Monday, 31 August 2015

August Bank Holiday in UK

In theory the weather in August in the UK should be warm, but not this weekend.

It has been lovely having an extra day off work though!

I have spent my weekend doing a mixture of things.

Dog walking with the other half around Cheltenham Racecourse.

Indie our German Shepherd/Husky cross  is a very spoilt boy how enjoys nothing better than relaxing on the sofa.

On Saturday I managed a lovely spot of ripple crotchet in the garden. I
The pattern is by Attic 24 a gorgeous relaxing pattern.  The colours and inspiration has been chosen by my son, with the colours coming from an image of Canada.

On Sunday the rain did not really stop, so I decided to treat us to a gorgeous homemade Lemon Drizzle Cake.  Receipe by Mary Berry it is perfect with a cuppa.

Monday the rain still didn't let up till mid afternoon, so partly for warmth and comfort I put on my Easy Folded Poncho, just the job.

When the rain did stop I took a trip to our local B&M store and found a bargin cushion filler for my hand knitted cushion cover.

What have you been up to this weekend?

I hope you have had a great one.

Till next time.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Birthday loveliness.

Last week I celebrated my birthday.
I received beautiful flowers, my dear friend sent me a gorgeous skein of yarn and a pattern, along with the perfect project bag.

The following day my son and I took a trip to WWT Slimbridge where we did a canoe trip and safari which was fascinating. 

All in all a great couple of day.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cottage Garden Ripple Blanket

In December I started making my Attic 24 Cottage Garden Ripple Blanket.

The pack can be purchased from Wool Warehouse at an incredible £25 which includes the shipping costs for the whole blanket!!

The pack comes with an incredibly comprehensive tutorial which has been beautifully photographed in a step by step guide by Lucy aka Attic 24

However I was very fortunate and my dear friend Rosy who was up visiting over Christmas started me off on 29 December 2014 and was very very patient with me.

So here is the story in picture form of my blanket.

The blanket has been with me to Brean Sands whilst on holiday, to knit and natter's at Cafe Moochoo

Then finally the end was in sight.  I used all the colours up from the pack

So all that was left was to add an edging for the width as I wanted to keep the ripple effect top and bottom.

Bex from my knit night kindly let us have a rummage through her yarn stash she no longer wanted and I found the perfect colour in her stash that matched a colour "Plum" from Lucy's pack.

I had set the deadline to finish this project at the end of June and I am very pleased to say I completed it on 30th June!

Here is the finished article.....

As a finale to the project I turned over my Yarndale Calander to be greeted by the Cottage blanket :)

So now on to my next project for which I have many lined up.

Until next time....

Monday, 15 June 2015

Today as part of NGS (National Garden Scheme) the village of Stanton in the Cotswolds opened up 17 gardens, ranging from two Manor houses, Stanton Court and The Burland Hall to other equally devine resident's. 

For a mear £6 gave you the opportunity to look around and admire these gardens and all proceeds, along with a cake sale and plant sale went to a variety of local charities.

I arrived early and headed up to the top of the village past The Mount Inn pub and went exploring for a little while.

I was so glad I did,  what spectacular views.

I even did a spot of knitting.

Then I headed to my first garden at Clarity Farm. Perched up on an elevated position it had incredible views.

I then headed down to the top part of the village High Street to Honeystone Cottage.

The view down the high street could not have been more perfect and the garden itself was divided into many delightful sections.

Next I felt it would be rude not to have a quick full stop and sample and take a slice of delicious cake.  Just look at the selection that was available. 

Now fuelled I was ready to head out again to the first Manor house, The Burland Hall.  

Situated next to the village Church it was stunning.

I then headed to the plant stall and purchased a delightful purple viola plant for an empty pot at home.

Having made my purchase I headed behind the stall to Old Bakehouse, a hugh garden with a delightful vegetable patch that grew many delicious veg.

I then crossed the road and headed to the second mansion Stanton Court.

It is truly stunning.

This was the second picturesque place I decided to have spot of knitting.

This was a culmination of three things I really love, knitting,  photography and gardens. 

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