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Potatoes and roses

Sep 19 2020
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I have been checking on woofapedia about the Aunty V theory of putting a rose into a potato.  It does seem that she hasn’t just made it up.  Some people also dip the cutting in honey before putting it into the potato.  The potato is then put in a hole dug in the ground and covered lightly with earth or compost. Whilst I’m not certain that it is something mum is going to be trying it anytime soon Harrier and I between us have dug enough holes around the place over the summer that she could give it a go with a trailer load of potatoes if she needed to, although ironically Mum is now using the used soil from the harvested potato bags to fill in the ones we dug in the lawn, some people are so unappreciative of all our hard work. 

Belt or braces?

Sep 18 2020
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The mermaid tail is now cast off, partially sewn up and being scrutinised.  It still needs the waistband folding over and some elastic adding, although Mum thinks it ought to have a pair of braces to hold it up.  I assume that she is joking about this as I am pretty sure that mythical aquatic creatures are not generally known to frequent the sort of emporia that sell such 

A mellow day

Sep 17 2020
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Today has been one of those warm, golden days where the light is good for painting.  For non-painters it is just one of those mellow days to enjoy with the butterflies are wafting past the windows to watch and the harvesting traffic is trundling past to look alert at.  It is the sort of day for humans travelling back from work or necessary shopping to try the back lanes, thus enjoying the peace of the countryside and a slower pace in the hazy sunshine.  Depending on species there is the occasional invigorating smell to enjoy or

Mermaid progress

Sep 16 2020
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The first prototype mermaid tail is in progress and is looking promising.  The waist down option has been selected as apparently it is easier to work on the potential shaping this way.  I have sneaked a quick peak at the paper that the notes are scribbled on.  There are 7 crossings out, one overwrite and 5 calculations. I now know that 46 minus 33 is 13 but have absolutely no idea of the significance of this.  Mum likes the yarn that is being used so hopefully any left may end up either in a blankie or a jumper for either Harrier or myself, paws crossed.

tail up or waist down?

Sep 15 2020
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Aunty Biscuit has been asked by a friend if she can come up with a pattern for a mermaids tail for granddaughters dolly.. I think she will need help from Mum on this especially on the tail shaping.  As she has an ideal yarn in mind for it which is double knit weight I suppose the question is whether to start at the waist and knit down or the tail and knit up.  I will keep you posted on the outcome of such discussions.  I would suggest that this will put anything mushroom related temporarily on hold.

Harrier's Challenge 2

Sep 14 2020
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Harrier here, after the success of my first challenge and the fact that Marty and Aunty Biscuit are now fully on board here is picture 2.  This beautiful specimen was in the field when we went Walkies the other morning and Marty and I enjoyed the aroma.  The colours and textures are beautiful against the green grass 


Cast on choices

Sep 12 2020
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I have been watching Aunty Biscuit casting on a sleeve for the current jumper that she is knitting.  She uses the thumb method which seems to involve wrapping yarn round her thumb then pushing the needle adjacent to it and slipping the yarn through.  It all looks very convoluted to me, but apparently is easy once you get the hang of it.  Other methods of cast on can include effectively doing an increase into a stitch or cable cast on which seems to involve poking the needle between the two end stitches and

Sunflower battle

Sep 11 2020
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One of the little things that has brought a bit of colour and cheer to life recently has been a self seeded sunflower plant in the chicken yard.  We think it came from wild bird seed that had dropped into a crack in the concrete, but against the odds it grew and produced beautiful multi flowers at the top.  Tragically it has fallen over so mum fought the chickens for its mortal remains and won, hence 

Early project preparations

Sep 10 2020
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There seems to have been a great deal of runner bean plant studying going on.  For those not tall enough to peer into a pot containing these things, they generally have green leaves and a beautiful scarlet red flower, although other colour flowers are available.  I have the impression that a germ of an idea may be forming in 

Potatoes

Sep 09 2020
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Some of this years potatoes have been harvested.  Expectations were low from a couple of leftovers that were planted into a supermarket strong bag but they produced a good crop.  Potatoes can be used in craft for making potato prints.  Apparently, you cut the potato in half, carve a pattern in it then put paint over the pattern and stamp it onto paper.  It all sounds very messy to me.  According to Aunty V you can grow