Walking in a Yorkshire Wonderland.

Last Monday I went for a walk around the Wentworth Castle Parklands and as it's meant to be a "snap happy Tuesday" post today I thought I'd share some pictures that I took that day.
I really hoped to see some Bluebells, but there was no sign of them just yet. I'm going back again soon though so hopefully I will be able to capture their loveliness with my camera.
The Strafford Arms at the beginning/end of the Parkland.
Oyster mushroom?
Deer in the Rotunda field.
It was a lovely sunny day (very windy though!) and along with the lovely views, having time on my own, the lovely smell of the woods, flowers everywhere and even spotting a Sparrow Hawk in the sky, it made for a pretty wonderful day. I can 't remember the last time I was that at peace. Yeah, I know, I need to get out more.

The next ones are all areas where I've worked on when I was a volunteer conservationist there.

The Rotunda.

So much time spent here sorting out thorny brambles!

Cautious deer.

Stag leader (in the back).

"Graffiti" on the Rotunda. It said "K.S. 1945 G.E."

Came out brighter than I wanted, but still quite like it.
The Duke of Argyle memorial.
Lots of crazy sheep running/bouncing around!

The Serpentine Bridge.
You go over the Serpentine Bridge to go into and out of the parkland. (Unless you have parked in the car park). It used to be the main entrance to Wentworth House so I imagine it will have had lots of carriages ect going over it back in the days.

The view from the Serpentine Bridge leaving the parkland.

Clearly wanted to have his(?) picture taken.
 If you made it through all the pictures then thank you for visiting, I hope you liked them!

*Edit* I just realised I never added a picture of the actual Wentworth House, so here are a few.


I was abit busy last week with Vi still on her Easter holidays and I was also painting the kitchen, so didn't really have time to post.
I have been knitting (more about that below) though, whenever I could. Not much crochet progress unfortunately as I just can't seem to get the eyes the way that I want. I'm either going to buy different safety eyes or try until I find the right way/colour/size.

As I've got a new colour in the kitchen I thought I'd make a few of my stuff match it, so I started with this old serving tray. I sanded it down, which took quite a while longer then I expected. Luckily it has got proper wood underneath. I managed to completely take the image off by first sanding the top layer until I got to the paper and then making the paper wet and scraping the rest off with the tip of a table knife. There is probably a better way to do it, but that's how I did it and it worked. 

I tried to get as much black off as I could without actually damaging the wood and shape. Then I took off all the dust and bits with a damp cloth and painted the first layer of white. Tomorrow I will do another layer and then add another colour. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the middle yet, maybe add text or try something with contact paper.

 I haven't really been knitting anything in specific, just been trying out new stitches and patterns in squares and rectangles that I will eventually sew together as a blanket. I started one with the Honeycomb Stitch, but I felt that it wouldn't quite fit in with the other squares so I carried on knitting until a decent size for the back of a cushion. I also knitted a Chevron rectangle to add more width, but I'm not sure if they go together yet.

 I'm thinking of adding fabric on the other side and add some sort of retro image with embroidery or cross stitch... To be continued :)

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Why not

I know it's not Tuesday, but I took some pictures the other day and I thought I'd share them while I had some time to post on here.
The first two are of my guitar. I've had it for about 11 or so years now. I don't get to play it alot anymore, but still love to strum it every now and then. It actually hurt my fingers afterwards this time, that's how long it's been since I last played it. I'm no Jimi Hendrix, but I don't care :)
Hopefully soon the weather will start getting better and I will get some outdoor pictures. I'm going up to Wentworth Castle Gardens soon to catch the bluebells as it's so beautiful over there when they are in bloom. Like a bluebell carpet in the woods. :)
I used to volunteer there every week as a conservationist (fancy word for saying I trimmed trees and bushes and got rid of weeds and never ending thorn bushes, hah!). I might actually start doing that again, it was good to be out there and do something.
I hope you'll all have a nice Easter weekend and hopefully I will be done with my crochet project in the next post.

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Doodle inspired

I mentioned in another post that I wanted to try and crochet from a drawing, well I'm actually in the middle of doing this right now. I'm using a doodle that I made while drawing with Vi and I've got the feeling this will end up being hers when it's done! :)

I hadn't crocheted for a while before starting this, but I still remembered all the stitches. The one thing I always hate about using an existing pattern is that most of them are written in US terms and I've learned to crochet in UK terms so I'm constantly adding notes to the patterns.

At least I get to write the pattern with a fun pencil and eraser that someone gave me from Taiwan!
 If this turns out alright I might (if anyone is interested) put the pattern for it up on Ravelry and on here. I will add a crochet conversion chart to it though!

We'll see how it goes, if I can get my sewing machine out of the loft I might even add some fabric.

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I finished them last Thursday, but I didn't have time to edit the pictures until today. I'm really pleased with them and will definitely be wearing them as they're very comfortable! :)


 I ended up with a bit of the Second Sock Syndrome, but I gave myself a kick up the bum and finished them (eventually). I'm glad I did though as I do love them and I hate having u.f.o.'s laying around.

I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn aswell. It's Rockin' Rose by FiberOptica. I was lucky enough to win it on Twitter! It's very smooth and soft and the colour is just beautiful :)

These socks are symmetry heaven for me.

I love the flowing lines in the heel flap.
The only mistake I made was in the first sock where I accidentally p3, k1tbl instead of p2,k1tbl and because of that the lines of the k1tbl didn't quite match up at the top. But I don't think anyone but me will ever notice that so I'm not too bothered :)

I hope everyone (in the UK) had a lovely mothers day yesterday. I got a handmade card and another card from Vi and some Black Magic chocolates :)

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