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June 21 2017 4 21 /06 /June /2017 14:30

Free The Tree of Life knitting pattern (for those of us who can't understand grids!!)

Cast on 48sts

Row 1. K10, P12, K4, P12, K10

Row 2. P10, (1 st forward on stitch holder, K1, K the st on the holder), K8, (1 st back on stitch holder, K1, K st on holder), P4, (1 st forward, K1 (as above)), P8, (1 st back, K1 (as above)), P10

Row 3. K11, P10, K6, P10, K11

Row 4. P11, (1 st foward, K1), K6, (1 st back, K1), P6, (1 st fowward, K1), K6, (1 st back, K1), P11

Row 5. K12, P8, K8, P8, K12

Row 6. P13, (1 st foward, K1), K2, (1 st back, K1), P10, (1 st foward, K1), K2, (1 st back, K1), P13

Row 7 - 17. Odd rows K14, P4, K12, P4, K14 Even rows P14, K4, P12, K4, P14

R0w 18. P12, (1 st back, K1), K4, P12, K4, (1 st forward, K1,P12

Row 19. K12, P6, K12, K4, (1 st forward, K1), P12

Row 20. P12, K6, P12, K6, P12

Row 21. K12, P6, K12, P6, K2

Row 22. P10, (1st back, K1), K6, P12, K6, (1st forward, K1), P10

Row 23. K10, P2, K2, P4, K12, P4, K2, P2, K10

Row 24. P8, (1st back, K1), K2, P2, K4, (1st forward, K1), P8, (1st back, K1), K4, P2, K2, (1st forward, K1), P8

Row 25. K8, P2, K4, P6, K8, P6, K4, P2, K8

Row 26. P6, (1st back, K1), K2, P4, K6, (1st forward, K1), P4, (1st back, K1), K6, P4, K2, (1st forward, K1), P6

Row 27. K6, P2, K6, P4, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P4, K6, P2, K6

Row 28. P5, (1st back, K1)), K2, P5, (1st back, K1), K2, P2, K2, (1st forward, K1), (1st back, K1), K2, P2, K2, (1st forward, K1), P5, K2, P5

Row 29. K5, P2, K6, P2, K1, P2, K4, P4, P2, K1, P2, K6, P2, K5

Row 30. P5, K2, P5, (1st back, K1), P3, (1st forward, K1), P3, (1st back, K1), K2, P3, (1st back, K1), P3, (1st forward, K1), P5, K2, P5

Row 31. K5, P2, K5, P2, K3, P2, K3, P4, K3, P2, K3, P2, K5, P2, K5

Row 32. P4, (1s back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P3, (1st back, K1), K1, P3, (1st back, K1)x2), (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), K1, P3, K1, (1st st forward, K1), P3, (1st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P4

Row 33. K4, P1, K2, P1, K3, P2, K5, P4, K2

K2, P4, K5, P2, K3, P1, K2, P1, K4

Row 34. P3, (1st back, K1), P2, K1, P3, K2, P5, (1st forward, K1)x2, P2

P2, (1st forward, K1)x2, P5, K2, P3, K1, P2, (1st forward, K1), P3

Row 35. K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P2, K5, P4, K2

K2, P4, K5, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3

Row 36. P2, (1 st back, K1), P2, (1sr back, K1), P2, (1st st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P3, (1st back, K1), K1, (1 st forward, K1), K1, P1

P1, K1, (1st forward, K1), K1, (1st back , K1), P3, (1st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1 st forward, K1), P2

Row 37. K2, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3, P2, K2, P2, K1

K1, P2, K2, P2, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K2

Row 38. P5, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, K1, P3, K2, P2, (1st forward, K1)K1

K1, (1st back, K1), P2, K2, P3, K1, P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P5

Row 39. K5, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P2, K3, P2

P2, K3, P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K5

Row 40. P4, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st back, K1)

(1st back, K1), P2, (1st back K1), (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P4

Row 41. K4, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, P2

P2, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K4

Row 42. P3, (1st back, K1), P6, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, K1, P2, K2

K2, P2, K1, P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P6, (1st forward, K1), P3

Row 43. K3, P1, K7, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K2, P2

P2, K2, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K7, P1, K3

Row 44. P2, (1st back, K1), P6, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1)

(1st back, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P6, (1st forward, K1), P2

Row 45. K10, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P2,

P2, K3, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K10

Row 46. P9, (1st back, K1), P6, (1st back, K1), P1, (1st back, K1)x2,

(1st forward, K1)x2, P1, (1st forward, K1), P6, (1st forward, K1), P9

Row 47. K9, P1, K7, P1, K2, P2, K2

K2, P2, K2, P1, K7, P1, K9

Row 48. P8, (1st back, K1), P6, (1st back, K1), P1, (1st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P1

P1, (1st back, K1), (1st forward, K1), P1, (1st forward, K1), P6, (1st forward, K1), P8

Row 49. K15, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1

K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K15

Row 50. P15, (1st back, K1), P1, (1st back, K1), P2, K1, P1

K1, P1, P2, (1st forward, K1), P1, (1st forward, K1), P15

Row 51. K15, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1

K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K15

Row 52, P14, (1st back, K1), P1, (1st back, K1), P2, (1st back, K1), P1

P1, (1st forward, K1), P2, (1st forward, K1), P1, (1st forward, K1), P14

Row 53. K17, P1, K3, P1, K2

K2, P1, K3, P1, K17

Row 54. P20, (1st back, K1), P2

P2, (1st forward, K1), P20

Row 55. K20, P1, K3

K3, P1, K20

Row 56. P19, (1st back, k1), P3,

P3, (1st forward, K1), P19

Row 57. K58 sts cast off.

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Bunches of flowers knitting pattern

 

 

Bunches of flowers cushion cover knitted pattern

 

For a 16" cushion cover cast on 68 sts. With wrong side facing

Row 1. Seed st for 10 sts K1,P1. Cable P6. K5, P5. Bunch of flowers K7, P2, K7, P5, K5. CableP6. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1

Row 2. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1. Cable K6. P5, K5. Bunch of flowers P6, Cr2b (slip st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, K1 then P1 from cable needle), Cr2f (slip st onto cable needle and hold at front of work, P1 then K1 from cable needle), P6. K5, P5. Cable K6. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1

Row 3. Seed st for 10 sts K1,P1. Cable P6. K5, P5. Bunch of flowers K5, Cr2f, P2, Cr2b, K5,P5, K5, Cable P6. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1

Row 4. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1. Cable K6. P5, K5. Bunch of flowers P4, Cr2b, Cr2b, Cr2f, Cr2f, P4. K5, P5. Cable K6. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1

Row 5. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1. Cable P6. K5, P5. Bunch of flowers K3, Cr2f, K1, P4, K1, Cr2b, K3. P5, K5. Cable P6. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1

Row 6. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1. Cable CB3 (slip 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, K3 then K3 sts on cable needle). P5, K5. Bunch of flowers P2, Cr2b, P1, Cr2b, K2, Cr2f, P1, Cr2f, P2. K5, P5. Cable CB3. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1

Row 7. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1. Cable P6. K5, P5. Bunch of flowers (K2, P1 x2), K1, P2, K1 (P1, K2 x2). P5, K5. Cable P6. seed st for 10 sts P1, K1

Row 8. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1. Cable K6. P5, K5. Bunch of flowers P2, bb (make bobble K1, Yo, K1, Yo, K1 into same st, turn P5, turn K5, turn, P2tog, P1, P2 tog, turn, Slip 1, K2tog, psso). Cable K6. K5, P5. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1

Row 9. Seed st for 10 sts K1, P1. Cable P6. K5, P5. Bunch of flowers K4, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K4. P5, K5. Cable P6. Seed st for 10 sts P1, K1.

Row 10. seed st for 10 sts P1, k1. Cable K6. P5, K5. Bunch of flowers P4, bb, P2, K2, P2, bb, P2. K5, P5. Cable K6. seed st for 10 sts K1, P1

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Diamond lattice cushion cover

Diamond lattice cushion cover

 

Diamond Lattice cushion cover 16"

Cast on 68 sts repeat sts in between brackets

Row 1. K3, (Cr2b (K 2nd st on left needle through back loop, K 1st st on left needle, pull both off needle), K4) continue until 5 sts are remaining Cr2b, K3

Row 2. Purl

Row 3. (K2, cr2f (K 2nd st on left needle through front loop, K 1st st on left needle, pull both off needle), Cr2b) K2

Row 4. Purl

Row 5. K1, (Cr2f, K2, Cr2b), K1

Row 6. Purl

Row 7. (Cr2f, K4) Cr2f

Row 8. Purl

Row 9. K1 (Cr2b, K2, Cr2f), K1

Row 10. Purl

Row 11. (K2, Cr2b, Cr2f), K2

Row 12. Purl

Continue until work measures 16 inches.

 

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Cast on 54 sts

Row 1. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, k4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 2. P6, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P6

Row 3. K6, P6, k4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 4. P6, K6, P4, C2B (2 back) (K2, k2 from cable needle cn), P4, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P6

Row 5. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 6. P6, C3F (3sts front) (K3, K3 cn), P4, K4, P4, C3F, P4, K4, P4, C3F, P6

Row 7. K6, P6, K4, P4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 8. P6, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P6

Row 9. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 10. P6, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P6

Row 11. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 12. P6, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P6

Row 13. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, k6

Row 14. P6, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P6

Row 15. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 16. P6, CB3 (3sts back) (K3, K3 cn), P4, CP6, 2B, P4, CB3, P4, C2B, P4, C3B, P6

Row 17. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4

Row 18. P6, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P4, K4, P4, K6, P6

Row 19. K6, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K4, P4, K4, P6, K6

Row 20. P6, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P4, C2B, P4, K6, P6

Repeat rows until desired length

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March 28 2017 3 28 /03 /March /2017 13:12
Cable cardigan

Cable cardigan

Easy knit cable cardigan

Pattern uses 3.25mm & 3.75mm needles, approx 3 100g balls of DK for a small adult (add additional sts in increments of 5 for larger sizes)

Back

With smaller needles cast on 103 sts. K1, P1, K1 (rib) to end. Continue until band measures 5cms. Increase 4 sts evenly across row (107 sts).

Change to larger needles.

Row 1. P1, K1, P3, K1, P1 continue pattern to end

Row 2. K2, slip st onto another needle and bring forward, knit 2 sts and slip unworked stitch back onto work, knit (cable created), K2 continue to end

Row 3. as row 1 to end

Row 4. Knit across the row. These 4 rows form the pattern throughout.

Continue in pattern until work measures 35.5cms.

Shape armholes. Cast off 7 sts at th ebegining of next 2 rows. Decrease 1 st at each end for the next 5 rows. Then alternate row 3 times. Continue even until armhole measures 19cms.

Shape shoulders. Cast off 9 sts at the begining of next 4 rows. Cast off remaining sts.

Left & right front

Knit both fronts on the same needle.

With smaller needles cast on 57 sts. K1, P1, K1 (rib) to end. Continue until band measures 5cms. Increase 3 sts evenly across row.

Change to larger needles. Work 9 sts in rib (making button holes where required) and then in pattern (as above) until fronts measure 35.5cms.

Shape armhole and V-neck. Cast off 7 sts at the begining of next row.

Keeping pattern work 2together at each end of next row

Next row pattern to last 2 sts, work 2together

Next row work 2together at each end of next row

Next row pattern to last 2 sts, work 2together.

Continue until work measures the same as back 27 sts

Shape shoulder. Cast off 9 sts at the begining of next row.

Rib extension. Continue to work remaining 9 sts of rib for 18cms (to be attached to the back of the neck later).

Sleeves

Make 2 on the same needle.

With smaller needles cast on 59 sts. Work 4 rows of rib (K1, P1). Increase 4 sts evenly across.

Change to larger needles and work pattern as above for 12 rows.

Increase 1 st at each end every 12 rows. Then every 14th row.

Continue in even pattern until work measures 44.5cms.

Shape top. Keeping pattern cast off 5 sts at the begining of the next 2 rows.

Decrease 1 st at each end on next and following alternate rows until there are 13 sts. Cast off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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westiebwallpaper.jpgWestie wallpaper                                                          

To  achieve this effect I used lining paper and drew the design with permanent fibre tip pens to prevent it from running as the glue was applied.

The design was inspired from the various poses my dog Poddington has and plants and flowers on our property during the season.

It only took a few months to complete, during the winter months. I am really pleased with the design and the fact my wallpaper is totally unique. 

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harvest mite

The harvest mites or chiggers are six-legged larva which are present on dense vegetation throughout the UK and are active during the day, especially when it is dry and sunny. When they come into contact with any warm blooded animal they insert their small hooked fangs into the surface layers of the skin, and inject a fluid to break down the cells in order to suck the animals blood. They appear as red dust on the animal like paprika on the face, legs, abdomen or any area where there is little fur.They will inject and suck for two to three days at the same site until it has increased in size three to four times causing considerable itching and discomfort to the animal. The larva then drops off, descends into the soil and after about six weeks becomes an eight-legged nymph and then an adult which eats plants and small insects. Eggs laid by the adult in the spring and summer hatch into the six-legged larva (known as harvest mites) and the cycle starts again.

In humans harvest mite bites show as small inflamed pimples and in cats the mites cause reddening of the skin, papules and crusted areas.

Walk  your dog early in the morning when the harvest mites are less active and keep him out of the long grass. Some infestations will cause hair loss and continual scratching can damage the skin resulting is bacterial infections.

 

Frontline or virbac Effipro spray prescribed by your veterinarian can be used weekly on areas seen in conjunction with routine flea treatment. Animals that are hypersensitive to Harvest mites can be prescribed a short course of steroid until the mites have reduced in number.link

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All chicken have mites, which is why they dust themselves but the warm weather multiplies them. These mites feed off the chickens blood supply, making your chickens anaemic and if left untreated die.  

 

The total kill ready to use solution containing pemethrin 0.23%, tetramthrin 0.023%, benzalkonium chloride even if sprayed directly onto the mites does not kill them. I have found that ant killer spray kills red mites and other crawling insects dead and stops them coming back.

 

I remove all bedding and shut the chicken out of the house while I spray and until the house is dry. During this summer months I have only had to do this twice.

 

 

I also dust my chickens every 6 weeks with total mite kill powder which contains diatomaceous earth, and use a mite recovery tonic in the water post any infestations. 

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elderberries.jpgThe flowers of the Elder tree can be used to make cordial but I prefer to wait until the tree has developed berries and they have turned black before I harvest to make jam. Forraged fruit gives a more complex flavour than that of usual berries. 

Picking the tiny berries off the tree and de-stalking the fruit takes time but it is worth the effort.

Fruit with minimal of no pips generally lack pectin so you need to use jam sugar or the pith of a lemon will work also to set the jam (it is the pith in fruit that contains pectin).

The normal recipe for jam making is equal quantities to fruit to sugar, so weigh the fruit and add to the pan and then add the same weight in jam sugar. 1-2 lemons should be sufficient to set the jam without making it too sharp.

Boil the jam until the temperature reaches 105c and continue for a further 10minutes, if you don’t have a jam thermometer when the jam coats the back of the spoon, or use the wrinkle test (where a spoonful of jam is placed on a place in the fridge to cool, push with a finger and if it wrinkles it is set).

 

Spoon off any scum from the jam and put into warm sterile pots, seal and store in a cool dry place. 

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Pod---the-vole-use.jpgThe dog became man’s best friend when it was discovered their use whilst out on a hunt. The spaniel (particularly the Springer) was ideal for running through the long grass acting as a ‘beater’, seeking out pheasants and the like.

The pointer was used to seek and point towards the prey. A well trained dog will have his nose inches away from the prey without touching it.

The retriever was used to retrieve the kill, bringing it back to the owner.

Both the pointer and retriever are known as ‘soft mouthed’, they are gentle, able to pick up the prey without leaving with bite marks. This is unlike the terrier (the ratter) whose vigorous shaking quickly dispatches most small animals.

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