Blimey I've been busy since I last wrote! It wasn't until I uploaded the photos from my phone that I realised just how much I've done in the last few weeks.
I've been very busy stitching and hooking. Last week I completed the floral wall hanging that I have been working on through the summer and I am delighted with it.
|Pattern from Cross Stitcher Home Style book|
|Progress via Instagram|
I will frame it and hang it on the wall in my living room with my collection of vintage floral paintings - I think it will look good there. I just need to find exactly the right frame, which so far is eluding me. I am going to have to recycle an old one and keep my eyes peeled in the charity shops.
I've started working on another piece of cross stitch - this one is from a Made in France embroidery book. (A gorgeous series of books; I have three and love them all.)
A Scandi-style heart made of snowflakes, I chose this pattern because it is simple, delicate and pretty. I have only worked on it a few nights now and it is nearing completion. Its destiny is to be stuffed and dangle prettily somewhere in my home. I plan to make a few and fill them with lavender to keep my yarn stash fresh and moth-free.
In between working on my rose cross-stitch I made this little wall-hanging for a lovely new friend.
Erin is one of life's rays of sunshine and I'm so glad I met her. She is always making beautiful things for people (and has made a couple of surprise gifts for me) so I wanted to make something in return to say thank you. I was pleased with how it turned out and I'm going to make a few mis-matched ones for myself to decorate the landing when I get around to it.
Work on the cream and pink popcorn flower blanket is still underway.
I have decided to intersperse the flower squares with plain cream grannies. The flowers take quite a while to work up and use a lot of yarn. Plain grannies can be knocked up in minutes and without any thought so the blanket is growing much more quickly than originally anticipated.
As much as I'm loving the flowers, I think I also need something wintery to work on now that the days are getting cooler. I've got a huge stash of gorgeous Rowan wool and some beautiful Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino so I'm going to start another blanket soon. Nothing wrong with having a couple of projects on the go as long as they get finished, I reckon.
I am pleased to say that I haven't been a complete crafting hermit. I've been out and about lots too. I've visited London on a weekly basis - to meet friends, have dinner, drink tea/cocktails/champagne, eat cake, poke around haberdasheries, browse a craft fair, shop at Liberty and raid Anthropologie. Exhausting but lush!
We live just an hour's train journey from the centre of London. Buying a railcard and booking tickets in advance means we can travel there very cheaply so we have vowed to make the most of it and really explore our capital. I've always travelled regularly into London and could probably tell you in my sleep where all of my favourite shops are, and quite a few fancy restaurants too. But now [I'm older] I'm more interested in tea shops, haberdasheries, markets, architecture and city parks so I've bought a few books to help me make the most of every single trip into town. If you have any recommendations I'd love to hear.
Love and stuff.
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