STASH-BUSTING #8

Booties and bunting β™‘β™‘β™‘

An exhausting morning spent running errands and pulling up nettle roots..

A much nicer afternoon using up a few ends of yarn. I have made some baby bunting, it needs to be bigger for grown-up but these little triangles are still quite cute πŸ˜™

I have finished the booties that were on the WIP list as well so a well deserved glass of early evening wine🍷

Self-help #10

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring …

Well my old man snores a lot!!!

So very rainy yesterday. No Ashes (yippee!), sadly it is back on today. The old man has stopped snoring πŸ˜…

Spent most of yesterday with a young man who was very reluctant to go outside in the rain so we made pom poms – as you do!

Also a funny little rabbit that will need a string to hang it from. Might hang it in the garden to ward off evil bugs 🐌🐌🐌

Only managed a mile yesterday due to the appalling weather 🀐

A couple of miles today. Just had to get out of the house AND AWAY FROM THE CRICKET!!

An evening spent on my own with my knitting needles… # stash busting β™‘β™‘β™‘

Self-help #9

Knitting and Mrs Tiggywinkle…

The 50 miles in August is not going particularly well – 12 1/2 miles to date and a few of those have been walking to the pub or the wine shop??? Now sums was not my best subject at school but even I can work out that about a mile a day in a 31 day month is not going to result in 50 miles πŸ€”

I have pulled out a few more nettle roots on the other side of the garden fence. I am starting to recognise some of the people who stop for a little chat , I think I said there was a public footpath that runs past the garden fence. Anyway, apparently I am not as snooty as some of the neighbours because I will spare the time for a little chat. Two thoughts: my slothful nature, any excuse for a break, plus I love people; the neighbours employ gardening contractors so they don’t have time to chat, it is their livelihood πŸ˜†

I spent a morning this week volunteering at a hedgehog rescue centre. Prickly but cute πŸ— It was a fab experience but my goodness don’t they produce a lot of poo πŸ’© The hedgehogs were cared for and when fit and healthy they will be let out in the wild. So many that had been attacked by family pets 😣

This morning I called in to see the Monday Girls. I have not been to Knit and Natter for a couple of years so it was nice seeing everyone again. I am sure Wyn is still working on the same scarf she was working on when I was last there. Mind you she does enjoy a chat over a cuppa and then a fag outside bless herβ™‘

I didn’t go empty handed I took the little cardies and a baby blanket so that the group can pass them on to the premature baby unit.

So exhausted from work but very happy with my endeavours out of work.

STASH-BUSTING #7

Teeny-tiny β™‘β™‘β™‘

Not a great deal to show for my dabbling with needles and hooks this week. I have used up some ends of colour lots on these tiny cardies. I will take them to my local knit and natter group on Monday to pass on to the premature baby unit.

The funny little rocket is a children’s craft project at my local museum. I popped in with a colleague yesterday and we asked if we could have a go they were so sweet. So we have both painted a rocket tea-light holder. I plan to put mine in the garden but not until the bad winds have stopped. I don’t want it being blown over and broken! We spent the afternoon making pom poms, sadly I left them with her so don’t have any pictures to share.

A very childish day I know but fun β˜†β˜†β˜†

SELF-HELP #8

Crikey… too much cricket!

Not a great deal of knitting has been done this weekend due to the heat. The boys have been glued to the Ashes. I have to admit I find it rather dull, they would say the same about my craft I suppose. πŸ€”

I have been busy trying to reclaim a piece of land the otherside of my garden fence. It does belong to the property but we have never done anything with it as a public footpath runs through it but all of the neighbours have tidied their bits up. My tangle of brambles and nettles was letting the side down – definitely not cricket!

My lovely dad came and chopped down the nettles and brambles and I have since been pulling out old roots. This is going to be a big WIP. Hoping to have something to talk about next year.

On another note I have signed up to do 50 miles during the month of August with my slimming group. I know to some this does not sound like much but SMALL STEPS… A friend signed up to do 1000 miles this year and has already achieved this. I have a long way to go.

Hopefully, the weather will freshen up again so my needles won’t be as sticky.

Sadly another 5 weeks of the Ashes 😣

STASH-BUSTING #6

A good old rummage…

I am visiting nooks and crannies around the house that have been neglected for years. Hence …

A number of years ago I bought a load of cross-stitch kits to make my own Christmas cards. I remember doing a few and I remember the delight on parents’ faces on receiving them but, sadly, they were very time-consuming so the bulk of them were stuffed into a cupboard and forgotten about 😣. I have done a couple in the hot weather, good advice from Mildlygranola who suggested sewing was a more bearable craft during a heatwave 🌞.

On the WIP front I have nearly completed a baby blanket.

The interesting colour scheme is due to the fact that I am using ends of balls. Another 2 rows of trebles and a couple of rows of doubles to finish off β™‘β™‘β™‘

And of course…

there is another scarf on the go.

Clickety click best get knitting β™‘β™‘β™‘

Macrame Monday #2

Knotting not knitting …

Occasional posts on my dabbling with macrame!

I have completed the macrame market bag (Hobbycraft pattern 0160).

Now I am not going to get all of my market shop in this. It is a strange narrow affair. My son did ask whether I had done any width by depth calculations? My bewildered expression lead him to comment it is quite good for a first attempt…

Well that is how I am going to look at it. I actually really enjoyed the criss-cross pattern and in the end I was quite proficient at square knots. Sat on the floor cross-legged knotting away with just the sound of the river in the background was quite therapeutic. I am still not convinced about my gathering knot and would certainly not want to carry anything heavy in it for fear the bottom gathering knot would give way! πŸ˜•

Anyway it is the perfect size to carry a bottle of wine…

So yes I will have another go but meanwhile chin chin 🍷…