It’s been a funny week so far with trying to get things done in the garden or creatively. I feel like I am getting somewhere and then it doesn’t work out at all and I need to start again or rethink. Ho hum…
* I ordered some yarn for the two cardigans I am going to make for my daughters and was excited to be getting started on new projects, but when I knit up a gauge swatch, it became clear that the yarn we had chosen wasn’t suitable, despite loving the colours.
It’s cotton yarn which I haven’t used before. I was hoping it would make a nice light summery top, but it isn’t suitable for the patterns I have chosen – “too gappy” my daughters have told me and I agree with them!
So back it went on Monday to loveknitting (who do free postage and returns – thank goodness!). I just received the new order this morning and knitted up a swatch. I need to work on smaller needles to get the gauge and surprise surprise, I don’t have any 3.25mm circular needles so have had to order some! I have most other sizes of needle funnily enough 😦
Hopefully this yarn will meet with everyones approval. It’s tricky sometimes ordering yarn online, but the local shops don’t have much choice, colourwise, so it’s the only way to get a nice selection to choose from.
* I have also started painting the girl’s playhouse at the back of our garden.
It has been dark brown for a year or so because the original wood became very stained so we decided to cover it with a darker colour. It looks o.k but my daughters are keen to make it more girly and would like to paint rambling flowers on the outside, so we need to paint it a lighter colour. Unfortunately the two colours I have tried so far are not suitable.
They are too light or too bright I am told by my husband and I tend to agree. The playhouse is right at the top of our sloping garden and really stands out now more than we would want. The colours on offer for sheds/fences are very limited. It looks so patchy now, I wish I’d just left it dark brown!!! But I shall persevere and hopefully find a solution soon that will please everyone. Thank goodness for tester pots!!
* I sowed all our seeds in the last few weeks and things were looking good; lots of little happy seedlings …
but when I went into the greenhouse on Tuesday, rows of them, especially the fruiting plants, had been decimated overnight by snails! Sob!
Back to the drawing board….Late on Wednesday evening (I could sow fruiting plants from 8pm to midnight according to my biodynamic calendar) I was up in the greenhouse, sowing more pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgette and butternut squash seeds and scouring the greenhouse for snails! I found three big juicy snails 😦 I was tempted to feed them to the chickens, but my daughters would be horrified, so I took them for a little drive to disorientate them – I used to take them to the local park, but we marked some snails one year to see if they would find their way back as we had heard they could and they did!!! 😦
So I begin again. That is just how it is with this gardening lark. We always need to sow extra to share….
Anyway, onto something that I have accomplished…
I finished my Wurm hat (only to have it warming up again!!)
I am pleased with it. It is lovely and slouchy and nice and warm around the ears, which I will appreciate in the winter and a nice bright colour, which always gets my vote!
And in progress..
My youngest daughter wants to celebrate her birthday at the end of May with two friends from school and she would like them all to dress up as cats. We went fabric shopping and came back with some leopard and tiger print fabric which I am going to turn into skirts and little vests. And the furry fabric is for ears and possibly gloves and a tail. Let’s see….I suggested trousers, but my girls prefer skirts, so skirts it is.
I just spent a bit of time cutting and sewing on the leopard print set. Lovely to be sewing in our new studio and actually getting something done!!
I am copying a vest that we already have for dressing up – from when I was a girl – and making a simple rectangular skirt for my eldest. My youngest has other ideas, that I am not yet clear on (!) so I thought I would start and see what she thinks.
Hope you are having a fruitful and creative week!
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