Wednesday, 28 July 2021



Good morning all.

It's been far too hot for knitting this week so this is one I made earlier in the month, after I made the one for Jan's friend. She sent a lovely thank you card saying how much the recipient liked it, so that's lovely isn't it.

I love the rainbow colours and a few rainbow trimmings.

I think I will make an Olympic colours one next.

It's been great watching all the amazing sports folk excelling in Tokyo.

I loved the synchro diving  - well done to Tom Daley and Matt Lee. Also Adam Peatey's amazing swim.

Our male gymnasts did well in the team event. Such strength, grace and fitness.

This week I will be playing "tennis" again with Ben - he has improved a lot and now has me chasing the ball all over the place. (It's not real tennis but we both have lots of fun!)

That's it for this week.

Enjoy your week.

xx Jo

Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday smile

 One "Happy Birthday" clematis - 3 smiles!

I thought you would love this Annie.

The clematis you gave me is planted in the border at the front of the house...

However, it is a wonderfully profuse bloomer and has popped over the fence to the area where we keep the gardening stuff - wheel barrow etc....

But then, not satisfied with that, it has also crept over the fence into the veg corner...


Don't you just love how nature can make a place its own!

Thanks Annie - I love it.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 21 July 2021



Good morning all!

I have been helping Tilly Tea Dance to get some stock ready for one of her local outlets.

All her little printed coasters needed pricing and labelling.

It's an easy job and I love all her colourful coasters - each one printed from one of her hand felted and embroidered pictures. I think McFelty, the Highland coo, is still one of my favourites.

Below is my latest twiddler - just a nice textural scene.
It's been too hot to do much knitting this week and I still have 6 more to get me to 100.

I hope you are manging to keep cool. The sunshine is wonderful but just too hot for me to spend much time out in it. It's just nice to find a cool spot and put my feet up with a good book.

However, I will be busy for the next few days as Ben is coming for a sleepover.

So - it will be "fun in the sun" for a bit and then a few "keeping cool" activities in the shade. We will be collecting pebbles to paint, planting a few seeds and doing a butterfly count.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 14 July 2021



Good morning all.

Today, keeping in the footie theme  (as if we haven't had enough!), my latest twiddler is a Shrewsbury Town Football Club version. 

Ages ago, the STFC were kind enough to give me lots of bits and bobs to embellish them with. I have just about run out so, this time, I knitted ball bobbles and printed on fabric, pictures of old footie boots etc. I always think those old leather buttons look like the old style footballs.

Now some of you will remember that pristine, white Crafty Cover that I made for the business end of my ironing board where I tend to do odd jobs like cutting and sticking. It might sound odd - I do have a big table in my sewing room but the board is just the right height.

You can tell it's had good use - hence the melted Vilene, glue and felt pen.
But, note the bottom left hand corner. Annie will laugh at me for this.

I was carefully cutting out a few small items on my cover until it dawned on me that the fabric seemed a bit thick!

Hence the beautifully zig-zagged join holding the slashed piece together again.

What am I like! Answers on a postcard please.

I hope you all enjoyed the amazing tennis and brilliant footie 

Our youngsters deserve praise for giving so many folk such a lot to celebrate over the last month.

And maybe a few folk need reminding that " It's not the winning but the taking part" that matters.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Here is a bright, cheery start to my WOYWW post this week.
LLJ asked if I could make a rainbow twiddler for her friend, so here's the result. I hope it's Ok Jan - it's in the post so you maybe have it by now.

Next is my brilliant solution (well I think so) to my red currant jelly straining problem.
I had the mesh jelly bag but no way of suspending it. Then I had a light bulb moment. I had saved a hook/clippy thing that something I bought had been hanging on. It seemed too nice to throw away so I saved it (along with all the other "useful" bits and bobs in my sewing room!)
Here it is suspending my jelly bag from a kitchen cupboard handle. It was the perfect height to strain the juice into a jug. I then made two jars of jelly - one for me and one for Max - the red currants came from her garden.

Lastly, I thought I would share with you just a few photos from my trip to Powis Castle.

That's it for now.
I am sorry that I didn't get around all my desks last week. I will try harder this week.

xx Jo