May day madness

This week has finally seen an improvement in the weather, and we’ve all made the most of it. Esme managed to combine some warm summer sun with a drying dog blanket….

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Nanny & Grandad came to visit for Sunday tea and a relaxing bank holiday Monday. Nobby was very glad of someone new to sit on…..

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We got some time in the garden, and even managed to plant some tomato, pepper and cucumber plants. It’s the first time we’ve tried this – with a bit of luck I’ll be posting pics of our own veggies in a few months time!

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The kids enjoyed the warm weather, and managed a water fight in the garden….

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Knitting-wise, I took a break from the sun to carry on working on my third “Forest Canopy Shawl” (here’s the Ravelry link). It’s a lovely pattern, really easy to memorise, and I had discarded the pattern as soon as the set up rows and a single pattern repeat (8 rows) were done. The lace pattern looks like this….

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I’m not sure yet, but I think DD wants to have this as a shawl when she is bridesmaid later this year. We’ll see what her Aunty says first, knitting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know. In honour of the motivation behind the project, I’ve named it “Secret Garden” – the theme of the wedding. Quite apt, really considering the pattern is very leaf-like….

It was lovely to start working on something different, after finishing two long term projects this week. The first is my first adult-sized garment, a waterfall style cardigan for me. I’ve worn it all week, and although it is very long and drapey, it’s comfy and warm, and I like it!

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The second finished project is a pair of socks – no pics here yet, as they are for a swap, and we don’t like spoilers, do we…….Once the recipient has opened them though, I’ll pop a pic on here. To be honest, I nearly kept them – a smashing pattern, and one I’ll probably use again.

I’d post a pic of Sparky, but he’s off on his travels again this weekend, being a stunt dog again. I’m sure that he will have been enjoying the sunshine “on location” :).

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