SELF-HELP IN 2021 #3

I don’t appear to be helping myself much….

A couple of days ago I went for a good long walk through Bewdley, across the fields to Ribbesford and then back along the river home. It was a bit blowy but great to get some fresh air. Passing the Old Grammar School I had to take a picture of some flowers arranged by the Guides for Bewdley in Bloom.

I wonder if there is still a flower arranging badge? There was in my day but I could never aspire to itπŸ˜„

We have goslings on the river as well. Very cute but the parents are very protective so no chance of getting a close-up let alone a selfie with them 😏

Strange how no one is sitting here???

Now I walked into town today to get some bread and got soaked, it was hammering down with rain. The geese and goslings were on the same patch of grass. Well all except one little gosling. Bless him he was trying to work his way up the steps but they were much bigger than him. His mum was having a right go! But for my healthy respect of the adult geese I would have gone down and given the poor guy a hand. Happily on my way back he was with the rest of the family tearing up grass with his beak 😊

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


A holey bag in one…

I have been dabbling in crochet this year trying to learn new skills and techniques. I have also been drawn towards storeage ideas. Useful makes!!

A couple of years ago when I was dabbling with macrame I made a market bag but it wasn’t very satisfactory! I ended up using it as a gift bag for a bottle of wine 🍷

But I have been dabbling and produced this little market bag out of 100g of baby yarn from the stash. I haven’t even sewn in the two ends before using itπŸ˜‰ It now holds some organic cotton yarn ready to make another one… I was quite pleased with my practice effort, so using my notes I hope to be able to reproduce it in sage and cream. Fingers crossed.

Still plodding on with my nephew’s cable knit.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


An up and down month…

The month started with a cute chick and lots of bunnies!

But since then I feel I have been resting on my laurels…

I have been working on my nephew’s cable knit aran. I have completed the front and back and before the month is out (ie tonight) I should have completed a sleeve!

But I have done some reading this month which fills me with a real sense of achievement!

May May be more woolly and bookyπŸ˜‰

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


Unlucky for some…

The weather has been glorious today. After mowing the lawn and pulling up some troublesome stinging nettles I have enjoyed an hour’s al fresco knitting. All that vitamin D should help my immunity πŸ˜„

I have been working on the first sleeve of my nephew’s cable aran.

Half a sleeve is better than no sleeve!

Please ignore the dying primula in the background. The warm weather has taken me a bit by surprise and I haven’t really got into a watering routine yetπŸ˜•

So back to the sleeve. Another 20 rows to go on the increase sequence and then once it is the desired length I will start on the raglan shaping. He’s not going to get it for chilly spring days but he does live in Scotland and there is generally a chill all year round πŸ˜†

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP IN 2021 #2

Now I’m not a book review sort of girl but…

I probably haven’t read a book in over a year with all the pandemic pandemonium I have been unable to focus but I have just finished The sixteen trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting and what a read!!!

The story is about 16 very old walnut trees that grew in the Somme, were poisoned which made the wood very beautiful and desirable and then disappeared. Ok I hear you thinking?

Actually the trees impact 3 families in the 20th century. Starting with massive loss in the First World War, with tragic consequences in the Second World War and devastation in the early 1970s and finally unearthing the mystery of the trees towards the end of the century.

The action takes place in Norway, Shetland, Scotland and France. We find out about potato farming, all kinds of woodwork, sailing, war and the Resistance. And of course love and loss and the reasons men make the choices they do.

A thoroughly good read, well worth putting my needles down. I don’t think my review has done it justice though πŸ€”

Back to some knitting in the sunshine.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


A little progress…

Unlike Cinderella I now have 2 slippers…

And I have finally finished the front of my nephew’s cable knit. I have had to frog several times as I have made numerous mistakes – so tired and kept losing focus πŸ˜₯

I am actually looking forward to starting the sleeves as a change of sequence.

Front and back just waiting for a couple of sleeves!

Back to the garden to enjoy a little April sunshine before work 🌝

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


A bit like Cinderella…

Places have started to open. I called into Hobbycraft yesterday but was so overwhelmed by the choice I didn’t buy anything – very good for the stash!

I have managed to book a hair appointment, not until 30th April but so excited πŸ˜‰

We visited N’s granddaughter on Sunday, her first birthday. We sat in the garden while it snowed but so good to visit.

N’s daughter had some slippers which I thought wow I could make some of those.

I have made one so far. So like Cinderella I only have one slipper πŸ˜„

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


The welcome return of my knitting needles…

I am back on track with my nephew’s aran cable knit. One more inch on the front and then I can start shaping for the raglan.

Nice thing about working a raglan is that the rows get shorter and shorter – I do sound a lazy moo!!!

I had some daffodil yellow yarn in the stash so couldn’t help making a little easter chick🐣

It had to be done!!!

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend 🐰🐰🐰

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘


Or March madness🐰🐰🐰

This month has been bunnies, baskets and my nephew’s cable aran and many long hours at work. I know I shouldn’t complain as I am lucky to still have a job but some weeks I feel so tired. Obviously showing my age πŸ€”

Working on my crochet. Still much better going backwards and forwards on the crochet front – the knitter in me!!! Still gain too many stitches when working on a round but I made a basket in a very chunky yarn and found it much easier to keep track of my stitches – so lessons are being learnt this month πŸ˜„

Still working on the front of my nephew’s cable knit, hoping to get a bit more done this weekend in between eating chocolate and drinking wine 🍷but will take care to avoid staining πŸ˜‰

The weather is beautiful here at the moment but sadly not so good for egg hunting on Sunday 🌧🌨πŸŒͺ

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘