Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Well, another month has gone by...the year is disappearing fast!

I've been busy with the knitting needles this month and have finished two projects!

Firstly is my 2nd Debbie Bliss Striped Baby Blanket, for Ed (who works with Chris) and his wife Kelly. Their first baby was due towards the end of this month, but actually appeared a week or so early, so I hadn't finished the blanket in time. As we've just had a heatwave, I hope I can be forgiven. Congratulations on the safe arrival of Olivia!!

Baby blanket knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

My second project was the Edwin Cream Hand warmers designed by Suzie Johnson of The Wool Sanctuary that I started a while ago. I just finished them this morning! They're my first pair and probably won't be the last! I also have an idea about a scarf to match them, but that's not near the top of my 'to do' list yet!

Edwin Creams knitted in Rowan Cashsoft 4ply

Away from knitting, we've been into Bristol a few times 'Gromit spotting' around the city. There's 80 Gromits around this summer, mostly in Bristol, and all decorated by different artists. They're being auctioned later in the year to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital. My favourite so far is 'Where's Wallace?' but as we've only got 27 out of the 80 so far, that may chage over the summer!

'Where's Wallace?' Gromit

In the garden, things have been growing quite well. Everything was a bit late because of the cold spring, but the heat over the last few weeks has made everything bloom. I've picked about 4lbs of raspberries which are now in the freezer waiting for me to make jam; dozens of strawberries which don't hang around long enough to do anything with, they just get eaten; lots of cucumbers and the beans are just starting to come, so soon there will be broad beans, climbing french beans and runner beans; oh, there's courgettes and tomatoes soon to!

Today's crop of cucumbers!

Finally, we had our family photo session that my brother and I got for our parent's 45th wedding anniversay last September. The photos were taken by Lee Hatherall, and I'm really pleased with them, hope Mum and Dad are too!

The family
Mum and Dad with their grand-daughters
Amy, Chris and me
My brother, David, and niece, Evie
I guess we don't scrub up too badly sometimes!

That's it for to find a new knitting project!

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