Sunday Sevens #21 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

It’s been a busy week where I’ve forgotten to take many pictures through the week. I did however remember to take a pic of the mung bean and spinach soup I made because it looked so revolting. Pleased to say it tasted better than it looked:..

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The other ‘event’ I remembered to take a couple of photos of was on Thursday when we took the day out to visit Chagford Show…

 

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I’m always amazed by how different the breeds of sheep are. Just look at the colour of these Suffolks…

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I was even more amazed to find Harry has started a secret business…

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As usual  Harry has been keeping us entertained in many ways, but the best this week was when I briefly swapped bras to put a white one on for Lovely Hubby to take pics of my sleeveless top. Dear Harry immediately stole my black one and ran around very proudly waving it at us…

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This Saturday was our village Flower and Produce Show.  You may remember me  previously complaining that the craft section had been given a theme, that I had nothing I could enter and that I wasn’t going to make things to match a theme specially for the show.

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Having done some hard thinking I managed to dredge out some old makes and use a couple of recent makes to enter each category. Since I haven’t blogged the new makes yet, I’ll do a couple of separate posts about them. Meantime I’ll show you the winners from each section:

Sewing and Patchwork/Quilting…

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Cross Stitch…

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Embroidery…

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Knitting…

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Crochet…

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In total I won one first and four second places. The embroidery above is mine. I reckon it’s a good 30 years old!

My other dredged up older make was Sheep. Bless him…

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That’s definitely not the right card with him

I was also the entrant in the craft section who scored the most points and so won the craft cup!

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So all in all a very good week. Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time.

Bekki x

Prescription: Crochet

You may remember I’ve  complained frequently occasionally mentioned that my thumb is too sore to crochet anymore. The level of pain in my hand/wrist has come and gone for a while, but got very bad again in March, so I finally headed off to the doctor. The doctor referred  me for physio.  Two months later I had a physiotherapy appointment.

I saw a lovely lady who was an expert in hands and wrists. She diagnosed that I had De Quervains Syndrome – basically tendinitis of two of the tendons that control the thumb, but let’s cal it De Quervains, because it sounds so much more interesting. She thinks it was started when I saved a sheep from drowning five years ago – long story.

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This isn’t the sheep I saved, just an acing sheep playing the part.

 

Even better than having an interesting sounding syndrome, she prescribed that I do some crochet 🙂

Having written off ever doing crochet again, I didn’t know what to make, but I did have a a rather yummy Scheepjes blueberry bambam whirl in my stash…

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Unfortunately I can’t for the life of me find my 4mm crochet hook. So instead I started making a pot of flowers – I’ve only got this far, as I’ve only been prescribed a few minutes each day, but I just had to share my most excellent news with you!

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I’d also like to ask if, since even at a few minutes a day the potted plant won’t take long, have you got a favourite pattern for a Scheepjes whirl you can temp me with?

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days 😦
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki

Woolly Workshops and Wool Market in Liskeard

Just dropping by to tell you  3 Bags Full in Liskeard have just announced their autumn woolly workshop programme that runs from 3 to 16 October 2016. It’s well worth checking out if you’re local to Liskeard, or likely to be in the area in October, as it’s packed with a real variety of interesting woolly workshops run by some awesome tutors, and one run by lil’ old me.

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I’m absolutely delighted to be running a workshop on called Twists, Turns and Reverse Cables. If you’re a regularly visitor to my blog, you’ll know cabling is one of my very favourite ways of knitting! So not just a huge thank you to 3 Bags Full for inviting me to run a workshop, but also for letting me work with some of my favourite stitches. I’m really looking forward to it!

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3 Bags Full are also hosting a wool market in Liskeard Public Hall, from 4-8pm on Friday 30th September, a few days before the workshop programme starts. And yes, I confess, I have stall there amongst a real variety of wonderful local woolly traders. So very excited about meeting lots of lovely woolly peeps there too!

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