Wednesday, 18 July 2012

goodbye my little friend Moss

March 1995 - 18 July 2012
RIP little Moss, will miss you my little friend of over 17 years

camping trip 2009



boat trip (Braunston Marina) 2010

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Debbie Bliss free lacy scarf knitting pattern




The scarf on the left is the one I'm currently knitting in a raspberry colour (Patons Pompero) which is very soft.
Lace knitting patterns are very in right now and you can download this free pattern Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace free scarf pattern via the Deramores web site. It only uses one ball of wool, perfect for a small project.

They also have lots of free patterns via this link

Happy Knitting. Amanda x


Tuesday, 3 July 2012

wool stash


this is what I need a cupboard!
Is it just me or do all knitters hoard wool? My husband asked where I was going last night in my PJs, its ok I said just to get a ball of wool out of the boot of my car! He said ‘do you keep sheep in there too!’ It was at that moment I thought I have more wool than there are hours to knit it all! I have a few bags in the loft, a bag by my desk at work, a project with me on the go, in an old blanket box in the spare room, in my craft room, a plastic storage box under the bed oh and yes in the boot of my car! Is that too much wool for one person to keep? You see I have all these plans to knit lots of projects then along comes another bargain and I just have to grab it.  I have a cardigan on the go, a jumper, a scarf and now a blanket. A bit like this one patchwork-blanket or maybe this one Seaside Blanket The blanket will use up lots of oddments of DK wool in the loft, well that’s what I told him ;-)
A bargain yarn I thought you'd be interested in Patons Pompero for 89p a ball at Kemps Woolshop (I don't get any discounts for recommending these!) A nice soft wool ideal for scarfs but 30 deg machine wash. I'm currently knitting a scarf in a horseshoe lace pattern which is quite easy to knit once you get the hang of it, the colour is sort of raspberry. This will be for my boat holiday in October to wrap up in the chilly mornings.

Monday, 2 July 2012

call of nature


A few years ago we stopped on-route somewhere in Sussex (I think) to use the facilities in a garden centre. On the way out I said I had to buy something because I felt guilty using the toilet! Anyway I picked up a white Scabosia (pincushion flower) as it was only quite small and easy to carry - little did I know it would become one of my favourite plants! Funny how these things happen. The original white variety is in bud in the background but since then a few years later I bought two or three more called Butterfly Blue at a local plant show with my sister. I just love the buds and its an easy plant to grow with little maintenance, perfect. Mine get full sun for most of the day then a little shade towards late afternoon and are grown in my gravel garden edging the paved circle. I've also added a similar plant picked up at one of my RHS visits last year called Knautica macedonica (crimson Scabious) and I was lucky to be given 5 small plants that I've planted in a small gravel area in my front garden. Also this month my seed grown pot marigolds are lovely and cheeful (I'll add a photo later this week) What's your favourite plant?