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On the farm…

I have been a poorly one all week, so we thought about what would cheer me up and what would make Thom grin and we decided to have….

FARM WEEKEND!

On Saturday we visited Heeley City Farm. It was the first time we had visited and it will certainly not be our last. It was brilliant!  It is a wind and sun powered mini farm and provides environmental, health, food and farming education to school children and visitors.  It does incrediable community work.  For more information please visit their website http://www.heeleyfarm.org.uk/ and/or read their Wiki…

Farm Weekend

The staff were really friendly and we got to say a close up hello to a happy chicken

Farm Weekend

The chickens and cockerels were Thom’s favourite animals, although he liked the noises the pigs made and did a very good impression of them.

Farm Weekend

We were lucky to see this peacock fan his tail feathers

Farm Weekend

Thom liked it when mummy and baby nuzzled

Farm Weekend

The setting of Heeley City Farm is really pretty.

We had a very yummy snack at the farm’s vegetarian and vegan café

vegetarian and vegan café

Luckily Thom is happy to share

Farm Weekend

He liked sitting in the tractor…

Farm Weekend

And playing in the park…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

This farm is free to visit and the cafe is very affordable.  Thom was so happy he said his second ever two word sentence…”Bob-Bye Chickens”

The next day we carried on our theme, with apricot wheats for breakfast…they look like mini hay bales…Again, we had quite a lot of farm themed toys and puzzles, so I put them altogether in our lounge for a few hours of fun…

Farm weekend

We have some beautifully hand knitted and crocheted fruits and vegetables that Mrs Moz and Grandma Needles made for Thom….The banana even has a zip!  I popped them in a crate for our little Farmer’s market

Farm Weekend

We had farm related books and puzzles…

Farm Weekend

I made cards with words and pictures of animals for Thom to play with, and plastic backed fruits and veggies…

Farm Weekend

The hen house…

Farm Weekend

The sheep pen (with Mooie the cow)

Farm Weekend

I made a cow shed for Mooie out of a Huggies wipes box, made cow patterned bunting and used Thom’s JCB toy as a tractor…

Farm Weekend

We had a lovely tea, with fresh fruits and vegetables (and pizza….)

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Thom loved his corn…

Farm Weekend

Then we read books, sang Old MacDonald, looked back through our farm photographs from the day before and watched Baby Einstein- Old MacDonald until bedtime…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Hoorah for fun on the farm x

A nice glass of red and a hat for my head…

Red is definitely the colour for this time of year, be it in a glass or in the form of something warm and cuddly…  This is the first adult sized hat I have ever knitted and I’m really pleased with it…Luckily I had a wooly button in my button jar from an old coat that matches perfectly.

  It also matches my poncho nicely too! Hooray for hats! x

Button V’s Knitting Patterns…

Last week I was very lucky to have a knitting tutorial from baby Thom’s Grandma.  This is the result of my first attempt at a hat…I’m so proud of it!  Knitting rocks my world x

The making of The Mighty Noosh

Oooh, how exciting, this will be my first “How to” master class and is for the lovely Miss Molly and her knitting addiction! I’m beginning to wish I had paid more attention whilst I was making it! Oh well…here goes….

First I knitted a simple rectangle… the height is about twice the length of my neck (for me that was 23cm) and the length is roughly 40cm. So it would depend on the size of your wool and needles as to how many stitches to cast on, but stick to those dimensions and it should all work out fine.

After the rectangle was kitted I folded it in half, top right corner to bottom left corner. I didn’t do it point to point as you can see, but left about two inches either side. This affords space for the buttons and just looks nicer.

Next I sewed on the buttons, (they came as spares with my coat) the large one for fastening and the smaller one for show. I stitched through both layers of the noosh to make sure the fold stayed in position. Then I finger knitted a loop, slightly smaller than the large button. I tried the noosh around my neck and figured where I would need to stitch it on to make a snug fit that didn’t actually choke me. Then again, stitched it on, taking the stitch through both layers of the noosh to secure the other end of the fold.

And then you’re done! I would stress make the loop smaller than you think you need to…wool stretches and my first attempt was too loose on the button. It only took about five minutes to remedy though.

It also looks neat on Mia

The Mighty Noosh

I’m quite pleased with this little creation… it didn’t take very long and actually keeps my neck nice and warm!  Hooray for Button, the lazy scarf knitter!