Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Things to do ....

This week I will be dead heading the spring bulb flowers from the garden and then using them to dye some yarn.  One method of dyeing is to place the dried flower heads in a pyrex dish, together with cold water, alum and cream of tartar as a mordant and then leave in the greenhouse and let the sunshine do the work.

There is a "Show and Tell" at the Guild meeting this Wednesday but unfortunately I have sold all my knitting, so I will probably take some work in progress, such as Fair Ilse leg warmers, 4ply doll clothes and some yarn I have dyed with onion skins.  The other members usually produce some amazing items, so it will be an interesting evening.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Shrove Tuesday ...

Time to use up the eggs and make the pancakes.  Lemon, sugar, golden syrup, jam?  Lambs are in the field, frost in the early morning, sunshine - it will probably rain later this week.  Spring nearly here?

Lyle's Golden Syrup in a resealable tin. This ...Image via Wikipedia
Today I am also going to a photo shoot to promote the Damson & Slate shop.  The article on running a business in the countryside, will not be published until February 2012.  Let's hope that the shop is still flourishing next year.

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Mug Cozy

The Wonder Wool Fest is nearly upon us - 9th April - and I haven't made anything to sell, but the Guild have asked that we make some mug cozies to sell on our stand.  How about casting on 48 stitches and kntting rib or moss for 22 rows.  Cast off and add buttons on one of the sides.  In front of the buttons  make button holes with crochet hook and a chain stitch.