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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Hexipuff layout design

Whilst watching Eurovision this evening, well sort of half listening to the entrants, I started joining Up the hexipuffs. The crocheting didn't work, left a ridge, so dear Ian suggested laying them out on a white sheet before I joined any more up.  Searches around the Internet led to the decision to sew them together.  Meanwhile, some pictures of the hexis as they landed from their storage basket.

The design will be modified, I think a border in blue will come. 

Friday, 9 May 2014

One day my prints will come ...

That is what we used to say when waiting for the film to come from Bonusprints, Boots or Superdrug in the predigital days, now I am hoping my prints will come out of the ether and arrive on this blog.  I am writing it on a downloaded Blogger app rather than the usual prescribed template as that won't let me add pictures.  So to start, a couple of views of the cafetiere cosy I crocheted. One of my first attempts to follow a pattern from a book, it is not easy to show stitch details in navy wool, no wonder all the crochet magazines show work in pale or light colours.


The work still requires a little steam press to neaten the edges but it has been in service today, our so called eight cup coffee maker means we have two mugs each. Not sure what I will make next, need some portable work, the red lace wrap requires quiet concentration, also am not sure why I have one extra stitch! Another shawl beckons as I find these so useful, it would have to be Forest Canopy pattern again, in a plain colour so never clashing with patterned tops. 

An unintended consequence of our new TV box was we lost all the programmes we had recorded, the most important of which was Gardeners Question Time way back in 2010 when the team came to Kew Gardens. Ian had asked a question about our sad courgettes which we had grown in a pot on the patio. Thanks to Utube the programme was available,  I found photos of the event too so have sight and sound of my dear husband on my birthday that year. 

Last Sunday we ventured around the M25 to North London, well Barnet, an unknown area to us for the dedication of a cousin's grandchild in this Victorian church. The layout was interesting, the pews had been removed, the chairs were facing south, the windows on either side of the cross had electronically controlled blinds on which either words were projected or the design of the stained glass windows behind. In addition the walls could be used for projection too. 

                  Seeing this, I did wonder who set the tradition that Churches had the altar at the eastern end, like all rules it can and has been broken to fit the building onto the site.  The language and styles of worship have changed over the years, here the layout has reflected these changes.  Rearranging the furniture means one can still use the BCP as well as get into groups for discussion before reporting back to the whole company for a plenary session.  

Finally all is progressing well with the garden at Pixie Towers, the new lawn was laid, this week another landmark was reached when a new lawnmower was purchased, such a contrast with our Husqvarna push along model we have had for nearly 35 years, it had cut many lawns before we acquired it. The new Bosch model has a chargeable battery, there is no metal to rust and apparently it's very light to push.  There is a box to collect the cuttings so they will enrich our compost.

                                                                             A very poor picture from my phone showing the stripes, the new mower has the facility to replicate these. Will attempt to take more pictures, of course it will rain tomorrow as the grass was cut today.