Well, one ribbon……..
…….and not an actual cuckoo…..
……but it is called the cuckoo flower…..well, I think it is. My Wildlife of Britain book says it is, if I’m looking at the right thing! In any case, this is one of my (many) favourite signs of spring and summer. They grow in our garden when we don’t cut the grass, and when we do, they grow in the paddocks all around our house and the farm we live on. Plenty for the picking (the bees surely won’t miss a small few, and I grow lots of lovely sweet flowers to make up for it!). Speaking of cuckoos, I heard it for the first time on the farm yesterday:) It was delightful! A well known question in these parts is “Wyt ti wedi clwed y gog eto?” – this is Welsh for “have you heard the cuckoo yet?.”
I think it marks the true arrival of spring, as did my sighting of the redstarts in my garden the previous day! I was so excited as I have been waiting for their return since they left last summer…..
…….so spring has arrived (it seems to take a little longer here than in other parts, as we are situated quite high up, in Snowdonia)…….
……and things are starting to grow……….
……I have high hopes for my fig this year………
……….and lots to do in the garden………
……making willow a fence being high on the agenda (this is a necessary defence against my three chickens entering the front garden and making a very big mess!)…..with a little done and a lot still to do…….
………..I’ve cast on the top down jumper…….
….and I’m following in the style of Karen from Fringe Association and drawing little diagrams, writing lots of long numbers and jotting a few lines here and there to keep track of what’s what! I’m sure her notes are far more detailed and thorough and make more sense than mine do, but this for me is pretty good! I’m even using a note book, as opposed to a bit of paper or the back of an envelope! These notes are here to stay!
I am using pencil though, which is a good job as there’s a lot of rubbing out going on!
….for casting on. I’m using the provisional cast on (thanks to a couple of tutorials that I gound on pinterest, which can be found here and here). I’m throwing caution to the wind a little bit as I’ve never tried this cast on before, but it looks good so far and the knitting hasn’t fallen to pieces so I think it will be alright! I hope…….and the ribbon looks so pretty in my knitting, which is a lovley bonus!
The reason the knitting is not yet joined in the round is that I’ve chosen to do the shaped neck, so it will be a little lower at the front than at the back when worn (a first for me) – the jumpers I’ve knitted in the past have all been exactly the same height at the neck front and back, so I’m hoping to stretch my skills a little further this time! It also means I won’t have to stitch a few threads of contrasting colour into the back neck of my finished jumper in order to make sure that I put it on the right way round! Hopefully I won’t be forever pulling at the neck front whilst I’m wearing it too – a habit formed with my previous handmade jumpers due to the front neck always being a little too high. The idea is to cast on the back neck and shoulder stitches first, knitting back and forth, increasing the raglans and two end stitches as you go and then join in the round after a couple of inches or so, closing the neck and proceeding in circular knitting. Simple eh? We’ll see!
Wish me luck!
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