Swap-Swap-Swap

 This morning the postman (no, she is a lady) came by with a small parcell from the USA. Small – but with a great content – please, have a look: this is what Tammy made and put together for me. I love flowers and owls – here they are in my favourite version, seeds, a bookmark and stitch markers. Thank you Tammy – Grazie!

Since it was a sock swap – there was also a pair of socks inside this tiny box. They are so nicely knitted (did you use 2 mm needles??) and they fit so well, I’m just sorry it’s too hot to wear them right now. Love them. Have I thanked you, already, Tammy? Ok, maybe another hvala (in slovene) will do.

It’s hot, but who could resist???? surely not me – see how perfectly they fit? Bye now, I have to cast on whatever, just to make my new owls fly…..

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Netresk and Shaun

This healing plant is called  “netresk” in slovene – I really don’t know the italian word for it – nor the english. But it’s a well known officinal plant, mostly used as a natural antibiotic – using the jelly alike pulp. It works for small wounds, insect bites, bruises… Most of all, this rustical plant grows  in places with almost no soil. I took this photo when leaving home – the green button on our wall was quite happy after yesterday’s rain.   
Meet the ware-rabbit Shaun. Proudly showing his villa with a private rabbit-hole on the right side of the ground floor. All the soil you see there is the result of his digging work. He works like this: the stones on the right, the soil out – I thankfuly use his ability for my gardening. 

Strawberries and friends

Yesterday we drove to Klagenfurt. Our son was on his way to Hastings – that’s what I call a school trip! – with 50 or so other schoolmates.
The weather in Klagenfurt was not so good. If you know what it means “stormy weather” (and you could even sing this marvelous song), you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
But the kids came to London on the scheduled time and this part of the job was done.

Driving home, we (me, in this case) simply could not resist the appeal of all those strawberries seedlings with fancy names – from the White Ananas, to a Ruby red and a tiny Florika. Sure enough they are now waiting for me to plant them and make them grow. That’s what I intend to do this afternoon – AKA when I’ll come home from the office (yes, I do work on Sundays when I’m on duty).

I’ll also have to plant some cherries tomato, same parsley and some cucumers seedlings. Oh, and yellow pepperoni too.

Another empty bag

 Let me make a statement: I have to put order into my life!
I was a chaos addicted, pretending there was a cosmic order working for my documents, bills, writings, shoes, whatever. Now I’m not so sure it really works. That’s why I’m clearing my space – starting with the colourful mess of my yarns. It’s the easy part, you know, papers will have to wait…
The granny crochet affaire works pretty good, I do not plan in advance the colourway, just make a selection of yarns I’ll possibly use in a not so distant future and yarns that does not “talk” to me (anymore). Sure enough you have to watch TV or listen to music while crocheting – that’s the trick, at least for me.

Eva’s shawl

 I have this pale purple yarn from Araucania and I have enough of it for a large project or for 8 to 10 pair of socks. First I tried a beaded stole project, but then I saw no end to this and I knew I’ll never wear such a knitted masterpiece. So I frogged the stole, collect the beads and put the yarn away… till yesterday, when I was strucked by an Eva’s shawl pattern on Ravelry. So, here am I – with my sock yarn, my hook and a project for my lazy hours.

 I have also finished a very useful stole  that emptied my Noro yarn leftovers bag. It has a heavy texture and the colours are stunning. Of course, a better photo will help… but. Try to guess

 Doing some gardening …… before the ironing session