Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Rainbow Bunting and Herbert Peabody

Joining in with Yarn Along at Small Things.

Wow, I haven't been Yarning Along for ages - I have missed it!


 
 
My reading at the moment - well, my read-aloud with Whirlwind - is this wonderful book, Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch. My sister found this gem for Whirlwind for his birthday. I don't know how I hadn't come across it myself!
We are taking turns reading a page each aloud. And I am loving Herbie. How could you not love a book with quotes like these:
 
Herbie always has 'tea with real tea-leaves, because tea tasted better when it came from a teapot.'
 
'Herbie like the rich dark colour of the soil. It was like a crumbly chocolate cake.'
 
'He had built the kitchen himself using an old timber shop counter and a wooden filing cabinet. They were both dented and cracked, but he liked them exactly as they were.'
 
Are you loving Herbie as much as I do?!
 

Knitting wise, I have been making this rainbow bunting to put along the front fence. Yarn snob that I am, I have to say I am using acrylic as I think it will stand up to the weather better and it is cheaper. I don't like knitting it much as the feel isn't that nice, but it looks good. I will make an I-cord to hang them from.

And these are some seed packets Whirlwind made for one of his friends who wanted to start a garden a few months ago. Aren't they lovely? He has such a kind heart, my Whirlwind.

 
So looking forward to seeing all the Yarn Along posts, especially as most of you are in winter - perfect knitting weather - while we struggle along in the heat and terrible bushfires. It has been a sad Christmas this year here.
 
 
 
 


23 comments:

  1. Great to see you yarning along again Jayne. The book looks adorable. Wonder if I can get it at our local library? Love your bunting. We celebrate Hanukkah which was 2 weeks before Christmas this year. I wanted to hand make some decorations and made a Happy Hanukkah bunting to hang across our dining room window. I crocheted it in a cotton blend (different colour for each triangle) I then crocheted the letters from the "Moogly Alphabet" pattern free from Ravelry in bright yellow and crocheted the cord across the top. It was a lot of work as the bunting was quite large but I was pleased how it came out. I like the look of yours in variegated wool.

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    1. Your bunting sounds amazing - would love to see a pic of it. Haven't you only just taught yourself to crochet?!

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    2. About 4 months ago. I really enjoy it. Looking to do a beanie in basket weave stitch for my daughter soon and some doilies for my mum's birthday. When winter comes I'm planning on diving back into some knitting for the children. I love the look of the wool you posted back at Christmas.

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    3. I thought I remembered talking about you learning. Clever you! I would love to be able to do doilies. I also really want to make one of those beaded jug covers.
      Ah, the wool - that is my new business idea for 2016. After selling some locally this year, I hope to expand to online selling. Fingers crossed! More to come on that.

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  2. i very much agree with Herbie, tea does taste better from a pot :)
    he sounds like the kind of chap I'd like as a friend haha
    Whirlwind is a very good friend too, so thoughtful to make his own seed packets for his friend
    The rainbow bunting is really pretty :)

    Its going to be a rotten new year for a lot of families here by the look of it as we are in the midst of storm Frank ,who made his uninvited way here last night, we are lucky our village is on a hill so we won't get much, but a lot in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria are on high alert for flooding and many if the poor souls have already been flooded out earlier in the month
    Hope the bush fires soon settle, I can't imagine how terrifying that must be, do you live close to them?

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    1. It is very ironic, watching the news where they go from our bushfires to your flooding. If we could only have some of your water and even it all out.
      It is looking like another bad fire day tomorrow. We have not been near the fires so far, but a friend of mine lost her house three days before Christmas. So terrible. About 130 houses lost to date. It makes you think how lucky you are, that's for sure.

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  3. oh the poor thing :( it certainly does put it in perspective, we are so lucky to have picked our home on a hill.
    hey that's not a bad idea, get your firefighters to fly over here and we'll siphon it for them, we have more than our fair share haha
    I think mother nature has PMT, as it's just as bad in America with their flooding and tornadoes
    I watched a video yesterday of someone who had been evacuated in America and they watched their house float by! it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic .
    i have a wicked sense of humour mind you,if I saw my house floating away I'd probably laugh at the sheer cheek of it haha I kept expecting it to wave as it went. Im quite laid back about these things though, I don't have many things that I'm truly attached to, so I doubt I'd be heartbroken if we got flooded out, as long as we were both safe , as most things can be replaced
    I also have a bag ready in case of emergency for both of us with a change of clothes and various bits and pieces, and a first aid kit, and the stuff we are attached to is kept upstairs

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    1. Hopefully it won't come to that, but we also always have evac bags ready in case of fire.

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  4. I've just realized it makes me sound rather blase about the whole thing,that wasn't intentional, I suppose it's how different people cope with disasters

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    1. I understand, I can be a bit like that too. The first we heard that my friend had lost her house was when she posted that at least their next move would be very easy. So I agree, it is a way of coping with such a loss.

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  5. That book sounds so lovely! If I had a little one, I'd hunt it down.
    I think you are right about using acrylic for outdoor knitting. It has a degree of indestructibility!

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    1. It is a cute book - my little gardener loves it. It was his favourite birthday present.
      The acrylic will be good - just don't like knitting it, especially in the heat. It makes your hands way more sweaty than wool.

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  6. I was glad to see your name pop up on the Yarn along today! I love the idea of a yarn fence decor! How creative and fun. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Those seed packets! Sweet!

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    1. We have a very long fence, so it will take a lot of knitting! It is good to be back.

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  7. Thanks for the intro to the book.

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  8. Hope you are still staying safe and here's to a brilliant new year.

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    1. Happy new year to you too. Today was hot but no fires, thank goodness.

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  9. The bunting looks great - I have a bit of a weakness for rainbow yarns so you're giving me ideas! :)

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    1. Me too! I love rainbow yarns as well.

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  10. The seeds packets are such a great idea. I'll have to get my eight year old to draw some up. Love the rainbow knitted bunting. I'm a yarn snob too but acrylics do have their place.

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    1. I printed the blank seed packets from the internet - there are heaps of different free designs.

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