Sunday, July 07, 2013

Easy Sunday

The beginnings of JJ's mittens. I'm not sure what size the finished mittens will be. I might have to up-size them if they're too small. The pattern just says "child's" so who knows.
When I was buying the charcoal wool for the mittens I couldn't resist this Rowan tweed. I love the colour range and could buy them all.
I have a great urge to knit these kneecovers. I don't know why. I don't know if they'd make a practical difference but I love the idea of them. The pattern is from a very old knitting booklet from the 70s. I love the absurd.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

This year's gardening

Tumbling tomatoes - look like they might bear fruit this year. My tomato-growing skills stayed behind in Norfolk when we moved. In the last two years I think I've grown five tomatoes in total. Nothing like the glut I used to get in Norfolk. So I'm watering and feeding them diligently this year. Here's hoping.
I planted these strawberries a couple of years ago and got a few the first year. Since then I let them do what they like. Last year I got a small bowlful from them. I should really take better care of them.
Green and yelloe courgettes. Looking good so far. Home-grown and freshly picked courgettes are far superior to any courgettes I've bought in a shop.
The potatoes LOVE Scotland. 
For the first time ever I planted cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
And French beans.
I took this photo because Meg is in the bush on top of the fence. She'd probably seen a bird.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Something cheerful

Today I was very excited when my new MITTENS book turned up. It contains a child's mittens pattern, which I intend to knit for JJ, thereby fulfilling my promise from two years ago.
I love this colour combination. Not sure what colours he'll choose. Initially he wanted them charcoal and yellow, like my Norwegian Star mittens, then charcoal and pink. I'll ask him in the next few days and see what he says. I promised I'd finish them in time for him going back to school.
The book is lovely. Slightly moose/reindeer heavy, but I'm a fan of reindeer, so hey ho.
Just started reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, after finishing The Great Gatsby. 

July is a very busy month. Makes me feel exhausted just thinking about it. I'm looking forward to August, when I have two weeks off work.