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Knit and Natter Friday!

One of the best things about Spring is the lambs in all the fields.

When I was a little girl not so many moons ago , my parents told me that black lambs were the first to be introduced to mint sauce as their fleece could not be used. Certainly there weren’t any black sheep in the field and so I resolved to have a black lamb only farm, with black sheep. I still love a black lamb, even though I know better these days. Mean parents.

Meantime thanks everyone for last week. I loved the way Kate and Wild Daffodil started nattering in the comments. It was brilliant, just what this post is all about, nattering with each other. Please keep it up.

Also thanks for ideas for my message with the lap blanket. I went in the end with “Cherished scraps cover with kindness”. The Make it Shop in Chorlton has called its craftactivism event The Tree of Kindness, so it seemed appropriate to include the word kindness. Anyway the blanket was posted off on Thursday. I want to give time for it to arrive and will post a final picture on the 15 May as part of a Scrap Happy post.

I bought myself some new bamboo needles in the end to replace this sorry pair.

I can’t do justice in describing the joy of having a new pair of needles. Suffice it to say the yarn just glides along.

I have finished the back of the jumper I am knitting for Little Miss F and am on the front ribbing now. 183 stitches! That’s a lot.

Anyway enough from me, what yarny chatter do you have to share? Love to hear from you all.

Status

17 for 2017- April

Life is galloping away with me! One third of the way through 2017. It’s been an odd mixture weather wise, lots of lovely sunny days then a short blast of Summer or Winter. The daffodils are over and my garden is full of bluebells, tulips and forget me knots. As for goals, well..

17 swims- 1 more so that makes 4

16 Hour long walks- going well , thanks to son and dog!

Maundy Thursday at the start of a walk along the Roman Road above Snape. Mr J, Master H, Miss S and Ms M, and the star of the picture, is Coco. I also managed a lovely walk myself, but more of that another day. Clocked up an impressive 5 walks, giving a total of 11

15 books read from the heap by the bed- just one this month, total now 11

14 lbs lost- one word, ok two, Easter Eggs

13 cards made- total stuck at 8

12 village posts- one more this month, 2 in total

11 days out- One added this month to York

The blossom in the Museum gardens was lovely and

York Minster is as magnificent as ever. 5 now

10 new things tried- bit miffed on this, two things arranged and postponed, maybe next month. Life! Total remains 2

9 knitting/ crochet projects. Oh Bagpuss

I don’t believe it, that makes NINE. Goal achieved!

8 other craft projects- 0

7 sewing projects

One babies ball, makes 2

6 Non Fiction books- 5 now, see below

5 bits of family history research. Bit of a cheat because this involved the reading of a non fiction book too. The book was about the local school, how it was set up etc. Originally part of a charitable foundation which involved local almshouses too.One of the surnames mentioned on the outside of said almshouse is that of an ancestor, question- was that my ancestor? It wasn’t but I was rewarded with this.

A picture of my Grandfather , second from the left. Whoever thought of school teachers acting in the school play?

So although the answer was a negative I have answered another question, so that makes 2

4 sort outs-still 3, kitchen is half done.

3 interesting finds-still 1

2 picnics-0

1 boat trip- o

o craft supplies added to, already failed thanks to the gremlins visit in March. Toy stuffing bought this month for Bagpuss, but that’s allowed.

Need to go away and have a big think about these goals. Some have gone well, some not at all. How about you? How are you doing, and what motivates you to achieve the things that back in January seemed like such a good idea?

 

 

 

Yarning Along

Rachel has started Yarning Along for us knitters and book lovers to link into. Please pop over there and see what people are knitting and reading! Rachel helped me in my early days of blogging and this is a big new venture for her.

The Little Room of Rachell

I’m always making something and I never go a day without reading. I’m really missing Ginny’s Yarn Along as I always enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts, so I’ve decided to host my own version.

Please feel welcome to share what you’re knitting or crocheting and reading every Wednesday. Leave a current link below to share your photo with us. Share your photo on your blog, Twitter, Instagram or on Flickr using #yarningalong. Include a link back to this post on your blog etc so others can find us!

It’s the Slouch and Bobble hat mark 2 here! My friend was wearing the first in December, at work in a Special School, and a child grabbed it from her head and threw it over the fence. It’s a bit complicated to explain but although she tried all sorts of way to retrieve it, including calling the farmer whose field it fell into…

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One a week Photo Challenge- Nature

Doing what comes naturally, and very successfully given the number of tadpoles we now have in the pond. Photos taken in March 2017 of the frogs in our garden pond.

Next week’s prompt is Modern.

Please leave a link to your nature pictures either here or over at Wild Daffodil

Happy Snapping!

 

April Books.

I do miss Ginny’s Yarn Along, not just for the knitting but also for sharing my love of books and in reading posts from others picking up some good recommendations for new to me authors. So I have come up with the idea of sharing what I have been reading in a monthly post. Please tell me what you have been reading, whether you have read anything by the authors I mention , in fact anything to do with books at all.

I started this month with reading another book from the heap by the bed ( part of my 17 for 2017).

Derek Tangye- A Drake at the Door. Derek Tangye and his wife started a successful Daffodil farm in Cornwall, in the late 1950s. Think The Good Life . Derek Tangye wrote a number of books detailing their life in all its ups and downs.

As this was number 11 from my heap , I decided that I was making good in roads in my goal to read the books I had accumulated,  so treated myself to some books from the library. It has subsequently occurred to me that the books in the heap are books I have picked up from various sources because I could. They are all perfectly good books but don’t excite me, if you follow my drift, and that is why they are in an unread heap.

All three books are by favourite authors. In the order I read them

Ann Cleeves- High Island Blues-not from the Vera or Shetland series of books. A well crafted detective story involving British Private investigators set In America. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Joanna Trollope- Balancing Act- That old work life balance thing, with relationships, empty nests, the old making way for the young. A good read.

Anne Tyler- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant- I am still reading this one. Reminds me very much of her other books about ordinary people bringing up the children and then watching from the sidelines of an Empty Nest. It feels a bit samey! But a good enough read.

So now over to you. What have you read recently , anything to recommend please?

 

Knit and Natter Friday!

Not so much Knit and Natter this week as crochet and natter. I am finding this weeks post hard to explain so please bear with me.

It was coming up to Easter, son, fiancée, two children and a dog were coming to stay. Experience tells me that knitting is problematic with lots of people around, you know counting, stopping in the middle of a row, dropping stitches.. what I needed was a simple crochet project. That way I would stay sane, have to have some yarn in my hand to stay sane you know.

Park that thought.

The Snail has been starting a revolution of craftactivists. Basically using your crafts to put across a message you believe in, in a positive and non violent way. There is to be an event in Manchester at the end of May and items were needed from the start of May. Brilliant, what could I do?

Well the big question really was what do I believe in? Two things came to me as I pondered away, usually in the bath. One to use up scraps be it food, fabric , yarn. Not to waste things that are useful, not to be always buying more and more stuff. Very good, so far , but what to make?

Then the answer came to me. It’s coming up to what was my Dad’s birthday, and I have never forgotten seeing him lying in a hospice with a beautiful, much faded and worn handmade patchwork quilt covering him. It was such a comforting sight to see this outward sign of love and care. Not a hospital blanket you see, but a cover made with or donated through compassion.

Light bulb moment!

Last year I made a couple of lap blankets for a care home.

The time frame for the finished items is tight,  a lap/small blanket would be perfect.

So I  set to work in earnest all Easter long, with small left over balls of yarn. Here is where I am now. Should say I am using Attic 24 s method of joining as I go.

I am beginning to run out of small balls so will start to use some of my larger balls on a border. I may even be finished in time for the start of May.

In close up.

Meantime I have to think of a slogan or a few words to describe what this is all about. So far I have “Cherished Scraps make kind blankets”.

What do you think? How could I say in a few words, what I want to say.

Meantime have you been missing Yarn Along? Rachel has now started Yarning Along, do check it out.

Time to do a bit more crocheting I think….

 

Yorkshire Spoolettes.

I was so disappointed to have managed once again to miss the Yorkshire Spoolettes meet up. However I was in France at the time and then Thimberlina aka Ali told me I won the competition to guess the total miles traveled by everyone to get to the meet up. But the best bit was when she said would I like to meet up so I could receive the prize. Well of course I would like to meet up, prize or no prize. And so we did, just before Easter. And I got to meet Cyber Mum too.

Picture by Thimberlina. Lovely to meet Ali and Cyber Mum, and we had such a nice chat. Hope to meet up again one day, and to get to the next Spoolettes meet up.

Meantime that prize, oh WOW.

It came in this great big bag and was full of amazing goodies.

I mean would you look. So Yorkshire Spoolettes, a great big thank you. There was a book, sewing notions, pattern weights, coasters, a pretty box full of pins, a wooly hat much needed in Yorkshire, a drawing. Some were named so a call out to Hannah, Chris, Margaret, Catherine,  Jay  and Jenna many thanks all of you. Now where is my sewing machine?

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