These two are the latest knits and we’re still carrying on with the purple and green theme it seems.
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.
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.
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.
and now we’re podding beans and pretending they’re magic 🙂
Hope you’re enjoying the same sunny weather where you are 🙂 x
Some of the little knits I’ve made recently. If you are waiting for a little knit, please don’t despair, I’m slow but I haven’t forgotten anyone. Here are three slightly different Princess Charlotte cardigans. Everyone’s will be slightly different 🙂
The Princess Charlotte cardigans are knitted in alpaca silk and are soft and cottony-silky.
These two are knitted in 100% baby alpaca wool and are soft and a bit fluffy.
All are now sold, including my shameless attempt at Princess Charlotte’s little cardigan for which I now have so many orders I’ll still be knitting it when she’s all grown up.
I’ll make them all very slightly different though so no two will be exactly the same 🙂
SCW this year was a great success but I didn’t take many photos because better photographers than me were recording it all for Sasha FB groups and their personal blogs so this is all I have to post. I did have the best time and that’s all thanks to the tireless efforts of the organisers and contributors, the craft demonstrators, raffle donors and organisers, doll costume makers and all the wonderful people who came from some very far-flung places to share their dolls and their enthusiasm and to make it so special for us all.
Sasha people are the best ! 🙂
This week I’ve tried to scale up this simple, cabled cardigan ….
…to fit a Studio doll. It sounds easy but I don’t have a Studio or a Course doll so until its new owner tries it on I won’t know if it fits. Crossing all my fingers 🙂
Then I tried using an alpaca and silk blend yarn (70% alpaca + 30% silk)..
for 16″ Sasha and loved the feel of it and the soft sheen.
Here’s Fleur modelling and exercising Chewy at the same time 🙂
And here’s the difference in the two sizes..
….but Little Ted wants to come too and jumps in the basket and looks up at you with those appealing eyes…
So you take him along, but that’s not all he wants….
What he REALLY wants is a ride on your shoulders so that he can see more.
Come on then, Little Ted, and mind you don’t get your little claws caught in this new cardigan – I’m only modelling you know 😉
This set was knitted in Alpaca Drops (100% alpaca) 4 ply and has little pink pockets.
(Dress by Ruth and shoes by Rosie Bloom).
The header photo is wishful thinking. It’s not spring or summer here. There are no flowers or even many leaves about. What it’s really like is more like this. Not quite as much snow though. We’re having ‘wintery showers’ which is a nice way of saying constant frozen drizzle. So I’ve had time to knit and luckily I’ve finished this one while the weather is still chilly 🙂
It’s knitted in Shetland 3/4 ply, in the round, up until the neck placket. The sleeves and toque hat are knitted in the round too so there are no seams.
It’s finished with braid and clasps to make a nice, generous neck opening and the toque has a little tassle.
Surprising who you meet in the forest isn’t it – and tame too 🙂
Click on the link for a wintery Sunday jigsaw
Several things 🙂 . Most of them will stay on needles for months until the spirit moves me to finish them, but what I did manage to finish this week was one that I started about 3 years ago and then fell out of love with the colour. It’s a pale tangerine Shetland wool cardigan with little cables, modelled today by my brown-eyed Pintucks.
She’s a later one, #3852 and her eyes should be stable. She’s also wearing a lovely pair of silk blend ‘shortalls’ ? and blouse by Frances Trickett and shoes and socks by Mary Sampson, aka Betsymay. It felt good to finish this cardigan finally and get the use of my needles back 🙂 !
The other thing I’ve been knitting is a reindeer jumper which will have Norwegian style braid and clasps when it’s finished. You’re seeing it when most of the thread-sewing-in has been done. These little knits take a couple of hours just to weave the threads in on the inside.