Friday, 21 November 2008

Baby blanket!

Hooray!


(awful light - it is actually just off-white)

It took long enough but it's finally finished (well, it's been finished for a week or two, but I've only just got round to blogging).

I think this blanket is completely beautiful. The pattern (Mountain Laurel Counterpane Blanket by Kim Salazar) was fantastic and it isn't nearly as difficult as it looks!

And the baby seems to like it.



Or maybe she just likes her silly mummy.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Woops

That was six weeks, sorry! Time flies when you're having fun. Or looking after a tiny baby.

Although she's not so tiny any more - she was 10lb when I took her to the clinic on Thursday!



And she has a proper little personality now and we have been getting some lovely smiles.

And I still haven't finished her blanket.

But I will.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Introducing

Laura Helen

28/08/08 6lb 11oz



We are all safe and well and at home getting to know each other.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Recipe: Raspberry buns (but not here)

You all remember my friend Sarah's baking blog that I kept linking to? Well I'm going to do it again, because I guest-blogged there today! Go here: 30 Cakes in 30 Days to find out how to make yummy raspberry buns.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Holidays

Mark and I were able to get away for a couple of days last week, which was nice. We went down to Bournemouth and spent some time on the beach...





...and went to the aquarium and met some friendly fish...



...and did a fair amount of sitting about.



And we did even have plenty of sunshine! At a British seaside resort, in August! I know, I was surprised too.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Still here...

...just slowing down! Only four weeks (ish) to go now and it is wearing me out. Hence no updates. Except this one.

The baby blanket continues. I've finished all the pieces, blocked them, and sewn them together. Now there's just metres and metres of edging to knit and sew on! I'm about a quarter of the way round so far, sewing it on as I go. Then I'll wash and block the whole thing as one and call it finished.

Apologies for the darkness of these photos, the weather has turned crappy again and it's pretty gloomy.

Section with the edging attached


Knitting the edging as I go along


I'm not sure I've attached it evenly round the corner, but I don't really know how to make it any better. Hopefully when I block it it will even out a bit.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Everything's better with parrots

Mark likes parrots.

We were in Babies'R'Us the other day and they had a cot mobile there that featured several jungle animals, including a brightly-coloured parrot. Now, the cot mobile we already own also features jungle animals, but no parrots. Mark was sad that our mobile was parrot-less; he wished that we had waited and bought this other, more parrot-orientated mobile instead.

But luckily for him, after an hour with my sewing box and my big bag o'felt, I was able to make this:



Hooray! Now our mobile has a parrot as well.

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On a related note, I've found several bloggers recently who are making the cutest things out of felt. My favourites at the moment are paper-and-string, who makes the most gorgeous little smiley-faced people and animals; Bugs and Fishes, who makes lovely felt badges and pictures; and Blooming Felt, who also does the mysterious (to me) needle felting. Take a look! If you like felt. I do.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

In July the sun is hot; is it shining, no it's not*

But I still have two new reasons to be happy:

1) I put the fern lace bookmark (see previous post) on Ravelry, as I said, and it already has 24 hearts and is in 20 queues! I was thinking of making up more bookmark patterns, I think I definitely will now. And give all the bookmarks away for Christmas.

This is the original bookmark I made from the fern lace pattern, by the way:



It's not actually being a bookmark at the moment, it's helping me knit the baby blanket, by keeping track of what line of the pattern I'm on. The cotton makes it heavy enough to stay in place nicely on the print-out.

2) I won the giveaway at Contented! Hooray! I'm very pleased, and also amused by the fact that I just did a 50th post giveaway, and then won someone else's 50th post giveaway. So thank you Rachel, and I look forward to receiving the bag and using it to carry my library books about!

Oh, and a third reason to be happy:



Mmm. And a cup of tea, I think.

*From A Song Of The Weather, by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Pattern: Fern Lace Bookmark

(EDIT 14/07/08: Kristin pointed out in the comments that I didn't say what yarn/needles I used. I've added that in now. D'oh!)

Here's a pattern I worked up a little while ago. I dug it out and knitted one up for my giveaway last week, so I can call this tested now, so here it is. It's a very simple lace bookmark and I got the lace pattern out of a stitch dictionary.


Fern Lace Bookmark



Yarn: I used Sirdar Country Style 4-ply, which is a wool/acrylic blend. I've also made one in Wendy 4-ply 100% cotton. So any 4-ply (fingering-weight) yarn would do, though preferably not too fluffy, or it won't show the stitch pattern.
Needles: I used 2.5mm needles, the same ones I use for socks.

Abbreviations:
P - purl
K - knit
k2tog - knit two together
yo - yarn over
sl1 - slip one stitch knitwise
psso - pass slipped stitch over
ssk - slip two stitches knitwise, slip them back to the lefthand needle, and knit two together


Fern pattern:
1 (and all odd numbered rows): P
2: K1, p1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, p1, k1
4: K1, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1, k1, psso, p1, k1
6: K1, p1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, p1, k1

Repeat these six rows to form the fern lace pattern.


The bookmark is worked in three sections.

First section:
Cast on 13 stitches
1: P
2: K1, p11, k1

Second section:
Work the six rows of the fern pattern, and repeat them until the bookmark is the length you want.

Third section:
1: P
2: Ssk, p1, k until 3 stitches remain, p1, k2tog
Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times. Five stitches left
3: Ssk, p1, k2tog
4: P3
5: sl1, k2tog, psso
Cast off.


I don't have much experience writing up patterns, so let me know if anything doesn't make sense!

PS: For those on Ravelry, you can find the pattern here. Please put it up if you make one, I'd love to see them!

Monday, 7 July 2008

As promised!

Here are some photographs of the baby's room. I'm so pleased because it's turned out just how I hoped it would. I apologise for the gloominess of the photos, but the weather here today has been appalling! Thunder and torrential rain.

The view in through the door:



And yes we did buy a lampshade, as I said on Saturday, but when we went to hang it we found that one needs to buy a separate lampshade-hanging kit. Grr. Mark has to go over to Bletchley later this week anyway so he'll pick one up then.




To the right are the wardrobe and chest of drawers, also Bob's teddy and bookshelves. Not all those books are baby books; most of them are our favourite children's books, which we intend to inflict on Bob at the appropriate points.




And to the left are the cot (complete with cot tidy) and rocking chair. The rocking chair is the centrepiece of the Designated Baby Rocking Area:



Yes I am going to finish that cushion, honest. The rocking chair is very special because my grandmother bought it when my mother was born, then my mother had it for all her babies, and now I have it for my baby. And that is why it needs a special cushion.


Oh, and finally, these are the Ikea pictures:



As you can see in the other photo, they are above the cot. There will be at least one more picture on the walls in here; once I have finished Bob's sampler, then it will go up, though we're not quite sure where yet.

And I promise that I will blog again this week, and I won't mention babies at all. I'm dreadfully afraid that I'm becoming a bore.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you

It seems a long time since I've blogged, but I know I've left it much longer than this before! I needed a little break anyway I think.

Anyway the first thing I have to say is CONGRATULATIONS to my sister Jen and brother-in-law Ram, as they are expecting a baby in January! They had a scan on Wednesday and it was all good. I'm very excited about being an auntie again (Mark has four nieces and I share them) and about Bob having a little cousin so close in age.

Today has been busy busy. In the morning we went over to Milton Keynes and went to Ikea. We went there to get a lampshade, but ended up with some other* bits, like you do. When we've been looking for things for Bob's room, we've had real problems finding cheerful, colourful things, and Ikea has much more of the kind of thing we were looking for. Why are Mothercare and Babies'R'Us so focused on beige? Babies like colours.

Then Mark watched the qualifying for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and after lunch he has spent many an hour with his flat-packs. He's just gone out to take all the packaging to the tip, so I'm sitting here at the computer. This afternoon I've been sorting out the blind (it was too wide and needed cutting down), and making crochet squares for the cushion cover, and generally helping. Tomorrow I will do some more organising of bits and pieces and then there will be photographs. I am so happy about getting everything sorted! Mark keeps teasing me about nesting but I don't care.

*Those aren't quite the right ones; ours were a bit smaller I think (and only £4.99), and different pictures. But that style.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Today is the last day of the month

I'm probably the only person in the world who hears that line the way the Tramp says it on the cast recording of Salad Days. Anyway.

So! I got eight entries to my competition, and I was very pleased, because four of them were from people I had no idea were out there. I numbered off the comments, and used a random number generator to pick a number between one and eight inclusive, and it gave me 3. So the winner is quitecontrary1977! Well done and I will be in touch to get your address. I'll write about the prize once I know it's been received.

It's been a good weekend - the picnic on Saturday was lovely, the weather was beautiful and it was so great to see everyone (also, they gave me baby presents! Which I was totally not expecting, thank you you lovely people). Mark took this picture of the park, so you can see how gorgeous the weather was:



And yesterday we did some more painting. It's all coming together!

Since today is indeed the last day of June, I've made it all the way through the month, blogging every day. It's been fun but I don't think I'll do it again in a hurry; writing posts in advance helped but it still got to be a bit of a slog. Back to a couple of times a week, I think.

Filler post

Just so that something comes up at 8am, to stop everyone worrying. =) I'll do a proper post later in the day, and announce the winner of the competition (ooh!). I should finish the prize at some point, as well.

Talk to you later my lovelies!

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Love

What I love: a man who takes a day off work just to decorate the baby's room.



What I love even more: a man who takes a day off work just to decorate the baby's room, and does it listening to a musical theatre playlist.

I think my mother's right. We're a right pair.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

28th of June and I'm running out of titles

Firstly, make sure you've entered my competition! It's very easy. And only five entries so far gives you a very good chance of winning. All you have to do is comment on this post.

Secondly, brother Tom wrote a book! I've ordered my copy but apparently it won't turn up for a week or two. Go Tom!

Today I had to pop out to the supermarket, and while I was driving out of the cul-de-sac I decided to go to the garden centre and buy a new 4mm crochet hook (as you do). So now I have one again! Please start the countdown until the old one turns up. But at least I can start my cushion cover squares now.

So today is Friday, but this is going to post on Saturday morning, and on Saturday we are going to a picnic in London with a group of ladies I know from t'internet. Mark is coming as well. Please all keep your fingers crossed that we don't have any rain; the forecast is slightly dodgy but I think we should be OK. I've baked lots of cookies and cleared out the memory stick in my camera. Bring it on!

Friday, 27 June 2008

Yum yum yum



My first strawberries are ripe! I hope they taste as nice as they look.

Also under the heading of 'yum', I've been doing more baking today - I'm off to a picnic on Saturday, and I said I'd take biscuits and cakes. So this morning I made a big batch of chocolate chip cookies. Did you know, if you bake M&Ms into cookies, the colouring spreads out into the mixture? They look quite festive.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Fiftieth Post! W00t!

Although it is quite easy to get to 50 if you blog every day for a month.

And so, a competition! Or rather a giveaway because I couldn't think of a good competition, and I think I'll get more entries this way. I haven't completely decided on the prize yet, either, but I can tell you that it will include:

- a little something handmade by me
- a little something tasty
- a little something for you to use in your own crafty endeavours

And I'm happy to post internationally so everyone can join in! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. That's it! Just say 'Hello' if you can't think of anything else. And I'm not going to rule out family members like all the proper competitions do, because let's face it, that would leave me with about three entries. I'll leave this open for a little while, and will select the winner randomly and announce it on the last day of the month.

Not a lot else to post about really. All my crafting time is being spent knitting away on this blanket. Isn't it funny how once you start working on something regularly, you make regular progress?

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Bits and bobs and Bob

Blogger tells me that I have posted 48 times on this blog, making this post 49. Since 50 is such a nice round number, I've decided to have a little competition tomorrow. What it will be, I haven't decided yet. But I'm curious to know who is actually reading this and giving things away might draw out some lurkers, if lurkers there be! So need to have a little think about that. Announcement tomorrow!

Our main projects here at the moment are all baby-related. I'm 30 weeks now and it seems to be creeping up very quickly! Mark has started work on the baby's room - he's clearing it out as we speak (does anyone need any bookcases?). Then it will be decorated, and have a new carpet as the old one is pretty manky. And after that, he has some flat-packs to deal with. So he will be a busy boy.

Cam is pretty relaxed about the whole thing, though:

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Recipe Time: Doughnut Muffins



After I said about making chocolate muffins the other day, my sister Jen sent me a recipe for doughnut muffins, that are apparently her husband's favourite. Today I finally got round to giving them a try.

Here is the recipe; it says it makes 12, I made half-quantities and got 12 fairy cake sized muffins. If you have a proper muffin tin you would probably would get 12 but that's too many for me.

Ingredients

175g/6oz butter
200g/7oz caster sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
375g/13oz plain flour
3/4 tbsp baking pownder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (I used dried)
250ml/9 fl oz milk

For the topping:
100g/3 1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
25g/1oz butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a deep 12-cup muffin tin.

Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs gradually, beating well.

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and nutmeg together. Add half to the creamed mixture with half of the milk. Gently fold the ingredients together before incorporating the remaining flour and milk. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin, filling each hole to about two-thirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly brown and firm to the touch.

For the topping, mix the sugar and cinnamon together, brush the muffins lightly with melted butter, and sprinkle over the cinnamon and sugar mixture.


Jen told me you didn't really need the topping, so in the interests of science I ate half a muffin plain, then put some topping on it and ate the other half. I liked it so I put the topping on the rest - she was right it didn't need it, but I thought I might as well and a bit of cinnamon is a good thing. I'm not sure they really taste like doughnuts, but they're nice, and they have the right muffin consistency.

Monday, 23 June 2008

And now we're back here at Monday...

...so we can do it all over again!

I had four friends to visit this weekend, which was good fun. They usually come up to see me over August bank holiday, but this year we thought earlier might be better. We went to Milton Keynes to have a look around the shops, ate pizza and played on the Wii. So we had a lovely time and hopefully it won't be too long before I see them again.

I've started work on the cushion cover - done the green fabric cover, at any rate, so the cushion is covered, although I still have plenty of crocheting to do. In fact all of it. I've lost my 4mm hook which is irritating as that's the one I probably use the most often - it's the size for double-knitting wool. Dang and blast. At least I've found that a nearby garden centre has a craft shop, so I should probably be able to get a new one there if mine doesn't turn up, without having to make a trip all the way into town.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Sunday: Silver/Gold/Metallic

Last photos day today! If only I knew what I'm going to write about for Monday. Never mind, I'm sure I'll think of something.

Here is today's first picture:



These are my wedding and engagement rings. I'm not wearing them at the moment because they fit quite snugly and I'm paranoid about my fingers swelling up and not being able to get the rings off. I have an Argos wedding ring at the moment, which is a couple of sizes bigger.


Another dull, cloudy day is ruining my photography. You'd think doing this in June would mean I'd get some sunshine. Although when I tapped the barometer just now, it headed in the right direction:




And here's a drawer of shiny metal things:

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Saturday: White



I know I keep posting photos of this blanket! But I love it so. Here's one hexagon being blocked.




This about sums up the weather today, really. When the sun comes out it's lovely and warm, but then it disappears again and it gets grey and dull. Still managed to dry my washing though!

Friday, 20 June 2008

Friday: Brown

I know I said black, but taking photos of black things turned out not to be so easy. So I went with brown instead.



I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday. Mmm. I think I'm moving closer to the perfect recipe that I've been looking for for a while. They needed more vanilla, though, and possibly slightly longer in the oven (they were cooked, but a bit spongey).




I inherited this clock from my grandmother. Isn't it lovely? It was a wedding present from her parents, back in 1941. It doesn't run unfortunately. One day I'll get round to getting it fixed.

And yes, I have a window in my house that looks out directly onto a brick wall. That's not the main living room window, which looks out over the close, but another window on the side of the room that faces the side of the garage. It lets in a bit of extra light but the aspect is uninspiring.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Thursday: Blue

It's quite gloomy today but I did the best I could!



Blue books




And the major source of blue at the moment - we decorated the guest room! Woo! Well, Mark did most of it, and he's very proud. That's his banjo.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Wednesday: Green

Where do we find green? Outside!



I have no idea what this tree is. It's in one of the beds along the side of our back garden, and it was there when we moved in. I quite like it though.




This is my bench (it has green arms so it counts). We inherited this bench from Mark's Nan and it is just the sort of bench I would have chosen, were I choosing a bench. It's quite comfy as well.




Round behind the garage we find more green - my pots and some bedding plants I haven't put out yet. I should get to that.




I wish I could have put these under red. But they aren't quite there yet unfortunately. Come on, strawberries!

Stay tuned for blue!

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Tuesday: Orange and Yellow

As Sarah so cleverly foresaw, orange and yellow means at least one photo of my cat. Who is orange. Seen here above a yellow wall.



I like this photo, except that the light coming in the window screwed up the colour a bit. The reason he looks so annoyed is that we were decorating the spare room (which he thinks is his room) and he wasn't allowed in. Why he'd taken to the windowsill when there were plenty of free soft furnishings, I have no idea.

Then I took the camera for a walk in the garden again.



Photographing flowers out in the sunny garden is pretty easy.

Only two photo today because there doesn't seem to be as much yellow round here as I thought there was. Hmm.

Green tomorrow.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Monday: Red and Pink

First day of the colour photographs! Today is red and pink. First I took the camera for a walk in the garden.



Here are some of the apples growing on Mark's apple tree, starting to turn pink. I like this photo.




I like this one too. This is one of the flowers on my climbing rose, which I must take a full photo of at some point because it's looking lovely as usual.



Gnome! Mark has three gnomes. This was the second one I think.




This is my least favourite of today's photos. I should have paid more attention to the background (you can see the radiator) and the light, it was a bit too dark. If I'd taken the rocking chair downstairs or maybe even outside I think it would have come out a lot better. I like the composition though.

More photos tomorrow!

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Halfway there!

Hooray, I made it halfway through the month, blogging every day! And I haven't once complained about not being able to think of something to write. I've been deliberately trying to avoid that because I know it's annoying. It's been easier than last time I tried this, though, because I've made up a quick list of things that I could write about, and then I refer to that if I can't think of anything new. Don't know why I didn't think of that before.

One of the things I want to improve in my blogging is my photography. I've started to try and put more thought into my photographs, especially where light and composition are concerned, and I've also actually got out the camera manual and found out some helpful things. To help me practise, I've decided that this coming week is going to be a photography week. Each day I'm going to post at least two new photographs, and to give me ideas, I'm going to give each day a colour theme. So:

Monday: Red and pink
Tuesday: Orange and yellow
Wednesday: Green
Thursday: Blue
Friday: Black
Saturday: White
Sunday: Gold/silver/metallic

Tune in tomorrow for the first photographs! Once I've taken some.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Old Projects: Butterfly Picture

This one is from about February I think.



I didn't make this for any particular reason, I was just rummaging through my scrap bag when I found a piece of wadding, and thought I would try making a quilted picture. As you can see, rectangles aren't my strong suit.

The flowers are my favourite bit



The butterfly turned out OK, but I should have put something underneath it, because there's no quilting there and the fabric is a bit puffy. Possibly I didn't pull it flat enough before putting the binding on (although it was tacked down).

This was fun to do but more time-consuming than I expected - especially as after I'd done the interesting picture bit, trying (unsuccesfully) to get it square and sewing on the binding took a long time. I might try a bit more of this in the future though, if I have a specific project that could use it.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Friday WIPs

Even though I'm writing this on Wednesday, it's time for an update on my works in progress, I think. I'm starting to realise that I don't actually have a lot of time to get things finished before the baby is here (in 12 weeks-ish) so I need to crack on, really. Because of that I've put the sampler to one side for now - I won't be able to finish that until after Bob's born anyway, so no rush to get it done now. I've got the blanket out again instead because I do want that to be ready.

I've just checked on my diagram and to complete the blanket I need 25 full hexagons, 6 half hexagons and 6 edge triangles. Then they need to be blocked, sewn together, and have the edging knit on. So far I've done 10 1/2 hexagons, 1 half hexagon and 2 triangles. They are all blocked and sewn together (except the half full-hexagon). So I've still got quite a bit to do, then. I am enjoying working on it and now that it's in premium crafting position (spread all over the sofa) I should be able to get it done in time. I hope.

The sampler is put to one side, as I said. I did complete the giraffes though and the letters above them. I might pick it up and work on it every now and again, so that only the name/date/weight are left to do. But it is at the bottom of the queue at the moment.

And in the middle of the queue is the cushion cover. I haven't started it yet (ahem) and I won't until I've made a bit more headway on the blanket. I might do the sewing bit first though so that I can put the sewing machine away, it's become a permanent fixture on the dining room table and that isn't where it's supposed to live.

And it goes without saying that I'm not planning on starting anything new! =) I'm not sure what else I want to make really. Although now I've started being strict with myself, I'm sure I'll think of a hundred things.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Recipe Time: Fairy Cakes!



I made these a week or two ago now and they are long gone. I like to make fairy cakes or biscuits instead of one big cake, because it's easier to eat, and you don't have to faff around with knives and plates and things. But this recipe works just as well for a sponge cake, and makes enough for two sandwich tins, or about 12 fairy cakes.

The Cakes
2 eggs
4oz/110g self-raising flour
4oz/110g butter or margarine
4oz/110g caster sugar
1tsp baking powder
If you want chocolate cakes (and I can't imagine why you wouldn't), replace 1/2oz of flour with cocoa

The Icing
Icing sugar
Water
Cocoa if you want chocolate icing

Turn on the oven to about 190C. Mix all the cake ingredients together (I usually cream together the sugar and margarine, then add the eggs, then the flour/cocoa and baking powder). Put out fairy cake cases in a bun tin and put a large spoonful of mixture in each one. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool the cakes on a rack, then ice them. For the icing, just mix together appropriate amounts of each until you get a good consistency. I find it easier to mix the sugar and cocoa together first, then add a tiny bit of water, then another tiny bit, until it's smooth. Also, while the cakes are cooling, you may find it helps to hide them, because the recipe makes 12, but you may note that the photo above only includes 11. One disappeared pre-icing and it wasn't me who ate it.

And if you like reading about cake (mmm, cake) then you should totally be reading 30 Cakes in 30 Days. And not just because it is my friend writing it!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Cushion cushion cushion



All ready to make a cushion cover!

I have this book, which has many options. I think I probably need nine yellow and orange squares for the front of the cushion cover. I think I'll make these first, then make up the green cover. Or should I do crochet squares for both sides? It might depend on how much wool the first nine use.

A couple of things about that book, though; first, make sure you get the right edition, if you want a copy - the one I linked with the pink/red blocks on the cover is the British edition, using the proper British terms. There's also an American edition with green/blue blocks on the cover. Also, '200 crochet blocks' isn't strictly accurate - quite a few of them are just different colourways, and I'm not sure that should count. But there are as many as you need, to be honest, and the book is well laid out and easy to use.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Summer and Sunshine

(I should point out that I write these blog posts at least a day in advance, and then they get automatically posted on the next day for which I need one. This means you get fresh bloggy goodness at 8am every morning, which otherwise would be impossible)

The weather has been glorious here today and yesterday - really sunny and warm. This is my favourite time of the year, even though it means large amounts of sunscreen. I've been getting on with the rest of my gardening; mainly weeding and putting out bedding plants. My hanging basket is up, and I'm going to do some pots for the decking as well.

And I discovered something fun yesterday. Cats like to chew sweetcorn plants. I couldn't work out why the tops of some of the plants I put out were all raggedy, then yesterday while I was weeding I caught him in the act. The plants seem to be surviving, and he hasn't found the ones in the pots or the greenhouse, so we should be OK. I did do a quick search online to make sure they weren't poisonous for cats (although I'm not sure what I was going to do if they were), and apparently all cats do it.



Who, me?

Monday, 9 June 2008

Felt cat

Quick one today as I need to go and sit down! We've had some friends round this afternoon and their kids have worn me out. It was lovely to see them all though, we haven't managed to get together with them since before Christmas. But now I'm knackered.

So here is a photo of my latest felt cat, looking a bit moody.



This one was a commission (my first - ooh) for a colleague of sister Jen. I made her a cat, and she took it into work to put by her computer, and using her exemplary sales skills she sold one to someone else. Amy might recognise the jumper - it's the leftover wool from the pair of socks I made for her birthday last year! I love the colours of this wool, there's only a scrap left now but I can't bear to throw it away. Very sad I know.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Current projects

Although I've been spending most of my project-time on one thing recently, the cross-stitch birth sampler:



It's coming along nicely. Time for another giraffe!

There's also the knitted blanket but I haven't worked on that in a little while, need to pick it back up. And I have also got together everything I need to make the cushion cover for the rocking chair - I bought the cushion inner a while ago, and I'm going to use some of the green fabric I already bought for nursery things, and I have some orange and yellow wool to make crochet squares to go on top. Once I get started on that I'll take some photos. But I need a clearer plan first I think!