New kids who’ve joined us in time for Christmas

Until they huddled together for their photo I hadn’t spotted a pattern but now I have 🙂

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These three girls joined us recently and made friends very quickly.

First is Hazel, re-rooted by Pam Winter Turner and now turning heads with her fabulous tresses.

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Then Maisie, a 1968 girl, again re-rooted (I’m not sure by whom) and given a fringe, more of a tomboy this one,  and already at home on the allotment…

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…and then little Baby Cinnamon, a 1980’s baby completely re-imagined by Kelly McCrea Wenarsky…..

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and a new sister for Baby Shiloh who joined us a few months ago..

 

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Now we’re all looking forward to seeing who comes to live with us next year…we’ll all have to shuffle up a bit but there’s always room for one more 🙂

Merry Christmas from the new kids xx 

Click here for their jigsaw

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Latest knits …

These are some of the knits I’ve finished in the last few weeks. I’ve had to squeeze in some baby things and some Christmas knits but now I’m back to knitting for Sasha and Gregor.

This was for my friend’s grandson….mary's grandson

based on this pattern –

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I just changed the colours a bit.

I’m almost a Grandma now too so as well as blankets and booties I’ve made this little jumper for a little Sheffield Wednesday fan whose Mum is a Harry Potter fan.

IMG-20170920-WA0000It seemed like a good compromise 🙂

Christmas baubles are fun and quick to knit and I’ve made a few this month as personalised Christmas presents.

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Then, of course I really enjoyed having fun with Christmas knits for Gregor….

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and some more just to keep them warm and cosy..

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There are more on the needles (always 🙂 ) and tomorrow I’ll post a long overdue update of all the new family members who’ve joined us recently.

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In the meanwhile, this recent adoptee would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and hopes that you all find something special under your tree xx

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The girls came to the lottie today to check on Bill & Ben

There’s not much happening on the allotment at this time of the year, but we check in from time to time and drop off compost for the bins and make sure the poly-tunnel  hasn’t blown away.

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Today we just went to see how Bill & Ben are keeping warm in their buckets (they prefer them to plant pots – they’re shinier apparently 🙂 )

 

They were fine, of course. They love it out here in any weather. They have all kinds of animal and bird friends to play  with. And lots of little weeds 🙂

We noticed our plot neighbour Trudy has got the Christmas spirit so we might have to come back with something just as festive to brighten up our plot tomorrow.

 

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Merry Christmas Everyone xx

 

Goodbye to Autumn

One last dressing up in Autumn colours before we start to get dressed in our Christmas/Winter best – and introducing the stunning Selma, (on the right) a beautiful re-root by Pam Winter Turner. Click here for their jigsaw …

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….and while we’re introducing new family members we can’t leave out Mira..my little ebay miracle who arrived looking like this..

 

and scrubbed up beautifully….

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and had to put up with a hat for a while to tame her fringe..

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and then went through a major operation ..

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to eventually look like this ❤

 

She’s wearing an outfit that properly  belongs to A Girl for All Time, but it fits her beautifully and I was so happy to find a lovely velvet coat by Frances Trickett at C&S that makes her outfit complete. She says  hello ! and that she’s looking forward to Christmas with her new family and to meeting lots of new friends in May 2018 in Nottingham.

We are delighted to have her here with us !

She also has her very own jigsaw here …

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Now Mum needs to get back to the knitting.  I think she needs more shelves for all her knitting books, but in the meanwhile, this is a nice warm place to sit 🙂

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Click here for a very tough jigsaw ..

 

Latest knits and lots of chutney :)

These two are the latest knits and we’re still carrying on with the purple and green theme it seems.

20170902_111225 Both knitted in 100% alpaca and modelled by the sisters with a secret 😉

In the polytunnel the tomatoes are ripening as fast as I can roast them and make chutney with them.

20170826_155413 I have a ripening production line going in the conservatory.

 

You can never have too many empty, clean jam jars.

Meanwhile, we’re picking other bits here and there.

20170902_131141 The corn is helping by ripening one cob at a time so I can keep pace with them. I’m freezing a bag of podded haricot beans every day and thankfully the courgettes have eased off, finally. The thornless blackberry bush I planted a couple of years ago has been wonderfully productive this year. It’s still small but has produced a large punnet every day for the last two weeks.  We’re all a bit ‘crumbled’ out now since we have lots of apples too. I’m having to invest in another freezer this week. I’ve run out of space now and I would make and store so much more if I had one..

Last week, following Monty’s advice, we sowed turnip seeds and this afternoon Joe and I planted 5o baby onions and a few more leeks.

20170902_131617and now we’re podding beans and pretending they’re magic  🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the same sunny weather where you are 🙂 x

First attempt at dungarees..

Well I said I’d try dungarees next and once I’d said it I had to do it. I roughly traced a pattern from the Sasha Redhead dungarees, and used some stretchy corduroy children’s trousers I’d saved in the fabric stash for just this purpose….and spent about 6 hours on Sunday making these.

I lined the bodice and the straps and made lined pockets so there was a lot of hand finishing. They’re not perfect, I’ll adjust the pattern a bit next time, but overall 😉 I’m chuffed with the result. It could have been a lot worse. The straps are too long, the bib is too big .. but I made them 🙂 !!

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