Snowdrops!

Spring is trying here.  There are green tips and shoots appearing through the ground.  On the way to school this morning, we spotted various clumps of snowdrops, but these were the best.

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Sorry its out of focus.  I think the cold was giving me camera shake.  I will try for a better one later at pick up time.

However the thrill of seeing the newness of spring helped put a spring in my step this morning.  Do you find that sometimes something small like that, can put a smile on your face and make you feel better?  Nothing has actually changed in life, but it just feels better!

Well, off I went to do my jobs this morning.  Getting through them quickly, I gave myself the treat of a visit to the library.  I am a book person!  I love them.  All different kinds about all sorts of things.  They are fab.  So to a person like me, who could spend a fortune on books (and does), the library helps my bank balance stay healthy.  And I lucked out today.

Look at what I found!  No reservations needed.

Can you spot the influence of the Sewing Bee?

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A couple I have borrowed before and wanted again, like the “Little Quilt Blocks” book.

Its full of little blocks, I know it says so on the front!  But they are gorgeous.  Each block measures between 4″ and 5″ finished size.  Its a great book with all the cutting sizes to make each block.  I particularly wanted to try this one for my son.

Plane block

So watch this space!

Two of the others, I have flicked through in the book shop before were “Edward’s Menagerie” and Lisa Lam’s “Bag Making Bible“.  So I was super pleased to find them on the shelf.

I could not resist having a look while having my lunch at Edward’s Menagerie.

I want to make this.

Emma the bunny

Isn’t she beautiful?  She’s called Emma in the book and I can see her helping to deliver some Easter eggs this year to the small people in this family.  So stash rummaging is needed as soon as I post this.

As I did promise before Christmas, I am trying to finish WIPs.  So here is one I made earlier.

Aran cable hat

I wanted a new hat, (this cold weather does that to you) and I had some Rowan pure wool aran (discontinued) left over from a scarf I made my mom, in a lovely teal colour.  The camera is not showing the true colour and unfortunately nor does it allow for a squeeze, as this wool is soooo soft.  So cable hat pattern was found that uses one ball.  However this is the medium and as you can see it is being modelled by my 6yr old.  Not big enough for me, so I am still hatless!  She however is very pleased and my mom wants one to match her scarf.  I’ll put those requests on the list!

Also on the list is a Shaun the Sheep.  The other half came back with the paper on Saturday with some free wool.  Rowan wool!  Wool with the paper?  Tell me more I said!  Rowan has provided a free knitting pattern for Shaun the Sheep and the wool came with the paper!  So hence now said sheep needs to be made.  This list keeps getting longer!

Here is a sock update.

2nd sock progress

I have turned the heel and am shaping the gusset, which is the bit around the ankle.

Well off to find something suitable for the bunny and work on the sock so I can justify starting something new.

Keep warm and have a good half term.

Fiona

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Yellow roses…

No huge plans were made for last weekend, but Dr S had a party to go to, so I arranged for hubby, Sweetpea and I to meet a friend at a craft fair.  We arrived in the correct village, on the correct date – well the one I was given – to find no fair in sight.

Hubby spotted a flyer on a lamp post advising of a summer fair in the next village along (similar name) on the same day.  A bit puzzled, thinking maybe there was a village mix up, off we went.

We parked on the green and found a lovely fair with tea and cakes, book and bric a brac stalls, several games and rides.  But my friend was nowhere in sight.  I was a bit worried as one of the reasons for going was to let Sweetpea choose a bracelet.  My friend makes lovely jewellery using beads that look like sweets.  I had been promising for several weeks.  Hence no pics as was wondering how this change in events was going to pan out.

I needn’t have worried, it was a lovely event, with Sweetpea winning twice on the children’s tombola, knocking the pirate ship over using a mini cannon and tennis balls resulted in chocolate coins and the biggest smiles ever for a horse and trap ride round the village.

One of the stalls there was run by a language school based in the village.  The Japanese students were teaching everyone to do origami and writing their names in Japanese on these beautiful plaques.  All for free!  Sweetpea was taught how to make a lovely flower and chose this beautiful plaque for her name to be written on.

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Isn’t it lovely?

It is going to go up in Sweetpea’s room.

I have also had to go hunting for origami paper.  It will be something new to do on a rainy day in the summer.

I also hemmed some shorts for a friend as a favour as she has no sewing machine.

These were my thank you!

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They now sit on my kitchen table to be admired.

Last but not least the crochet owls are ready for wrapping as tomorrow is the last day of school.

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So my crafting is likely to reduce, unless it is child orientated.  I am however looking forward to the time they are at home.  No more packed lunches, timetables to stick to or shoes to polish.  Summer hols!

Time for water fights, daisy chains, visiting new places, playing in the park and picnics with friends.  I can’t wait.

What are you doing this summer?

Fiona