The forgotten one

There was a tiny plant that I forgot to mention yesterday in my post… because it’s so small it’s easily overlooked. I am hoping, however, that it will thrive in the limery. It is my Lithops:

Teeny tiny living stone

Teeny tiny living stone

It’s less than 1 cm across. I’m hoping that its move from the windowsill in my work room to the limery will encourage it to grow a bit. It’s got an even teenier companion too:

Even teenier tinier living stone

Even teenier tinier living stone

These were grown from seed. I did have more germinate but survival was not good. In fact one grew to about half a centimetre across before it popped… a sad demise. Anyway, I am carefully nurturing these two remaining plants and keeping my fingers crossed that they flourish in their new location.

And we have Lithops…

My Lithops have started to germinate:

Two little Lithops seedlings

Two little Lithops seedlings

They are tiny (about half a millimetre across at the moment) and I can only see three in total, but it looks like I’ve got my very own living stones!

They don't look very exciting at the moment

They probably don’t look very exciting to anyone but me

Woohoo! Sometimes you should grow things for the pure joy of it.

 

Très bon

One of the unexpected yields of blogging is coming across other people’s good ideas. Yesterday, for example, the Dorset Finca mentioned that she has been growing living stones (Lithops) and I was so excited that I immediately found out where to get the seeds and ordered some. These little succulent plants have fascinated me ever since I was a child, but I have never owned any. That, hopefully, is about to change if my seeds germinate. Without that chance reading of a blog post, I probably would never have thought to have a go at growing these little plants, despite my long-standing interest.

Other blog posts have inspired me with recipes, gardening tips and creative ways to reuse and recycle. But perhaps my favourite inspiration comes from the folks who knit and crochet and then share their patterns, ideas and links. And so, when Nice Piece of Work posted her guide to making a Bonbon hat a couple of weeks ago I was smitten and knew that I must have a go. All did not go to plan to begin with and I had one false start, but I’m not easily put off and my second attempt has been much better:

The finished BonBon

The finished BonBon

The technical bit

The yarn I used was double knitting wool acrylic blend and I worked with a 4mm hook. I followed Jill’s basic instructions with the following modifications: I increased 7 times on round 9 and 3 more times on round 12. I worked 23cm from the top before I started the brim. To make a snug brim, I crocheted front post trebles (fpt), but I missed every fifth stitch on the first round… that is on alternate ridges I only worked one stitch rather than two:

Detail of the start of the brim

Detail of the start of the brim

I worked about 6cm of fpts, which I folded over once to expose the horizontal reverse.

Finished hat

Finished hat

If I was making it again, I think I would use a slightly larger hook, perhaps 5mm, for a floppier texture (this will depend on your tension). Once you get going, it’s a really straightforward pattern and very adaptable, as this post from Jill demonstrates. It’s certainly a pattern I would use again – thank you Jill!

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