Sunday, 1 April 2012

Year of Projects update 1st April

This is going to be my last Year of Projects update for a couple of weeks. The two projects from my list that I currently have on the go have both reached a stage where updates are pointless! Hypernova is growing slowly; I'm getting close to the point where I have to knit with my scales handy, to make sure I start my increase section with enough yarn to finish it. This makes it harder to knit on the go.

The Cherry Wrap has seen some attention this week. Last time I updated on it, back in January, I had finished the main panels for the body and was starting on the sleeves. It looked like this:

I don't have an updated photo, but I am pleased to say that I finished hooking the second sleeve about twenty minutes ago. Now all it needs is blocking, and seaming. I was worried I'd run out of yarn, but I've got about two thirds of my final ball left over, which should be enough.

The main reason I haven't really done much crafting this weekend is because of the house move. This was my last free weekend before we actually move on the 21st, as I'm away at LRP events at Easter and the following weekend! We focused on getting rid of things this weekend, which involved a trip to the recycling centre to offload all our old and broken electricals and two trips to the bottle bank to recycle the glassware that had accumulated over the last couple of years.

This was the second trip

Today was all about the garden. Our back yard was covered in weeds; even the trees were doing their best to take over. We'd promised our agent we'd tidy the garden up before we left, so I dug out the strimmer and hedge trimmer and got to work.

This pile of branches is everything I took off the holly bush, sycamore tree and the porcelain berry vine.

You can see the vine on the right. It used to reach all the way up to the wall of the house! These things grow like you wouldn't believe (up to 5m a year, I understand) and we'd not cut it back, well, ever.

It looks so much nicer now it's clean and tidy. Almost a shame to be leaving! But I am looking forward to having a greenhouse and a lawn.

I was, of course, observed all afternoon by my neighbour's cat, Pepe.


  1. Sounds like you are super busy! Good luck with the move and the knitting!

  2. I reckon that knowing cats, pepe was probably not so much observing but over seeing! Your garden overhaul looks like thirsty work.

    We have a bottle pile like that, I am somewha embarrassed at taking three years worth of entertainn to the bottle skip, imagine someone sees me!

    Hope movin goes well and you settle quickly. Your wrap sounds like it's going well, but it sounds like you've got a lot on!

  3. It was quite funny, I kept pulling out bottles and saying things like "oh look, it's the Baileys you had at Christmas" rapidly followed by "oh look, it's the Baileys you had the Christmas before" then "hey, it's the Baileys from the Christmas before that!". We went to a local bottle bank because we were worried the guys at the recycling centre would think we were using the site for trade waste!

  4. Sounds like a busy couple of weeks. Isn't amazing how stuff accumulates?! We get cash back for our empties so they don't accumulate around here though!

  5. Holy moly you've sure been busy.  Props to ya.

  6. The garden is almost unrecognisable from the last time you posted a picture ;)

    Hope the move goes really smoothly!

  7. Moving is hard, hope that goes well for you.  I can't imagine not re-cycling on a weekly basis.  OUr bin is full everyweek.  Our recycling is picked up weekly, just like the trash.  What a pain that must be for you to collect stuff that long (have enough storage area etc) then have to haul it somewhere.

  8. Good luck with your packing, moving house is hard work! The garden looks great!

  9. They collect everything apart from glass here, so that's the only thing that really builds up. We're just lazy, and don't take it with us when we go to the supermarket every week!

  10. It's surprisingly big when it's not full of crap!

  11. Good luck with your move and wishing you every happiness in your new home :)


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