Thursday, 30 July 2015

Simply white

Put the flags out, I've actually finished one of my many WIPs.  This is my favourite make so far; I think it's the simplicity, just white and a bit bobbly, but I sort of winged it so I'm going to attempt to write a pattern in the not too distant future to remind myself how I made it before I forget.  I haven't written a pattern before, there's a first time for everything.

I just did a plain envelope back, I like my covers to be removable, and I wanted to put a row of bobbles along the edge of the opening but I didn't have enough yarn left.

I used up my lovely Jaeger extra fine merino for this.  I bought 10 balls from Ebay a number of years ago and since then it's made the flowers in my rogue flower cushion, the daisy centres and some of the white squares in alice's uni blanket, and now the cushion.  It's a gorgeous yarn to work with but it's been discontinued unfortunately.  There's still some to be had on Ebay, etc. and is well worth the experience if you can get some.

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Sunday was spent cherry picking in the pouring rain.  We usually have a picking window of a week and pick them on a day that suits us, but the amount of rain that fell last Friday and Sunday meant that the ripe cherries were in danger of splitting (nothing wrong with split cherries, but they deteriorate quickly), so we had to rescue them, getting soaked in the process.  The three of us looked like we'd jumped in the river, but the cherries made it. 

There's about another 20lbs in the fridge, so a good haul.  With cherries on the brain I made a little cherry-bobble coaster Sunday evening.  Might make some more of these as I'm having a thing with Rowan handknit cotton at the moment - lots of lovely colours, this one is aubergine (348).

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It's been a week of firsts for Natalie:  first class honours, a first car she can call her very own and preparing to start her first full time job next week.  Right now I feel like the proudest mum, I hope that doesn't sound immodest.

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

How time flies

At the beginning of the year I promised myself I would make time each week to do a blog post - I enjoy writing my blog and I enjoy reading others.  So why has it been four weeks since my last post? Who knows, I had posts planned but they didn't happen.  So, a few things to catch up.

1.  Alice and I decided to take a trip out to Down House, which is only about 25 minutes away from us.  I can't believe we haven't been there before.  Since Charles Darwin's death it has been a home to others, including a girls school, but English Heritage has worked hard to get it back to how it was in Darwin's time.  I loved his study, a glimpse of which you can get here as no photos allowed.  

Love the old glass house too, filled with carnivorous plants and other exotic plant species.

In the laboratory there's a glass beehive where you can see the bees going about their daily business. It was fascinating - lots of waggle dancing (the bees, not us!).

The queen had a pink disc on her back to help identify her - I wouldn't be able to pick her out without it, she looks very much the same as the others, just slightly more elongated.

2. The crochet WIP pile is getting silly.  I keep seeing things I want to try - either things to make or yarn to try out, the result being a huge WIP pile and a shed load of yarn.  Note to self - stop it and finish something.     

3. I won a giveaway!  I was chuffed to bits to be the recipient of one of Just Pootling Kate's giveaways to celebrate her 2 years of blogging and all these lovely things have been put to good use.  Thank you Kate.

4. Thank you for your birthday wishes in the last post.  June and July are full of birthdays for us - five of us in my immediate family and several friends, it's hard to keep up with them all.  My lovely Flora will be coming up for her first birthday next month.  How time flies ...

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x