My latest knitting project is so secret, even I don’t know what it is! Well, that’s not quite true, I do know that it’s a neck accessory. Yes, I’m taking part in the Leethal Twitter Mystery Knit-a-Long!
I was so excited when I first heard about this, I just loved the concept. I’ve never properly taken part in a secret knit before, I’ve tried but never finished, and the pattern line per day sounded like something I could keep up with 😉 However I seem to be great at screwing up this pattern. I started late, not a problem, and got to row 16 and then made a mistake and had to undo a row. Of course I’d forgotten how unforgiving lace knitting is of do overs and ended up having to frog the whole thing. I think I’ve restarted it about five times now. In the forum on Ravelry, Lee reminds people about lifelines but I keep not doing them hence all the frogging 😉
I’m going to start again and this time put lifelines in every two rows. That’s about as much as I can manage without making a mistake at the moment!
Talking of mistakes, I’ve also had to do and re do several rows of the Edinburgh Rock scarf because I forgot to move the yarn to the wrong side when slipping my stitches at the beginning of the row. This is because I was working on it at the same time as the Twitter Mystery where you slip stitches in a different way.
In addition to my stop and start over again knitting experience this week, I’ve been able to fit in some garden work. I would have loved to have done more to my garden in April but the UK was practically drowned in rain. This weekend brought the longest amount of unbroken sunshine we’ve seen in weeks. So now my lawn is mown, raised bed weeded and raked and I’ve planted my sweetpeas around a cane wigwam. I’ve also sown in pots some dwarf runner beans, basil, squash, sweetcorn and some mixed herb seeds. And I pulled up a couple of leeks from the raised bed, too. Yes, I know the small one looks like a spring onion, but it isn’t.
The large one's been cooked already with some mushrooms, garlic and cream over a chicken breast. Yum!
I also saw my very first slow worm hiding out inside some pots. They’re not worms but legless lizards native to the UK. The one I saw was a salmon colour and by the time I’d had a quick google to check that I was right about it being a slow worm and not a UK Adder, it had disappeared. Wish I’d been able to take some photographs but they’re very fast movers and not slow at all!