Hergest Helly

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Mum’s needlepoint…

I give mum and dad each needlepoint kits for Christmas and/or birthdays – they both really enjoy stitching them.  I show them catalogues or take my computer so they can choose which ones they want, and sometimes I surprise them. They stitch them and I “finish” them.

Mum chose this needlepoint kit and I gave it to her for Christmas a year ago.  She has spent a year stitching it and has passed it to me to “finish” it.  Generally this means a little tidying up and blocking and stretching it to make it square. Then I make it into a cushion or wall hanging and pass it back.

This time, when she gave it to me for finishing, she said it was for my birthday and that I could finish it for myself – how lovely is that!

This kit came with beads for embellishment – and so that is what I am working on at the moment…

Beading the needlepoint...

Beading the needlepoint…

My mum’s right arm is very weak (she is right handed) and so she has to rely on using her left hand.  Even though she loves doing it, I know how much effort it is for mum to stitch, thread a needle, start and end each colour change – and she does it all so cheerfully and carefully – she is an inspiration.

So, thanks mum for this lovely tapestry – I am making it into a cushion with a velvet backing and possibly some fringing too… I am loving it!  Can’t wait to finish it and give it back to mum to wrap it for my birthday :-)

Happy days…


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Mum’s leg warmer finished…

I am really pleased with this – it is exactly the same shape and size as the original lightweight cotton protector provided by the hospital, so I really hope it fits ok…

Nighttime leg warmer...

Nighttime leg warmer…

Not the most exciting bit of knitting – but probably the most useful thing I have knitted.

I have made notes so I can make more – and next time I will use some jolly multi-coloured sock yarn.

Even though mum only has one leg, I still knit her 2 socks – un-matched for variety.  Now I can make her a matching pair – one for her foot and one for her stump… she will laugh at that!

Happy days…


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Is my head as scrambled as this…?

… my current knitting projects (this isn’t all of them, just those sitting next to my chair!)…

what should I finish first?

knitting heaven…

I can never have just one project on the needles – I like to have socks at various stages so there is always something to pick up and work on.

Four socks (brown, blue, yellow, grey/lavender), one baby jacket (rainbow) and a sock/protector thingy for my mum’s leg (pink).  The pink leg protector is for my mum’s leg stump which gets cold at night – this is the second attempt at making it the right size and so I must finish this first.

The baby isn’t due till July so I still have time to knit a few things – and my sock present drawer has 4 pairs ready for the next batch of birthdays – so my priorities are clear… pink protector thingy FIRST… :-)

Happy days…


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Is it spring now…?

Look what appeared in the field at the bottom of our garden this morning…

spring lambs

A favourite time of the year…

… the baby lambs are here…  I love it when they are moved out into this field – and on such a beautifully sunny day.

I started the day feeling a bit down in the dumps but this has really lifted me up.

I also played in the greenhouse for a while and got rid of all the dead things – its much nicer to see living things especially when the weather has been so freezing cold and now I can stop feeling guilty about neglecting the things that died – I can’t see them any more!

This is my first year with a greenhouse – I hope I get the planting times right for the seeds although I think its still a bit early.  I am planning to grow chillies, peppers, tomatoes, various herbs and strawberries – LOADS of strawberries!

Happy days…


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Socks for sewing up…

Three pairs of socks are awaiting their finishing touches…

Almost finished...

Almost finished…

… and then they will go into my presents drawer ready for birthdays or any other whim gifting occasion – although I have my eyes on the pair on the right – I love that yarn!

The baby knitting is progressing – and I have found some more baby-suitable yarn lurking in my baskets… so I bought this pattern from Stephanie (Yarn Harlot) for garter stitch booties… really looking forward to making these little lovelies.

Happy days…


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Baby knitting…

I love knitting for babies.  I knitted lots of things when my niece Eleanor was born 25 years ago… and today I cast on a little wrap around jacket for her first baby due in July… gives me a really warm feeling doing this…

New beginnings...

New beginnings…

This is even the same book I used all those years ago – an old Phildar book – I always hoped I would use it again… happy memories…

Happy happy days….

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