FELTING FRIDAY

The sun is shining so let’s try a new craft al fresco…

What a glorious Good Friday! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are all staying safe at home 🌈

I am in shorts an t’shirt – the ones I normally save for hols where no one knows meπŸ™ˆ And have had a mooch through my stash of crafting kits from Aldi and picked out this one-

Please note skill level EASY

Quite a lot in such a little box!

The tea cup is my own πŸ€”

So I have read the instructions, pulled off a piece of wool and stabbed it to a pulp! And what do I have to show for it – a hard lump of woolly fibre and sore fingers where I have stabbed myself 😭

I have put it back in the box, perhaps Friday is not such a good day for felting? Lots of wool left so they obviously expect idiots like me to get it wrong!!!

Are you trying something new while stuck at home?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

RECENT OBSERVATIONS

Here in Worcestershire we have had floods, now we have pestilence. Should we be preparing for plagues of frogs and locusts? 🐸🐸🐸

As I have previously stated I work in adult social care so I am still free to work. It is quite eerie driving to work as there are so few other cars, just walkers and cyclists. Possible bonus – an improvement in air quality???

I have been to the supermarkets to do clients’ shopping. Other customers are obeying the rules and keeping to social distancing recommendations 😊 Still no loo paper or pasta 🀐 but the shelves are looking better than they were last weekend!

My three ladies share a house but are only allowed out for a walk but one of them won’t walk so that means none of them can 😣 They have a lovely garden so the opportunity to do exercise and get some fresh air. Sadly they won’t do this together? So during a four hour shift I did 3 separate exercise/workout sessions in the garden. Other than a nice walk and a bit of gardening I try to limit my intake of exercise and sunshine. I knit because I like to sit in a comfy chair and create while possibly watching a bit of rubbish telly πŸ˜‚

And what about my knitting?

My lofty comment about liking to create… Currently I only have the wherewithal for something nice and repetitive so I am making a baby blanket, just have to remember to twist every 12th row (just for a bit of interest)!

Social distanced hugs to you all. Keep safe.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #25

Ooh la la!!!

Obviously got too much time on my hands. I have made a little beret to go with the little pink and grey cardi.

This picture highlights that I need to paint my woodwork, it is looking rather shabby!

I have made the beret from a Sirdar pattern, predominantly using rice stitch. I have finished my pink yarn πŸ˜‰

Need to get on with the salmon pink cardi but I got sidetracked into making the beret.

Off to work tonight. I have a scarf that I am working on while on shift but it does not come home with me. It will need a deep clean once finished, just to be on the safe sideπŸ€”

Keep safe and woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #26

A new pass time – queuing 🀐

I have had a day off today and have spent most of it trying to sort medication for parents and partner. Lots of queuing outside pharmacies and GP reception with lots of space in between myself and the next person. Currently allowing no more than 3 inside at a time. These are very sensible precautions and quite frankly I preferred waiting outside, although glad it wasn’t raining β˜”

But people are so rude. Comments like I phoned my order through this morning why isn’t it ready were common. Those of us who’s scripts went in days ago waited patiently. The staff were rushed off their feet and still smiling and being polite πŸ‘Ό

I am back at work on Sunday and still trying to get my parents’ prescription! Hopefully I will be able to unwind a little with my knitting. I have got a new book Knitting with your leftovers by Fiona Goble which I am quite excited about 😊

Please stay safe.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #24

Eyeing-up future projects πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I work in adult social care and yesterday I took a client to a local care farm and just look at the new arrival!

His name is Coco? Named after the clown NOT the fashion designer!!!

Just look at all of that lovely wool. I am going to be talking very nicely to the farm people from now until shearing time. That would be a really nice addition to the stashπŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Anyway back to the stash-busting. I am halfway through a little jacket and a couple of hats but no photos as my knitting will fade into insignificance compared to the very handsome Coco.

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™‘

SELF-HELP #13

Rugby, rugby and more rugby πŸ‰

Well guess what the cricket finished and the rugby world cup started…

We are a rugby household, my son plays school rugby U16 so I get to watch quite a lot but now it is on in the house for what seems like 24/7. Although I do find the progress of Japan quite exciting.

The weather has been good today so I have been pulling up lots of nettle roots. They are coming out quite easily today as the ground is wet. The river is very high and not far from the footpath. Managed to plant a few daffs close to the fence so hopefully my patch will look pretty in the spring 🌾

I am now nursing nettle stings on my arms and legs but it will be worth it!

I have managed a few walks this week in between shifts at work.

I started this post on Saturday and today is Tuesday and the weather is not so good πŸŒ§β˜”πŸŒ¬

I have been dog walking at a local rescue centre this morning and managed a cheeky little yoga session this afternoon and yesterday I went to my favourite craft club and sat knitting cardies for the premature baby unit over tea and biscuits – what bliss.

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Self-help #3 1/2

Looking after your hands β™‘β™‘β™‘

The sign of a disorganised mind I forgot part of my self-help post…

Now gardening and wool craft are not necessarily the best bed fellows. All of that weeding and pruning can play havoc with your hands. And as us knitters know rough skin or nails can tag your yarn and not in a good way. Dirty fingernails can also cause your yarn distress. And no-one wants distressed yarn…

I am currently looking after my hands with a handcream made by Spear and Jackson.

They are known for their gardening tools – spades and forks, hoes and rakes in fact it says on the tube they have neen going since 1760. That is a lot of gardening! I found this handcream at Christmas which really combats the damage done by pottering in the garden and general household chores. I bought 3 tubes of it in case it was just a seasonal item and I have to admit I haven’t seen it in the shops since. I also have some little cotton gloves which I wear over hands that are smothered in cream when my hands are really rough.

I have picked some little white hedge roses and some orange blossom and plonked them into a jam jar. Doesn’t look very grand but the lounge is filled with the delicious scent of the garden.

Happy days…