STASH-BUSTING #22

It’s all in the bag…

Still working on my string bags, they seem to be quite popular in the shop πŸ˜‰

I’ve also made a little basket bag. It’s double crochet using Lily sugar ‘n cream and finished off with a knitted flower and a dirty great button. Room for purse, phone, lippy, tissues and hand sanitizer – what’s not to like πŸ˜„

We’re having a wet weekend I hope you are fairing better?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #16

It’s a string thing…

I have continued to dabble in crochet. I had a practice at a market bag using 100g of baby yarn from my stash a week or two ago. I have moved on…

String is the thing…

I have made a couple of market bags, they are different but have a 3.5mm hook, half trebles, double crochet and lots of chain stitch in common!

The green one is made from an organic cotton which has a lovely soft finish and the beige and cream one is made from a mercirised cotton which has a much more robust feel to it. But both 100% cotton in their own right!

They are both quite organic in as much as I made it up as I went along πŸ˜‹

Hope your weekend has been as organic?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #7

And so it begins….

Just thought I would offer a sneaky peak at how my nephews cable knit jumper is coming along.

So we have a single rib, some cables over 4 rows, the diamond twist pattern done over 24 rows and the textured stitch which I think is called blackberry stitch or perhaps I’ve made that up because it looks a bit like blackberries πŸ€”

I have worked just over 100g of the Paton’s wool blend and I am liking the finish πŸ™„

The sun is out so hoping for a lovely weekend after a tough week at work. Hope the weather is as kind to everyone else as the sun certainly lifts my mood.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

TAKING CARE OF ONESELF

a cosy cuppa…

Handicrafts and gardening are both good ways of looking after your mental health especially when the sun is out 🌝

I had a little knitting kit for Christmas to make a mug cosy. It was aimed at beginners but you know me…

The kit contained full instructions, some divine wool and these super cute chunky knitting needles, they are just so dinky πŸ˜‰ The cosy is just done in garter stitch and because it’s a chunky yarn grows really quickly.

Now after my mindful bit of knitting, I really enjoyed the feel of the wool and handling those dinky chunky needles I put my cosy on a mug and made myself a cuppa. I took my cuppa outside and potted a few primulas to make my garden pretty.

And my cuppa stayed nice and warm in its little coat 😚

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

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™‘