Have finished the table cloth, made 2 aprons and 8 bags. The table cloth is now in place protecting my new table. The bags and aprons will be for Secret World.
When I was in Somerset I managed to get some black poly/cotton material to make some masks. So far I have made 6. They are made to a new pattern that does not require a nose wire and they seem to have worked out quite well. I was a bit dubious so I made a prototype first.
Have started to use the mohair yarn and so far have knitted a beret in pink and blue, crocheted three red roses and done 4 squares towards a crochet blanket in blues and greys. (only another 76 to go). I crocheted a blanket some tine ago in autumn colours and vowed I would never do another as mohair is not easy to crochet with, however it is the best way to use up all of the odd balls of blues, greys and black that I have. It will be an ongoing project that I pick up between other things.
I also used some really thick grey yarn which I have a bag full of to knit a beanie hat. It just needs a pom pom and there will be enough yarn for several more.
Home now. Had a good journey back on Sunday morning and was back in the house by lunchtime. All washing and ironing done. Have finished the pink cardigan and knitted a beret with the left over yarn. The Water Garden hexagons are ready and waiting to be joined.
Spent some time sorting out all of my mohair yarn and putting into piles according to what I can make with it, either a jumper, a shawl, a beret or a crocheted flower. Just got to work my way through it now! (and that's just the mohair yarn!!)
Last day here today and it has rained on and off all day. Mark and Michelle went for an 11k run this morning and got absolutely soaked! Went into Burham after lunch and walked along the front and through the town. Yesterday was mainly dry but it was due to rain later so we took the awnings down while they were dry. Managed to sit out for most of the day though. I have completed about 3/4 of the second cardigan sleeve but ran out of wool so will have to finish it at home. Just the collar and the sewing up to do then. I will probably put it aside for Secret World.
Today I finished reading my book, Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse which was very good. I have also read Citadel and Winter Ghosts by her which were also very good. As I had no hexagons to crochet or knitting to do I started to crochet some flowers with the wool I had with me. I can make some brooches or hair slides with them or use them for decoration on other things.
Just packing up now ready to leave in the morning. Can't believe it has been 11 nights already.
As Tuesday was going to be a nice day we decided to go to Dunster Castle. We knew that the house would not be open but there is plenty to see there anyway and lovely grounds to walk around. We booked our slot through the NT website for 10.30. It was very well organised with a one way system which worked out well as we found ourselves following paths we had not been down before. We parked under a big oak tree as it was a hot day and sat and had a lovely picnic after our walk.
A quick trip to Minehead afterwards as it is just down the road. The station was closed and the trains not running which seemed a shame.
Next via Blue Anchor Bay to Watchet which I always enjoy visiting.
We went to visit the donkeys on the evening and take them some carrots and the lady from the farm asked if we would like to see the calves as they we just being given their milk. There were two lots, some were about 5 weeks old and some only a week old. There were all brown and had very sweet faces.
Wednesday was another hot day so we went to Cheddar as Mark wanted to get some cheese. It was a change to go to Cheddar in the sunshine as it usually rains the day we decide to go there. Mark got his cheese and we stopped half way up the gorge in a nice shady spot for a picnic.
Fed the donkeys again after tea and went to see the calves. I think they thought we were bringing their milk as they were very vocal! Sat outside afterwards for a while for then went in for showers and to get ready for bed. Mark tapped on the van and asked if I had looked out. Over towards the motorway the sky was lit up by flash after flash of lightening. It was fascinating to watch. So much so that we got chairs out and sat and watched it until it was dark in our nightclothes. Not cold at all and no rain.
Today has been a bit mixed, with the odd sprinkle of rain but warm. We had a slightly nerve racking morning as Anais waited for her BTEC results from college. At last they came through, a distinction and two merits so her place at BIMM Institute to study Music and Sound Production is secured. Well done Anais!!! We then went into Burnham and I picked up some knitting needles for my cardigan and some black material so I can make some more masks. The rest of the day was spent crafting between the showers.
Went to Sand Bay yesterday morning. Parked at the far end on the National Trust car park and then walked back along the dunes. Weather was warm but hazy so pictures aren't wonderful.
Sun broke through properly when we got back and the rest of the day was quite hot. Sat outside crafting again. Mark is now working on an Airfix model of a Gloster Gladiator. Anais has finished her painting.
We were visited by the buzzards again, five this time, but they didn't give us quite such a good display this time.
Went to Brean after lunch today and had a walk up Brean Down. Views from the top are worth the walk up. Hazy again but very warm.
Went for a stroll after tea to visit the donkeys and take them some carrots. Mandy, Jinny and Jake.
Really pleased to see that one of my foxes has made it onto the Secret World auction, and, better still, someone has bid £10 for him!. https://www.facebook.com/swwrauctions/
Spent another day crafting. Started the final 15 'buttercup' hexagons but had problems with them. I followed the pattern but they were coming up too big so had to change one of the rows from trebles to doubles and that seems to have worked. Pictured are the 15 'daisy' hexagons that I finished yesterday and the 3 'buttercups' I managed to do today after faffing about with the pattern.
I have also brought some knitting with me. as a change from crochet. I am knitting a pink mohair cardigan and have the two sleeves and the collar to do. Unfortunately I forgot to bring the needles with me to do the cuffs so unless I buy some more I will not be able to start the second sleeve.
While we were sitting outside crafting we were visited by 3 buzzards circling above us. They were amazing to watch. After tea we went for a walk along the front at Burnham again.
Happy 14th birthday to Brendyn.
Spent the day outside crafting. Poor Mark had to work but only for today, he is off now for the next week. Anias was painting, Roman making things with Knex, Michelle was crocheting the squares together for a blanket she has been working on and I was doing some more hexagons for my Water Garden CAL (Crochet along). Only another 15 to go and I can start joining together. That will have to wait till I get home though as I have left the rest of the hexagons at home.
Went for a walk along the river and round by the new pond after tea. Saw a deer which Mark just managed to get a picture of with his phone as he had left his camera behind in the van.
Here at last!. Westhill Farm Caravan Park, Highbridge, Somerset. Travelled down yesterday and had a good journey, no traffic. Should have been here in June but of course that got cancelled. Home for the next 10 nights. Bit cloudy today but very warm.
Delivered all of the things to Secret World this morning after collecting our Click and Collect order from the local Asda. Really useful service. Michelle came with me. They seemed very pleased and it was good to finally hand over all of the things that I have been collecting together for about 6 months.(The spare bedroom is empty!). They said they use several mechanisms to sell donated goods, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, auctions and their own shop in Burnham-on-Sea. Might pop in later next week to see if anything has made it on to the shelves yet.
Lovely walk along the seafront at Burnham after tea.
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.