I have had a wonderfully busy February designing and making new stock for the art and crafts outlets where I sell my work on the Island, as well as items for my Folksy shop.
I love the new yarns coming through for Spring/Summer and particularly enjoy the fresh colours. I'm introducing new designs as well as knitting the popular favourites such as my guernsey styled nautical motif sweaters for children.
With the weather determined to stay cold, wet and wintry, I have had little choice but to keep the boats underwraps and press on with indoor pursuits.
I'm hoping that it won't be too much of a mad rush around to clean, paint, polish, antifoul, varnish, service the outboard motor etc etc...
Oh dear, the list of jobs is very long and most of the chores require reasonable weather conditions!
Luckily the dinghies are good to go. We usually wash the ropes by hand in buckets and the bath tub (it's a bit of a job and the bath tub needs a good scrub afterwards too!) but this year we decided to wash all the ropes at the local laundrette.
Bagged them up in old pillowcases and duvet covers and put them in on a warm wash. It worked really well, thankfully no shrinkage, just lovely and clean and fresh!