The finish line

I hesitated to add this blog post today as I wanted to come back to nature but dad has insisted I share another project which took me to the finish line of Brooklyn Tweed's summer KAL (Knit along) I feel dad deserves the credit as he had to work on his birthday, taking the photos in order for me to add my project before the deadline. There was a lot behind the scenes too as readers of my blog will know I have been offline a lot with exhaustion and I have to thank dad for keeping my spirits up to have these photos.

Sitting aside before the ups, downs and holding on!

The lace weight cardigan was from a pattern called Sumile (Viola, in Japanese) I modified the pattern which was most unusual and a nerve breaking experience for me as I tend to follow patterns line by line. The sleeves were much wider, which just didn't suit my arms and more to the point I would have them soaking in no time with washing my hands and doing all sorts of things around the house. I added extra tuck stitches and didn't add all the extra stitches to give me wings to fly...perhaps this would have been a good idea, flying away! Brooklyn Tweed's vale wool is as light as air and was the layer I needed on this beautiful day. 

Please swipe along, viewing what my photographer saw while I took orders and thought about, the little shield bug I had spotted hiding on a leaf. I wished I had my camera although he was so tiny, I don't even think the macro lens I have would have picked him up! I was studying a little black and yellow buzz working away which took my mind off photos of me!

I climbed the steps one by one, down again, ready to go home

I have added this photo taken at the bottom of the steps as nature was keeping me standing still. A little robin red breast with the familiar inquisitive little glance, looked at me, we chatted but I wouldn't share his secrets, as we know how friendly robins can be, with humans as opposed to other robins! he was in the crook of the branches and seemed to know I didn't have the camera to record his show. 

Any excuse to sit! An old stone water trough in the courtyard

The photo shoot was over and I was homeward bound but we stopped to check the second hand book store in the courtyard and then we had coffee in the old house, seated in the corner with long low windows to let us see out. We had a lovely afternoon and the coffee treat was mine as after all it was dad's birthday and I still need to build up some energy to treat him to more than a cup of coffee. He rested in this coffee shop for a very short time as when we got home he was back in the garden, to continue his work!

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Birthday boy.......

Timeless classic

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