I thought it about time I returned, I know its been a while and it has been far longer than I had planned. So I return with a familiar confession.
I have come to realise that I am actually not as clever as I like to think and so this post is about my PHD….Projects Half Done! I much prefer this to the acronym WIP (works in progress) as PHD sounds so much more positive and well….lets be frank; what I am about to show you is not in progress. Not even by any stretch of the imagination! Abandoned may be a better description.
So, first out of the box is the baby blanket awaiting the hooking of one final square and then construction. So close to a finish, but I need some more cotton.
Then there is this linen stitch blanket…I abandoned hooking because I felt my design may be a bit to fussy…I’m undecided. Do I continue or rip it back and reclaim the wool?….I’ve done that before.
Then there is my knitting loom project, a sumptuous alpaca cowl…I really must restart this…if I can remember how to that is!
The rainbow V stitch blanket is still on the go, not abandoned at all but most definitely a PHD!
And it is with this in mind I need you all to do me a small favour…if you don’t mind that is. If you ever read my words that might even hint I am going to study again then I would like you to hit me over the head with something very heavy!!!
It seems that I am busier than ever before which makes any spare time very precious. So as the sun has chosen to shine for a brief couple of days (Seriously…this could be the sum total of the British summer time!!!) I have chosen to spend my time outdoors and make the most of it.
The warmth of the sunshine has caused an explosion of foliage and weeds! So I cleared a patch of rogue nettles in the growing garden and rediscovered a little hosta…
Mr. R dug up the blackberry and raspberry bushes which quite frankly were looking very ugly. I have pondered their removal for some time, but sometimes you just have to cut your losses. Their fruit bearing has been lousy and that’s a polite way of putting it!
Talking of losses, we lost our last chicken this week…sad news! We have decided not to replace them, so the chicken run has been dismantled and we are deciding what to do with this space.
I also made a return to bluebell wood, and was met with this utter spectacle…
And I just had to stop the car to photograph the present crowning glory of the British countryside…
All this colour led me to the garden centre
in pursuit of summer annuals for my kitchen window box
a sweet pea tipee
and a little bit of something yummy…
lettuce and spring onions
so not much crochet time, but I did get half an hour in this morning
Have a great week.
Well lets start with the bluebells shall we! It is fair to say that the weather around these parts has been bizarre. We have literally had four seasons in a few hours. Rain, followed by blue spring skies and then a few moments later hail or snow and thunder. This is what fell from the sky during little ones football training
It was absolutely freezing needless to say, and totally out of the blue, as the start of the training session had been sunny. Any way, I promised you bluebells, which the crazy weather does not seem to have hindered. Here they are…
These little delicate flowers make my heart very happy and I just love climbing to the top of the hill, where the tall trees stand grandly, graciously carpeted beneath with this blue hue of lovliness.
Once through the wood and out the other side, the boys played and climbed and we took the long path back to the van. Stopping only to watch a kestrel hunt and to watch miss Jess and a rather handsome springer run rings around each other….oh and to play a game of bulldog. Of which I do not have any photos as in the first instance I was too mesmerised, in the second instance miss Jess was way to fast for me to photograph and lastly an out of breath me isn’t for photographing!
So to the crochet…
mostly hooked at the skate park, whilst the not so little Robin practised ‘jumping the box’ and ‘airs’ on his bmx.
I have had such a lovely slow Saturday; a stark contrast from recent weekends which have been so hectic with essays and research.
I’ve played with colour ways finally deciding upon this colour way I’ve called ‘cherry stripe’. The yarn being Drops Paris 100% cotton in:
light old pink
off white and
Then I hit you tube to learn a new stitch and opted for ‘linen stitch’. It is actually a very simple double crochet (single crochet), chain stitch combo. I like it because it hooks quickly, is economical with yardage, gives a lovely solid reversible fabric and is just perfect for my new baby blanket design…’Linen cherry baby bar blanket’.
So, that’s a sneeky peek, I’m off to hook some more.
As I have been waiting extremely patiently for the postman to bring me a yarn shaped parcel; walking has featured as a daily pass time since the weather has been so cheery.
We have stomped over fields in the sunshine,
rambled down pathways
and climbed over gates.
We have wandered through woodlands and I have admired the dappled sunshine dancing on the ground. In the evenings I have been hooking this…
a light weight artfully simple angled scarf (designed by the very talented Tamara over at Moogly) in a 4 ply Sirdar country style yarn. The colour is 0392….meh! I do so dislike it when a colour just has a number and not a name. It is a beautiful old pastel pink, which now I have started, I cant put down.
Still waiting…we have visited orchards
and walled gardens
and stumbled across these little guys (very cute indeed).
Finally, a yarn shaped parcel arrived and a dilemma.
Well, I just couldn’t resist this gorgeous wool alpaca blend in (0519) or charcoal grey.
Nor this beautiful compilation of cotton. So, now I have the Robins nest squares to finish, my artfully simple angled scarf and new yarn screaming “hook me, hook me!” What a fabulously fantastic woolly dilemma to be in. xxxxx
Following some much needed soul restoration on Friday, the theme has lingered here at the nest over the Easter weekend; and I can deleriously report is continuing today too. However, hooking came to a very abrupt halt yesterday!
After a chaotic but funny Easter egg hunt, in which I muddled the clues up somehow; and hearty singing of praises in church. Followed a mixed weather walk just down by the brook,
up over the big field and back home through the daffodils…my favourite flowers in the whole world.
I love carefully picking my way back home through this flowery path…
Back home for some quiet hooking
which was fine until…
I realised I had only this much red cotton left and four robins nest motifs left to square…I told you the hooking came to an abrupt halt! Which was only soothed by this wonderful Easter tray that I received from my lovely brother and Sister in Law (Thank you Kate xx)
Which proved just perfect to hold my coffee whilst I ordered more yarn
So how was your weekend?
I spent mine amongst the study books, so didn’t get much hooking time. I did have way too many children in the house, making a lot of noise (not great for studying!)
I also had family over for Sunday lunch, which was so great to just kick back and relax. Although I didn’t get to hang out with my yarn stash much, I did manage some sneaky hooking during a long game of monopoly.
and I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has sent me comments about the new look around here…you are always so positive and it means the world to me