Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Knit and Natter Friday!

Good Morning/Evening. Please delete as appropriate.

We had a truly wonderful time last week , visiting family. First stop , Wales to see my Mum. She has Alzheimer’s and is now in a nursing home. I was thrilled that she still recognised me and Mr E.

Next destination was quite a trek as we went to Cornwall to stay with Mr E’s sister. We had a super time , talking mostly. However Dr M did take us sightseeing and the highlight for me was to visit a tin mine which I have always wanted to do.

This is the Levant mine and was operational until the 1980s. We took the tour which was very interesting. Mr E loved the beam engine best but I was fascinated by the man engine. An ingenious device for getting the miners down the shaft to the tin. They actually were mining under the sea here. Should you be interested here’s the link-Levant tin mine.

After that we drove across the south of England to see Mr B and Ms G and hear more of their wedding plans for next year. Then onto see Mr and Mrs T, Master T and Little Miss F who just so happens to be five now. Good news Little Miss F’s cardigan was not too small and fitted just right and Master T’s jumper was not too big or too colourful and had its first outing straightaway. The unicorn cushion was gratefully received and much squished. Which just left the two troublesome fairies.

Morgana had an immediate huff because Mrs T said her beautiful blue lace made her look like Rambo. However she was mollified by Little Miss F who gave them their proper fairy names. Amelia is Rosie because she is pink and Morgana because she is blue became Bluebell and declared Little Miss F she is the Queen of the Fairies. I think I detected just a hint of self-satisfied amusement in Morgana.

Back home again, why do weeds grow when you are away and how does the laundry pile get so enormous? In all fairness the weeds probably got a good head start in August when it was too hot for me to go outside for long. Anyway this week has mostly been about weeding and washing. And today is about ironing. Grr.

However I have now finished the third row of the Eastern Jewels blanket, ends sewn in and all.

I am enjoying the slow but steady progress of this project. The grey jumper for Baby J ( I say Baby J but he is now one year old), is making slow progress too, nearly knitted the back, at least I am now on to the bit of patterning.

This weekend will be quiet, yes really, more gardening and laundry and I am going to make a start on my Teal it to the Mountains block. I am feeling a lot more confident about this after the log cabin unicorn, and am really looking forward to making it.

A busy week next week for me, so I shall enjoy some quiet crafting.

So what is everyone else doing this weekend. Do tell, your comments really are the best bits.

Be Happy,



Comments on: "Knit and Natter Friday!" (46)

  1. Joanne S said:

    Oh! Oh! Oh! That is one gorgeous blanket!

  2. It sounds like a lovely time was had, and so many knitted gifts to enjoy, you will surely be loved all the more!

  3. dezertsuz said:

    What a wonderful trip – filled with loved ones and interesting places. The mine buildings are right on the water, almost, but must be built strong to withstand storms because they are still there. I think I’d enjoy finding out about that, too, and comparing it to open pit copper mining that I know about. Your Eastern Jewels looks wonderful, plenty of progress there.

    • The mine dates from the 1700s I think, so yes the buildings must be well built. Apparently there are so many mines and tunnels in that part of Cornwall that when you buy a house you have to check for mine shafts in the garden.

  4. That blanket is so beautiful.

    We were staying very near Levant again, and walked there from Cape Cornwall along to Bottallack last month. So lovely isn’t it?

  5. What a fun and fantastic trip! Cornwall is on my bucket list, so beautiful!

    Sounds like the fairies have a wonderful home! Glad the sweaters worked.

    And as always, that blanket is absolutely elegant!

  6. What a lovely week! It’s always lovely to visit and catch us with loved ones, and it sounds as though you saw a lot of the UK in the process! Enjoy your week ahead.

  7. I forget to say in my comment that this week I am trying my hand at chalk painting our bedroom suite.

  8. We are just back from a six week holiday and because there has been little rain in Australia during that time few weeds had grown but unfortunately a few plants had died.
    The blanket you are making is stunning.

  9. That’s a fair trek you did, Wales and Cornwall, we always laugh that wherever you go in Wales it takes forever to get there, and you went on to the south coast!! It’s great when you can visit lots of family though. Love your jewel blanket, the colours are wonderful

    • It was quite a journey- five hours to Wales and about the same into Cornwall , with stops of course. We were near Falmouth so it was indeed a trek.

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Little Ms F has given the fairies perfect fairy names, how sweet. Good to hear you had a lovely time with your family.

    • I told her their temporary names and said it was up to her to give them their proper names. It was an hour before she came up with them, so I think she was thinking it through very carefully, bless her.

  11. What a lovely and full on week you had. I love Cornwall, but didn’t visit the tin mine. The blanket is looking lovely and most suitable for your time of the year too. I’m pleased to report my final big crochet project is all but finished and now I can get on with making some ribbon crochet baskets……. I make some cards every day too and that stash is ballooning – though yesterday was a disaster, but that’s the first project I’ve ruined in months πŸ™‚ We are not much enjoying the greyest coldest spring ever here. Siddy and I have been walking every day through sleet and hail and howling winds, we’re toughened up if nothing else πŸ™‚

    • Ribbon crochet baskets are a new one on me, hoping you will post them, please. Your Spring weather sounds a little like our forecasted weather for this weekend. Poor Siddy when he goes for his outings.
      Well done on nearly finishing the big crochet project. I have started the first tile on the final row now. I sort of don’t want to finish, it ‘s such a lovely go to project. But I have so many other things waiting in the sidelines.

      • You could do what I did – as soon as my Persian Tiles was finished I started another one for a Christmas present πŸ™‚ They are a bit addictive….. I’ll show all these makings closer to Christmas or even after as long as I remember to take photos …. πŸ™‚

  12. What a lovely trip you’ve had, visiting all over! Know it was lovely to see everyone and get those fairies settled into their new homes. The tin mine reminded me of the original Poldark, but I don’t know how I’d feel going out under the sea if it’s part of the tour!

    Today is bright sunshine and cooler temps, as the latest terribly destructive storm passed with relatively minor damage to this state, still very much in recovery from the one last month. Best get on with my turquoise blanket as weather may be changing. Completed a green scarf & hat’s tassels this past week and should be writing a post… πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your restful weekend! xx

    • No we didn’t go far under ground, just a short tunnel to see the man engine.
      It’s windy here today and we have had some rain, which should make weeding bit easier. You have got lots of nice projects on the go, look forward to reading about them.

  13. Such a grand time you had seeing the country and family! Hurrah for Miss F taking those fairies and taking control of Morgana! She’ll have them ship shape! I enjoyed a week off from lessons and keep waking up thinking it is Saturday, only it isn’t! Had the pianos tuned yesterday and have been dehydrating a pumpkin a dayπŸŽƒ, but best of all, got over some issues with my crafty projects, so full steam ahead now. We had bits of snow all week, but brilliant sunshine today and a week of fine weather on the horizon.

  14. That tin mine looks like the one in Poldark. Nice to know you had a good week. My only plan this weekend is to go to a wine tasting tomorrow. I hope I remain standing! X

  15. Sounds like you had a lovely time, we love both Wales & Cornwall. The tin mines are a bit special aren’t they although it is a while since we have been. The Jewels blanket is looking fabulous. x

    • Mum is in the Brecon Beacons and we were there in sunshine, so very pretty. Lucky also in Cornwall, it was in the 20s and we didn’t need coats.

  16. I’ve been to the mighty Levant mine! I love Cornwall so much and that tour was wonderful and poignant. All your time with family sounds very satisfying, from settling the fairies in their new homes to making sure the grandkids have stylish attire. The Eastern Jewels blanket is stunning–are you choosing the colors or are you guided by a pattern? The colors blow me away!
    I’m going to try and take a fall foliage drive this weekend–the maples are blazing red and orange right now. I’ll buy apples and take pictures, then come home to weave. Have a great week!

    • The mine was really interesting. I have long wanted to see one so was thrilled when everyone agreed it would be a good outing.
      The blanket came with a pattern and pre selected colours. They are a rather glorious. Next time I mention it I will put in a link.

  17. claire93 said:

    so pleased to hear the knitted faires and Master T’s sweater all met with approval! Not to mention the unicorn cushion!
    Your grandkids must love it when you come to visit, and all the colourful hand-made crafts you bring!
    Your crochet blanket is looking stunning. Will this be a keeper? or are you making as a gift for some Lucky family member?
    Like Lynn, we’ve got a very sunny, warm weekend in store. We’ll be making the most of this late Indian Summer, taking Gibbs for his daily runs in the park, with me jogging along side on the obstacle course part. He loves all the hurdles, ramps and tunnels, but does need me to jog along beside so he knows which one to do next.
    I’ll be knitting and cross-stitching this weekend. Also probably spend an hour or so on my sewing machine because I have a ScrapHappy project in mind for 15th. All will be revealed very soon (I hope!).

    • I shall look forward to your scrappy project, I haven’t got one this time. I have spent part of today drawing a mountain, as you do!
      Master T joined in a conversation about clothes shopping. “Nana you don’t need to go clothes shopping you just need to go wool shopping!”. Think he knows me rather to well. I love the idea of you doing a doggy obstacle course with Gibbs, I think I would like to see a video of that! Enjoy your sunny weekend. We now have rain.

  18. Ooh, you went all ‘Poldark’ last week. Sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting family far and wide. I hope the doll previously known as Morgana will behave herself in her new home – I expect Little Miss F will keep her in check.
    Your blanket is looking beautiful. I hope you are feeling as chuffed as a chuffed thing with it so far – you should be.
    This weekend (starting today) I’m going to finish off a corduroy skirt I’m making – nobody can say I haven’t got my finger on the pulse of fashion – and maybe struggle a bit more with a shawl I’m making which is using yarn a bit thinner than I’m used to.
    The sun is shining, the sky is blue – it should be a good one πŸ™‚

    • Oh are corduroy skirts in fashion, I do love a bit of corduroy- I have two skirts. Hurrah.
      The fairy formerly known as Morgana will need keeping in check and I think Little Miss F is the girl for the job.
      Enjoy your blues skies, ours is grey and threatening to drizzle.

      • Yes, corduroy is big this autumn. I’m not sure the local population in this rural corner of France realise it but I will know. I might make a shirt dress out of some fine, pale grey needlecord I’ve ordered too. Also have ordered some wider ribbed mustard (also big this autumn) cord for a bulkier type skirt and, what I don’t use for clothing, I’ll use to back cushions. Break out those skirts and strut your stuff Cathy, safe in the knowledge that if there’s a fashion magazine scout out and about in your neck of the woods, you will be ‘en vogue’.

  19. Oh, that gorgeous Eastern Jewels! It really is a dream blankie, and I’m consumed by envy πŸ™‚

  20. Sounds like you might have skidded past my door as you were hurtling about the South of England. What a wonderful trip it sounds, always so good to catch up with family.
    So Morgana and Amelia have flown the coop and taken on new names for new adventures – are you feeling like an empty nester?
    Your Eastern Jewels blanket is looking splendid!
    So glad to hear all the other projects were so well received.
    I am having a weekend of finishing off projects … the twins have a birthday coming up and their blankets need to be finished, blocked and posted … Yikes, I’d better stop nattering and get on with it.

    • Those blankets are going to look so wonderful. The trouble with twins is you need two of everything. Look forward to seeing the blankets at some point.
      I think I shall make a fairy for me at some point, I do miss the knitted toys when they go as they sit on the sofa to keep us company till they are wrapped for their new homes.

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