Bits and bobs

Stash 2010
stash 2010

Here I am again, it’s been a while, mainly due to my illness and then just generally being very busy.

 A couple of weeks ago, I decided to drag out all of my stash to see just how much there is when it’s all laid out in front of me. You can see the result above!  I’m trying not to buy anymore until I’ve worked through some of this but sometimes a bargain is a bargain and you just have to have it.  I’m not actively buying put it that way, it’s only if something jumps in front of me that I may succumb 😉

Knitting-wise though I am almost finished with my Waffly Jacket, pattern can be seen here http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/mayer/mayer.html.  I’m just doing the collar and then have to seam it.  It’s really lovely in the variegated Patons Jet that I’ve used.  In between, I knitted a trellis beret from Woolly Wormhead, using Roman Romance from my stash I may add…polishes halo.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/35782787@N04/4564656977/.  It also is lovely and what with this flipping horribly weather, I’ve been wearing it too!  Next up I think is going to be Stolen Moments Wrap which can be seen here http://www.indigirl.com/blog/2007/09/simple-elegance/.  I have some James C Brett Marble chunky in greeny-blue colours that I won in our knitting group raffle and I think it will look lovely knitted up as this wrap. 

Gardening, my tomato, cucumber and pepper plants are all still doing well but I really need to pot them on soon and get them into my little mini greenhouse that my boyfriend put together for me at the weekend.  The cucumbers are flowering already!  We have done a fair bit of work in my boyfriend’s garden too over the past two weekends.  He had a wall built so that he could create a raised bed with a little pond and water feature.  We had a tonne of top-soil delivered on Sunday and got the raised area filled, the bucket for the pond sunk in and all the plants put in too.  We also planted up some hayrack type wall baskets (12 of them to be exact) and will hopefully be doing the hanging baskets this weekend so in the summer (hahahaha) it will be a riot of colour and we will have a pretty fountain to tickle away in the background whilst we sit and relax and enjoy our work.  I’ll get some pictures up when it’s all done.

That’s my update for now, I must try to keep up with this more often and to get pictures included too.

Hello world!

So, it’s now Saturday, weekends are my favourite times, no surprises there for anyone else who is caught up in the 9 to 5 rat race.  It’s quite bright today, making a change from all the dull, wet weather of the past few weeks.  I’m going to go out for a walk on our local shopping street for some fresh air and a browse.  We are lucky to have this lovely shopping area full of independant shops, here is the website of a scheme that was set up to encourage shoppers to the area http://www.lovelocal.org.uk/ and I try to support them by shopping there when I can.

Knitting-wise, I’m currently knitting a sweater for my mister in Sirdar Hug.  It’s going to be a large project for me and will take me quite some time as I’m not renowned for being a fast knitter!  Maybe he’ll get to wear it next winter then!!  I’m also knitting this http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/mayer/mayer.html for myself in Patons Jet in a gorgeous orange/purple/brown mix. I’m really pleased with how it’s looking but I’ve put it on the back-burner for a while to do the boyfriend’s sweater.  As I’m not too far off the finish line I maybe should crack on with it and be able to wear it in Spring.  Ah yes, Spring.  It won’t be too long now before the crocuses start peeping through on the central reservations of the dual carriageways.  This event never fails to make me ridiculously happy.  The first day I drive to work and see the crocuses, I have a smile on my face all day long.

I’ll try to get photos included in future posts but for now, this is it.  My first blog post.  Signing off for now but in the words of Arnie, I’ll be back!