The new ball of wool has arrived so hopefully next week it will be finished, if I can bear the tedium of sewing in all those blummin ends! It took 18 balls of Rowan handknit cotton, plus the extra one. I planned a random pattern, trying to use all the colours evenly but as I have about a quarter of a ball of bright pink left and ran out of the green the planning can't have been that good! I am hugely pleased with the blanket, it is cosy and just the right size for snuggling under on chilly evenings.
Look what I picked up the other day
a lovely old satchel, slightly battered and loved. I can just imagine it bumping along to school on someone's back, reading book inside, Janet and John no doubt!
20p each in the charity shop! Wonderful old Ladybird books, such facinating subjects
My Little Helper thinks the swimming book looks interesting and is going to take some of the nature books with him when we go away, to add to his collection in the caravan. He has bird spotting books, trees and sealife guides and enjoys keeping a nature journal of the things he sees. No doubt the lure of the DS will soon take over but for now I am keen to feed his hobby, especially when such super books are only 20p each!
The Baby Brother is on his fourth cough and cold combo of the year and getting teeth number 7 and 8 as well, poor little lovie. Roll on germ free summer days!
I have sustained a craft related injury - crochet finger. As I've been working like a dervish on the ice cream blanket my little finger has stiffened up, I've been using it to control the tension and it seems to have been too much work for such an underused part of my body. Not that the rest of it gets much exercise!
The Granny squares have been joined to make larger squares with a border of three colours round them
and I'm just finishing of a border round the whole blanket, one row in each of the six colours. It's lovely and cosy having it on my knee while working on it. Once the border is finished I'll just have seven hundred thousand loose ends to sew in! I'm really pleased with how it has worked out, my first crochet blankie.
I've squeezed in a bit of sewing too, some coasters for a present
some old french ticking that I got at a textile fair years ago and have been saving....for what I'm not sure but as coasters don't take up too much fabric I still have plenty left so didn't come out in too much of a cold sweat when cutting into it!
My Little Helper had us in stitches the other day, The Big Sister is a huge JLS fan and he delighted in telling her it stood for Just Losers Singing! The fact that we all chuckled just made her even more annoyed!
Lovely sunny day again here, while The Baby Brother is napping I'm going to tidy up the garden a bit and enjoy the smell of spring in the air.
I love to read, always have. Used to get bagfuls of books from the library when I was a child and devoured Famous Five, Secret Seven and so on.
It seems The Baby Brother has inherited this love of books
So many books, so little time!
Even when my eyelids are drooping as I collapse into bed I have to read a few pages. Recently I've nodded off while reading which means I either drop the book on the floor or my face and wake myself up! But I couldn't get to sleep without a bit of reading though sometimes I'm so tired I read the same sentence several times.
So far this year I've read
A Red Bird Christmas - Fannie Flagg Can't wait to get to heaven - Fannie Flagg
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - Alexander McCall Smith
Postcards from Wits End - Sarah Harvey
Driving Over Lemons- Chris Stewart
The Saffron Kitchen - Yasmin Crowther
Of Bees and Mist - Erik Setiawan
Excursion to Tindari - Andrea Camilleri
Small Island - Andrea Levy
The Paper Moon - Andrea Camilleri
Early Days - Miss Read
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - Alexander McCall Smith
Blue Shoes and Happiness - AMS
The Miracle at Speedy Motors - AMS
A mixed bag as they come from either the library or charity shop, love it when they are on offer at 3 for £1! I've read all the No1 Ladies Detective Agency books before but they are so enjoyable, a pleasure to read again.
What have you read recently that I should add to my library request list?? Few things beat loosing yourself in a good book, transported to another life, another world.