Sunday, 20 June 2010


Hello there! I've had a really lazy weekend, sitting in the garden, pottering about the house and knitting like a woman possessed. Bliss!

Thought I'd just show you a quick view of one part of the garden. Can you see the collection of logs and branches? They're Oscar's! He drags them out of the borders and then, seems to like to pile them all in one place, RIGHT in the middle of the lawn. I know.... he's just being a tidy dog!

The 'pots' are all doing well. I do love the intense splash of colour that you get from these plants. We don't go overboard on our garden. In fact we do little more than keep it tidy, so bright colourful pots are a 'must'. Mr Snoopydog does enjoy vegetable growing though and has a well stocked allotment.

He's been there all afternoon and has just returned, bearing rhubarb and Swiss chard for our dinner this evening. Delicious!

I've had a little more time to knit this week, thank goodness! I get very crotchety without a daily fix of either a little knitting or crocheting. I've managed to finish the socks begun  a couple of weeks ago for my eldest daughter...

I love the stripes and the pattern is brilliant for a mindless, 'no-fuss' knit. Just what is required on a school night! Look at the colour match too!!!! Perfect, even though I say so myself.

I rustled up this little cardigan for Sophie over the weekend. I had the necessary two and a half balls of Rowan Milk Cotton in my stash and the pattern is from the Erika Knight book, 'Simple Knits for Cherished Babies'.

 It's such an easy garter stitch pattern; knitted in one piece too, so not to much of the 'dreaded' sewing up. Finished in a weekend and used up some stash. Double bonus points there then!

Last week at this time, I espied Josiekitten's  little crocheted bag squares. I commented on her post, that I had got the very same little bag requirements ready to go. Great minds definitely do think alike! The yarn was on very, very special offer at Kemps . I think it was a mere 49p a ball. I got the tail end of the offer, so had very little colour choice.

It's quite pretty, I think. The yarn is Anchor 'Magicline' (spotty). I bought five balls of this colourway and five of yellow. Just great for little bags or cushion covers.

I bought some yarn in the John Lewis sale at Christms to make a little cabled, hooded coat for baby Sophie. However, the more I look at the yarn, the more I know it's no longer the right colour. So it will become baby 'other things'. I'm much happier with my new colourway; a really delicate lilac.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss 'Baby Cashmerino' and the pattern is Debbie Bliss's 'Cabled Coat with Hood'. I plan to knit the 6 to 9 month size, ready for Christmas! Sorry, didn't mean to mention that word. Can't wait to get started now.

Mr Snoopydog called in at our favourite organic, locally reared meat supplier on Friday and brought home a large marrow bone for Oscar. I'll just leave you with theses shot of him with the, now two day old, chewed for many hours, marrow bone.

Now, doesn't that look yummy!!! No? Oh, alright then. Only joking. It does look pretty disgusting, unless you are Oscar, who thought all his Christmasses had come at once. He braved wind and rain and even pigeons, who were getting a little too close for comfort,  this weekend, in order to rack up a mammoth fourteen hours (at least) of bone chewing.

Have a good week everyone!


josiekitten said...

Your bag is looking good - hope you have enough yarn, as I have had to break into a 6th ball. (I bought an extra one just in case!) The socks are a perfect match too! Hope to finally meet Oscar in a couple of weeks when I head down with a squishy parcel or two! xx

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I think Oscar has piled the sticks at the ready just in case he tires of chewing that bone...Little chance of that though right?
I adore the sweater for Sophie and the socks are perfectly Summerlike.
Can't wait to see the darling hooded number in the beautiful, peaceful lilac shade.
And the rhubarb... funny how the gardens are yielding the same bounty though we are on opposite sides of the Pond.
I made a batch of Rhubarb marmalade with mine yesterday.
Have a great week.
Susan x

bellaboo said...

Ha,ha,the bone made me chuckle!
Bella could spend all day chewing sticks.I try and distract her as the other day she got a piece wedged in the roof of her mouth!
Your pots are blooming loverly! Ours have only just started to show some colour.

Bellaboo ;0)

Sarah said...

Love the little cardi for Sophie. Oscar would like Forest School-there are logs and branches there that he could drag around! Have a good week-only five more then you can knit all week!

Wyatt said...

What a terrific weekend! Love your beautiful garden and as always your lovely knitting.


melissa said...

looks like you experienced a perfect weekend!

Tracy said...

You have been smoking the knitting needles and crochet hooks, Ros...WOW! LOVE Sophie's cardi...and those striped socks are gorgeous--love all the blues. Sweet Oscar--he is a love... Your garden is so lovely. Happy Summer Days ((HUGS))

A Country Girl said...

Perhaps Oscar thinks you should have a campfire in the middle of your lawn?

Stadtwaldvogel said...

The cardigan for Sophie is so cute and plain! Again I love the pics of your garden! I suggest the rhubarb was delicious?
Many Greetings from Julia

Karin said...

Beautiful garden!
Beautiful yarn!
Beautiful dog!
Beautiful socks, great work!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your flowers are such beautiful colors!
Mom is drooling over your socks!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Garden Bell said...

OH, how I wish this leftie could learn to knit. I so, want a pair of socks. I love to dye my yarn, so it would be perfect. Thanks for SPing yourself. Wasn't that fun.

Now, off to check out that Coral Varigated Yummie Yarn...

Oh, how I wish... I lived in the U.K. near all your fab yarn shops.


Dunappy said...

I love rhubarb and I have finally been able to get some growing here at my house. I'm always careful not to mix my Swiss Chard in with it because I'm afraid I'll get them mixed up.
Beautiful garden you have.