Wow! It’s the last day of May! I need to stop going on about how time is flying 🤣
So I had intended to try dyeing a self striping rainbow for a Pride KAL, but realised I can’t take on another 4 ply/fingering weight project this summer. But I will love seeing some blogger friends knit up pairs of rainbow socks in support of LGBTQIA+.
I have made more progress on Tailfeather. Because of my limited yarn supply, I have stopped the first front panel one pattern repeat early, as it is this initial section that determines the overall length. So I’ve made a start on the other front panel and will get it to the same point, then will do the same with the back panel. Then hopefully the scales and some maths will tell me whether I have the yarn left to do that next 12 rows before I start to square off the ends of the 3 panels to finish it! Hopefully that makes sense, it is a very unique construction. But now it’s on separate cables hopefully you get a bit of an idea, without me revealing pattern details.
My forefingers are a bit sore, I thought it was the linen yarn but now realise its my extremely sharp wooden size 3mm needles I’m using and the way I knit. So when I do knit I’m wrapping some washi tape around my fingertips to stop me stabbing my already sore bits. This has definitely slowed progress and, given it is June tomorrow, my fears this won’t be finished in summer is quite high.
No other crafts done, as I’m trying to concentrate on finishing this cardigan. I dream of doing projects with Aran weight yarn or Chunky!
The weather has been glorious (warm even in the shade!!!) so I managed to do some knitting outside but I have been pulling out the wild strawberries which had spread all over the place and were harbouring snails…snails that were eating my lupin flower buds!!!!! I carried some snails to the woods but did commit some mass murder this week. Over the week I easily picked over 100 large snails off pots, the edges of my raised borders and from my lupin plants. I thought I’d share a picture collage of my Aquilegia flowers (aka Columbine or Granny’s Bonnet) as they are so beautiful, most are self seeded that I pulled out of the paths in previous years, so I’ve gone from buying 2 colours to having lots of colours. Check out the gravel! That was mostly covered in strawberries last weekend.
We are now allowed to have one household visit us, so my MIL came over on Saturday afternoon and she ate on a wee table we’d set up away from our picnic bench. Technically the visitors aren’t supposed to use the toilets and go inside, but as we have a guest bedroom with en suite downstairs that we don’t use, we opened all the doors for a clear path and she was able to use the loo and wash her hands without touching anything else. She enjoyed her visit and our dog, Ylva, could not have been more excited to see her, she let everyone in the neighbourhood know she’d arrived and then couldn’t decide if she wanted belly rubs or just to run round in circles with excitement.
Nicola, our Leader in Scotland, has been doing daily briefings and afterwards a female comedian called Janey Godley does hilarious voiceovers on YouTube, which are very funny but do get the facts across, so I’ve taken to just watching those. If you are offended by swear words then don’t watch them, but they make me laugh. She comments that if you go visiting you can’t use the toilet, so wear a nappy (diaper) hahaha. And if you are a couple who have been living apart there’s to be no rumpy pumpy yet! Hehe!
I made some cinnamon raisin buns this week, adapting a recipe I had seen on a blog I follow. I used dried cranberries and sultanas (golden raisins) instead of pecans and used up some coconut sugar as I was out of brown sugar. We have a fan assisted oven, and I cooked them for at 180°C for the first 10 mins then lowered to 160°C for 20 mins. I just glazed with sugar water, not icing. My dividing the dough into 9 even sized pieces clearly failed oops!
I also made some banana bread to freeze.
This is a Year of Projects update. If you would like to find out more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry, or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. To read what the other members of the YOP Group have been getting up to please click on the latest weekly folder and follow the links to their blog posts. This is a friendly group with a wide mix of skills and crafting interests.