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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

I thought my lovely climbing plants had died in the snow last winter, but look at them! They sprung to life about a month ago and are now full of buds bursting to open in the sun. After spending an hour or so re-staking and tidying the meadow of weeds around them, they’re looking gorgeous – and huge! One is already taller than my 5’2″ self.

I am by no means green fingered, my life experience of plants has been impulse buying something pretty at Ikea, which instantly died. I am not a friend to foliage, but this recent reincarnation has inspired me to think about planting a little boxed herb garden on my balcony. Elsie featured a nice round up of small garden solutions, which I might try out. I don’t even know what these plants are called, anyone? I’m making good progress on my Owls jumper; a couple of hours each evening and it’s taking shape. I see now why some people give up knitting in the summer. It’s pretty tricky to keep cool with a blanket of wool on your lap. But I’m excited for the finished result, hopefully I can share some pics in the next week, or so. Which means more awkward poses! :)

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