Thursday, 7 May 2015

Five on Friday - Beginnings and Endings







Quilting


I have at long last finished our new grandsons quilt.  I have no excuses as to why it took so long.  I just have to be in the right mood for projects.  Creativity is temperamental thing.

A while ago I posted a tutorial on making this pinwheel quilt.  You can find it here.




Knitting





I have just discovered a knitting cafe close by, I really don't know why I've not spotted it before! I popped in to have a look, and of course bought some wool, well it would have been rude not to.  I have not come across this make of wool before, if you go on their site there of lots of free patterns.  They are written slightly different than I'm used to but I can pop into the cafe anytime for some help. I thought I would start with something easy, so am making this  shawl in the Drops wool. It is beautifully soft.  Has anyone used this wool or their patterns?




Planting




I have planted the peppers I received from the giveaway, so new life will be bursting through the soil soon.....I hope!  Cross fingers, arms, legs, eyes and anything else that might help.  My family call me Charley 'grim reaper' Dimmock!






Harvesting





I picked the first spinach from my veg plot this week.  I just LOVE picking my own produce.  I added some peppers this time to make mini omelettes.  The recipe is here.   I still get excited when something that started as a tiny little seed ends up on my plate.




Voting






Today is the beginning of a new term in government, new M.P.s starting, others ending their careers in politics.  I hope they all respect the position they have been trusted with and do the best they can for their constituents.  On a personal note, I am very pleased to see Caroline Lucas of the Green Party retain her seat, I think I may have to move to Brighton.

Linking up with lovely Amy on love made my home



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Chickpea xx











37 comments:

  1. Spinach looks lovely, it's great when you grow your own food, even if it is just herbs in my case. Good luck with the peppers. Have a good weekend x

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  2. Beautiful quilt. A great achievement to grow your own food, we try on a very small scale to grow as much as we can. Fingers crossed for the peppers.

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    1. I have only got a little veg patch but hope for something bigger when we move. :)

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  3. I see there is 30% alpaca in the wool you bought. Can you find 100% alpaca - it is wonderfully soft, and 7 times warmer than normal (sheep) wool :)

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    1. Yes they have 100 % alpaca, might try that next :)

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  4. The quilt looks fantastic, I'm sure it will be treasured. The mini omelettes look delicious. Good luck with your planting and the shawl project, the yarn looks lovely. So handy to have a knitting cafe nearby where you can go for help if you get stuck.

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    1. I will need help, haven't done much knitting for years and used to have my mum to help me out when I got stuck.

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  5. What a beautiful quilt! There are projects that need a particular kind of mood to work on them, I have a blanket that I am making for Annie that I feel need to be in a particular place! Have a lovely weekend. x

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    1. Thank you Christina, may make some socks next :)

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  6. I love the pinwheel quilt. If I ever get my others finished I think I'll try one.

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    1. So many quilt patterns.....so little time :)

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  7. Love the quilt. I have used several drops patterns and find them easy to use. Have used several differnet drops yarns also and will return to them again and again.

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    1. I think I need to get my head around the way they are worded as they are translated into English. Lovely yarn isn't it.

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  8. Great five on Friday. I love that satisfaction of eating something grown yourself. Can't beat it!

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  9. Your quilt is lovely, I'm sure your grandson will treasure it in later years. And I adore that wool, I'll bet it is wonderful to work with. I tend to only knit over the winter but do a lot of sewing during the rest of the year, any excuse to buy new wool/ fabric is fine by me! :o)

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    1. Thanks CT, and yes the wool is lovely to work with, will be buying more!

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  10. Five great things!!! I can't decide which is the best. Your gorgeous quilt or being able to pick your own produce! What the heck, they are all so good!!! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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  11. How nice to have a knitting cafe close by, what a good idea! Lovely quilts :-)

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    1. Thank you, and yes I think I will be in there a lot!

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  12. The quilt is lovely, I'm sure it will be well loved. That wool looks so soft, it must be lovely to work with.

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    1. Thanks Anne, yes it is very soft, it will be nice around my neck, not scratchy like some wool.

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  13. Lovely quilt and the wool looks very soft and snuggle.

    cheers, parsnip

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  14. Lovely quilt! Beautiful yarn to play with. And gorgeous spinach. Good luck with your other plantings. Best wishes, Tammy

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  15. What a gorgeous quilt, Chickpea, a gift made with love.

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  16. A fabulous five on Friday post. Your quilt looks wonderful and so neat.
    I really must try your mini omelette, it looks so mouthwatering.
    Thank you for the name of your camera.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. The omelettes are very easy to make.

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  17. great pics, I love the quilt and cant wait to see the finished shawl, never used that wool before but it looks great. x

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    1. It is on sale this month, worth a look on their site.

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  18. The pinwheel quilt is beautiful - I love the colours you've used and the patterns. Good luck with the peppers - I'm sure they will grow - just put them on a windowsill somewhere. All the best, Judy.

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  19. I don't suppose it's Llama or Alpaca wool given its name? I wish I could grow veg. They just get eaten by slugs not us.

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  20. I love that quilt! Too tempting to make! Lovely pictures, too. Glad I bumped into your blog :)

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