Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A Hand Knitted Garment

Beautiful buttons! Found them at the "Stitch and Craft" Show at Braintree on Saturday. Had a fun day out with my crafty friends! There were lots of card making stalls but not much for scrapbooking. We all still managed to buy something.
The buttons were to attach to the cuffs of these gloves that I have knitted. The stitch is called Ringwood stitch and gives a lovely texture to the knitting.
I will be entering them into the Horticultural society spring show. Class 64 - A hand knitted garment. That's another thing finished and ticked off ready for the show.

Monday, 7 February 2011


Happy 24th wedding anniversary to us!

Sunday, 6 February 2011


Could spring be on its way? It was very windy this morning but quite mild and so I looked around the garden to see what was happening. I found a few clumps of snowdrops in flower.
I planted these hyacinth bulbs back in the Autumn, I didn't want them too early so just left them outside, I may pop them in the greenhouse now to bring them along and have some colour to see.
This is a weeping tree, who's name I forget, but it has these buds all over, soon they will turn yellow and it will be covered in bees.
The other bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, about 2 or 3 inches high, it will be quite a while before there are any daffodils in the garden.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


What a beautiful sunny day we have had in this part of Essex! 9 C on the thermometer in the car at lunch time! I think that spring is just around the corner and about time too, I have had enough of those damp dull days of January.
Just before Christmas my sister phoned to say could I knit my niece a headband / ear warmer thing, apparently all the shops like Topshop and Riverisland were selling them at £15 which was far too much. I had not seen them but knitted this and I think it was what she wanted, I wonder if it could have been a little chunkier?

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Baaa Baaa!!
Our horticultural society holds two shows each year, spring and autumn. There are lots of categories to enter from flowers to wine to cooking. This year I am determined to do well in the handicraft section. There are 6 classes to enter: a painting, a soft toy, a piece of crochet, a piece of embroidery, a piece of cross stitch, a hand knitted garment and an exhibit of any other handicraft. I definitely can not paint so won't be doing a painting and I still have to learn how to crochet!! But I am getting on well, have a pair of gloves nearly done for the hand knitted garment and...
Little Baa Lamb is my soft toy entry.

I found him here:

PS can anyone tell me how to do those links where you say I found it here and you just have to click on the link???