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Win some, you lose some

I arrived home from work today to find a parcel containing this

(adopts best Rolf Harris voice) Can you tell what it is yet?

It was my order from Cloth Kits. I checked out their site last week and couldn’t resist ordering  these lovelies

Glorious polka dot buttons

There were 40 but there was a gust of wind while I was photographing them outside and I lost one! 🙁 I now have 39. I hope to find the missing one in the garden soon! Still not 100% sure what I’m going to do with them yet but they’re so lovely, I just had to order them. I love me some polka dots.

I’ve also picked up my needles again after a bit of an absence and am now on the gusset of soxie sock 2


Apologies for the blurry pic. Once this is finished I’ll either cast on another second sock project or turn back to the Ysolda beret.

Oh, we were at the UK Pinball Party on the weekend and although we didn’t win anything, we had a great time 🙂

Garden Makeover in Progress…

Before I rediscovered knitting I had another obsession – gardening. I would tend to my garden daily and grew all sorts of things from seed. And then the yarn came a calling and gardening slowly fell off my radar. I was still interested in plants, it just wasn’t an all consuming obsession.

Last year I decided to rent the plot of land that backs onto my garden thus doubling the size of my garden. The plot had never been leased before and was thick with over grown brambles.

You can see the brambles growing beyond my garden wall

I hired a gardener friend in February and she spent two days clearing the worst of it and unearthed a lot of junk that had basically been dumped over the garden wall.

The junk behind the garden wall

The funniest thing she found in there was an unopened jar of  picked onions! I had the rubbish taken away and have continued clearing the plot. Doug knocked down the garden wall to unite the two sections.

And the wall was no more

See that blue wheel? That belonged to a manual lawn mower that had been chucked over. I also found a toilet cistern and a rotary washing line.

Slowly getting there. You can see the cistern on the left.

I’m sure you will have noticed that Emma has been supervising the whole operation. It’s still far from finished and I don’t have a great deal of time to get some raised beds sorted so that I can get on with growing some veg – more on that later – but I’m posting these before and after photos not only as a record but as impetus to continue with the work. Doug and I spent several hours working on it on Saturday and most days I can get at least an hour done out there after work before the light fades. I do sometimes wish I had the overnight help of GroundForce but it’s slowly getting there!

Oh and before I forget, there’s another new edition of KnitCast online 🙂