Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015)

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The Sunday Sevens series was created by Nat at Thread and Bobbins to share awesome and exciting things that don’t necessarily deserve a whole post of their own. I have lots and lots I want to share and hopefully this will be the perfect way.

So here goes my Sunday Sevens for this week…

1 – Homegrown veggies for dinner. Everything in this photo was grown in our little vegetable planter (read more about that here) – I am so impressed! And they taste amazing. We still have a few bell peppers, carrots and spring onions left 🙂

Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015) www.yarnya.co.uk homegrown vegetables

2 – Last year was the first year A and I went berry picking and we made some tasty stuff (jam, wine, sloe vodka and slow gin) that we just had to go again this year. We did our first pick this week and gathered just over a kilo of blackberries and a pot of sloes (I forgot to weight them … but I’m guessing about 700g).

Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015) www.yarnya.co.uk berry picking autumn

3 – I finally put my increase/decrease knitting lesson into practice this week and started making the tea cosy from Libby Summers’ book Anyone Can Knit. I found a gorgeous yarn in my stash (West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran) that I actually got at Yarndale last year. I was originally going to make a hat with it, but when I saw this pattern I knew the purple and grey balls of yarn I got would be perfect. The colour is darker than the photo shows … but I’ll update you more later 🙂

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4 – My Circular Crocheted Shrug gave me a lot of headaches this week. I loved the colours and how it was looking, until I put it on. I didn’t like how it draped or looked on me at all. So, I made the tough decision to rip back 18 rows to the armholes and continue it as a blanket …  this was the shrug before I frogged it. Now I’m loving it again … even though it’s a lot smaller at the moment.1441796259028

5 – A wonderful colleague at work, Laura, surprised me with some Hershey’s Kisses from her recent trip to Miami. Mmmmmm chocolate 🙂

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6 – On my way to the train station after work on Thursday I passed the Gherkin (as I always do), but today there was something going on … there was one area surrounded by metal fences and a stack of bikes were being built. I had a quick look on Google and found out that they are part of a sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The sculpture, called Forever, should be completed today and will be on display until May next year. I’ll try and get a photo of the final display before my last day in London.

Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015) www.yarnya.co.uk Bike Sculpture London Ai Weiwei

7 – Yesterday was the Thorpe Bay Horticultural Autumn Show. I love popping along to this show (it’s held in the Spring, Summer and Autumn) and today the exhibits on display were amazing – beautiful flowers, huge vegetables and the smell of all the cakes … mmmmmmm

Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015) www.yarnya.co.uk horticultural show

And that was my week 🙂

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12 comments on “Sunday Sevens (13th September 2015)
  1. […] three weeks ago in my Sunday Sevens I shared a sneak into two of my projects that are on the go at the […]

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  2. yarnya says:

    Oh that’s a great idea – Thanks! I was working it out but just thought there must be an easier way to do it 🙂 oooo i love sweet potatoes. .. may look into them for the planter.

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  3. Maggienesium says:

    Those veggies are totally mouth watering! I don’t know what it is, but things that we grow/pick are always far tastier than anything else 😀 That tea cozy is looking really good now that we aren’t around to distract you 😉

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    • yarnya says:

      The home grown veg has out-flavoured everything we’ve ever had – delicious! And haha yep, I have finally completed the decreases … I think I’m missing a trick though ‘casue the pattern said to conti pattern and decrease at either end… but when I continued I kept getting ribbing. Until I laid a map out of what the pattern would be if I hadn’t decreased and found the stitches that were left. Is there an easier way to do this?

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      • Maggienesium says:

        Not that I know of… I’ve just done the same for the shawl i’m working on, but I’m still a bit new myself. Let’s talk to Alex next time we hang out, she’s pretty savvy about these things and now I’m super curious!

        I whole heartfelt agree about the veg! We grew sweet potatoes last year and there really is no going back!

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  4. Natalie says:

    Wow – your veggies looks great! So does the shawl, I just love the colours. The bicycle sculpture looks really interesting and HUGE!!

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  5. Bekki Hill says:

    That’s quite a haul of veggies for a woman who only has a balcony. Well done!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    What a nice week and I love the sculpture construction.

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