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Silent Sunday at Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey

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Silly Saturday with Mrs Moss

Mrs Moss and her dog Lichen

Mrs Moss was up with the lark

Taking Lichen her dog to the park

They walked everywhere

To get lots of fresh air

And didn’t get home til ‘twas dark!


Mossie was a sturdy old stick

Very rarely did she get sick

At seventy years old

Fit, adventurous and bold

She can even still do a high kick!


Out and about every day

Visiting places and pals on the way

She was going to tea

With the Shelbys by the sea

And was buying some cake on the way.

Poem by Judy E. Martin

Assemblage art by Sandra Dorey


shell art, shell people, winkle pickers

The Shelbys

So happy to be joining up with Judy Martin again for a Silly Saturday collaboration. I sent  Judy the photo of Mrs Moss and her little dog Lichen and once again she has created a fun story in rhyme for her.

Pop across to see Judy’s new blog and find a link to her book ‘Rhymes of the Times’ and more humorous takes on daily  life.

Our previous Silly Saturdays include Maggie the Pole Dancer, and here she is in racier mode



Scrap Happy February

I am having a serious sort out of all my yarny WIPs and UFOs.

In 2016 I made a blanket to send to Syria for refugees, inspired by Mrs Snail’s method of joining oddments of yarn with a knot and leaving the knots as texture in the work – with no ends to sew in!

My daughter, asked for another to throw over an armchair for her farmer husband to sit in when he came in during the day covered in all manner of mess and muck. In the box where all the UFOs are stored I found these

usig up oddments

I can’t remember what they were for – maybe I was going to make cushion covers, anyway, I decided to unravel them and make another blanket for myself. I have been unravelling lots and lots of abandoned bits – it was such a relief to come to this decision.scrap blanket

The yarns are a mixture of cotton, wool, and acrylic. some is from my Mum’s stash, but mostly it is from old abandoned projects of mine. Plus oddments left over from finished projects.

All are tied together with reef knots (left over right, right over left).

What a haul ….


and there’s plenty more to come!

I’m using a 5mm hook and started with a few rows of chunky weight turquoisescraps pf yarn

I have been keeping my bits and pieces, left over from sewing in ends a bag in a drawer

but when we met in West Bay for our Sweet Pea Gathering, one of our group told us she is storing her ends in a glass jar and then posted a photo on FB – oh they did look pretty – so now ….

yarn ends

I’m sorting my ends into colour jars – it makes sewing in ends much more fun!

A friend I met on the Collage Workshop in November, says she uses ends like these when she makes paper out of fabric off cuts. I’m not sure what I will do with mine yet – but for now I’m enjoying them brightening up the windowsil.

Joining in with Kate and her happy band of scrappers in her regular Scrap Happy post.


Happy Valentines Day!


Forde Abbey

On Sunday a friend and I went to visit the snowdrops at Forde Abbey.

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Forde Abbey, Dorset, Somerset

It is on the border of Dorset and Somerset and just an hour’s drive from where I live. The house is not open until April,


urns and gates


but the gardens are a lovely place to wander in.





carpet of snowdrops

and having poured with rain the whole way there, the sun shone for us

Forde Abbey tree

and the skies cleared

blue sky

This Cornelian Cherry (Cornus Mas) was really in the spotlight.


cornus mas

so sunny! but no scent.


with a circle of snowdrops beneath – what a gem!

cornus mas

The star of the show for me, but the hellebores came a close second





There were enough windows on the building to last for the whole year of the Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge

forde abbey

So you will be seeing more of this place on Tuesday the 5th March.

Edit: for a gallery of amazing photos go to the Forde Abbey Instagram page.



Silent Sunday

Forde Abbey Feb19

Free Knitting Pattern:Flower Fairy Baby

Sweet Pea baby jacket and hat, Flower Fairy

This little jacket design has been inspired by a pattern in this book knitting pattern for fairy jacket

The publishers have kindly given me permission to adapt the pattern with the proviso that I share the source.

The colours of this version of mine have been inspired by the Sweet Pea Cal colours designed by Lucy of Attic24.

I shared the Pixie Point Hat Pattern with you here.

Size: Newborn – 3 months old

There is a pattern for the Jacket for aged 1-2 years old in my Ravelry and Etsy Shops.

So here goes – the pattern for the

Sweet Pea Flower Fairy Jacket

(So far untested, so please let me know how you get on)

The pattern is entirely knitted. The pixie points and cuffs are knitted.


Size 13 (2¼mm) (only needed if you are making knitted buttons)

10 (3¼mm), 9 (3¾ mm) and long Size 8 (4mm) Needles or a circular needle, 2 small stitch holders (or safety pins)

Approx 150 gm Stylecraft Special DK yarn

This pattern can be made in all one colour.

The colours I used:

Cypress, Meadow, Pistachio, Clematis, Wisteria, Bluebell (Lucy uses Lavender) , Violet, Fuchsia Purple, Pomegranate, Blush, Candy Floss, Soft Peach, Cream.


St         stitch                           dec      decrease

WS      wrong side                  inc       increase                                  K          knit

RS       right side                     yon      yarn over needle                P          purl

Yfwd   yarn forward              K2tog   knit 2 together                  tbl          through back of loop

Stst      stocking stitch             SlP       slip one st purlwise                 rpt        repeat

Mk1      make one st by picking up loop between sts and k into back of st


The Hem is made up of 9 V-points

V Pattern.

With Size 9 needles in Cypress:

Cast on 1 st.

Row 1(WS) inc one st by knitting into this st twice. (2sts)

Row 2 K

Row 3 yon, K2 (3sts)

Row 4 yon, K1, yfwd, K2 (5st)

Row 5 yon, K2tog, P1, K2

Row 6 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 7 yon, K2tog, P1, K2

Row 8 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K2 (7sts)

Row 9 yon, K2tog, K1, P1, K3

Row 10 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 11 yon, K2tog, K1, P1, K3

Row 12 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K2tog, yfwd, K2 (9sts)

Row 13 yon, K2tog, K2, P1, K4

Row 14 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 15 yon, K2tog, K2, P1, K4

Row 16 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K2tog, yfwd, K2tog tbl, yfwd, K2 (11sts)

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Row 17 yon, K2tog, K2, P3, K4

Row 18 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 19 yon, K2tog, K2, P3, K4

(stop here for the 2 smallest points)

Row 20 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K2tog, K2, yfwd, K2tog tbl, yfwd, K2 (13sts)

Row 21 yon, K2tog, K2, P5, K4

Row 22 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 23 yon, K2tog, K2, P5, K4

(stop here for 2 of the points, 2ndsize)

Row 24 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K2, yfwd, K2tog, K2, yfwd, K2tog tbl, K1, yfwd, K2 (15sts)

Row 25 yon, K2tog, K2, P2, K3, P2, K4

Row 26 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 27 yon, K2tog, K2, P2, K3, P2, K4

(stop here for 2 of the points, 3rdsize)

Row 28 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K2, yfwd, K2tog, K4, yfwd, K2tog tbl, K1, yfwd, K2 (17sts)

Row 29 yon, K2tog, K2, P9, K4

Row 30 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 31 yon, K2tog, K2, P9, K4

(stop here for 2 points, 4thsize)

Row 32 yon, K2tog, yfwd, K2, yfwd, K2tog, K6, yfwd, K2tog tbl, K1, yfwd, K2 (19sts)

Row 33 yon, K2tog, K2, P2, K7, P2, K4

Row 34 yon, K2tog, K to end

Row 35 yon, K2tog, K2, P2, K7, P2, K4

(make just one, largest size, for the centre back)


Arrange the V patterns, RS facing on to Size 8 (4mm) needle in the following order:

11st, 13st, 15st, 17st, 19st, 17st, 15st, 13st, 11st. = 131sts

Do not break the yarn of the last 11st V Point.

Make sure all the points are lined up in order with RSs facing.

(The first st of each row from now on is slipped purlwise to create a neat selvedge)


Keeping the tension firm, join the V-patterns:

Row 1: SlP, K to end.

Row 2: SlP, K3, P5 , K4, P9, K4, P11, K4, P13, K4, P15, K4, P13, K4, P11,K4, P9, K4, P5, K4 (131sts)

Row 3: SlP, K to end.

Row 4:SlP, K3, P6, K2, P11, K2, P13, K2, P15, K2, P17, K2, P15, K2, P13, K2, P11, K2, P6, K4.


Keeping the selvedge and garter st border on both sides, work 22 rows stst.

7 rows of Meadow, 5 rows of Pistachio, 4 rows of Clematis, 3 rows of Wisteria, 3 rows of BluebellSweet Pea colours

(Start decreasing towards waistline:)

Next Row: RS in Violet.

SlP, K14, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K9, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K11, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K13, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K13, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K11, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K9, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K to end.


Working the edges as before work 2 rows stst in Violet.

Change to Fuchsia Purple and work 3 rows stst

(5 rows st st. in all)

Change to Pomegranate

Next Row: RS

SlP, K13, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K7, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K9, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K11, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K11, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl , K9, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K7, K2tog, K1, K2tog tbl, K to end.


Working edges as before, work 2 rows stst in Pomegranate,

4rows stst in Blush, one row in Candy Floss

(7 rows stst in all)

Change to size 10 needles.

[To Make the buttonholes:

on the right hand side of the Jacket with RS facing: SlP, K1, yfwd, K2tog

Work 7 rows, make another buttonhole.

Work 7 rows, make another buttonhole.

3 buttonholes in total.

[I hope this means one buttonhole in the Candyfloss stripe, one in the Soft Peach stripe and one in the Cream, I have not made one with buttonholes yet, I will make button loops for mine]

Work 4 more rows stst in Candy Floss, and 4 rows in Soft Peach

(8 rows stst worked on Size10 needles in all)

Change to size 8 needles

Work 3 rows more st st. in Soft Peach. (7 rows in all in Soft Peach)

Change to Cream and work in Cream from now on.

Work one row.


Next Row: RS

SlP, K23, cast off 4 sts, K46, (there will be 47 sts on the needle in this section)

Cast off 4 sts, K to end.

Left Bodice: SlP, K3, P to end.

Wind off 14gm of wool from another ball and join wool to the set of 47sts and cont in

Join yarn to Right Front and P to last 4 sts, K to end.

Work across all three sections in st st for 5 rows, keeping selvedges and garter st borders.

Shaping the fronts:

Row A:

Right Front (RF): SlP, K3, K2togtbl, K to end.

Back (B): K

Left Front (LF): K to the last 6 sts, K2tog, K4.


Row B:

LF: SlP, K3, P to end.                           B: P                              RF: P to last 4 sts, K.

Row C:

RF: SlP, K to end                                 B: K                             LF: K

Row D:

LF: SlP, K3, P to end.                         B: P                              RF: P to last 4 sts, K.


Repeat the last 4 rows once

RF: 22sts                B: 47sts              LF:22sts


Keeping garter st and selvedges repeat Rows A and until RF and LF have 17 sts.

Next Row: Right Side facing,

RF: SlP, K3, K2togtbl, K to end

B:   K16, K2togtbl, K1, K2tog, K5, K2togtbl, K1, K2tog, K to end.

LF: K to the last 6sts, K2tog, K4.

Next Row: as Row B

Next Row: as Row A.

(Armholes measures about 10cm)

Next Row:

LF: Slp, K3, P to end.

Fold LF back so that the RS is next to the RS of the back and with a 3 needle cast off, cast off 6 sts. Put remaining 8sts of LF on to a stitch holder (or safety pin).

B: P

RF: Fold RF so that the RS faces the RS of the Back and with a 3 needle cast off, cast off 6 sts. Put remaining 8 sts of RF on a stitch holder.


K across the Back, and then working across the 8 sts from the LF stitch holder, K2, K2tog, K2.

Next Row: SlP, K3, P to end of the Back, and work across the 8 sts from the stitch holder: P4, K4.

46 sts


Change to number 10 needles and SlP and K to the end of the row.

Starting with a P row, work 8 rows of stst. (without the garter st edge)


free knitting pattern

Size 10 needles.

Cuff edging: Picot Point Chain:

If doing the Sweet Pea Colourway, Start with Candy Floss

Cast on 6sts using cable method.

* Cast off 4 sts, slip the st. on RH needle onto LH needle, cast on 5 sts* rpt from * to * until you have 28sts on needle.

Next row: K

Sweet Pea: change to Clematis and work one row P, one row K

Change to Cypress

Work 1 row P

Moss st for 8 rows.

Change to size 9 needles and continue in st st.

Sweet Pea: Work next 4 rows in Meadow, 2 rows Pistachio, 3 rows Wisteria,

Next row: K

Next Row: P

MK1 st each end of the next and following alt K rows.

After 10 rows using No 9 needles, change to size 8 and cont in st st and continue increasing at beg and end of every alternate knit row.

For a straight sleeve: Continue in this way in stst and increasing on alt K rows until there are 44 sts.

Increase each end of every K row until there are 48 sts.

Next Row: P

Next row: Cast off

Sleeve measures approx. 16cm (6¼”)

knitted buttons

Buttons (optional)

Make 3 buttons.

With size 13 needles cast on 3 sts

Knit into front and back of each st. 6sts.

K 2 rows.

Next row K into front and back of first st., K3, K into front and back of next st., K1. 8sts.

Next row K

Next row: K2tog, K4, K2tog. 6sts

K 2 rows

Next row: (K2tog) 3 times.

Cast off.

Thread the end of the yarn around the edge of the work and pull thread tight to form a ‘ball’ and fasten off. Leave long thread for securing onto the jacket.

Making Up

I sew in the ends diagonally at the back, they are less obvious that way.

Sew the sleeve seams together, making sure the colour stripes match. I like to sew them with the same colour using mattress stitch from the Right Side.

Pin the sleeves into the armholes, Right sides together, with the sleeve seam slightly to the back, so that it does not show at the front. Pin and sew using a back stitch.

Sew on the buttons opposite the button holes.


Ta Dah!


The Cocheted flower on the Bluebell hat is a pattern Flora Flower designed by Lucy.

I do hope you have enjoyed this pattern.

Please let me know if you have any difficulties.