Sunday, January 19, 2014

Garden is surviving the heat... Just!

Our veggies garden is surviving the heat but only just! We moved to Orange 7 years ago and this is the hottest summer yet. Normally our climate is relatively mild with only a few hot days/weeks and those mainly in February. Hopefully the rumours of a cool change next week are true. 
The chickens and roosters sheltering during the hottest part of the day.
Various views if the veggie patch. Everything is growing bug taking a very long time to fruit. 
Bit hard to tell what is veggie plant and what is weed...
Strawberries are growing so well, so lunch green growth but no flowers or fruit. Not sure why yet?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

sea beanie a success!

Sea beanie with Bartok
I embarked on what felt like a rather ambitious project early in December and to my surprise the cables became easier and I finished it last night! Didn't take as long as I'd expected and once I got used to the cables I really started to make progress!
I had been looking for a project that had a nice pattern for a beanie that would suit our alpaca yarn. After some searching I settled on Sea Beanie by Elena Nodel. I really wanted to make it in Tux's cria yarn for Andrew but I only have a very small quantity of it so decided to test the pattern out in Julie in a size for me. Success!
Needless to say… I have already cast on the stitches to start Andrew's hat in Tux's yarn!

Sea beanie made in adagio alpacas Julie yarn