This has been an excellent stash buster. I knit the vest using double stranded yarn. The vest will get a lot of use now that the rugby season has started.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I wasn't meant to be growing very much this season. All I wanted to do was just clear the area , mark it out and give the soil a good turn over. I learned:
- you don't 'just' do anything in an allotment
- mother nature has a mind of her own
- when it rains it always pours
- kissing butt is a good thing
- family and friends are worth their weight in gold
- I love worms
- my fellow brothers (and sisters) in arms have invaluable knowledge that will take me years to gather
- foxes definitely eat veg - my veg!
- investing in a good fork, spade and hoe is key to a half way decent plot
- good wellies (I'm saving up for a pair of Hunters, I'm told they are the bees knees) and thick thick socks will save my bacon
- your neighbours crap filled skip is actually a treasure trove in disguise
- if you dig up the bramble - they will grow back!!
- giving is far better than receiving
This year I have been blessed with a bumper crop of all sorts of veg. Some of which I'm sure I didn't plant. Much of which was given to me in seed or plant form by fellow plotters taking pity on me. For the most part, what I was doing was slightly out of sync (digging at the wrong time of year, and even planting out late for example), but I was gently encouraged (and laughed at heartily) to keep going. I have been rescued on a few occasions when I got stuck in the mud, much to the amusement of others!
So far, visitors to my humble abode have been sent home with a little bit more than they bargained for - a few beetroot here and a bag of potatoes there. The young man is trying to get everyone to take all the cabbage since he hates the stuff.
I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say I've loved every minute of it - but I'm loving it now, when I see what's come out of the soil and that's what counts. I've no doubt a few months from now, I'll be muttering under my breadth, tripping over my own wellies and cursing the fact that the toilets are way way down the other end of the allotments, but hey, now I know it really will be worth it in the end.
My plot and some of the goodies it gave me
Did you notice - no onions - the battle recommences!!
My plot in the beginning ...........
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Name: Moss Stitch jacket
Pattern Source: Cashmere Collection by Debbie Bliss
Yarn used: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky
Needles: 7mm and 7.5mm
Started: July 2008
Finished: 23 Aug 2008
Comments - besides running out of yarn (my fault), the pattern is very straight forward. I didn't find any errors. The end result is a real slouch on the sofa warmer. I was worried that the jacket would drop and stretch with wear - it hasn't so far.
On a personal note, I killed the Afro!!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Pattern name: Nevis
Pattern Source: Rowan 42
Yarn used: Rowan Tapestry
Needle size 3.25 mm and 4mm
Started: Nov 2007
Finished : Sept 2008
Comments: Straight forward pattern. No errors which was refreshing! The yarn is extremely splitty which is a problem when knitting a cable pattern. The only problem I had with the pattern was the lack of a set up row for the cable pattern. Cabling on row 1 is not the easiest thing to do. The colourway of the yarn is stunning, sadly, I have not been able to capture this.