruben. If you click on the link you will see how his little dungarees can be taken off.

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Thursday, 23 April 2020

Birds in the Garden


We have a lot of birds visiting the garden, and I had decided to try to photograph them not on the feeders. But it is so difficult, as that is where they like to be. So I have not stuck to my new rule, and here are a few pictures (actually quite a lot of them) of birds I have seen in the back garden since the lockdown began.
 


The long-tailed tits are just adorable.


I am also very fond of the nuthatches, although in this pose he reminds me of an angrybird.




Blue tits and chaffinches are also frequent visitors, as well as the great spotted woodpecker.


I have also photographed some birds in the hedge next to the feeder.  I really think they have some sort of queueing system, waiting there until they can swoop in. What is difficult is focussing on the bird. If I leave my camera on auto-focus, I often get a really nice photo of a twig or leaf. But to manually focus you have to be really quick, or the bird is off.

I did not know what this bird was at first, but have found out it is a dunnock or hedge sparrow. We get quite a lot of them, and house sparrows. I am still trying to photograph a tree sparrow.





This is another bird where I had to get out my book. It is a female chaffinch.



In this photograph they are queueing and social distancing.

The goldfinches are some of the cheekiest birds in the garden.


Finally the rooks who don't often come down to garden, but have been very busy building nests a squawking in the large trees near the road. I feel a bit sorry that they don't get much admiration.

I am still on the look out for new arrivals - swifts, swallows and housemartins.  And also wonder that I have not seen a greenfinch. 

And as for the tawny owls in the barn, there was much more coming and going last night, so we think that they may have hatched and the parents are feeding.



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Sunday, 19 April 2020

Completely Handmade Cushions


I put a picture a few weeks ago of some chunky wool I had, and decided in the end to make some new cushions from it. My husband was not keen on this idea, as the last cushions that I knitted looked lovely at first, but went saggy quite quickly. But I found a lovely pattern on ravelry Knitted ZigZag Cushion, and convinced him and myself that if I made these with slightly smaller needles than suggested, combined with the fair isle pattern meaning wool will be carried across the back, they would knit up into a nice firm, dog-proof, fabric.

I think I was right, but I guess only time will really tell. The pattern has a stripe of moss stitch at the top and bottom. I did start off with this, but because I did not have the right sized needles, it was much wider that the rest of the knitting. So I back unravelled this at the very end - not that easy a thing to do.  I really love the way the colours look together.

So I had quite a bit of wool left over, but not enough to make another cushion from this zigzag pattern. I started off trying to knit a very simple fair isle design, just with spots, but half-way through realised that I was going to run out of wool before it was a square. So that was unravelled too, and cushion number two is a bit simpler, just rows of stripes.

 
I have called this my "completely handmade cushions", as the intention had been to machine sew the fabric backs. I don't have my own sewing machine here, but thought I could use my daughter's mini John Lewis one. But unfortunately we can't get this to work - the stitch just keeps going long and then short. So the only solution seemed to be a bit of hand-sewing. I do enjoy a bit of hand stitching, but this was a bit much, as it involved removing the zips from the old cushions, sewing them into a new back, hemming the back pieces, and them sewing the knitted fronts to the thick back fabric with wool.


I am really pleased with the finished cushions, but am not going to sew anything by hand for a while. Finally I can start on my mail order wool.



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