A Whole Rabbit??!

Am sure most of you know that I am a gardener, gotta work to pay for all the wool I buy ;). I live in a beautiful part of the country and get to work in some fab gardens. All the better when the sun shines!

I was working in one of my regular client’s garden yesterday. One of her dogs came trotting up the steps looking rather smug, I could see why as there were 2 rabbit legs sticking out of her mouth!! She was doing her best to swallow this rabbit whole, naughty girl. It was eventually removed from the dogs jaws though she insisted on keeping its head as a trophy. We think the rabbit was already dead when the dog got hold of it. Gross! Seems headless corpses was the theme of the day as I had found a bird without one on our drive. Thanks, cats. Am also watching The Walking Dead series where the main objective is to remove heads from zombies!

Anyway…. I am at home today doing chores and looking after our elderly dog. At the age of 14, she has really slowed down and become increasingly fussy about what she’ll eat. I am now cooking meat for her, not easy as am vegetarian and have been for 25 years or so. It’s beef chunks this morning!

Hopefully going to a kitchen showroom to finalise plans this afternoon. Yay, new kitchen 🙂 very excited though when it’s done the rest of the house will look scruffy so will want to decorate ever other room! Not looking forward to the upheaval but it’ll be a good opportunity to have a clear out. We have so much stuff we never use.

Hmmm, a clear out….I really must sort out my work space. My table is piled high with balls of wool, I just fail miserably at keeping tidy. I did actually admit to myself that I have too much yarn. Saying that, I am purchasing more tomorrow! I have come across The Dartmoor Yarn Company and the owner is popping over to show me her wool from sheep grazing on Dartmoor. I want to make more crochet with natural fibres and if local, that’s even better!

Well, the chore fairies have failed to show again, so best get on and do them myself

Have a lovely day 🙂

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Sunday Craft Day

Morning everyone 🙂

It has been a busy couple of weeks here. I have been helping get the new Sew Vintage shop ready for opening next month. Still a lot to do, hopefully will be ready in time!

I have been trying to get as much crochet done as I can, but it is a busy time for us gardeners, so its proving difficult. Yesterday was spent travelling round Devon buying plants (best part of the job!). I now have a lot of planting to get on with.

I have managed to get on with some seat pads made from Jacob Sheep wool, a lovely blend of brown and cream.  They should be ready for selling at the Belstone Bazaar this Sunday, 11 til 3 in the village hall. Well, I can’t sit here all day so best get on 🙂

Holiday :

We are off to (hopefully) sunny Wales tomorrow for a break before the gardening work goes crazy. Really looking forward to being right next to the sea for a few days.

I have been checking out what to do while there and have found a wool museum and another working mill nearby!! Hoping I can get hold of some Welsh yarn. The first thing I have packed is a bag of yarn, am I a little obsessed do you think? 😉 I do have a couple of commissions to get on with so may as well take advantage of this free time.

There are, of course, other things to do in Wales. There are many castles and ancient monuments to explore. I love these old places. We will have a choice of sandy beaches too and they should be fairly quiet as it’s out of season. Many beaches here have dog bans from Easter, so we go just before so our Ella can get some sand in her paws. We also like to avoid school holidays – much less busy and much cheaper. One benefit of not having children. Won’t stop me taking a bucket and spade though!

So, I better go and pack some more. If I can get online, I’ll post some pics.

Hywl fawr am y tro!

Goodbye for now x

Mandala Madness

A finished product and no mistakes! It is pretty bright, just what’s needed on such a dark and wet day. I am already working on another and hope to have a few more done before my first fair at Belstone on 17th April. I have really enjoyed making this and discovered a new stitch too 🙂

I can make these mandalas in any colour combo and may try another pattern so let me know if you would like one. They make a lovely table decoration, or if in my house, something for the cats to sit on!

 

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Missed Stitch

Remember  I said I had nearly finished a sequinned shawl? Well I’ve done it and was rather pleased with myself until I realised I  missed out a stitch right at the beginning 😦

Gutted!

It really isn’t worth undoing and because of the type of yarn I have used, it would be a nightmare to try. It is not an obvious mistake but makes the shawl asymmetrical (if you look closely!). Now I don’t know what to do with it. Possibly sell it at a bargain price or use it as a sample. It isn’t something I would wear myself, sequins are not me! I really made it with weddings in mind.  Oh well, I obviously need to concentrate more. Will do better next time!

I received my monthly magazine, Simply Crochet, yesterday and there is a pattern for a shawl so am gonna give it a go and this time will not have the tv on!

I have just booked 2 dates for the Belstone Bazaar, one in April and one in November so hopefully will have some more stock -without any mistakes!

I still have various pieces for sale at Kooky Nook in Okehampton (next to the museum), so pop in if you are in the area.

A Splash of Colour

Hello Spring!

….and a typical Spring day it is too – wet! Ah well, we are used to it. I got sunburned in March last year so you never know…

I have nearly finished my first mandala, just a few more rows, then will have to block it and that’s another piece of crochet for the house 🙂20160301_121103.jpg

Will show you another pic once completed. I have also nearly finished a sequinned shawl suitable for a summer wedding perhaps?

I have not decided where I am going to go with my crochet this year. I have been very frustrated with many of the craft fairs I have been to in the past, they tend to be very poorly advertised/organised and end up being a waste of time and money so I may not bother with most. I must say the Belstone Bazaar is the exception, always well organised and well supported by the locals, so will keep returning there. I think the next is is in May so will keep you posted. In the meantime, I have to put on my gardening hat and get out there earning some money (more yarn needs to be bought!).

Enjoy the new season 🙂

New Year, New Pojects

Happy 2016 to you all, hope you all had a good holiday and it hasn’t been too painful for those who have had to go back at work.

I had a fairly quiet Xmas, was still with a cold so not up to my usual party animal self! We have yet to get back into work as the weather has been so wet, no good for gardening. There is a change coming and there may be snow on the moor tomorrow.

This year has started on a happy note as my friends have just had a baby girl so it’s off to work with the crochet hook :), what to make first?!

I have been crocheting for myself for a change. I bought some yarn well over a year ago with the intention of making a blanket of granny squares. It became one of those ‘do it later’ projects! Well, I have decided to get on with it but instead of granny squares, I have gone with the quicker granny stitch, which is basically clusters of three trebles (doubles in US terms). Here’s a pic…

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I’m  using a yarn that is now discontinued and when I realised I had no where near enough to make a decent sized blanket after I started making it, I did feel a bit foolish, not good at thinking ahead!  After a fair bit of searching, l managed to find some on Ebay and some through an online shop. Phew! It’s now about 4 ft by 3ft and a way to go yet. I decided to go for a rectangle rather than a square so it will fit on the bed (eventually!). This is achieved by making two simple granny squares, stitching two sides together then treble clusters around the two squares. A great project to do while watching TV 🙂

I have a few ideas to get on with this year as well as some projects I should have started ages ago. Best get on with them before Spring arrives…..!