Thursday, January 30, 2020

This week I've been...

Knitting beanies for charity and watching Goodnight Mr Tom...
the blue/grey one on the right I made for myself

This is the pattern I'm using.  Very quick, easy, and stretchy, to fit all head sizes :)


Using 2 strand of 8ply yarn together.
With 7mm needles, cast on 70 stitches.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 20 cms.

Shape Crown:

Row 1: K2, *P2tog, K2, repeat from * to end (53 sts)
Row 2: P2, *K1, P2, repeat from * to end
Row 3: K2, *P1, K2, repeat from * to end
Row 4: As Row 2
Row 5: K2tog, *P1, K2 tog. repeat from * to end (35 sts)
Row 6: P1, K1, to end
Row 7: K1, P1, to end
Row 8: As Row 6
Row 9: K1, *K2 tog, repeat from * to end (18 sts)
Row 10: P2tog, repeat to end (9 sts)

Cut off yarn leaving a long tail. Run tail through remaining sts, draw up tightly and secure. Sew up seam.

Pulled these Land Girls DVDs off the shelf, and might start watching an episode of an evening after the news while I knit.  Only have Series 1 and 2, but I'm sure I'll have had enough of it by then anyway.  I do like shows set in 40s, 50s and 60s.  And prefer British to American.  Nothing personal :)

Shows like Heartbeat, Inspector George Gently, Home Fires Foyle's War...

Baking jam drop cookies...

Enjoying my breakfast...
quinoa, buckwheat, stewed apple/rhubarb, peaches, banana, blueberries, goat yoghurt

Browsing the latest Victoria magazine and this article on Moments of Solitude...

And this quote: 

"When I am all alone envy me most, then my thoughts flutter round me in a glimmering host."

She is a poet I had not heard of, but have googled some of her work and like it.

Working in the back garden jungle when it's not too hot...

I was watering the front garden early this morning, and looked up under my front porch and saw three pairs of eyes staring at me...

I don't think they were too impressed because I had removed a nest (which was empty) a couple of weeks ago.  They had build it right above my front door and the mess was not very welcoming.
 I confess I was tempted to leave it, to discourage visitors :))

And a couple of early morning reflections taken yesterday...
sunrise from my kitchen window

from the riverbank

And as it's too hot to venture out (Oh winter, where art thou?), I am going to sit and knit.



  1. Forwarding from Natasha:

    Cute beanies, I have one from you almost identically to far right. Jam drop cookies and breakky look delicious. Tamed jungle looks very inviting and I love the far away view....a noticeable contrast to our forest view. I can relate to the poem 😊

  2. Goodnight Mr Tom, I love that movie, it is very sad and very hopeful at the same time. I have watched it a few times over the years and it always makes me cry. Your garden looks lovely.


    1. Yes, it's a good movie. I'm sure I'll watch it again too.

      And thanks for your kind words re. my garden, but not all of it looks lovely :) xx