Hergest Helly

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Bootie knitting…

Here are the first pair of booties completely finished…

Yellow booties...

Yellow booties…

… I have another 3 pairs knitted and awaiting their pompoms – so cute!  These were made with 2 bits of left-over sock yarn – they only need about 20 grams and are knitted on 4 needles.  I have been raiding my basket of bits of left-over yarn and I have lined up yarn for many more pairs… they are addictive :-)

Pattern is Cutest Booties by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee via Ravelry – a total joy to knit.

Happy days…


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Baby knitting…

Just finished this little cross-over baby jacket…

Hope this fits...

Hope this fits…

I used some pretty sock yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) so nice and practical – and I have just enough left over to make matching booties…

I adapted a pattern I found in an old Phildar baby book – took a while to sort out the tension but its ended up about the same size as the original pattern.  It does look small – but I guess new babies are quite small :-)

My next challenge is to see if I can knit this (or maybe a cardigan) top-down – the raglan shapings were fairly even – it’ll be fun to try!

Happy days…


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Baby sewing…

My dear niece is having a baby boy in early July – which means I am going to be a Great Aunt!!  It also means I can have lots of fun sewing and knitting :-)

Here are some bibs I made…

Aren't they sweet?

Aren’t they sweet?

The 5 on the left have a towelling backing and the other 2 have fabric backs and are padded with wadding.  They look so small and so cute – and they are really easy to make.  I have no idea if modern mums use bibs but at least they are pretty.

And now I must get on and finish off the booties I am knitting… photos to follow soon.

Happy days…


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Bye bye Ruby…

Ruby, our Black Rock chickie, died last night.  She was getting on a bit, no eggs since the year before last and she had been slowing down over the last couple of days so I popped her in the “sick room” aka the rabbit hutch and run we keep for isolating any hen that looks a bit peaky.

I hand fed her some grapes yesterday and she ate a few but she was not very interested and I knew what was going to happen.  I planned to take her to the vet this morning to have her put to sleep but she beat me to it…

Intrepid Ruby in January 2013

Intrepid Ruby in January 2013

Thanks for all the lovely eggs and the company Ruby…

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Wedding gift…

My smashing niece Eleanor and her partner Jason are getting married tomorrow.

As a little extra gift, I have made them a pair of pillow cases – using dalek fabric – because how could a bedroom be complete and perfect without some Dr Who bed linen???

No exterminating around here....

No exterminating around here….

I even remembered to make the cases with the patterned fabric at opposite ends so they will look nice and symetrical on the bed (in case anyone would ever be worried about that of course :-) )

So looking forward to the wedding tomorrow…

Happy days…

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