'Harrington Speckled' Hellebore

I love my Christmas Roses! I only have three in my garden, two at the front and one at the back but I will be sorry to see them go for another year. They’ve made a beautiful display, especially the ‘Harrington Speckled’ (above). This has been in since November 2003 and has grown with very little attention but loves the morning sun.

Green Hellebore

This Helleborus Corniscus has green flowers. Several people have commented on how unusual this one is.

Purple Hellebore

The Helleborus Orientalis didn’t cope too well with the winter and think it’s a been a bit too wet for its liking. But I trimmed back the damaged leaves last month and it seems to be doing ok. It was only planted last autumn when we redeveloped the end of the garden. Our new neighbour decided to cut down half our willow tree and replace the fence without telling us! Anyway, despite lots of grumpiness at the time, we are very pleased with the result and gave me a new excuse to buy more plants!

Tab top curtains

Two by two

These have been on the ‘To Do’ list for yonks. Anyway, am really pleased with them. They’re fully lined with blackout lining and the fabric is from John Lewis. I couldn’t tell you the designer though, they bought it for their Jonelle range last year, so am unsure if you can even still buy it.

Tab top curtains

TILT - 20 April

Here is another set of matryoshka dolls that we love – The Former Soviet Leaders. In size order we have: Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Brezhnev, Stalin and Lenin. Quite clearly there were many more leaders but these are the most recongnisable, I suppose for the tourist market. The set was a gift from a friend of my husband’s, who was doing a University language exchange to St. Petersburg in the early 90’s. They’re a miserable looking bunch but I like them anyway!

Other lovers of Things they love on a Thursdayhere

There are a variety of colour themes floating around in blogland at the moment, Project Spectrum, Colour Week, Color-iffic Swap-o-rama and the Flickr group Catchy Colors has some great colour themed groups too. But I just find myself having periods of time where I’m obsessed, for want of a better word with a colour. It was red and now it’s green. Some of the things I’ve been making have been for gifts but now I’m getting so fond of it that it seems to be taking over every project!

I told you I’d started another one….the colour is a bit washed out. 10 pattern repeats down…..lots to go.

Kiwi kiri

Well Kiri started like this………

Kiri pre-washing and dyeing

got washed….. (look at the fluff on the pillowcase I washed it in)

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and dyed with this………..

kiri finished 002

AND became this lovely citron vert. I had admired Anna’s version and was keen to replicate it.

Citron Vert Kiri dyed

Sirdar Indigo pure cotton Denim DK 10 skeins
5mm circular needles
Finished size – 180cm wide x 88cm deep
Dyed with Dylon Citron Vert

Citron vert Kiri closeup

Now, anyone else who bought the Sirdar Indigo cotton denim DK at Ally Pally last year be warned! I’d bought it with a view to dyeing it and according to the label it could take a 60 degree wash, so I went ahead and made my purchase. Not bad at £12.99 for 10 skeins. However, I was constantly defluffing myself after a session knitting with this yarn so, was a tad concerned when it came to the washing. I had considered hand washing but decided that it had to go in the machine anyway to take the dye! When it came out, as you can see there was an awful lot of fluff. I took Polly’s advice and hadn’t yet sewn in any of the ends but they ended up becoming very matted also after washing. After three washes it is still pilling like mad. I’ve used a razor and a clothes brush and it has improved slightly but I will persevere and wash a couple more times in some wool wash and see what happens. It looks fantastic at arm’s length but once you start looking too closely…..you see all the bits. Am not disappointed in the pattern in the slightest, no sooner had I dyed this, I cast on for another! More anon.