Sunday 21 April 2019

A Year of Projects Update - week 43

We are enjoying a gorgeous long weekend here in England.  I hope the weather is treating all well elsewhere.  We went to the wildlife centre yesterday and my husband and older son are going to the football tomorrow, but otherwise we are spending some quality time at home.  I for one am enjoying lots of time knitting, a little sewing and have picked up the pencils again.
May is looming, and one of my goals this year was to take part in me made May.  I could probably put something together already, but I am hoping to have a few other pieces to be able to add to my wardrobe before May.
So what have I been up to?
Here are Daniel's socks - these were finished last week but this is the first picture.
The yarn is No Parking by Dragon Hill Yarn, but Daniel thought it looked like bumble bees so bees it is.
I have finished one sleeve on the Grass River Tunic and have picked up the stitches for the second.  I only have this and the finishing to go on this so this should be ready in time for May
The yarn that I am using is by Eden Cottage and is so soft and drapey it is going to be the perfect summer top.
I have made progress on Nasreen and I am hoping this may be done by May as well.
My market bag is nearly done - I just have the rest of the handle to do and then it is done.
I also cast on a new sock the other week.  I have not made much progress on this and I am doing it one at a time (which is not like me at all) in some more Dragon Hill yarn.
And that is it for knitting.
I don't have a photo, but I cut the fabric for a Coco by Tilly and The Buttons.  I am going to alter this one to turn it into a pinafore dress, which means there is very little sewing to do, so that should be done by the end of the weekend.
I have been recently inspired by a few things to pick up my pencils again - the portrait artist of the year show on Sky Art, our visit to the gallery's in Brighton and a class on Creativebug called artist trading cards.  This is a couple that I started with yesterday, I am going to do a few portraits next.
And that, as they say, is that.  I'm going to enjoy another day in the garden.  Some gardening today - I have a few more vegetables that need to be planted out. And I need to harvest some more rhubarb to make a crumble.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and week.


  1. What a creative week. I am interested in your market that a knit or crochet project and which yarn did you use? You’ve reminded me to lift the lid on my rhubarb forcer to see how it’s coming along. I don’t normally plant veg seeds until end of April as we are usually about 3 weeks behind in the weather...but even in the Highlands we hit 20°C on Friday, 18° yesterday!

  2. It's beautiful isn't it? I must admit I don't force my rhubarb, but down here it does nicely without. I used some old cotton yarn that I got from hobbycraft years ago to make the bag. I still have lots of cotton left over from making dishcloths and make up remover cloths a few years back. And yes it is knitted.

  3. So many lovely projects finished and nearly done. May looks like it's going to be a month for you to start lots of projects. Looking forward to seeing the Coco adaptation. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Easter break.

  4. Well done on all your projects. I especially like those 'bee' socks!

  5. Sounds like a lovely spring weekend! Daniel's socks are terrific. Love the color of the yarn (and what Daniel has dubbed it). I also love the colors you chose for your market bag. Mmmmm... rhubarb crumble - or anything crumble for that matter - sounds heavenly. :)

  6. Beautiful projects! Add me to the fans of the bumble bee socks. :) Your Me Made May is shaping up very nicely -- the Coco pinafore dress sounds like fun.

  7. Daniel's socks remind me of bees too. Glad he likes them. The sweater is moving right along. I am sure you will have it done by May. Aren't market bags the best? Hubby is not as fond of them as I am. So I took his. The stretch they have is soooo worth it. Rubarb anything is my dream! No one but me likes it. Also, it is very expensive herr and hard to find. It grew wild where I grew up.

  8. I agree with Daniel: Those are definitely bumble bee socks!
    The sweater is going to be adorable.
    I love your market bag. I've made them as gifts, but never for myself.
    Eden Garden yarn is the best. It's not easy to find on this side of the pond, however.

  9. What a wonderful variety of projects! I love Daniel's socks and the new ones look pretty too. The sweater is almost done! How wonderful to have a new item for Me Made May and also to wear! Love your artwork and your market bag too. I need to look into Me Made May for next year maybe. I think you had a perfect week and a rhubarb crumble? I love rhubarb but can't grow it down here. Enjoy!