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Baby Beanies, Ice Patterns and Seeds

I’ve been knitting tiny little hats for premature babies at our local hospital. They are in three colours, red for the very poorly ones, orange for this who are getting better and green for those are nearly ready to go home.  Time to contact the co-ordinator for collection. My camera has reproduced the red very badly!

Traffic light hats

Thawing the soup for lunch, this pretty pattern turned up on the icy plastic pint pot as it sat in a pan of cold water.

More seeds arrived today – great delight all round and more plans for Summer colour.

Sweet Peas for scent in the day , Nicotiana for evening scent, Nasturtiums for colour and salads and Poppies for their rich colours and lovely seed pods.

 

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Horse, Daffodils and Yarn

The horses on our walk were close to the fence today and seemed as interested in us as we were in them.

The Daffodils we see are now in full bloom.

I heard today the our local hospital are asking again for knitted items for the premature babies. I’m going to make the traffic light hats in red, orange and green.
These hats are destined for the maternity unit at Treliske Hospital. Wheal Fortune where  the post natal ward midwives use them to indicate the level of breast feeding help a mum and baby need.
Red       –  lots of help
Amber  –  some help
Green   –  occasional help but doing well.

 

 

Mittens, Storm and A Sticker

What a day! We watched the inauguration of Biden and Harris and found it very moving and full of hope for the future and we loved the poem, The Hill We Climb, by 22 year old Amanda Gorman, a ray of sunshine, from her words to her yellow coat, as my SIL said.  You can find out more about this remarkable young woman here. Another lovely thing was seeing Bernie Sanders in his wonderful hand knit mittens.

“To anyone watching the U.S. Inauguration events today, I’d just like to point out this iconic knitwear moment, and also say that this photo is the Berniest thing that ever Bernied. No understated classic black leather men’s gloves for our Bernie Sanders — he went for warmth and practicality, and I bet he has the most comfortable pair of hands of anyone there.
Bernie Sanders’ chevron and diamond patterned mittens were made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vermont. She gave them to him over two years ago and he began wearing them on the campaign trail during his run for presidential nominee. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.” Taken from a Facebook post by The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done.
Storm Christoph is far worse for our friends in the North, Here it is wet and windy but we have no flooding.Our Sailors’ Barometer has been overflowing to tell us that the storm has been overhead.
Our friend, who winter swims with her pals, The BlueTits, has this delightful sticker on her car as we saw on our walk today.
 

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Wise Words, Wall Hangings and A Glass Panel

More wise words….

The wall hangings I made for two of the LiveWires have been delivered and well received. Here they are, the first for LiveWire no 4 because she loves her garden and all living things and the second for LiveWire no 3 to recall her wonderful trip to Japan. For some inexplicable reason, I didn’t take a photo of the lined and top-stitched finished article of the  one for No 4. I shall have to get one sent to me. If you zoom in you’ll see the thousands of stitches that I have been sewing, with great delight, off and on since last March!

For LiveWire No2, I made a glass panel of a Cornish engine house.

 

 

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Number 50, Lunch and A Sign

I sent photos of the new masks to Barcelona last night and this morning had a call – teenage LiveWire doesn’t want beads this time, please can I make another with elastic? Of course! That makes a total of 50 and today I have cleared away all my sewing stuff ready to get my glass out again.

Patterned lining so it’s different from her Dad’s

Lunch was mini pizzas made with part baked rolls, some reduced passata with herbs, pomodorino tomatoes and cheese – scrumptious!

Coming up from town, we noticed a warning sign, kindly put out by someone along our lane.

Monday night is choir rehearsal. I really miss my singing and the people with whom I sing.

 

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Autumn Colour and Yet More Masks

The beautiful Autumn day saw us just take our local walk where there was a surprising amount of colour – and lots of blackberries still to snack on.

Much of my day was spent completing the next set of masks for our Barcelona family. That’s 49 I’ve made altogether, for us, family and friends and I think that’s enough!

Masks for Mum, Dad, teenage daughter and three year old twins

 

Masks, Flowers and Cake

A week ago I made some masks for a friend and her daughter who is about to go off to University. I  made plain black for the student and prettier ones for her Mum.

When M collected the masks, she brought me some beautiful Carnations and Freesias all in bud to say thank you.  Now they are open and just beautiful. Thank you, M!

Thank you flowers

I read an old Cornish recipe today for Autumn Cake. The recipe came from an old Cornish Women’s Institute booklet and sounded good despite the fact that I didn’t have all the ingredients. I had the cooking apples and one eater and all the basics but substituted the cherries with ginger pieces and the nuts with fat raisins. It’s a success!

Autumn Cake

 

 

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Sunflowers, Silks and More Masks

We chose a different route into town today and walked past a garage where they have planted Sunflowers on the grass beside the pavement, such a delight to see them!

Yesterday, after visiting friends in Truro, I went shopping for more embroidery silks and now I have all I need for the special wall hangings I’m making for Christmas!

I’ve made myself six more masks in the hope that choir will start again before too long. Research says we will need three per rehearsal so I have pretty ones, ones for Christmas and musical notes. I am so missing singing with my choir pals. I live in hope!

 

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Fabric, Sewing and An Oak Tree

A few days ago I ordered some Ghanaian batik fabric and it arrived today, just glorious! Now to decide what to make with my one metre.

This came my way today. I shall probably declare many days National Stay at Home and Sew Day!

Our brief evening walk today took us along Church Lane and under the ancient Oak tree. There were lots of acorns and these……..  Any ideas?

 

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Lunch, Rain and Embroidery

Lunch today was our version of a Portobello Mushroom Pizza , mushroom with passata and basil with halloumi grilled on top, very tasty!

It’s been a day of wind and rain and stormy weather, the garden getting blown to shreds though no doubt the roots are loving it all.Consequently, I have been indoors doing a bit of therapeutic embroidery, starting on another wall hanging for Christmas.

 

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