Friday, December 14, 2007
Then meet the boys, who will be off to their new homes shortly. The pattern was from Alan Dart's Hobby Bear collection with a few adaptions of my own.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Although he is still earless, he is in a better state than his friend, who appears to have odd legs apart from being rather disjointed. I'm embroidering the eyes instead of using plastic eyes, safer given the youth of their new owners. I find toys are a good way of using up odd balls of acrylic of which I seem to have an indecent amount, the heads and paws are Wendy/Peter Pan Velvet Touch which gives a fabric like finish and is very soft.
It looks as if I will have to venture out into my neglected garden soon, as this arrived yesterday, climbing roses for my bare fence.
The weather isn't very welcoming for outdoor work today, it is raining heavily at the moment and I have to go out to post a birthday card.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
And what better occupation for a Sunday morning than a cup of coffee, knitting and the Archers.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm getting on with Christmas knitting but nothing to show at the moment as most things are unbloggable.
Instead here are some pictures of a recent visit to Coventry. The shopping was very disappointing, no yarn that I could see, but did visit the Cathedral. These pictures were taken in the old cathedral which was destroyed in WW2.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
The yarn was oddments of acrylic from my stash which I am trying to use up without much success, I'm sure it's breeding!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tomorrow, I should have plenty of time to knit. I'm off to the hospital to act as guinea pig for medical students. It was suggested that I took something to read, so I think there will be a lot of sitting around, but I think the knitting will be coming along too.
Monday, October 01, 2007
I also have several books by Jane Koster and Margaret Murray, published between 1940 and 1950.
All these books are a wonderful source of patterns showing the fashions of those years.
My visit to the Bantock Park 1940's weekend showed little in the way of knitted fashions, so I thought it would be a good idea to knit some of the patterns from these books with the view of putting on a display next year.
The main problem is finding suitable yarns. Most garments were knitted in 3ply, 4ply was considered heavy-weight. There was a little double knitting, but this was extravagant to use as 2 ounces of wool used up one clothing coupon, 2ply was popular for underwear. These days 3ply mainly comes in baby colours, and of course there were no synthetics except for Artificial Silk (Rayon). Also I'm finding getting the tension right is quite difficult, however I'm working on it. More later.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the actual show. I thought that as the show was the Knitting and Stitching show the emphasis would be on knitting, but it was not. I was hoping that Colinette would be there, but no luck. I did get some Jitterbug from Web of Wool.
I have a long term project in mind, more of this another day.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Next, yet another BSJ, just needing cuffs and buttons. Yarn, some unlabelled acrylic from stash.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
My usual Baby Surprise pattern and Zoe Mellor bootees.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
This is the country that Housman had in mind when he wrote, in the Shropshire Lad, of lost youth .........
'Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.'
And lastly, while I was taking these photos, the Robin had to get into the picture. He is in mid moult and was obviously having a bad feather day!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
More pictures on Flickr.
This picture was taken around her first birthday when World War One was still being fought.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
............ the boxes 'out back' are organised and some very old UFOs have been reduced to this......
My WIPs are neatly bagged up, and untangled, and are going to be completed in an orderly way.
I've sorted a box of odd balls to go to Freecycle and made a resolution to buy only quality yarns, with a project in mind, in the future.
So what do I do? Only order Texere's Big Box of Balls! Well it was a bargain, and will help to fill the gap my sorting out has left.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I've also been invaded, by insects. I live quite happily with ants in the garden and don't use any poisons, unlike my neighbours who are out spraying at the first sign of anything with more than four legs. Unfortunately, the conservatory has been built over an ants nest, and they swarmed inside the other day. I must admit they've done a great job disposing of their dead companions (the flying ants die after their nuptial flight) but there are still quite a few running around, so I've had to put some bait down which hopefully will solve the problem.
Rather more serious is this.......
........ a wasp's nest inside my cavity wall. They're going in and out next to the patio door so will have to be removed before they start to get aggressive in the autumn.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Can you spot what has gone? Yes, the very large buddleia which was blocking my view is no more. I can see the Clee hills again, (when it isn't misty or raining.)The butterflies will miss it but I won't, and I can see a beautiful rose rambling along the trellis. Probably an English rose from David Austin. who is just down the road.
BTW, does anyone else get reminded of Monty Python when they encounter Tree Surgeons? NonPC now I suppose, but I do get the urge to start singing!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The weather has been appalling the last few days, although this area has not had the bad flooding some places have. I'm unlikely to suffer floods anyway, being on a hill.