Monday, 29 June 2009

Another productive weekend + fake polaroids

I realised I hadn't used any fake polaroids in a while, so I had a play around and packed this post full of retro pics. Anyway they are much quicker to upload and take up less space, so everyone's a winner.

As the headline suggests I had another busy and productive weekend but please see for yourselves as here are the polaroids to prove it:

As it was quite warm and one has to keep refreshed on such a busy weekend I had plenty of my elderflower cordial.

I completed my Beth crochet top, based on this free pattern from Berroco. Instead of a cotton and rayon blend as suggested in the pattern I used a luxurious silk and wool blend, holding together two strands of DK weight yarn.

And here are some pics of the finished tank top:

Once out and about in my new top, Jamie and I went for a walk around the farm to pick some more elderflowers.

Two pints of flowers to be more precise...

... which I am going to turn into elderflower wine.

I also enjoyed some fresh radishes from my garden.

We went to garden centre and bought lots and lots of plants for the house and garden.

I picked some of my homegrown mushrooms ...

... and sliced them up to dry for a nice addition to gravies and sauces later in the year.

I created a little underwater garden in a bottle with a tropical fish tank plant.

I made some more strawberry jam with strawberries from my garden but this one must be magical as it seems to be floating in the jar. Well, actually, it's not magical at all, it's just that I forgot to turn it around again after five minutes and when I realised half an hour later it was too late.

Last but not least I made another sweet pea shawl but this time it's a smaller version, simply by using DK weight yarn and a 3.5 mm crochet hook. It's in a lovely cream colour with little strands of gold all the way through it. I'm really happy with how it turned out.


  1. oh wow, i didn't realize you could grow mushrooms yourself!!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! We've got through all our elderflower champagne now - sob - but it was good while it lasted! Jam-making is addictive - I made a batch of strawberry last night and am already planning what to make next! The crochet top and shawl are lovely - both look perfect for summer. I've never been tempted to make the sweetpea shawl before, but seeing your smaller version I'm adding it to my 'to do' list! :)
    Hope this coming weekend is just as good for you.