Sunday, 12 July 2015

working in the garden

Perhaps continuing the 'slightly-different-sort-of-post' theme, I've really taken to gardening over the last few months, and really basically wanted to show off how well it (seems to be) going! I've never gardened before, and I sort of just plunged in when Ben brought me some strawberry plants a few months ago, and I really love it more than I expected!
Betty the scarecrow keeping an eye on my strawberry plants
larkspur giant imperial mixed; rudbeckia gloriosa daisies; lavender; cottage garden annuals
larkspur giant imperial mixed; rudbeckia gloriosa daisies; lavender; cottage garden annuals
sunflowers

sunflowers
Technically gardening is a crafting of a sort, right? You work at it, using creativity and patience and your hands, with the intent to make (grow) something your own. It also gives the same glow of satisfaction to see the plants growing tall and strong, much like seeing a jumper or blanket come together as you knit/crochet away. I didn't expect to quite enjoy this hobby so thoroughly, as you need a lot of patience and research (which I have done pretty much none of, relying on intuition!) and you need to take good care of your plants. But man oh man I love gardening! Even pulling out the weeds and cutting back other weeds is fun in a way. I'm trying to bring some order to our garden - of which there currently is none, hence growing my plants in my pots at the moment.
tomatoes
strawberries
strawberries
raspberries
first harvest from the garden!
Growing fruit is the most exciting so far though. As you can see the strawberries are growing nicely on 4 of my 5 plants (I call that success) and some of them look like they are going to be really big and fat, yippee! I also bought a reduced price tomato plant a while a go, on the verge of death but it was cheap so I though what the hey. From no more than 6 inches it now is taller than my hip! There is no fruit on that one yet, but I am still hopeful. And as you can see the raspberry plant has yielded some juicy fruit already! I didn't even plant this one, it genuinely just appeared in the garden this year, but I'm not complaining in my current green-fingered state it's all good news for me!

Currently crafting

Of course it's not all compost and pruning in my crafty ways. I'm currently working on 2 big projects that I am excited to see come to fruition (see the theme!). The first is a crochet granny square blanket that I hope will make a huge dent in my current stash leading up to Christmas crafting, where I will inevitably buy many more skeins. I was inspired to do this by this project over on Ravelry, and you can keep up with my progress on my project page.

I've also cast on this vest and I am really excited about this project! The pattern is a Japanese diagram pattern, which I have never come across before and I've really enjoyed deciphering it. Not only that but I've decided this will be my first major modified project. Only in so much that I will knit it as a single piece instead of 3 seperare pieces, I will add some legnth and width, and hopefully I will work out how to make the arm holes a little larger to. Much maths and working out has already gone into this, and if it works (oh I hope it will) it will feel amazing! You can keep up with the progress on my project page.

Phew - as you can see I've been pretty busy on the hobby and crafting side, as well as playing Final Fantasy VII a lot on the PSP, which is what I like!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend everyone!

6 comments:

  1. We don't have a garden but I so want one! It must be so satisfying to grow something completely. The granny squares look fab! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  2. I think gardening is a type of crafting! And your scarecrow is so cute :D

    Jessica
    pyreflies.org

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  3. I think gardens, when you can have them, add so much more to your home space, even if its just an area to escape to if the weather is nice :) this is my very first go at growing and maintaining a garden (its usually a huge weedy mess!) and it is certainly satisfying! thanks, I'm hopeful th finished blanket will be a success :) jenny xx

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  4. hear hear! and it was only a £1 - bargain! jenny xx

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  5. Love your scarecrow! The house we brought came with about 30 raspberry bushes we were really spoiled - now they grow like weeds and I love it haha. We get about a bowl of raspberries a day so my freezer is full to the brim at the moment. Fingers crossed for your tomato plant, I brought four cucumbers back from the brink of death (and they've produced food) so there's hope yet!

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  6. Your scarecrow isn't scary at all :) So adorable and cute, be aware it might attract some animals and not scare them away :) Your granny squares are huge!!! Love them!

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