A LITTLE WOOLLIE & A LITTLE WANDERING
I went with the National Trust Conservation Volunteers to Kellie Castle where we regularly go to work in the walled garden (with it's organic vegetable plots, maintaining many ancient species) or in the surrounding woodlands. However, this time we were building a poly tunnel greenhouse so that the gardener can grow wildflowers for us to plant a wildflower meadow next spring. There was also the prerequisite bonfire to get rid of some of the garden waste!
I also had a chance to wander round the walled garden which looks so different every time we visit - the seasons truly reflected. It was funny to see the onions hanging on the wall to dry and also to see sweetpeas still flowering at the end of October, with the flowers intermingling with autumn leaves.
Today, after running, cleaning windows, recycling, shopping and showering I started on the crafting! There are quite a number of works in progress at the moment and a couple of things that have been lying dormant for months that I am trying to finish.
First, the grey rectangle and the blue rectangle - there are plans for this lopi (it's icelandic wool that is unspun and therefore felts very easily. Generally knitting with 2 strands on size 8mm needles is good for felting) that was knitted in stocking stitch and then felted in the washing machine.
I love working with lopi... the gingerbread men are a long time coming - I felted the lopi months ago and cut out the shapes I just never got round to sewing them together. They are stuffed with gingerbread crumbs (i.e. the bits of felted lopi that were left once the shapes were cut out, that I cut into small pieces to make stuffing!) Some of you may remember the bits being posted way back in May! Procrastination must be my middle name!!
Then there is the log - have you seen this pattern over at Knitty. I loved it the minute I saw it. Many of you will realise that I like to knit unusual things - a farm, gingerbread men - and this just grabbed me as a must! The little "woodin" creatures that live in the log are so cute.
I am knitting it for a friend's baby (due in February) so that in years to come she can tell her child that it's first toy was a log!!!