SEPTEMBER ROUND UP

Where is the year going…

Although I think 2020 will be the year I most want to forget!

I didn’t post as much last month so less drivel to wade throughπŸ˜‰

On the knitting front the Let’s Knit KAL is a couple of squares nearer completion.

I have done some baby knitting for a colleague at work who will become a grandma for the first time immently – always exciting news.

The pink Guernsey has a front, a back and one and a half sleeves. Need to get a crack on as the bad weather has arrived so not always possible to get laundry dry outside. Extra woollies are always a godsend πŸ˜‰

And talking about the laundry rope, the garden still looks like a building sightπŸ˜‘ but the wild flower seeds I planted on the otherside of the fence came up, admittedly so did a lot of weeds as wellπŸ€”

So now October has arrived time to start on the Christmas to do list.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

THE MINDFUL GARDENER

Or keeping him busy….

The garden is looking a bit like a building site at the moment. We have had new guttering as the old stuff was woefully leaky! This entailed moving lots of stuff around to get ladders and things in place to access the guttering.

Him indoors has also taken an interest in the garden since lockdown and has decided to build some raised beds. So we have planks of wood everywhere!

It is interesting trying to mow the lawn around this lot….

Hopefully in a week or 2 the boxes can be put in place ready to fill up with earth and then a few winter veggies. I am hoping that he doesn’t lose interest as gardening keeps him moving and occupied. Still if he does lose interest those boxes will look great filled with flowers! It is so important to keep busy during these uncertain times.

I have my knitting to keep me busy and, of course, I have worked through so other than I have saved a lot of money by not going out for coffee all the time my routine has not changed that much.

Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #32

Mainly gardening …

It is really hot here at the moment. My little patch of lawn looks like a dust bowl. But my pots and planters are still alive, although always very thirstyπŸ˜„

This selection cover a manhole!

And who would have thought just a few weeks ago my garden was drowning from river water due to the floods β˜”

My lovely son B has been helping me by cutting down old shrubs and then digging out the roots. He has reclaimed this bit of border for me.

And just look at this lot I have got to get rid of!!!

So quite a productive day. A nice walk along the river after tea when the weather is a bit cooler, then a nice bath, a bit of knitting and bed 🌜

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

BANK HOLIDAY BLUES…

For some members of the family but not me 😎

Bank holiday Monday but frankly all the days seem to merge into each other. We have done some gardening as a family and sadly the bottom fell out of the pot that N was moving. He was not a happy bunny as he got covered in soil and then horror of horrors there were snails on the side of the pot 🐌

I came to the rescue, more for the sake of the snails than N πŸ˜‚

My son, bless him, has sawn down a couple of shrubs for me while I have been pulling up nettles on the river bank. My arms are quite tingly now but I am pleased with the results and I got to chat to lots of walkers πŸ˜†

But most exciting of all my wool has arrived for the Let’s Knit KAL:

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I am so happy and excited – I obviously need to get out more!!!

I am happy with my trellis shell square so will be knitting those up in this lovely merino wool but will have another go at the windmill square with yarn from my stash!

Wishing you a lovely Whitsun.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #30

Who would have thought that I would get 30 posts out of my stash?

Still knitting for the warm baby project.

I posted 12 little hats last month and have since been on incubator blankets.

That is one check effect (blue, in the middle) completed, another check effect half complete (yellow) and a ladder effect half complete (again in blue). I got bored with the check effect which is why I now have 2 on the go – attention span of a gnat.

I have also been making little hearts with the intention of making another heart garland but I keep giving individual ones away with a little message attached so my second garland is a long way off πŸ€”

If you look closely there is a strawberry!
A few cherries on the way!
Just for fun a chicken guarding the strawberries πŸ“

The garden is starting to look a bit tidier and starting to fruit. I usually do quite well for strawberries (touch wood) but the birds always manage to scoff the cherries, perhaps the chicken should be guarding the Cherry Tree?

Hope things are fruitful with you all,

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #15

But what about my bulbs 🌷🌷🌷

My garden fence…

We have a water feature at the bottom of the garden. Not so long ago I planted a load of bulbs on the otherside of the fence – I don’t hold out much hope!!!

Our water feature!

Peaking over next couple of days and then clear up the mess. Glad I saved the grass seed for the spring….

Back to my knitting to cheer me up β™‘