Saint Swithin’s Day

Today we went shopping in a field.


Nevermind!  We still had fun at Fibre-East.

It was lovely seeing my friends’ stalls in particular Secret Spinner and FibreTastic at Spindependance and CamiKnitter at Outward Images.

There was sheep shearing (AKA child entertainment).

My daughter’s knitted dress was admired.  I was asked for the pattern and got the details wrong! I said it was “Crazy Waves”. It’s actually the “Crazy Wavy Toddler Dress” from “Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders”.  Here’s my daughter wearing it about a year ago:


I didn’t quite follow the instructions when making it – I decided I didn’t fancy picking up 128 stitches on one side of the waistband and 160 odd on the other! Therefore started by casting on 128 stitches and working 1 row 1×1 rib and 1 row knit for a few rows to give the waist band.

I bought a weaving book that I thought was out of print (I always manage to find a gem on the P&M woolcraft stand!) and a beautiful rim weighted IST spindle (it spins forever!)  My son was shown how to ply on a beautiful Turkish spindle.  However, he was bought a peg loom and as it’s only a week until the school holidays… I can see peg loom bags and scarfs being this year’s summer holiday projects!

As for St Swithin’s Day?  Well I’m pretty sure it’s rained for the last 40 days (at least).  It’s now gone 11pm and so far I don’t think we’ve had a drop…

It’s not crafting..

.. but it is making something.  To be precise it’s an Ikea desk for my Son’s bedroom, and needs to be ready for tomorrow morning.  I’m not even sure at this stage that the contents of the box show much similarity with the parts in the instructions.

Oh well..

Ready by the morning..

I should go and make it then..

There’s a chair as well!

It’s going to be a late night!

No crafting but a pretty garden

Despite neglecting the garden it’s still managing to look remarkably beautiful.  The roses that were heavily pruned at Easter are finally flowering (these smell as good as they look) and the penstemons have turned from an untidy clump into something quite stunning.

yellow roses

Pink Penstemon

I’ve decided this year that the long grass growing between the specimen plants is a desirable feature.  Perhaps next year I will get “proper” grass to fill these spaces.

So, no progress on craft projects this week – but perhaps I can use these as colour inspiration for future projects.