The best thing about completing a project is that you can start another one! Having completed Darling daughters shrug I have now started a scarf! Not too difficult. This scarf is a little different and goes under the name of “Hitchhiker”. It is a pattern by Martina Behm and can be found and bought from Ravelry.com I am working it in a Superwash Marino 4ply yarn called Vivacious by Fyberpates
I also keep dipping into my multi coloured stash buster blanket.
We had an extended craft group meeting today with a ” bring and share” lunch. It was good fun, good company and good food. I took the opportunity to finish the UFOs that I had started on holiday. This group of lovely (and talented) ladies are knitting up a storm for the people of Nepal following their recent tragic earthquake.
I have completed a scarf, hat and wrist warmers and started a child’s sweater. These lovely craft group ladies are knitting hats, sweaters, scarves and blankets. I have decided to do what I can do until the proposed cut off date of 1st August and then send it all out.
I propose to send our donations out to the area of Ghandruk, possibly the hospital there. This was chosen purely because I treked there for my 60th birthday and was so impressed with the people, landscape and country.
This year, on top of the catastophic earthquake, the monsoon has come early. Not only have these people got no proper roofs over their heads but they are ankle deep in water. How unfair is that?
At last WIFI again! How I’ve missed it. Sorry to miss Wordsmith Wednesday but I will get back to normal as soon as I can. Not sure what “normal” is as we travel around Devon and Cornwall. The scenery is stunning, the weather OK and the company not bad! Hubs, Benji and I have walked quite a bit of the Cornish Coastal path. Well Hubs and Benji have walked the most, whilst I’ve walked some of the shops! The path is well way marked and well maintained as well as well used.
We are currently staying near to Tintagel Cornwall. Tintagel is associated with the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Mysterious history indeed which all shops milk to the extreme. Still it’s all good fun.
Because of of no WIFI I have been “forced” to read real books and try to finish my knitting. Actually this was a real problem as the knitting pattern that I am following was on the Internet. I am still Knitting for Nepal and had started a pair of fingerless mittens to go with the scarf already completed. I have been using http://www.ravelry.com and a pattern of “knits by britt”.An uber easy pattern which I MAY finish tonight. I may then knit a “Beany” hat to make a trio of items. Then what??
I can’t believe how much I’ve missed the Internet these last few days! How amazing that someone of my generation, at my age, on my pension is so hooked on to the internet! How life has changed this past half a century!!
Hubs and I have travelled down to Devon in Damnvan1 ( I love that van!). Journey down was good and campsite fantastic with amazing views. Just no WIFI.
We walked into Woolacombe along the Coastal Path which was lovely and just far enough. We caught the bus back.-lazy! No craft shops or charity shops here. Just surf shops and surf doods. Lots of surfing going on and I would have loved to have a go! A few problems there:
1) no swimsuit.
2) no surf board
3) no wet suit and
4) no idea how.
Well I just can’t imagine myself getting into a wet suit anyway!!
Yesterday it was WINDY gusts of up to 60 miles an hour. Benji dog was delighted that he had to join us in the van overnight whilst his kennel tent took a battering. But tent is now repaired so he’s very sad that he has to go back, but only at night.
We were very lazy yesterday as the weather was so bad that watched too much TV. Still no WIFI! It did give me the opportunity to finish my Nepal scarf. You remember! The scarf that was a secret Christmas present for my darling daughter? I am now sending it to Nepal as their need is so much greater. I just need to darn the ends in and find a pattern to knit mittens to go with it- and/or a hat.
We have travelled further south to Tintagel Cornwall and this is the scrummy view from Damnvan1 Isn’t it lovely? AND the sun is shining. More about Cornwall later.
As I mentioned previously I attended a Bloggers event at Lush, Chester at the week-end. I met other bloggers, which was great and proved that all those bloggers out there are not just cyber fiction! Lush, Chester pulled out all stops and made the evening great fun. Kii (posing above) did a great job at demos, commentary and laughter. She is a real Little Miss Dynamite!
One thing that I did notice is that I was (am) DECADES older than all the other bloggers! Not that you can tell from the photo. I had expected this so was not at all put out to be Granny Lush or should I say Lush Granny?
I adore the Lush idea of wrapping a gift in a scarf “Knot-Wrap By Lush” We were given a Knot-Wrap as a gift. I was particularly thrilled with mine as it was very vintage. I now have a fab stash of Lush treats which I will demo at some point. I will wait for a dull, dark, dismal day so that I am cheered up by the wonderful Lush aromas and visual treats for body and sole!
So, for now, it is good bye from the Lush Granny.
Call back tomorrow for a new regular feature called “Wordsmith Wednesday”
I am am a self confessed fan of Lush Handmade Cosmetics http://www.lush.co.uk
Following a random poll of my friends it seems it’s a “Marmite” reaction to Lush shops, you either love it or hate it! Well I love it!
This Christmas they are offering a gift wrapping service using scarfs to wrap the chosen gift. This is “Knot-Wrap By Lush” a reusable fabric package in a Japanese style. Lush suggests wearing the fabric as a scarf or a belt, or do the traditional Japanese thing and kindly hand it back to be used again. The ultimate recycling . Personally I think that the scarves are too gorgeous to give back I will treasure mine!
I called into the Chester Lush shop to take these pictures. I also love their “Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter” a real treat for softening hard bits around nails. No wonder I have fabulous nails Ha! Ha!
Enjoy your Christmas wrapping wherever you are this year!
My Grandaughter has had her first knitting lesson. We first tried French knitting but quickly moved onto regular knitting. She got the hang of it quite quickly with a helping hand from myself. She’s on the way to making a scarf for her doll. I just hope that she will tell her daughter that Nanna Barb taught her to knit when she was eight.