Friday, 29 June 2018

Ready for the weekend


A tabby cat on a fence
Ziggy
Who's ready for a good hot weekend? I definitely am! The cats probably aren't, though at least their fur is very short. I feel quite sorry for them in winter, with their long, skinny limbs and short fur (we suspect there's Siamese or similar in their ancestry) but it probably means they're a little cooler in this weather. Even so, Ziggy picked up an infection so he's currently on antibiotics. Poor boy.

I'm feeling pretty positive right now, which is good as my last deadlines left me somewhat down and drained. A positive mood is good for getting stuff done. I'm not sure I have enough of the grey yarn to do the i-cord cast-off to finish my friend's cardigan, so she may end up with green to match the stripes in the cardi. (I'll have a rummage in my yarn boxes just to make sure there isn't an extra ball of the grey somewhere, but it's not likely, and I'd rather use the green than a slightly mismatched grey.) Still, the end is in sight.


The sewing machine might get some use this weekend too. On Colette's website there's a whole post on ways to adjust the Sorbetto, including how to make shoulders wider or narrower, which means I'll be able to adjust my master pattern for the 60s top before starting version 3. (I'll just have to fudge narrowing the shoulders on version 2, as it's mostly complete.) Still, it makes me think deciding to make something different next, rather than going straight into 60s top v3, was a good idea, if it means learning skills I can put into play when using my precious vintage cloth. The Vintage Bazaar is in Frome this Saturday. I've got a busy day planned - butcher in Devizes, errands in Trow, housey stuff - so won't make it over, but that's probably a good thing. Need to use up some stash before buying more fabric.

Pippin, failing to grasp that BEES ARE NOT FOR CATS
The garden's thriving in the hot weather. We've had bun cha using my homegrown coriander and Thai basil in the salad (there was mint too, but I can't really claim responsibility for that as it's always in the garden, doing its own thing). The tomato plants have grown enormously since being potted on, so I'm really hoping for a good crop of those and chillies. Pippin is hoping for a good crop of BEES. We haven't yet seen her with a golfball face, but it's bound to happen at some point.

Have a fab weekend!

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  1. Tomatoes love the heat, so fingers crossed for your crop. I'm swimming in basil this year. Glad to hear you got through the deadlines and there's an end in sight for the knitting. Have a great weekend!

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    1. They're flowering! They're flowering and I am definitely hoping to have something to show for it eventually.

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  2. Poor Ziggy! Long-haired Phoebe has been feeling the heat, especially as she had to stay inside for 2 weeks, poor thing! She couldn't wait to go out in the garden when we came home yesterday. I always get so much done when I'm in a positive mood. Hope you've been able to finish your friend's cardigan, and got to use the sewing machine. xxx

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    1. Oh, poor Phoebe!

      I did no crafting - bad Mim! - but did get a fair bit of gardening done, so that's something. The brambles we cut back are starting to return, so I've been chopping those down again.

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  3. It's difficult to do much when the weather is so hot so don't feel guilty if you didn't achieve what you set out to do... I hope Ziggy is back to his usual state of good health now.

    Hope your week is going well and you are managing to stay cool!

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    1. Ziggy is fine, apart from TOO HOT like the rest of us.

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  4. What gorgeous photos of Zig & Pip!
    Sounds like some heavy-duty crafting is going to happen now that deadlines are down.

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    1. Ziggy, especially, can be alarmingly photogenic.

      I've been doing more gardening than crafting, but it's just as satisfying in its way. Usually I'm ashamed of the garden by mid-July, but it's not looking so bad this year.

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  5. Poor little Ziggy! When will they ever learn? Our boys had a massive scarp with an interloper last might and Jon's got the scars to prove it.
    Very envious of your growing skills! xxx

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    1. I'm not sure why he got an infection as he hasn't been fighting. He's such a soppy, all the local cats seem to like him (read: walk all over him and eat his food). I've never seen him get into a fight, apart from playfights with Pippin.

      My garden's doing beautifully this year; I'm really pleased with it.

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