Monday, 13 June 2011

Popping my head above the parapet

Hello! Sorry I've been away longer than I intended. I had such a bad cold, earache and sore throat that I didn't really feel like doing much at all. I lost my voice totally on Friday and had to give in and go to the doctors who were fab and sorted me out with some antibiotics even though I hadn't got an appointment. I had just called in as making a phone call with no voice would have been interesting and the receptionist took pity on me and my squeak.

Unfortunately for my credit card, being at home ill means that it has been getting a bit too much use. I had ordered the extra colours for my blanket and after a few days it became obvious that my parcel had got lost somewhere along the way as the company is normally so good and very quick. Because I am impatient and couldn't wait the 14 days to get a refund I ended up ordering again and now have everything I was after. I have made myself a tassel of all the colours to help match them up together, and it's also somewhere to keep my needle for making sure I sew in my ends straight away! When I spot a couple of colours that look good together they get pulled to the top and tied so I know what to do next, cuts down on dithering (of which I am expert) so I can get straight on with it.

I also bought a cross stitch book, Pictos, Logos and Tags, that arrived this morning. I haven't done cross stitch in about 12 years, back when I was trying to do a huge chart of the Mona Lisa. I made a mistake which meant her nose was somewhere else on her face and that was that. I've never been a fan of the Winnie the Pooh type kits that are everywhere so have given it a miss since then until I saw Mooncalf of Mooncalf Makes post on Twitter that she had bought this book. I fell in love with the simplicity of the fantastically modern designs and ended up buying one myself, not that I needed much arm twisting. It's in French but not a problem as the book is mostly charts. I bought mine from Amazon and it is £12.48. I sold it to Mr J as a hassle-free anniversary present to save him buying me the slightly random stuff that he sometimes does! I'm hoping to do a sort of modern family tree now my little family tree has all of it's branches.

Here are a peek at a few pages. There are 800 motifs in the book so definitely something for everyone. There are some adorable Christmas designs that would make an easy simple card. There is also a washing machine, dinosaurs, a snail.....


..............Houses and tents............


...........and yarn, knitting needles and a BUTTON!

Speaking of buttons I have acquired some more this week. I got these at an antiques fair for £1. They were in a large tin that needed rooting through, I managed to get a couple of matchy ones.

And these rainbow beauties were from a local yarn shop. When I see buttons I adore I always want to buy them all otherwise I'd be sad if I used some and couldn't find them again, though the cost of these prevented me from doing that. This little lot set me back just a shade under £5! But I love them dearly and they will probably have to be pried from my cold dead hands unless I find a special project for them.

And for someone who adores both socks and buttons, these were a surprise find from Tesco. I bought 4 pairs to lessen the risk of them being culled by the sock monster. They are brighter in real life, my camera is rubbish indoors.

And also speaking of socks, following on nicely I wanted to let you know about a great giveaway going on over at A Playful Day. If you haven't heard her podcast before it is well worth a listen and Episode 6 went out just yesterday along with the opportunity to win a skein of sock yarn from Knitting Goddess. All you have to do is pop over to the A Playful Day blog and leave a comment stating which lovely sock yarn you would like to win. Ends Sunday 26th June.

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