Thursday, 23 February 2012

to chit or not to chit?

Beautiful weather today so we did some work in the garden. I sowed some seeds... Leeks (Musselburgh and Tornado) and lettuce (Quattro Stagioni). I unpacked my seed potatoes that had arrived a few days ago and laid them out in egg boxes for chitting. I didn't bother chitting last year, and from what I've read, I don't think it makes much difference whether you do or not. Still, it feels like a small achievement to be doing something towards the allotment. This year I am trying Salad Blue, Pentland Javelin, Sarpo Mira.

off the page 2012

It's Off the Page again this weekend. (The UK's only literary festival devoted to music criticism and audio culture). There are lots of interesting events scheduled. I'm particularly looking forward to Everyone Knows This is short films programme, Attack of the Radiophonic Women: How Synthesizers Cracked Music's Glass Ceiling and An Audience With Evan Parker. It's a shame Betty is too young for the kids activities as they look great too.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

I did a terrible thing

After basking in the glory of my near perfect ladybird dress. I did the most terrible and stupidest thing. I shrank it in the wash. Ruined.

Only now, two weeks later can I talk about it without crying. No one to blame but myself. The only way I find I can deal with it is to start again with another one. So here I am casting on...

Monday, 6 February 2012

snow exhaustion

It was her third winter of snow, but the first one since learning to walk.

After all the excitement, and with perfect timing she fell asleep in the sledge at Windy Corner whilst we warmed up with hot chocolates.

We towed her home still fast asleep.

Friday, 3 February 2012

aviatrix hat

Brrrrrr. It's 2 degrees c. in my workshop today! Given up and finished this hat instead. It's the Aviatrix pattern from ravelry. I've made several versions over the past few years. This one is to be sent off to my friend Jenny's new baby Connie, and is modeled here by the lovely Raymond.