Hergest Helly

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Needlepoint cushion fit for a king…

Finished.

I can imagine it on an elephant.

It has an Indian regal sort of vibe… and I absolutely love it.

Better still – dad loves it too – he was quite overwhelmed.

All done...

All done…

He is in hospital and he was thrilled, and a little overwhelmed, to see his needlepoint all finished… and so was I.  I don’t think he could quite believe that he had stitched it.  It got a few admiring comments from the other patients too – which was nice for dad.

I have placed it on his chair at home…

Happy days…


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Dad’s needlepoint…

I am doing the finishing touches to the needlepoint my dad has stitched… just filling in some gaps, adding a bit of border and then stretching it to make it square(ish).

I absolutely LOVE the design and colours – by Kaffe Fassett of course :-)

Then I shall make it into a cushion with some fancy pompom edging.  His 89th birthday is in a couple of weeks so it will be nice to finish it by then.

Finishing off...

Finishing off…

Also in this photo you can see my Indian Cow needlepoint being stretched – it was terribly off-square even though I had used a frame… I gave this one a good soak before starting to stretch it – just relieved the colours didn’t run!!!  I usually just spray the surface and tug it into shape as I pin it out – but as it was so bad I thought I should be tougher with it.  Its looking ok at the moment.

For the Indian Cow I think I will try something different to display it – possibly on some wood.  If that doesn’t work, then it will become another cushion.

Happy days…


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And back to the garden…

… not that I have been away from it of course…

My greenhouse is looking splendidly verdant – the tomatoes are growing well, especially the cherry tomatoes I have in a hanging basket.

The peppers are looking good and finally the chillies are looking less pathetic.  And of course the strawberries – absolute giants some of them and very sweet.  I am trying to propagate them already by putting the runners into pots of compost – I think thats what you are supposed to do… we’ll see…

The peas – I had my first meal tonight with my own peas – such a delight!

First pickings...

First pickings…

AND – there were 9 peas in some of the pods – which I think is “proper” (well, according to the judge on Allotment Challenge anyway :-) )

The sugar snap peas are doing well (and taste great) – but some of those plants are definitely “ordinary” peas – some sort of mix up I guess.

AND – cucumbers!  I bought 3 tiny plants of different varieties not realising how BIG they get.  They are looking absolutely splendid and all three plants have lots of tiny cucumbers on them.  Any idea what to do with cucumbers? – apart from adding to salads… its looking like I might get rather a lot…

Happy days…


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Another funny baby hat…

Here is the white hat finished…

Should I add more tentacles?

Should I add more tentacles?

I picked up stitches and knitted i-chords all around the top – I love the look!  I did toy with making them different colours… or even making eyes for the ends… maybe I’ll do that on another hat… hmmm…

I hope this baby isn’t going to get a complex wearing my daft creations!

Happy days…


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Purple booties…

My last (or latest?) completed pair of booties…

Maybe I'll just knit another couple of pairs...

Maybe I’ll just knit another couple of pairs…

I have lots more lovely bits of left-over sock yarn just crying out to be knitted into booties…

Just a small selection from the bag of left-overs...

Just a small selection from the bag of left-overs…

… must retrieve those needles…

Happy days…

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